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A Tale of Two Records Canal Carping
with the same mix. As an alternative I
also baited with broad beans. I even
tied dozens of broad beans to short
lengths of line, attached them to
stones and threw them in, the idea
being that the carp would get used to
tacking them with line attached and
feel safe. Well, the eels went mad for
the PYM, even in floater form. The
couple of carp I did hook on the PYM
were stalked, but both lost. Broad
beans, in spite of being very successful on other waters, only produced
bite-offs, which indicated my confidence building with the line had
worked. Also they caught loads of
tench and bream on the canal. In
short the bait had worked so well for
other species, the carp didn’t get a
look in. By September I had spent
nearly 400 hours and not landed a single carp.
My confidence was waning, and I
was doing fewer hours. Mid-September and I was wandering the bank
around Aldergate while waiting for a
mate to go to another venue. All I had
with me was a rod, net and loaf of
bread. I soon spotted a carp tight to
the far bank. Bread would not coax it
to take so I decided to find a worm to
try. The fish appeared to be feeding
from a slight inflow caused by the
recent rain. With only free-line available I used mud around the hook and
worm for weight to enable a cast onto
the far bank, so as not to spook the
fish. Wonders will never cease- it
worked first time. A couple of sharp
tugs on the line and there it was, a
nice free-lined worm in the opposite
margin. A few moments later and the
carp was on. Only a small common at
9lb 4oz, but I was as pleased with that
fish as I would have been with a big
twenty from any other water, probably more so.
The capture of that small common
was a turning point in my RMC fishing. I still wanted to catch canal carp
but in less hours and less cost. I reasoned that hundreds of rod hours
resulted in a lot of blanks. Short sessions after time spent looking for fish
often resulted in success. I decided to
try and catch carp in fewer hours by
(Top) Another pretty 14lb mirror,
August 2002.
(Above right) Nicely scaled mirror at
19lb 8oz, May 2003.
(Right) Returning a mint 23lb 4oz
mirror, July 20th, 2003.
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