August is a month pretending to be summer, with the first yellow leaves in its hair. I try not to fish Hoveland during early to mid summer, because it can be busy, and the pool
is sometimes afflicted by the great green mushrooms, and anglers with pods and buzzers. I wouldn't mind, but Hoveland is a farm pond of one acre or so. However, all this hi-tech pressure means the fish are getting cagey - extremely cagey. It's almost impossible
to catch one on the float there now - I bumped a good one off today, on floatfished flake; but such occurences are the exception, not the rule. I've written before how it's almost impossible to catch one off the top as well, at least in open water: but today
I had to try. I went fully prepared to use margin crust - which has yielded me some chunky fish there this year; but the fish were not coming close. I had to fish surface baits, mid-water - because the fish were there; but I lost count of the aborted takes
and the number of times my floating crust had already been nudged from the hook - detached from the hook, before the bread was engulfed. As I say, these are educated, crafty fish. Earlier this year I watched a good angler fail with a modern line-controller
that leaves no line at all on the surface - you know the sort of device. I noticed today that serious approaches were made, on the whole, when the sun went in and when the wind was calm. Then the line on the top didn't seem to matter so much. I resorted,
when I could, to using pieces of crust with very tough crusts - the hardest bits, to stand up to all those tweaks and nudges. Every take was a waiting game, and the game was made more difficult by the large amount of ducks and water fowl currently on Hoveland.
However, I'm pleased to announce I managed to catch four late summer carp, all commons to 13lb 9oz. I had an eleven pounder in that mix - a sleek fish that fought the best of all, with real tenacity and spirit. I also lost what I think was a very large fish
- slow and powerful, when the hook pulled. I think I must have only nicked it.
All in all, it was a most enjoyable session: and made all the better because, incredibly,
I had the little pool to myself, and on a Bank Holiday Saturday too! Perhaps everyone else assumed the pond would be too busy?