I tried a zigged pop-up on one rod (surface baits at Ryton are near useless because of the birds) the second rod had my usual bottom bait and PVA bag of pellets. I had nothing for an hour so I swapped the zig for a four inch hooklink and put it back out to where the Carp were cruising, within a few minutes it was away and a small Common was soon in the net, 8lb 8oz. (A big thank you to Curtis for taking the picture)
A short while later I started to get some interest in my bottom bait with a few start stop runs, these were Tench and I managed to bank two I also had a couple of good runs but the fish managed to transfer the hooks to loose branches on the bottom, stick fish don't put up much of a fight!!
The next cast was the last of the session so I really put some power into this cast to get it as close to the tree's as I could to get away from the Tench and into Carp territory, it was on the spot. I'd just started to pack away my gear and the rod I'd just cast out was away, It was a good scrap and I had to lift the second rod off it's alarm to keep the line clear as the Carp kited to the right into open water, at one point a floating log made things a little difficult, I managed to steer the carp past this and soon had it in net, I then turned only to see and hear the spool on the second rod spinning, another Carp was on!
I have had this happen twice before with both Tench and Carp, two fish at once. I guided the second smaller fish in slowly and almost lost the first fish as I pulled it over the cord and into the already full net, It's a good job 42" nets are as big as they are.
The first fish was a Common at 14lb 2oz.
The second was an almost leather mirror carp 'Larry' I've caught him before a couple of years ago at 7lb 4oz he's now 11lb.
What a great end to the day.