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Chapter Four -
As a further example of my thinking. One very large common in a lake that I fished in England had a very specific and easily recognised bite which consisted of two very gentle lifts and drops of the bobbin. Unfortunately I wasn’t aware of this at the time that I fished the lake so missed the opportunity to hook what would have destroyed my personal best. I can also remember reading an account, by Lee Jackson of one of his sessions on the Brook. He detailed the capture of the “Fully Scaled” by Jan Wenzca and went on to say:
“It could be that this particular carp could actually be making more mistakes than we all think because it never gives a proper bite.Those few little beeps that get ignored in the night and are put down to bats, weed or anything else, could actually be the fully scaled getting away with it again.”
Now I don’t know the Brook but is it not possible that this particular fish is one of a few which prefers, or has become conditioned, to feed on areas where it is used to simply sucking in its food.
Another account of similar circumstances was by Jack Hilton in the chapter entitled “first full season at Ashlea” where Roger watches a carp feed over his bait without giving any more indication other than a “trembling on one of his lines.” Jack then goes on to recount that Bill Quinlan and others began to realise that a large number of the large fish that they were catching had been hooked as a result of “striking early.” In fact “before the silver paper had reached the butt ring.” These incidents would have been happening during the mid sixties and even then Jack summed it up with these words:
“Confusing as the evidence was, I think we were all pretty well convinced that the Ashlea carp had taken to twitching at baits and that, waiting for the conventional runs to develop would be more or less a waste of time.”
I am not, and never will be, a good enough angler to even dream of arguing with Jack’s thoughts on the subject, but I would like to add that the similar situations that I was encountering were coming from carp that had not been fished for before.
Even by the end of 2002 our carp had only seen forty or so anglers for the whole year so they were certainly not pressurised fish.
It would be interesting to know how much pressure the Ashlea carp had experienced. It is probably reasonable to assume that, as Jack was writing about carp angling in the sixties, there would certainly not have been hordes of anglers camped around the lake twenty four hours each day and seven days each week.
Basically, if they can learn that quickly, then we should have already reached a point where we can’t catch any more.
I would prefer to believe that we are simply seeing different bites from fish with different ways of feeding and some of that difference could easily be because of the area and make up of the lake bed over which they choose to feed.