These fish were not monsters but provided great sport and I missed as many bites on my simple set up. This comprised 6lb Maxima straight through to a Drennan Specialist size 8 barbless hook. A crystal waggler taking 2AAA locking the float completed the set up. I have always put my bait straight onto the hook but am now wondering whether this accounts for only about a 50% hook up rate. All that hair rig business though seems a bit vulgar.
The coarse fishing season on rivers has now closed and I am still agonising on whether I should voluntarily observe this on stillwaters. Being somewhat of a traditionalist I do feel a bit guilty but as any politician will tell you it is a wise man who in not bound by his principles.
I was disappointed to notice that one of the carp I caught had not been handled with the care it deserved and its mouth was distorted. This is unforgiveable in my book and that careless angler should be ashamed.
The Avonmaster was a joy to use and I will look forward to fishing with this rod again. It is in good condition but unfortunately the tip ring is non original; a previous owner has replaced it with one threaded for a swing tip.