My fellow blogger "BB" (aka Bureboy) refers to small carp as "mud pigs" whilst I prefer the "scamp" description myself. What we both agree on is that these ravenous hoards are absolutely zero test of an angler's ability. They are so easy to catch and, as such, should be treated as an enjoyable distraction whenever they are encountered. I've had a peruse of the C&DAA rule book and can find no reference to any type of publicity ban so will happily reveal the details of my session today. Bev hasn't been too well, of late, and we're awaiting some medical tests which should assist with how we move on. What with this, and my ham-string issues, I'm staying away from the river until things sort themselves out. So this is where "scamping" fits in nicely. The two "carp puddles" Brook & Jade, down at Minster, are perfectly situated to allow me to go fishing whilst being close enough to home that I can be back within twenty minutes of any phone call.
The weather was perfect. Scattered cloud and a light W/SW breeze, all I required was the Hardy "Palakona" Perfection Roach rod, an ABU Cardinal 155 loaded with 5 lbs line, a couple of boxes of "Happy Shopper" dog biscuits plus associated dross and I was on my way. I fished free-lined "Baker's Meaty Meals" dog treats on a size 12 Nash "Floater Claw" hook. Does it get more simple than this? Between 13.00 -19.00 hrs I landed in excess of twenty small carp, the heaviest being under six pounds, but what's to complain about? I lost at least six fish to hook pulls (barbless hook rules) or getting snagged in the marginal reeds and probably only hooked one in four fish that took my baits. It was total carnage; like taking candy from a baby. The rod was an absolute joy to use, each fish providing a wonderful challenge despite their lack of size.
Back again on Thursday using the split cane Mk IV Avon rod purely because I have no desire to snap the Hardy for a second time. I've had my fun so now time to put it away and abuse the Mk IV Avon because that's why I purchased it.
I have to admit to a major school boy error today. I was only free-lining because I hadn't taken any swivels with me. I had a couple of different sized Nash "Bolt Machines" in my kit but, because of my oversight, couldn't use them. It will be different on Thursday - I hope! I fished three different swims on Jade Lake, today. I had the place to myself although I'd hoped to fish on Brook Lake and the only guy on was in the swim I wanted. Shit happens - then you catch loads of scamps. Under no circumstances can this be taken seriously. These carp are stunted and starving, due to the ridiculous numbers present. I just happened to use a tactic which worked on the day, certainly not rocket science or "good angling"