Before going on holiday to Costa Rica with son James for some giant tarpon fishing, I thought I would pop up and spend one night at my best friend’s little fishery near Stafford. He is such a great lad and doesn’t get the chance to fish as much as I do for many reasons that I won’t bore you with, but it’s always good to see him. There are some nice carp in his pools too and, perhaps best of all, I LOVE to feed my tame pike!
On this occasion I decided to try hair-rigged luncheon meat for the carp, but it was unsuccessful during the afternoon and things were quiet as we eagerly scoffed our haddock, mushy peas and chips from the local chippy. After these, a bottle of bubbly and some blackberries and cream, I was just about ready for bed! I regret to say that I have reached the stage where I do not want to be woken at 2am to fight a slimy old carp for 20 minutes (sorry you carpy fanatics!), and therefore I reeled my rods in before retiring to my comfy bed-chair and sleeping bag.
At 4 o’clock in the morning, however, I heard the dreaded “beep-beep-beep” – Ken had left his rods out!! I don’t know how long it took him to get to his rods but I feigned sleep for a while until the plaintive cry of “Mike, get the net”. Of course I had to turn out, and I netted a spectacularly pretty linear mirror of 18 or 19 pounds.
ALL rods were then pulled in!!
I was awake at 7am and, having ‘clipped up’ the night before, soon sent the luncheon meat out to the chosen spots. Five minutes later the bait just off the favourite point was taken and the buzzer shrieked as line peeled off. After some time my first 20lb common carp from Ken’s pools was landed, and while I was unhooking it on the mat another alarm sounded. We both assumed one of Ken’s Rottweilers had barged the rods and cursed them accordingly, but when we looked, the rod was bouncing and another carp had taken a liking to the meat! This one proved to be a 20lb mirror so, unusually, we were able to get a double picture! Amazing how this sort of thing happens.
Anyway, having returned both fish safely and had a quick cuppa, I checked to see if my tame pikey had arrived. Sure enough she ( for it must be 11 or 12 pounds now and therefore is almost certainly female) was there, pectoral fins waving as she waited to be fed!! I was happy to oblige and got another video clip of her taking a sacrificial baby rudd! I was so pleased she turned up and I look forward to the next time. If she gets to 20lbs I might even be tempted to catch her… But then again, why would I?!!!