Monday, September 29th, and I’m again back at the local carp pool, arriving at around 0745.
And the first thing I did on arrival was to throw out my depth sounder again… as the bottom of the pool here is quite interesting – a lot of almost vertical long drops – and as the pool bottom is full of bricks and boulders I wonder if in fact there had been a building standing on the site that was demolished and then the land dug out for the pool – which was originally a trout pool I believe – and the drops are parts of old cellars and walls?
Take a look at my depth sounder’s output on this YouTube video… http://youtu.be/C4hkSTKRLcc
Apologies for quality but not an easy video to make without a tripod and with a £30 digital camera from China via eBay (:)) but you can see the results OK… The retrieve rate of the transponder was about 1 yard per 2 seconds to give some ideas of the distances, etc.
Anyway, next job was to bait up my swims for the day – the first swim was aimed to be that 25ft deep section straight out in front of me, the second swim about 8 yards out off the end of an overhanging tree on the left hand edge of the peg. Both were baited with crumb mixed with commercial groundbait, fish/bone/blood, gravy granules, custard powder, chocolate mousse mix along with a hemp/maize/wheat mix and added maggots….
The tackle for both rods were identical except for hooks – 1.75lb TC 11’ Avon Barbel rods, 8lb line, 1/2oz (free running on 3” links) bombs… The long range rod was fitted with a size 6 Kamasan ‘Animal’ eyed barbless hook, the near range rod with a size 12 of same type.
And first casts were made after all pre-prep was completed (unhooking mat, camera on bankstick, landing net set up, baits and small equipment laid out). I *ALWAYS* pre-prep my ‘station’ pre-first casts – there’s nothing worse than casting out, having a bite and the landing net is not set up, the unhooking mat is not ready, forceps/disgorger are not handy, scales and weigh net are still in bag, camera is still in bag requiring to be fetched, set up on bankstick, aimed, focussed, etc. All adds to the stress!!! So I spend a bit of time getting everything set up in readiness before casting – and as soon as the first fish is played out, the landing net is ready, fish is on to the mat to unhook, weighed, photo’d and returned to the water all easily within 2 mins, and that even allows for the camera’s self timer set to fire after a 20 second delay plus a further 4 shots at 2 second intervals. Try doing that with northing prepped!!!
And so it was 0850 when the first casts were made with bread on the long range rod, worm on the short range.
First action of the day came to the worm rod – a roach of approx 3oz – at 0920…
Then at 0945, the first action on the bread rod resulted in a 2lb 11oz Common Carp coming to the bank…
Whilst fishing I’d been feeding out a few floating dog biscuits and bits of old crusts from my bait loaf and there was a fair bit of action on the surface and so I thought I’d try some floating bait… but had also noticed that te fish seemed to be, again, ina ‘testy’ mood – bashing the floating baits about a lot… so this plus the fact I didn’t really want to get my specific rod out of the bag led me to fish a ‘zigged’ up bait – basically a floating bait on a leger rig which is then cast out and the line left slack until the bait floats back to the surface and then the line is tensioned just enough to pull the bait the required depth below the surface – and in my case this was around 6”-12”. And this was successful in that shortly I had netted a 4lb 2oz Common Carp.
And over the course of the rest of the day I successfully landed….
2lb 9oz Common Carp – Bread
3lb 9oz Mirror Carp – Worm
2lb 13oz Common Carp – Bread
1lb 8oz (approx) Bream – Bread
4oz Roach – Bread
3lb 9oz Common Carp – Bread
4lb 11oz Mirror Carp – Bread
3lb 9oz Common Carp – Bread
At this point, I had lowered my worm rod’s tip down in the water to prevent the lines from tangling as I brought this fish in… and as I was playing the fish the worm rod was pulled viciously across… I grabbed it but there was nothing there… as the line had been snapped… :(. As time was getting on I decided not to re-tackle this rod and continued for the rest of the session with just the one rod.
2lb 13oz Common Carp
2lb 13oz Leather Carp
3lb 8oz Common Carp
And at this time I decided to pack in – and never have done so at such an opportune time. Having packed up the tackle and arrived back at the car and started loading up a few spots of rain started to fall … and as I had literally driven 6’ the first flash of lightening of a quite heavy, and totally unforecast, downpour began… :)
And one other thing happened that nearly stopped my heart beating….
BUT *that* I’m keeping to myself ;) as sometimes one needs to keep one’s own secrets…. :)
BUT I am going to let you in on the recorded temperatures of the day :)
Time Air Water
0825 15.0 15.6
0850 14.6 15.6
0920 15.6 15.6
0945 16.1 15.6
1004 16.7 15.8
1050 19.5 15.8
1056 19.1 15.6
1205 19.3 15.8
1240 18.9 15.8
1410 20.3 16.0
1440 20.3 16.0
1530 20.2 15.9
1555 20.2 16.1
1605 19.5 15.9
1610 19.0 15.9
1700 19.8 16.0
1705 18.8 16.1