I'm not sure what other anglers who fish for the Carp at Ryton think, but I certainly know that as a rule, it's hard going. However, every now and again, one of those days comes along when things go so well that you continually pinch yourself to make sure you haven't fallen asleep in the sun and be dreaming the whole thing.
March 15th was one of those days, it was sunny and I was not asleep.
The day started off with a Tench, the first of five to be caught through the day, 'great' I thought, the new batch of Ryton 3 boilies are still working. Nothing beats a boost in confidence.
The first Carp slurped up a pop-up at around 11am, I've never seen a run so fast before. This was a very energetic fish and after netting, it weighed in at 22lb on the dot. Looking back at some of my other Ryton Carp pictures, it's by far the best looking. It doesn't have the swollen stomach of my previous 27lb and 29lb commons, so it could be a male fish. It's also a very dark brown in colour, totally different from some of the other fish in the lake which are mostly dark golden. Could this be one of the old boy's?
At around 2pm, the second Carp of the day picked up a bottom bait fished with a small PVA bag of mixed pellets and groundbait, I was a bit baffled by the fight as it came in fairly easily, it just felt very heavy. This Common went 18lb 6oz, a female fish in immaculate condition.
Another two Carp around 8 to 10lb followed later in the afternoon after I noticed some fish picking bread off the surface near where the ducks are fed, Pop-up boilies cast to that area accounted for these.
Four good Carp and five Tench, definitely my best day at Ryton so far this year.
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