|"Go away, I'm busy..." He didn't really say that but he might have thought it!|
|The carp rig|
We piled into the office and handed over our day ticket money for two rods each. After some debate we decided to fish in the same area of Major's lake as I had been on last time I was there. For some reason it seemed to take me ages to get my act together. I really need to sort out what I need and what I can leave behind. I seem to end up with far too much stuff to wade through. My make-shift barrow needs a bit of work on it to make it more bag-friendly, but that will be another story. Just now I need to keep on track or I will not finish this little story before you all fall asleep!
|Looking down the lake from my peg. the foliage on the left is growing on the island|
We settled down to fish and before too long we were catching fish. Yes I know that is the point but there have been times... Duncan claimed first real fish with a splendid looking tench, it did not look as happy as he was.
|That tench does not look as happy as Duncan! Sorry about the pole being in the way|
|Excuse me! Would you mind not jumping up and down on there!|
While the sleeper was doing its job, I was engaged in fishing for roach and perch around the small patch of lily's to my left. This is just small enough to bridge over with my 'hippo'. I fished this swim about ten days ago and was feeding liquid bread and using bread as the hook-bait to catch skimmers and small bream - that gets interesting on this lightweight kit! This time I was using maggots to feed with a single dead maggot as hook-bait to target the roach. I discovered by keeping it going the bites are plentiful - every cast at times - and the fish get bigger. Resting the swim to do a bit of feeder fishing and then attacking it again, this time feeding a few casters with the maggots and a single caster was finding the perch. Okay the fish are not huge but it is great fun once you get it right.
|Getting bigger, not huge but I was happy!|
|The perch were moving in - they seem to love casters|
I was just thinking about giving the hippo a rest when the alarm went off and this time it was not the robin. I hastily placed the hippo on the grass (hooking the nearby tree - Grrr!) I grabbed the rod and sure enough I had hooked a fish. I managed to keep the fish out of the tree roots and it was not heading straight for the lily's. As I got it close it broke the surface - it was a tench. The rig had worked and I had caught my first fish using this technique.
|First fish using carp gear - He did not look happy... I was, even though it was supposed to be a big carp|
|Look Mum, no hands!|
|Is it okay if I have this one?|
|Blimey! I have found the mother-load|
Another fun day over, now to think about the match on Wednesday, next week...