Week two...

Improve Your Coarse Fishing (UK) - - Carp Q & A -

Shiv­er­ing one week, sweat­ing the next. Wel­come to a typ­i­cal Bri­tish spring. With early morn­ing mist giv­ing way to blue skies, scat­tered cu­mu­lus clouds and a gen­tle south-west­erly, I didn’t need telling twice that to­day was a day to catch carp on the sur­face. Bring it on. Hav­ing been hu­mil­i­ated by a duck at Alder­fen last month it was time for the re­match. To­day I would let it eat all the bait it wanted, even if the stupid thing sank. Yes, I would get past it. I would feed it un­til it could eat no more and then I’d have my wicked way with the carp. Or at least that was the plan. As I crept to­wards the lake an omi­nous sound of splash­ing greeted me. No, they couldn’t be! Oh yes they could. Carp were ev­ery­where, chas­ing af­ter each other with pur­pose be­fore crash­ing into the reeds and irises, writhing and ca­vort­ing, males and fe­males alike swip­ing their tails into a frenzy as the last eggs and milt were ex­truded from their vents. In­ter­est­ing as it was to watch, there was no way I was pre­pared to dis­turb them with a rod and line. I left them be and moved on to Tyram Hall Fish­eries where it turns out no-one had caught a carp from the syn­di­cate lake in days. I spent a long time look­ing but it was clear in my mind that it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore these fish also started spawn­ing so I let them be as well. I was about to head home when I spot­ted a few fish mov­ing in a cor­ner of the Match Lake. Af­ter flick­ing out a few mix­ers these guys clearly wanted to play so I grabbed a rod and pro­ceeded to have a lot of fun. It made me re­alise that we’re of­ten a bit snobby about com­mer­cial fish­eries. They are full of carp of­ten run­ning to mid-dou­bles or big­ger. I would have been a fool to turn my nose up at fish like this. Scale down and there’s some se­ri­ous plea­sure to be had.

Flick­ing out a few mix­ers lead to the down­fall of this pow­er­ful mir­ror of You can have bags for sur­face fish­ing fun com­mer­cial carp

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