So I managed to get back out on Sunday. Conditions were lovely near me, overcast and cooler than we've seen recently, with a nice breeze. Pretty perfect for carp angling. I popped over Saturday night to bait up and was at the gate for opening time (04:15). I held fire with getting the rods out as the area I baited was looking pretty lifeless. After half an hour watching I decided a quick walk was required and it wasn't long before I found a much better looking area. Lots of activity and although most of it was tench I was sure there was the odd carp about.
I started with two spots, applied a little bait, two rods on one and the third on the other. I was seeing the odd bit of fizzing but the only definite carp I saw was down to my left in what is the weediest part of a very weedy water. I popped down for a look and it was proper brutal out there, solid on the deck with rafts of floating weed on top. But my God it looked carpy. I grabbed a rod and chucked it over there and on the third attempt I found a little hole on the deck just next to one of the rafts. This little spot was only a rod length off the bank, about 30 yards to my left. Needless to say one of the rods comes in, baited with a small pop up, and into the hole it goes. Walked down and under-armed a handful of bait right over the PVA foam as it pops ups. Time for a brew.
So the day passes and it gets to early afternoon, I'm still seeing signs but have noticed a couple of carp are way up in the water. There's no way I can fish zigs with the weed about so I'm sitting it out hoping for a bite later. Then out of the blue the rod in the hole absolutely rips off, rod bent to a right angler, alarm and clutch screaming, absolutely awesome stuff that has me jumping out of my seat. The fight is pretty brutal with weed up the line causing problems but with a bit of perseverance I somehow manage to extract this carp. Quite an explosive little episode but it ends with a carp in my net so I'm a very happy chappy. It's a lovely grey mirror, spawned out but looking no less awesome for it.
I get the pics done, sort the rod/rig out and back it goes in the hole. Another handful of bait over the top. It seems the commotion has pushed them out a bit and I spot carp showing off the back off me. As the day goes on they seem to be getting closer and around 7pm it's looking really good again. I see 3 show in quick succession over my middle rod spot which is around 50 yards out so I'm kinda expecting that one to go when I get a bleep on the right hand rod which is fished at a similar range but to a different marker. I walk over to see what's going on and as I reach the rod the line pulls out of the clip and off it goes.
This one proper beats me up and for a moment I wonder if it's one of the real bigguns. Alas it is not, it's one I've had 3 times now, a stocky with a big scale on it's shoulder. Not the prettiest carp in the lake and certainly not the one I would choose to follow me around (as it seems to be doing). That said, the water quality this year does mean it's looking better than previous captures. We get it out to weight it and get a quick snap, I'm glad I did as it's probs the best pic of it I've got (in fact it looks really nice!!). Unfortunately I look like a right miserable sod in the shot so I apologies lads. I can assure you I was happy really😂
On a side note, while I was playing that fish the rod in the hole ripped off again. It was a lovely big tench and luckily my mate was on hand to land it for me.
So with the fish put back and the rods all over the place with weed everywhere I decided I'd quit while I'm ahead and home for dinner and a glass of wine to celebrate. What a lovely day and I seem to be hitting some form on there so looking forward to getting back down there.