HAPPY. NOT VERY HAPPY. NOT ECSTATIC. JUST HAPPY. (Carp) – Blog entry 622

Not all carp anglers have the desire to spend hundreds of nights chasing one very elusive fish on a huge, low-density venue.

On the other hand, not everyone wants to fish an overstocked hole in the ground, where you catch a fish every few minutes.

Both rods were fished under overhanging trees
Both rods were fished under overhanging trees

Now at this point let me explain that I’m not having any sort of dig whatsoever at either of the above scenarios, or indeed the anglers that choose to fish them.

I’m merely stating that’s how some anglers feel. This blog is dedicated to the carp angler who has limited time, yet wants a challenge.

Watching and waiting
Watching and waiting

I fished a venue that isn’t a ‘runs water’ and has a day-time only rule. Certainly at this time of the year, first light or the close of play are generally speaking the best options when night fishing is not on the menu.

It was the latter that I opted for, as I set off from home, for a few hours up to dark. Although it was midweek, I was still surprised to have the place to myself. I must confess, that didn’t trouble me!

A tiny roach put in an appearance as well
A tiny roach put in an appearance as well

On places I have been on previously, part of my homework is to pick a swim where I would like to spend the session. Obviously that may change on certain venues, but the smaller the place the less likely that is.

As I was on my own Plan B didn’t come into the equation, I was able to drop into my preferred swim. With overhanging trees either side of me, a gentle underarm swing saw the baits positioned under the branches.

Cranberry pop-up did the trick
Cranberry pop-up did the trick

I threw out a few handfuls of Proactive Multimix pellets and loose boilies. On the left rod I fished 2x 10mm Ace lobworm boilies from the SBS Premium range.

The other one saw a 16mm soluble cranberry make its way out. For those interested in the details, this was from the Flumino F Code family of baits.

This made me happy
This made me happy

The loose cranberry boilies were from the Eurostars range, which provides a quality bait at an affordable price.

They obviously did the trick on attracting fish and giving them the confidence to feed, as that saw the first carp on the bank.

Forget-me-nots in the hedgerow
Forget-me-nots in the hedgerow

Highlighting the very fine line between ‘success’ and ‘failure’, this proved to be the only fish to put in an appearance. It still made me happy though.

Not very happy and not ecstatic, just happy. If you watch the accompanying video, all will be explained! (Published June 13 2015)

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