|27th June 1984 - Stanborough Lake, Welwyn Garden City - 18 lbs 10 oz|
|May 2011 - Long Shaw Farm - 14 lbs 6 oz; my first double-figure carp in 23 years!|
However, back to 2016 and what this is all about - my carp angling ambitions going forward. I am incredibly fortunate to live in a part of the UK that is full of fisheries which are able to offer wonderful carp angling opportunities. Some of the biggest carp in the country are to be found in the lakes of Kent and I could, if I so desired, join the massed ranks of cult devotees and fish at many of these venues, for a price! If things were different, it is quite likely that I'd join this circus and go off chasing monsters but, fishing must now fit into my life and not the other way around. My targets, therefore, need to be adjusted accordingly, so as to remain realistic and, as such, achievable. I have neither unlimited time, nor money; two fundamental requirements for the full-on "big carp" angler in 2016. There is a third piece to this obsessional quest for monster carp - the angler must be of a totally focused mind-set. There is no room for distraction or compromise - it has to be all or nothing, there are no intermediate stages when "that'll do" is tolerated. Not a situation suited for me, any longer, as there's so much else that I enjoy doing.
|23 lbs 14 oz - the one to beat! (It was a very good fish in Feb '84)|
I have a list of "Do's & Don'ts" which I am going to attempt to adhere to if the project develops? With seven weeks still remaining, in which to complete my eel challenge, all of this carp stuff is just "pie in the sky" at present. I've been working in the "packing section" of digital for the majority of last week; on a manual bay, where there is plenty of opportunity to think about anything which takes your fancy! Digital ink packing is a repetitive task which, if you allowed it, could become incredibly tedious and boring. One way to combat this outcome is to engage in idle "tittle tattle" with fellow members of the workforce - my way, however, is to explore random thought and see where it leads? It is of no surprise that the majority of my colleagues think that I'm a miserable old git, because I try to avoid "gossip"! My mental explorations have been down some rather weird back roads as my mind has wandered - however, angling and natural history nearly always provide the inspiration for a starting point.
So there I am, packing away, thinking about various projects that might, possibly, be worthy of pursuit. I have a desire to see a PB carp landed on the Mk IV - it's that dream scenario again, but I have been to many other places. I've a few ideas for improved particle mixes, hook baits and rigs. Being an old git does have some advantages - I can think back to previous campaigns, draw inspiration from bygone experiences, and it frequently works for me!
|The realisation of a dream - my first twenty since returning to angling after an eighteen year|
sabbatical - my pike fishing has gone downhill ever since!