As the weather was not as cold as predicted I decided to give the lough a go for carp.
For the past few weeks, I was keeping an eye on the lough to see could I spot any carp feeding. With some success. It was always early morning before first light I could see carp jumping or tailing as they feed off the bottom. After the bells rang for new years and all the hugs and kissing was over, I decided to take a quick spin out the lough to check the water temperature and hopefully see a carp move. With the water thermometer, reading 8.2 degrees a 1-degree improvement witch is a good sign. In addition, to top it off a small carp around 6lb broke the surface. That was my motivation to go. With a 6am start, I knew if we did not have anything before 9am it was game over. As my daughter, Amy wants to know and do everything when it comes to catching fish. Everything I was doing she wanted to do. Therefore, her first job was to set up the rod pod [and she did like a pro] as I set up the rods. Then she watched me make pva bags and how to put the boilies on the hair.
With every rod in the water and Amy sorting out the swingers we sat back under or bivvy. It took only 45 minutes before Amy’s alarm bleeped with a drop back and then screamed off with the swinger hitting the rod. She lifted the rod and said fish on, [I started laughing]
With a sluggish fight and with the fish in the net, I knew it was specimen.
Amy with our first specimen of 2018 that weighed 13lb 13oz well done
It only took 15minutes more before my rod bent into a fish
My first specimen of 2018 that weighed 12lb 7oz not huge but very welcome
Just before daybreak, we had two runs about 30 seconds between them. there were two carp that weighed 7lb and 6lb 12oz
As it was nearly nine am and the temperatures was started to drop over the heavy showers we were getting, we decided to go home. It was a super 3-hour session a one to remember.