When you get a chance to fish mid week the weekend's come round really quickly, it only seemed like a couple of days of work had passed before I was back on the lake.
It was our first fish of the 'Duck Challenge'. We settled on a Pike session at Ryton, Barry was fishing one rod on maggot and suggested that I bring some Carp gear with me, it was already in my bag as I'd seen some fish show a few days earlier.
We weren't there too long before another angler fishing the road bank netted a nice mid double Mirror, a small framed fish with a big belly, maybe of the 'Mellissa' strain? It was lovely to see and I couldn't wait for a run from a Ryton Carp myself as I hadn't had one on the bank since early last year.
After a two hour wait I was startled when bobbin rose and the rod tip pulled round signalling a good take, it was a very dull fight and closer to the bank I could see that it wasn't the Carp I'd hoped for but a Bream.