I had with me three rods; two Duncan Kay's and a Tring Tench Special - with the plan to fish two rods on the bottom, until the forecast sunshine appeared, then fish a surface bait - centre-pin fitted!
Problem - the sun was shining brightly as I arrived, so I only ever fished a single bottom bait (five fish - 3 carp, 1 tench and a bream!) The surface baits produced another seven carp (no doubles - best fish going 9lbs 12oz) which were shared between the two remaining rods.
|The Rolls Royce (Match Aerial) left & The Chrysler "copycat" (Matt Hayes "Limited Edition) on the right|
|A rather sad looking Tench, it has some damage to the mouth probably caused by picking up|
carp baits, fished on heavy tackle? One of the problems on these heavily fished "carp puddles".
It was a fantastic session, I spent the best part of ten hours at the venue, catching fish on a regular basis, although I have to admit that I was less than 50% successful in my hooking attempts, when using floating fishmeal pellets.
|My first ever sighting of a Barbel in Kent - and from a still-water!|
Taken on a lump of bread that was fished, free-lined, in the margins.
|Blue-tailed Damselfly - Ischura elegans|
|Striped Hoverfly - Helophilus pendulus|
|My best, and final, fish of the session - a chunky little Common Carp of 9lbs 12oz|