We spent an hour looking around, trying to find signs of activity, but couldn’t see any signs at all. We decided to sit with the wind in our faces and fish to some features out in front of us and to a set of snags to our right. Luke set his rods up and got some bait in to his chosen spots, rigs cast tight to the snags and one to a channel between 2 sets of lily pads.
It was a long wait, allowing us time to discuss rigs and rig materials and how important it was to get the presentation right. We were just making our 3rd cup of tea when Lukes right rod wrenched round as an angry carp tried to make the snags. Luke was quickly onto it and managed to keep it out of the snags. A tug of war commenced for the next couple of minutes, with the carp trying to go headlong into the snags and Luke hanging on. Eventually Luke won the battle and the fish started kiting out into open water. After a decent battle our prize rolled over the net cord, a stunning Common of 18lb.
This was our only fish of the day, a hard day but very rewarding.