First day fishing for the Wye winter pike after 2 cancelled sessions due to flooding. The conditions weren't great, the snow and ice were melting and salt from the roads was getting into the water. But great session anyway a 23lb 8oz (Me), 14lb (Dad), 11lb 10oz (Dad) and 6 jacks to about 5 pounds.
And a bonus perch for me on bleak livebait, at 2lb 1oz it is my personal best.
I popped down to the local pond this morning to watch a team of people do a fish survey, I've never seen a pond netted and electro-fished. The results were good and they concluded the pond is very healthy.
The largest carp caught was 26lb and there were plenty of doubles, the largest pike was 12lb and there were lots of year old pike as well as a good head of perch and roach (I didn't know there were roach in this pond). Can wait to get after those pike!
Carp Challenge 2009 And that fish wrapped up the challenge for 2009. My target was to catch 95lb plus of Tooting carp, that's 1lb of fish for every £1 spent on licenses to fish there. I finished well above my target with twelve fish for 170lb 14oz... And my new PB, a twenty... Well pleased!
15 September 2009, 10.15am Tooting Bec Pond (p2) Ledgered bread (yeah, again, but they like bread)
Beat the magic 20 pound mark, yeeaaah! Horrible rainy morning but it was worth it. Nearly lost it when it went round a 'no fishing beyond this point' sign out in the water but it decided to go back round it the same way.
10 September 2009, 12.45pm Tooting Bec Pond (p3) Ledgered bread
[Edit, 15 Sept: I showed this photo to a friend of mine who is a bit of a carp expert, and because of the 2 scales behind the fishes head, this is in fact a mirror carp. So the 9lb 10oz carp I caught on the 12th September is my biggest leather carp.]
My first double leather carp. I also caught 11 small perch on float fished worm, would have been 12 but a pike took one off the line.
7 August 2009, 12.00am Tooting Bec Pond (p5) Ledgered bread
<- Opps! I was pretty sure when I saw it that it was the same fish I caught yesterday, it had a slightly deformed mouth and the large central scale. Now I've blown the photos up on my mac I can confirm it is the same fish - 2oz lighter today. Better photo!!
And I've reached my target of 69lb of carp, but thinking about it I also had to purchase a rod license for £26, so my new target is 95lb of carp to cover this cost as well. 22lb 2oz to go...
10 minutes walk from Streatham High Street, across a park and hidden by trees, Tooting Bec pond is like being in a different country. At 7am, with parakeets flying overhead and terrapins swimming about, it's so easy to forget you are in London.