Well, as you are now aware, I pissed it. Homersham must be the easiest carp fishery in the UK, or they're bloody starving? The second hypothesis is quickly discounted as these fish are in wonderful condition and fight with great tenacity when hooked. It's certainly not a big fish venue and those boily chucking, brain dead, clones will testify it's also not a runs water using this approach. So, I find myself questioning, why do they continue to stick with these tactics? Yet I already know the answer without needing to get involved in dialogue. Dumb schmucks don't know any different. They've watched Youtube and have fallen for this slick, marketing genius's, sales patter and the associated, over priced, products that they see their heroes endorse/promote! (Danny Fairbrass, Alan Blair, et al, are superb carp anglers, but even better businessmen. Carp tax is what they peddle - logos mean so much more than functionality in today's screwed up angling scene!)
Oh yeah, where was I? Simplicity and how to get the best out of time spent on the banks of Homersham. It was 21st March when I first pitched up at the fishery with the intention of tempting the carp to sample my floating hook baits. It doesn't get any more simple than free-lined bread. A rod, centrepin reel, line and a hook all that is required. A handful, no more, of freebies adjacent to the marginal reeds and away I went. Four fish on that first outing was to set the tone for this silly dalliance with these carp. All that I needed to do was to find them, actually temping them to take a bait was the easy bit.
|One of the carp taken on that first outing|
|The Hardy Palakona - in a sorry state after the abuse I gave it. Great fun whilst it lasted|
|Not too sure what dogs think - carp love them!|
What happens next is the complete opposite to this enjoyable nonsense, a return to the split cane (wild) thirty challenge. I have every intention of keeping tactics as basic as I can make them, location being the undeniable, single, most important aspect in this project. Bait choice, rig mechanics and presentation come a long way down the list of priorities under these circumstances. At present I am sorting out the kit in readiness for the start of the new season. Come the sixteenth of June; the pursuit of a dream starts again and, if I'm to realise my ambition, I've got to be in it to live it!