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Travelling Times
there seemed to be an invisible line
that the fish wouldn’t cross! The carp
were taking floating baits like a shoal
of piranhas at the far end, but our mixers just drifted about until the mallards found them. One of the James
was yet to catch, and I felt terrible
that I couldn’t make anything happen. We tried everything but we can
only catch what is in front of us,
which was next to nothing. I felt terrible, until I decided to teach the art of
poaching stalking! We dropped into a
little gap between a couple of anglers
and had a take before we could sink
the line on the zig! This got James off
the mark with a low double common.
I learnt a lot on those two days too,
and it made me analyse everything I
do instead of just automatically doing
something out of instinct. I enjoyed
the experience so much that I’m
going to get involved in coaching
more in the future, both privately and
with larger organisations.
Sorry for the lack of big fish action
in this piece, but that’s real life, especially on the low stock big fish waters
that I fish. I have really struggled for
time recently with work, family and
nowhere to settle on. In fact I have
angled on over a dozen waters this
year, which is far from the way I normally fish. I have never been the type
of angler to get lucky on a water and
catch what I want straight away; I
have always had to learn the lake and
establish a bait before everything falls
into place and I bank a few, so hope-
Surface action at sundown.
fully I can get my head into somewhere, piece things together and bag
a few big lumps in the autumn. I suppose us “bounty hunter” type carp
anglers are never really happy. When I
was on Stoneacre I just wanted to
catch Choco and move on, but now I
don’t really have anywhere that I’m
engrossed in I feel completely lost. n
Our good friends Steve and Sandy
Bond have put up a fantastic competition prize
in Big Carp to celebrate Big Carp’s
250th issue. Here’s your chance to
win a Holiday for two including
food at Lake Bossard.
And it could not be simpler to enter… All, you have
to do is go to the BOSSARD Facebook page…
1 You must like the Bossard page.
2 You must like and share this competition.
3 And just write “Done”
in the comments.
Closing date is
1st December
Good luck!


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