What can be said about this year… well I moved country, and I moved lakes and err I didn’t move the world fish wise. My grand total so far for carp this year in the UK stands at….1 I really cant be accused of not putting in the hours either. I worked out that I spent 20+ nights at Thorney Weir this year for a big fat zero. I lost 1 carp in the weed when an ESP raptor opened up on me and that has been my lot. I have had some big ( and I mean doubles or close to double) figure bream and tench this year but on 3lb TC rods they are not the same. By the way if you are a specimen bream or tench fisherman you really need to get yourself over there, they are virtually untargeted. I think I might put in some effort somewhere else next year, Thorney is nice and I would recommend it however I just couldn’t get into my stride there. In the 20+ days I have just realised that not only did I not catch anything I haven’t even seen a fish on the bank. Sure I have seen wet slings and mats but so far I have not seen a Thorney Weir fish on the bank at all. So next year I may start to use some of the other tickets I have and really put in some time on Harefield pit 1 or the Watford Piscators complex and then come back to thorney for a campaign in late October 2011.
You know when there are lakes right on your door step that you never fish ? you know those ones that you look back at years later and think “damn” wish I had fished that one – could have done as well…. Conningbrook was like that for me in my youth, I had the ticket, I lived right round the corner and yet it never appealed despite the last 3 british record carp coming out of there ( albeit the same fish – Twotone) . Well I live around the corner from Ruislip Lido and as it was so close I decided to give it a go. My wife wanted to go for a walk as the summer evening was glorious with all of the birds, squirrels and insects in full bloom so I suggested that I should bring a rod…. just in case 🙂