Christening, more like a baptism of fire.
Today I fished my local pond for the first time this season. I took along with me a new rod that I have just had made up from a blank. A rather superb Fred J. Taylor Roach Rod. My aim was to catch a Tench.
However, my lake is full of Carp, they were certainly in evidence today, cruising about in the hot sunshine just below the surface.
I set out a single grain of corn with one swan shot just about one rod length out into the margins.
Some time passed and bubbles around the float showed that fish were definitely feeding today. The float swayed side-to-side but never went under.
I reeled in and reset the hook length making it a little shorter. After around ten minutes away shot the float and the reel sang its rasping tune. I was hoping for a Tench but instead I had hooked one of the lakes ‘zoo creatures’. It put up one heck of a fight and it took all my courage with my new rod to stop it reaching snags in the middle of the lake.
Eventually I won the day but I hope I do not hook too many of these Carp on this rod.