Another visit to the float pond at Picks Cottage, this time with Matt, who had done some whip fishing for small roach and rudd previously. He was keen to develop his angling skills and catch some larger fish.
At the start of the session, we could see patches of bubbles coming to the surface in all areas of the pond, indicating fish feeding on the bottom. Resisting the temptation to cast in straight away, we got on with my usual dry land fish-playing exercises. Matt needed to know how to handle the gear if a carp was hooked, as these fish fight hard. We also worked on some different casting styles and then we were ready to fish.
As Matt made his first cast with a waggler float, the bubbling seemed to have slowed down, indicating a reduction in feeding activity. Sure enough we had quite a long wait for a bite. Eventually it came though, and Matt found himself putting his fish playing skills into practice:
Soon his first carp was on the bank:
After that, it was very quiet. As the sun climbed higher, we were able to spot carp basking at the surface here and there. Bubbling had now ceased. We reeled in the line and went for a walk around the lake, spotting more groups of carp mooching about and clearly not feeding. We were trying to be stealthy – staying well back from the water and walking slowly – but even so we still managed to spook some of these fish. A good lesson for the future.
Back in the fishing spot, Matt resumed work. On his second cast, the float slowly sailed away and another carp came to the net. It seemed to support a theory of mine that stopping fishing for a while is sometimes followed by quick results when you resume. Perhaps it is the stealth factor again – the regular splashes from casting might scare fish away, but when you stop they come back.