Royal Berkshire Spring Carp

I have been promising Jordan some serious carp fishing since the start of the last ice age that masqueraded as our winter and today I took him to Royal Berkshire Fishery to try for carp using conventional carp tackle. I had set up two carp rods with baitrunner reels, one with a helicopter rig and the other with an ordinary lead clip, both had leadcore leaders and flourocarbon hook lengths. The hooks were attached with knotless knots (love the music). On one hair I fitted a 10mm pellet surrounded with paste and on the other I mounted a small tiger nut popped up with two pieces of bouyant plastic sweetcorn. Both rigs were sealed into PVA bags filled with pellets before being cast out to the margins of an island.

While we waited for our first bite I explained the differences of the two rigs and how they were constructed, then I showed him how to tie the knotless knot and let him practice tying one for himself. He found the most difficult part was tying a small enough loop to form the hair (as I do myself.) The carp gave us just enough time for me to complete my lesson and for Jordan to get sufficient knot tying practice before the first run occurred.

It was the rod with the popped up tiger nut and after a brief fight this fish came to the net.

Jordan common carp
A fine common carp.

Then it was the turn of the other rod.

Jordan second common carp
A second common carp.

He caught five carp in all including this last fish, a personal best for him. All but one came on the small paste covered pellets.

Jordan personal best
This fish weighed 9lbs 15oz

His expression might suggest that he was disappointed that the fish was one ounce short of being a “double” but Jordan has been taught, as have all my students, that the value of a fish is not measured in numbers but by your enjoyment in catching it. He enjoyed catching all five.