The sun’s warming afternoon rays had enticed the great British public out to the beach in search of some traditional Easter holiday fun. Sand and sea. Shells and ice creams. Picnics and pints.
While mooching around the beach, I knew the sunshine would be having a similar effect on the local carp population.
And so, a few days later, I decided to head out to a local, shallow pool for a few hours fishing for fun in the afternoon sun.
The carp here aren’t big, in the grand scheme of things, but after a winter of roach fishing a carp getting on for double figures looks bloody huge!
And I had a blast, waggler fishing under the rod tip, 4lbs line to a size 16 and double maggot as bait.
Despite the warmth, it had snowed up in the valleys a couple of days previously and I wondered if this spring fed pool may be feeling the effects of that. So I opted for maggots as bait and it proved a wise move.
As well as a number of lumpy carp I had four tench, each of which had me wondering if I’d hooked one of the pool’s ultra-rare monster perch.
There was no mistaking those carp though, as they tore off on those intital thirty or forty yard runs. Great fun.