Dutch Korum Consultant, Tim Janssen spent his weekend chasing uncaught wild river carp. Here's his account of his latest session...
After years of waiting, I finally received a phone call at the beginning of this year that I had been granted a licence for a stretch of river in Germany for which only a limited number of licences are issued. More than 10km of river on which most of the anglers only target the predators. A good friend of mine is the only angler that fishes for the carp and barbel.
It is almost the end of May when I have my first afternoon/evening session targeting the carp. My friend who lives close to the river has been pre baiting my spot for a couple of days before I arrive.
After a 150km drive, I gear up lightly for a brief but difficult walk and upon arrival I feed the peg with 18mm Code Red boilies and some small particles. Within less than 10 minutes I have two Korum 12ft 2.75lb carp rods set up and in place.
The rig I am using today is a simple Avid Carp PinDown combined with a 6oz Korum Gripper lead attached to a Korum lead clip. My hook link is 15lb Korum Power braid with 2 x 18mm Code Red boilies mounted on the hair to a size 6 Xpert Power hook.
In the first hour, I only saw fish rolling and a couple of kingfishers flying back and forth constantly.
Just as I am relaxing in my chair and watching the world go by, the screaming sound of a bite alarm brings me back to reality. Metres of line are being ripped from the spool. After a few exciting minutes in a fast flowing part of the river, I gain control over the fish and glide it towards the net. A magnificent "Unknown" two tone common carp of exactly 10 kilos (22lb) lies on the unhooking mat in front of me, what a start!
After enjoying the sun for some time, with a big smile on my face, another fish screams off with my rig. This fish puts some real strain on me and is giving the Korum rod a hard time, the fish is heading for snag after snag, but fortunately I get the upper hand and once again, the fish is gliding towards the net. With another "Unknown" 12.8kg (28lb) common carp on the mat, I decide to call it a day.
I'm hooked on this lovely stretch of river, nothing beats catching "Unknown" wild river carp. I'm looking forward to all the great fish I'm going to catch here in the future. As I drive back to the Netherlands, I'm feeling very happy and satisfied with my first visit to this beautiful river and it's untapped potential of big wild carp, so much so that the next trip has already been planned.