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Canal Carping A Tale of Two Records
(Left) 21lb 4oz, 28th September, 2003.
(Below) 19lb 4oz, 28th September,
2003.
(Bottom) Cyprinus Carpio, the
executive bivvy stern exit light years
from the old dug outs.
It was not until late October that a
couple of big carp were located. Then
and only then did I do a few short sessions. 28th October saw me creeping
the banks on a beautiful warm sunny
afternoon. My armoury was a 10ft RW
glass rod with 14lb line to combat the
decaying weed and branches, rod
rest, landing net, a sack (just in case),
bread and some Robin Red paste.
After a while I found a big mirror in
the margins. I crawled through the
bushes and watched for a while. What
a fantastic sight it was too, with magnificent clear water, a monster carp in
the use of thorough observation. A
method that is known to be successful but not often practised. The chart
below was a good reason to give it a
try.
Observation fishing on the RMC
certainly paid dividends in the seasons that followed. That allowed me
to do a lot more on other waters while
still catching a few canal fish. In 1977,
observation plus only 25 hours’ fishing produced the same result that the
400 hours the year before.
My approach to the RMC for the
1978 season was to be the same.
Observation first, and only when fish
were found would a line be cast.
Closed season visits resulted in only a
few small commons being seen. I
decided to leave it for the early part of
the season enabling me to fish elsewhere and give the canal a rest. I
would still spend a few evenings a
month looking for some better fish.
During each visit, I would put in a few
of my latest super bait that was taking the Kent carp apart, “Robin Red”.
STATISTICS FOR THAT 1976
SEASON – £ Cost, rate at the time:
Miles travelled = 1,364 . . . . . . . . . .£34.10
Hours fishing = 400 . . . . . . . . . . . .£800.00
Tackle breakage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£20.00
broad beans = 336 tins . . . . . . . . . .£28.00
PYM dry mix = 12lb . . . . . . . . . . . .£17.00
Eggs = 228 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .£8.50
Worms = 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .No charge
Carp caught = 1 at 9lb 4oz
Cost of Carp = £6.13 per ounce.
Mental state of angler = IN QUESTION.
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