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SMILE CARP – YOU ARE ON ANGLER’S MAIL TV!
LATELY we have tried something new for us; we fished the float with bread and caught some small carp but the difference was that we were filming the fish underwater!
There is a private lake in the woods near us where we used to fish when we were first starting out.(Our thanks and appreciation go to the generosity of the owner for allowing us to fish its waters.)
It is only around 1 acre in size, but it is where I caught my first carp, my first rudd, and where I built up many wonderful memories of summer mornings spent float fishing.
We had not visited the secluded lake for months and not fished it for a year, when we decided to go for a walk and see how it was getting on. Naturally I picked up a bag of bread before we left, just in case there were some fish to feed!
As we scanned the surface of the lake for signs of fish, we realised that we might as well scan the lakebed as the water was so clear we could see every leaf, stick and tree stump across the bottom. It became apparent that the lake was very shallow, in fact we could see the silt right the way across the lake. We were surprised that even with such good visibility we were still yet to spot a rudd or carp.
There was however one small dark patch where we just about lost sight of the sediment and our eyes drifted into the depths. We guessed this must be where the fish were held up so we flung a few chunks of bread crust onto the surface.
They were caught by the wind and flew off to the side! Just as I started breaking off some new chunks of bread, two dark shapes glided out, swam past the vandalised jeti stumps and swam like torpedoes towards the shallows where my bread was drifting.
We followed these two fish as they settled down in the sanctuary of a fallen tree right in the shallows of the lake. A few more bits of bread on the surface and we managed to get a few of the carp to start feeding confidently in around 1ft of water, right in the margins.
We rushed home and started work on making a base to secure our camera to; it was not easy but we managed to drill four holes in a piece of slate, thread through some wire and clip on our GoPro camera. The wire would enable us to string it onto a rod and the slate base would keep the camera steady and flat on the lakebed.
To enable us to get this set up in the water we utilised our spod rod and by gently swinging the tip we could get the camera around four meters from the bank.
We only had a short session but by loosefeeding breadflake we were able to tempt a few fish out of the snags and in front of the camera.
We thought we had got the perfect shot of hooking a fish underwater but after we had landed the fish and released it, I realised I had forgotten to turn the camera on! I was gutted and really annoyed at my incompetence.
Attempt No.2. We tried again, the fish were wary of our presence but would happily swim up to the camera and eat in front of it. Perhaps they wanted to be on Angler’s Mail TV?! We had a fun session and had captured some terrific clips so we arranged to return to the same spot the next week.
We set up a short waggler rod, 4lb line, a size 14 hook and simply pinched a shot 3 inches from the hook. For a float we just used a twig and secured it with a float rubber. We wanted to keep the rig simple and focus more on tempting the wary fish into the swim with regular loosefeed. The twig float actually had the advantage over a waggler as it lay flat on the surface and the natural colours of the twig would not spook the fish!
After sitting behind two cameras, one above and one below the water for about an hour, the float drifted away and Alex connected with a tiny little carp, a very pretty fish, definitely the smallest of the shoal. We fished on and finally managed to get the shots we needed.
Once Alex was content with the amount of footage captured, I had a go with the rod and first cast I lost a good fish, probably around 3lb. Now a 3lb carp would normally be thought of as small, but on this lake a 4lb carp is one of the biggest. Because it is not stocked or fed, then the fish are small, wild and they fight hard!
We caught plenty more of the very small commons and some of them fought incredibly hard for their size. As the sun started to head down behind the trees we packed away our gear, which all fitted into our pockets as all we had was shot and hooks!
What a fantastic session; it had reminded us what a great little lake we have nearby and it had provided us with a big challenge to film the residents beneath the surface.
Check out a short trailer for our ‘The Carp’ video which will be coming soon.
Tight lines everyone!
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