This blog comes from Nash carp star Julian Cundiff, one of the most popular and experienced men on the scene, asking... why do you do it?
I GUESS one of the great things about carp fishing is that it’s whatever you want it to be.
There is no right or wrong type of carp fishing so whether you fish carp matches, puddles, inland seas, fish for well-known trophy fish or unknown doubles if that’s what does it for you that’s all that matters.
Take me and my pal Brian Skoyles for instance. We’ve caught a lot of carp from a lot of waters (which we should have done being old buggers) but whenever we go fishing it’s like our first-ever trip.
The sun had been out for a few days and with the rare chance of an afternoon off work I decided to take Brian to one of my local waters which although a mixed fishery has a good head of carp to upper doubles and more importantly they like a floater or two.
Now compared to Brian I am a novice as Brian, I believe, once caught a carp off Noah’s Ark. I knew that taking him there would allow me to up my game by watching what he did and see how it compared to me and my results, crafty eh guys!!!
Well we got there and it was perfect conditions for the top apart from four general coarse anglers being in the four best swims for the conditions that day.
Although not fishing for carp because they were in the shallows where the wind was blowing from, we’d have to fish into the wind which is perfect on the bottom but not so on top. You are constantly having to mend your line and inevitably your controller and feed are not working with each other.
Had we brought our bottom fishing gear or even zig gear we’d be fine but all we had was surface gear so we’d have to make the most of it.
Fishing into the wind but on the wide end Brian fished the left quarter and me the right. He was going to keep freebies to a minimum and literally stalk them on top whereas I intended to carpet the surface and hopefully draw in carp for competitive feeding.
Firing out half a bag of Nashbait Crustacean Risers glugged in Slicker Juice I awaited their arrival with the rod ready drinking coffee and hoping.
Brian drew first blood on his limited baits and I thought to myself here we go again… photographer all afternoon. However it was not to be and the carp started to hammer my Risers.
To avoid preoccupation I added a pouchful of Slickers and then superglued one to a Fang Uni in 10, overcast with the Bolt Machine and knew I’d be in soon….yeah right!!
With the bright sun and wind in our face the carp just wouldn’t have that hookbait and in the end the only way I got them taking was a single Crustacean Critical Floater hair rigged on a 12 on a 8′ hooklength and striking as soon as the carp put its mouth around it. Talk about giving us the run around.
Once the wind dropped and the light faded takes came more often but we had to work for them. Nothing above mid doubles, five hours stood in the sun with no food and the crafty carp made us both look amateurs in all honesty.
Brian was likewise surprised and when I said to him why the heck are we doing this mate. Nothing big and we are killing ourselves for takes.
Brian summed it up beautifully in one comment: “That’s why we do it, Jules. No matter how good we are, or think we are, they always have the upper hand. If it was predicable we wouldn’t do it.”
And you know what, the old boy’s right. Hope you know why you do it? I know why I do!!