Can’t Catch Crafty Canal Carp


To escape from Royal Wedding hysteria, I had a go at catching a carp from the GU on Friday, giving me the opportunity to try out my new super-duper – or actually rather cheap – new carp rods and bite alarms. However, being properly kitted out for the occassion made no difference to my successes because, as per normal when trying for a canal carp, I failed to even get a bite.

Although I’ve fished the GU a few times before, this was my first time on this particular section. Andy told me there was a better chance of a fish here, ha ha ha!

I think we managed to get the only thunderstorm of the day in the entire south-east of the country during the afternoon. Fortunately, it didn’t last too long, bringing heavy rain and some hail for about 20 minutes, with the main lightning storm generally passing a reasonable distance away.

Not long after the storm had passed, Andy recast to a new position, and had his bait taken almost as soon as the lead hit bottom. A mirror carp of 10.05 gave him a spirited battle before being netted. This was the last action of the day, so we decided to adjourn to the pub at about half past eight, which was probably the best idea of the day.

The local bird (feathered kind!) population did at least provide a distraction, with a red kite, sparrowhawk and heron all making appearances, but the best sight of the day was a duck with her brood of about 10 very young ducklings, who may very well have been out for their first swim.

I swear one day I will sort out those canny carp!

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