Carp are a species that I enjoy catching but rarely fish for. If I do catch them then they are either a fluke when I am fishing for other species or I catch them by design off the surface. In fact my pb mirror was caught on worm while Tench fishing and my pb Common took a dog biscuit off the top.
When I started fishing again in 2005 I fell into the trap that a lot of anglers do and concentrated on Carp, they are a big fish and relatively easy to catch (doubles!). My mates and I used to go to a small pond just outside of Evesham and rig up with boilies and buzzers. We caught several double figure fish a session. It was good fun and for inexperienced fishermen we thought we were doing well. Thankfully I like variety and we moved on. Do not mistake me I like catching Carp but life and time are too short to just concentrate on them alone.
Not far from home there are three pools which come under the collective name of Willow Farm. The top pool is stunning, very intimate and has some nice weedbed features. The Carp here love dog biscuits and there I learnt to stalk the fish off the top using the weed as cover and I raised my pb to 19lb 4oz with this immaculate common in 2005.
|28th August 2006 21lb 4oz|
|18th May 2007 20lb 12oz Stubbs Pool on Pineapple boilie|
|22lb 4oz 2nd June 2010-Click here for write up|
In 2011 I broke through the next barrier in Carp fishing by landing a 'thirty'. I could claim that it was a special rig, chod, blowback whatever but it wasn't. I was Tench fishing again, my favourite spring pastime, and I fluked this beauty. The fact that it picked up my hookbait was lucky but it took a great deal of skill to play it to the bank on an 8lb mono hooklink and a size 12 hook so I will take some plaudits for it's capture!
|32lb 8oz-Click here for write up|
Still catching Carp but more as a by product of targeting other species:
But who cares when they are beauties like this 24lb 12 oz fish!!
Actually caught by design, chum mixer off the surface, the best way to Carp fish in my opinion!