Dang the deadline - here's a bit of good reading for all concerned!!
NEW YEARS MIRACLE?
NOT just another fisherman's tale here - just beating all odds for ever happening. Sometime on New Years Day, one of my companions for the 4 day session we were on, Austin Anderson reeled in one of my leadcore leaders I had lost earlier last year - to a snap off with a fish, in snags. The loop of the leader was on his hook, and the safety lead had successfully ejected, leaving the insert still clipped to the swivel. The hook was rotted/rusted off, just where the bend would start. So - multiple reassuring things had happened (since that sad day when I lost the fish) 1/ The mainline had broken at the leader knot, meaning the fish only had a short leader to tow around. 2/ The lead had no doubt been what snagged, but the fish easily swam away when the line broke. 3/ Unbeknown to many, when a hook is left in a carps mouth for any length of time, they form a pustule around it - containing highly caustic liquid - causing the steel to basically melt. This was quite clearly the case here. I'm pretty sure it was around June 2016 that happened, as I had just started using longer anti tangle sleeves on certain rigs. So - who knows how long it took the fish to totally rid itself of the hook/leader, but -- the leader looked like it had been laying in mud for quite some time, so it's difficult to make that call. Only safe bet is - it was not longer than 6 months. This is really the first time I have experienced positive proof of the all the safety measures we use actually working, when having to snap off on a snag - with a fish hooked. We all know that sinking feeling when it happens - and I am very pleased Mr Anderson made that incredible catch (against all odds!) As for session success - not much to say, only Mr John Newbitt was with us - and we had a great, fun filled few days. NYrs 2016, I landed a couple of small fish (different venue) - and this little tyke was very welcome this year - an extremely healthy/pretty little hard fighting rascal. Now -- where's that 40 I have been chasing for a good few years?