I've just got back from a quick visit to Sandwich Coarse Fishery. No; I didn't take my tackle, just went there to see Ken, the bailiff, (Kevin is away on holiday) and sort out a session for Benno and myself on Sunday. Aldred, my Dad's gardener, was also there; so I spent quite some time chatting and enjoying a cuppa in the company of these two guys. Subjects ranged from split cane rods, through old reels and centre-pins, match anglers and their lack of appreciation of the surroundings they fish in, to the woeful employment ethics of Dragon Carp - ref: Ken's son Anthony and the shameful way he was treated as the Ramsgate store was closed down. Quite a varied conversation, whilst drinking my coffee.
Permission granted, I then went for a stroll around the complex - camera and binoculars to hand, just in case! A nice mixed flock of Siskin and Goldfinches were feeding in the alders beside the match lakes, whilst a Kingfisher was glimpsed as it sped by, whistling loudly. Walking around the Specimen Lake, a large carp "lumped out" beside one of the islands - the signs are all very positive for the weekend ahead. Perch are our targeted species, but any fish which puts a bend in the rod will do. Bait is being purchased, as I write, Bev getting the frozen prawns from Tesco, my lobworms will be extracted from the lawn when I've finish my shift tonight. The perch which inhabit the local "carp puddles" are an unknown quantity - in as much as very few anglers make any effort to deliberately seek them. Accidental captures make up the bulk of the reported fish, the average size being well in excess of two pounds, and that'll do for me!
Work is going crazy - overtime for the complete run up to Christmas! Thank-you very much, I'll have a bowl full of that - first pay day in January will be very pleasant indeed.