We then moved to the second spot, "the business park pond". This pond has some nice koi and mirrors, with a large population of smaller mirror carp. The picture shows that the fountain managed to keep some open water even during the cold snaps, but an hour of fishing where I had chummed all week produced no hits..The boys were getting a little bored and frustrated as two previously "go-to" spots were no producing....we decided to move to a small creek that has some "limestone spring" influence and therefore had remained ice-free.
When we arrived at the small creek, I noticed that my chum had dissaperaed overnight and there were some small carp feeding. This creek is only about 10-15 feet wide at its wides, with many areas that are less then 5-6 feet across...truley a small venue. The fish are in gin clear water and hooking them requires a quiet approach and 4 pd flourocarbon line.....our baits were single kernels of sweetcorn on size 16 hooks..... Willy almost immediately hooked a decent mirror at over 9 pounds. Ben then hooked and landed a ghost carp, while Willy then hooked a pretty small mirror just over 2 pounds. Ben and Willy each landed another mirror and while netting the last mirror, I noticed a koi feeding. This particular koi I had hooked in the summer, but it broke me off on a submerged log. Since that time, it never appeared to feed on my chum again, and would purposely move upstream whenever sweetcorn enetered the water!
It appeared to hev lost its fear, and was now feeding! Willy hooked it, and after a pretty long fight, landed the little koi. We then decided to try for a VERY small carp that showed up, as it was well under a pound. We gave it about an hour, but the small carp would not take, while other carp freely fed around it.....we decided to go back to the "duck pond" and try for the last hour of light. This time the duck pond produced several large goldfish, but no koi or carp showed up.
I feel like we should have stayed at the small stream as we left fish to find other fish......oh well lesson learned for next year.......as always we enjoy fishing in the FFF!