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There used to be an advert on TV, many years ago, featuring Victor Kiam. Referring to Remington shavers, he would say, ‘I liked them so much I bought the company’. Well, last week I enjoyed my carp fishing so much I decided to do more of the same this time round. Just like Mr Kiam, you can never have too much of a good thing.
Heading off for the first of several overnighters, on arrival I discovered my camcorder battery was on 1% charge and flashing its orange warning light frantically. Which was a shame really, as I had a nice fish to kick the week off with. And caught at first light, I would have been able to get some good footage as well.
Never mind, at least I got a few photographs and started the video off with those to the musical backdrop of a new guitar piece my wife composed for me. And regarding the camcorder, I had actually plugged it in to charge, but obviously something along the way wasn’t properly connected. Aware of the issue I discovered during the week that the lead isn’t as effective as it should be. But a bit of jiggling does the trick.
This is the time of the year when our wild flowers really start to come into their own. Flowers seen this week include wood anemone, field forget-me-not, lords and ladies, greater stitchwort and numerous others, including the bluebell. On one of the venues I fished, a carpet of them greeted me as I pulled into the car park.
The week overall was ok as far as fish on the bank was concerned, but if I was looking at a school report then it would be as the title suggests. I did lose a couple of carp along the way, so they would have tipped the scales a little. The most important thing though is to enjoy your fishing, and I certainly did that. One of the carp I caught though had a horrible disfigured mouth due to bad angling practice.
And don’t automatically blame barbed hooks for that. When the mouth of a fish has been ripped apart, that’s not necessarily because of the hook but rather the angler. I fish with barbed hooks and don’t have issues. If you carry the correct unhooking tools – and use them properly – then you can return the fish in the same condition it was banked. (Published May 3 2014)