Colne Val­ley carp

Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

AN old friend, Keith Wes­ley, had in­vited me to a pit that still held an air of mys­tery. As we wan­dered the banks, big, bronze backs broke the sur­face, tempt­ing us to make a cast.

The mar­gins seemed an ob­vi­ous place to fish and I laid a rig on to a small gravel spot sur­rounded by Cana­dian pond weed. A dense krill boilie sat on the hair, over which I scat­tered 50 sim­i­lar baits and a pint of dead mag­gots.

With the trap set, I sat well back and waited, watch­ing for tail pat­terns and bub­bles. My camp for the night had been dis­creetly ar­ranged out of view of the carp, and a few hours later, as I lay on my bed­chair, the alarm screamed. I reached the rod quickly enough to stop the weed grab­bing hold of my prize.

With the lead ejected on the take, land­ing the carp amid the veg­e­ta­tion wasn’t an is­sue and soon the mesh of the net held a leath­ery yel­low flank and with­ered fins.

In an ever-grow­ing carp world of pro­cessed per­fec­tion I have come to ap­pre­ci­ate these old char­ac­ters even more, and de­spite it not be­ing a mon­ster I was as pleased as Punch.

The evening was spent so­cial­is­ing with Keith, and when the last bite of the week came it was to be his, from a scaly beast of 34lb. We laughed as he de­clared vic­tory.

Trea­sured mem­o­ries in­deed!

I loved this an­cient war­rior of a carp.

Keith’s 34lb scaly mir­ror – some fish!

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