I thought I’d share these contrasting pictures of two fishing girls – our ‘other halves’ dutifully holding fish for the camera. They were taken at a small stillwater in the West Midlands, where a small group of us combined a camping trip with a spot of carp fishing.
Although (clearly!) not everyone had done much fishing, everyone threw themselves into the spirit of things – learning about how to bait a hook, why groundbait can help increase the likelihood of a catch, how it’s possible to catch carp from both the surface and the lake bed, and a few more things besides. It was a great trip and we even caught some fish.
The picture above is my girlfriend, Anna, holding her first ever carp – with some satisfaction by the look of it. And well she might: I can honestly say that, apart from baiting and netting, she did the whole thing herself – she cast out, she reacted to the run, she hooked the fish and she played it patiently into the landing net. I felt like a proud parent.
The picture below shows quite a contrast. Becky had caught and posed with at least one carp before that I know of. I think she was just a little surprised when it wriggled…