Peter I agree with everything except I am a little doubtful that maggots have little nutritional value. I have read that insects are full of nutrition so the extension to that is that maggots are insects.That's rather a cynical reply S63, there again you may be right. But, this fantastic feat of angling was the result of firstly locating those fish by talking to the regulars, then working out the optimum method to catch them.
Couple that with studying the meteorological forecasts, waiting for the opportune moment to have a go at them, and bingo ...
Every aspect of his approach was carefully planned, not some chuck it and hope attempt.
I also wonder why, if those fish had grown big on carp bait, they would bother with maggots which hold little or no nutritional value?
That's undoubtedly true. However, there's more than the odd "big carp" water that isn't anywhere near being as exclusively carp as you might think. For many "syndicate" is synonymous with carp, even when this was never the intention of the person running the syndicate. My own syndicate is just like this. It was set up specifically to be a mixed fishery. However, the reality is that it attracts 90% carpers (who seem to be far more willing to pay than more general coarse anglers), despite holding tench and bream that you'd struggle to better inside of at least 50 miles. I don't specifically target the carp on this water at all.There are probably many waters like this where carp are the only fish fished for and the rest of the fish, some like these are never caught.
Thats what the cynics always skip over. It often takes many years of graft to get to the point were you can get access to info and permission to fish certain places. Same when people maon about sponsored anglers…they have been sponsored for a reason.His angling achievements may have opened doors to waters that others may not have access too
Well the fact they are probably the most frequently caught fish would mean they are unlikely to be he smartest.I love the roach. Are they smarter than other fish, or just more versatile when feeding with other shoal fish?