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The Unstable Campaign Off The Beaten Track
take, but thankfully I was on it quickly.
Instantly it locked up in weed, and I
was left winding it in, not sure if the
carp was still attached. Trying to net
it all was a pain; the first time I
thought I had it all only to notice my
line sticking out of the net with a carp
still attached. I dropped everything
and started ripping off the weed, and
in it popped second time around, and
a stunning little common of around
9lb was my prize. What it lacked in
size it certainly made up for in looks;
it was scale perfect and black as coal,
so I was more than pleased.
An hour later the left hand rod was
away, and after a good scrap and no
drama from the weed, my second of
the day was in the net – this time a
mirror with large fins, big scales and
again lovely dark colour. It probably
weighed around 13lb but I didn’t
weigh it; I really didn’t care. All the
while the other koi was hanging
around the area, teasing me by staying close to the surface despite the
rain. I switched one rod to a zig and
put it on the patrol route I had seen
him using, but to no avail. I packed up
and rode home at 5pm, happy that I
had made the move and got the most
from my session.
With the weed now at its worst I’ve
decided to call an end to it… for now.
I may go back in the autumn to see
what else lurks beneath the surface,
or to try and get my picture taken
with the “other” koi, but for now I’ve
got other plans. Over the period of
time I undertook this campaign, I
rode, for baiting up and fishing, somewhere in the region of 140 miles and
only put in around 50 total fishing
hours. All this around a busy family
life, it just goes to prove that effort can
equal reward! I’m in need of a break,
so I may just go back to the local to
exorcise the demons of that blank
winter and try and catch a few
chunks. n
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