Josh and I ventured onto a club water for the first time last Saturday, it is a lake that sits next to an old monastery, dammed at one end and a small stream running into the other, very coloured water that has overgrown banks and set amongst very scenic surroundings.
On arriving it was clear that some of the Carp had other things on their mind's as groups of fish could be seen swimming around in the margins, sometimes stopping off for a thrash around in the first proceedings of spawning, we would give it a go anyway and a few looked up for a bait on the surface too which was Josh's target for the day.
We began at the shallower end and after firing some floating pellets onto the surface a few Carp started taking interest but unfortuantely not in Josh's bait and they soon melted away or only took bait that had floated under a nearside tree. Whilst Josh continued to try to tempt them out to open water I had a bite on my second cast on the method feeder and a turbo charged Carp shot across the pool spooking several other fish on route, after a terrific scrap which tested the 1.5lb Avon rod and 8lb line to the limit a Carp was landed around 4lb in weight looking to me a true Wild Carp, long and lean with a huge head and mouth. The fish was shedding milt on the mat so they were obvioulsy close to spawning indeed.
The fish were not responding to surface baits in Josh's peg so we moved back up the pool and settled on a staged peg where there looked to be some action on the surface, Josh started to put some floating pellets out whilst I tackled up behind him, whilst I was doing that I noticed a couple of Carp that had come right into the staging to take the pellets that had dropped short, Josh at this time was blissfully unaware of the fact so I suggested that he offered a bait close in and stepped back to gain their confidence, a short time later the clutch was singing as a fish was hooked, after another good battle a scaly mirror around 4lb was in the net and it was mission accomplished for Josh catching one off the surface!
Another move was then made to a slightly shadier spot as the temperature was hitting 28 degree's and Josh was starting to waiver a bit (just like I was!). Another method rod was put out in the margins whilst I set up a float rod, Josh continued to fire floating pellet's out in an attempt to draw some slightly larger Carp up to the surface that were mooching around the area. The method rod was the next one to fly off and as Josh was sat next to it I suggested that he quickly picked the thing up as the tip was bending round at an alarming rate as the fish made off, after another great scrap a Wildie of about 5lb was duly netted.
The decison was then made to head home as little man was ready to pass out in the heat and the thought of him being sunburnt wasn't a good one....not before he managed to catch a Roach of about 10oz on a floating pellet.
The opening of the river season is fast heading our way and even though I said a while back that I was keen to stay on my Tench water in an attempt to catch the larger females I know that is going to be difficult, I have been preparing a swim or three on my local Warks Avon and baiting them fairly regularly in an attempt to catch an early season Barbel and whilst I was out flinging fluff on the Sow I saw some swims that were begging for a float to be run through them, the thought that this has probably not been done before or for some time does tempt me.........we will see.