Carping On

Out on the GUC at the moment, trying to catch the first carp of the year. Weather is lovely but no signs of any carp activity yet. image

Update: Blanked. ¬†ūüė¶

Still Can’t Catch a Carp

Well I still can’t sort out those crafty canal carp. Had another crack at the GU yesterday, trying to see if I could break in my new carp rods, and to experiment with a new bait, but it wasn’t to be. Although I may have been close this time, as I had a run on one rod, which I somehow managed not to hook. I’m not convinced it was a carp though, as it was a slowish run, not¬†a screamer. I wonder if it could have been a bream that had picked up the bait but not taken it in fully.

Just after 5 o’clock¬†a very noisy party started up somewhere close by. As I wasn’t there to dance, I soon decided to up-sticks and move to a different venue. Predictably, I had the same lack of success there as I had at my first choice venue.

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 Рor actually rather cheap Рnew 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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