I had planned on a few hours fly fishing today but strong winds rippling the surface was going to make spotting the trout difficult, not to mention casting, so I jumped on the train and joined Darren for a spot of carp fishing. I wasn't fishing today, I was just the silent observer.
Darren kicked off his carp campaign a couple of weeks ago and has so far landed four twenties to 26lb and a string of doubles (13lber pictured), and has his eye on a thirty.
Great fishing, but was what was even better for me was seeing some of the technical rigs and gadgets first hand. I'm more of a sweetcorn, bread, running ledger and waggler fisherman when it comes to carp - but there is definitely some stuff to explore here.
I'm still not 100% sure about course fishing in the closed season, even on a lake, but I might take my kit next time... Even if it's just an excuse to chuck the spod about!