Spring has most definitely sprung at Get Hooked On Fishing Ealing. Over the past week or so the daytime temperatures were in double figures which is normally the time I like to dust the rods off and get on the bank. I’m sure anglers all over the country have started to plan their first trip of the season as the fish begin to wake up. This month we again had a group of teenagers from Insight School Skills Academy which provides learning opportunities for children and young people with additional needs. They were a few years younger than the group before and certainly had a lot more energy! We didn’t waste any time and I took two boys, Ryan and Luke, down to the lake. The wind was blowing directly into our swim which is normally a sign of where the fish may be. Many food items will be picked up by wind-produced water currents and pushed towards the windward bank. This then attracts insects and other aquatic life and with a bit of luck, the fish. That’s the theory anyway. After about half an hour or so we didn’t have a single bite and casting into the wind was proving challenging so we moved to the opposite side of the bank.
Two other boys, Connor and Steven were having a lot more luck and had picked a winning swim. They were catching fish after fish, mainly small rudd, a mid-water feeder. Luke and Ryan were trying to get in on the action but unfortunately it was slow going and they needed a little more patience. It looked like the fish were shoaled up right under Connor and Steven’s rods and the common rudd wasn’t the only fish they were catching. Connor was in for one hell of a ride when a hungry carp nearly pulled him off his seatbox! As he was only using very light line to target the small fish he had to resist the urge to pull back hard which would result in a snapped line. One of the coaches Charlie was on hand to talk him through it with the trick being to let the elastic on the end of the whip do the work and tire the fish out. This unbelievably took nearly 15 minutes which any carp angler will tell you is a very long battle. It was good to see such strong and powerful fish which is always a great indicator of their health. Finally the carp surrendered itself to our net and was met with a great cheer from the onlookers. It was a common carp weighing in at 5lbs and was one of the largest fish I’ve seen come out of the complex.
The day got a whole lot better with Luke, Ryan and McCoy all catching; Luke even skipped his lunch break to carry on fishing. The day wasn’t without its last drama as completely out of the blue, McCoy, who was fishing on the bottom suddenly yelled, “I’ve got one!”. I saw a great big splash on the surface and new McCoy had hooked something sizeable. Luckily for him he had stronger line and by the time I got round to him he had it under his feet so I quickly swooped in with the net and we landed the second carp of the day. This time it was to be a mirror carp, bred to have fewer scales than their cousins the common carp. The fish was a pound or two under Connor’s common but we didn’t feel the need to weigh it. However we did notice a few cuts and soars on its body so out came the ‘carp care kit’ which when applied can help prevent infection. The day was a great success and I’m confident we’ve got a few more anglers off the x-boxes and onto the seatboxes. It was certainly the perfect way to say farewell to the winter and look forward to the warmer days ahead.
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