I hung on until 2pm and even spotted a fish at the back of one of the markers, but the gods were not with me this trip. All the baits were set and fishing well, so no issues there.
I am still chuffed for Heather though, as she won’t be coming back before me, as I will be over again at Bolsena Lake for the 2012 JRC World Carp Classic in early September. I will get my first Bolsena carp then, plus a few more hopefully! Oh, and the prize money will come in handy too!
We packed down the bivvy and gear in the searing heat and thanked Tulio for his hospitality and great company; and headed into Bolsena port for a late lunch with Emiliano and Richard.
A few hours later, after being dropped off by Richard; (making a small detour to look at another lake in the region that Emiliano has had fish to 25kg from), we were back in St Peter’s Square and checking in to our hotel for one last night.
We had a fabulous time, and I think anyone who has not been to Rome and fished over here needs to change that. Prices are pretty good and the fishing potential is enormous – especially if you like the thought of fishing for big wild carp on waters where you could be on your own in over 1000 acres of water. The biggest competition is actually the amount of natural food present, especially in the
volcanic lakes here. I grabbed a few handfuls of weed from the margins, and it was crawling with invertebrates such as shrimp and some small water snails. Really low fishing pressure means that your bait and baiting has to be spot on to get the carp onto it. Perhaps a couple more days on these spots could have made all the difference? I will find out soon enough as there are a couple of Ardy Verkamp’s mates going in there for the next 2 weeks.
So, I will be back out in September, but make sure you get out there if you have a chance, it’s the best lake I have ever fished – and I blanked !
Arrivederci, and be lucky