The first day of fishing past uneventfully, though we both had a tremendous day
relaxing, eating and chatting in the sun, sipping on that peculiar Italian treat
referred to loosely as Expresso coffee. Boy is it strong stuff – I think that
the spoon was standing up on its own in my cup by the end of the afternoon, and
I was hyper!
The carp however, were definitely not hyper, which we put down to the very high
water temperatures. I had been up each morning at dawn to watch for signs of
fish showing over the markers. So far, I had spotted nothing, so I decided to
get out there and re-position all the rods, and cover each one with a little
more bait, so I was confident each one was fishing ok.
This took about an hour and a half, and by around 7pm, all was good for the
night ahead; so we settled back to another excellent pasta supper, skilfully
prepared again by Allesandro.
We all turned in around 11.30 and unfortunately,
enjoyed a peaceful night’s sleep, with no bites, despite the windy conditions.
Come dawn, I was hovering over the rods like a praying mantis about to demolish
a juicy bug, trying to spot some carp activity. Despite the calm lake, all I
spotted were a few small mullet, and bass. No sign of carp at all .
By 10am, I had to pop down the road about a km to a camp site, to use their
conveniences; and Allesandro decided to come with me to ggrtab a quick shower.
This left Heather in charge of the rods, accompanied by Richard. I wished her
good luck and off we popped.
Ten minutes later, we receive a frantic call from Richard to say that a fish has
been hooked! Heather was in, and by the time we got back, they had boated a
stunning Bolsena Common of 31.04 – a new PB Common. I was pleased as punch for
her, as it was our first (and most important) carp of this recce trip, and we
now had a better idea of how to catch them. Also, it was a PB, so happy days!
We put the rod back out asap, after the video and pics were taken, brimming with
confidence of another fish to follow.
It is now day 3 (last day), and I am still waiting for my bite!
We had a bit of a disaster when a small inflatable took out 5 of the rods
yesterday after (Gracie), which took about 2 hours to re-sort, and after a
massive BBQ and another blank night, plus another lovely calm dawn, I am still
I’ll let you if anything happened before we have to leave for Rome at 3pm- soon!
Let’s hope I’m lucky!
Cheers for now