Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

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Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

Post by Tengisgol » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:24 am

As previous tales will tell the story, I’m lucky enough to have some of Bernard’s tackle and that includes a couple of bubble floats. I decided that, if I could find an hour spare, I’d take one along to the Hidden Pool, where a few carp had been spending time just beneath the surface in one corner.

It’s a lovely little spot, hidden away in the countryside, where rapturous birdsong is normally the only noise. I had two rods made up; a MKIV Avon to fish down the side, on the bottom, just in case the weather turned, and the MKIV carp with a DAM reel to cast out my floating bait.

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I soon found some carp and they were indeed on the surface.

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They were more cagey than I’d expected and I had to move around a little more than I’d hoped, working out their movements and anticipating how to get a proper take without spooking them. Despite their wildness (or because of it?) they could see the line. Eventually a flash of inspiration and a change of bait led to a fish ‘on’...



and a delightful long powerful common carp. I think Bernard would have enjoyed that.

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You might just make out Bernard’s float above the carps’ flank by the reel.

And the successful bait? I’ll save that for next time but let’s just say it was a touch continental and I hope we can still get it next summer. A little more experimentation needed.

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Re: Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

Post by Trilob » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:41 pm

lovely! also really like that DAM reel...

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Re: Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

Post by Liphook » Thu Jun 06, 2019 12:52 pm

Lovely water, tackle and fish :Hat: Looking forward to hearing more on your new surface bait :whistle:

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Re: Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

Post by Scott » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:18 pm

Great report Phil! And I'm glad to see that you're not too afraid to use such a precious piece of tackle, it as after all what the float would want and probably Bernard too.

Hmmm, that bait, escargot perhaps?

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Re: Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

Post by Harry H » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:47 pm

Lovely looking fish Phil well done :Thumb:
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Re: Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

Post by Harry » Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:46 pm

Lovely tackle and fish Phil... :Hat:
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Re: Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

Post by Tengisgol » Thu Jun 06, 2019 5:03 pm

Scott wrote:
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:18 pm
Great report Phil! And I'm glad to see that you're not too afraid to use such a precious piece of tackle, it as after all what the float would want and probably Bernard too.

Hmmm, that bait, escargot perhaps?
I think the trick is to use a strong main line and a lesser hooklength (but still strong enough!).

I’m almost exclusively barbless now as well so if I had a break I’m confident the hook would drop out.

As for the bait...

non ce n'était pas un escargot... :eyebrow:
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Re: Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

Post by Bob Brookes » Fri Jun 07, 2019 7:26 am

Very nice Phil.
I wonder if your secret bait may be the key to unlocking Ashmead's secrets for me in August. I think I may need a word when i see you in July!
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Re: Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

Post by Duebel » Fri Jun 07, 2019 8:26 am

What a nice report! Well done Phil!
So it was two thirds thanks to the continent, that you caught that carp - the DAM reel and the secret bait ...
My guess is, you had a baguette in your lunch box and used some crust. :Confused:
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Re: Out at Hidden Pool with Bernard’s bubble float

Post by Pallenpool » Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:15 am

I am so enjoying these posts - it’s like having a MKIV festival - how could anyone resist the curve - exquisite.
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