I wanted this year to be different, in terms of carp fishing. Well, it's certainly different so far, but not for reasons any of us anticipated! I'm only glad I got one small session in at Woodside,
before the lockdown came into effect. I only caught to high singles - but the rod bent... the rod actually bent.. Ah, memories from a diferent world, and merely a few weeks ago...! When will all this over? In mid-April I was all set for three days on a very
ancient water in the South West of England, with three friends. We'd planned - we'd looked forward to it...but it's now completely off the table, of course. I cannot complain. Nobody can complain about restricted movement, at a time like this. But let's assume
the nightmare will end soon, - what am I still looking forward too? Well, there's a completely off the radar and long-established water I mean to try...I've seen a picture of a roach angler holding an 18lb common (caught by accident, and which was a big surprise
for him). I think it might have been a Leney.. I'll call this water, Cider Pool, after my late and much-loved cat, Cider - and I hope to be writing about it fairly soon. And there's another pool - completely unfished - which I've more or less been promised
solitary access to.... many a slip between cup and lip...but it's a remote pool of around 4 acres, and deep in places. I'll call this, Beer Pool - and why not? It might hold little of interest, actually; but I'm betting otherwise. Closer to home, the water
I call Hoveland still has some unfinished business - I've caught the third and fourth largest carp in there, but I've only hooked and lost the second largest, on an unsuspected snag. As for the largest carp - it's a silvery common. I've seen it just
once, and I would put its weight at 25lbs plus....that's certainly still on my radar. Happy planning and searching to you all! Hopefully, it won't be long before we are all back on the bank....
The picture shows a typical Hoveland common,
caught by me. The king of the pool is a much larger common, rather silvery with, from what I could tell from just one sighting, deep red instead of orange fins...