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鯉! Fishing

I need a break from the usual fishing that I normally do. Now, it’s time to get my hands dirty again. What better way to do bait fishing, the carp fishing way. This type of fishing reminds me of the old days when I used to 'play about' at the pay ponds near my home in Malaysia. Well, actually, I’ve not done any carp fishing before, never seriously before in the U.K. But, I was glad that I got to know a few guys who are really into their carp fishing.

On one fine summer’s day, we found ourselves fishing at a local carp pond somewhere in rural West Leicestershire. The weather was typical of a British summer’s day. It rained heavily the night before and of our friends who was supposed to join us had to forfeit because of the rain. In fact, the rain only stopped just moments before we set up tackle.

On the lookout for carp rises. The water is very murky. No thanks to the rain.

To start the day, the bait was a mixture of dough which I don’t even have a clue what’s in it. Maybe it’s a secret recipe of some sorts. But, it's the classic bait of almost all carp fishermen.

Secret 'carp' bait recipe in the making.

One of the smaller mirror carps on dough bait before the bread feeding frenzy.

But as soon as the sun came out, the carp’s appetite changed completely.It was ‘bread’ time and they were taking bread off the surface like bass taking poppers. The rig was as simple as it could get, just bread (minus the crust) with a hook and that’s all. Before we cold even realize, we were out of bread. Who would have thought that the carps would prefer bread over the usual dough?

The bait of the day, plain white bread!

One of the many mirror carps caught off the surface using bread.

A close-up view of a mirror carp.

The big one which tipped the scales at slightly over 10 lbs.

Big one coming through but what is it?

Wow! A big fat mirror carp.

Even though we were out of bread before we could better our score, we caught some really nice fish, including a 10 lb plus common carp for which I caught on a moving bread rig. Needless, the two of my friends probably caught close to 100 lbs weight worth of carps. Though I caught the least (not really surprising), I ended the day with possibly the biggest carp of the day. Not bad for a total carp fishing rookie. Would I come back for more carp fishing action, maybe yes and maybe no? In all, it was a fun and refreshing day, a day in which I could lay back and relax and let the rod and reel do all the work.

Thanks for reading.
[ 2011/01/21 20:22 ] Category: None | TB(0) | CM(0)
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