When the carp were big elusive fish that required great knowledge, skill and being in the right location to catch them, there was a real sense of romance about fishing for them. But the sudden popularity of fishing for them soon put paid to that, as lakes were stocked to provide carp fishing for the masses. Then the match and commercial fraternity discovered the joys of small carp, and suddenly it seemed like the be all and end all of coarse fishing. So carp have taken over. But it can't be denied that there are thousands of anglers who are happy about that. But I would get very bored, very quickly if carp were the only game in town. I did sometimes enjoy fishing for a bag of small carp on fast and furious methods like pellet wag and wag and mag. It's a fun and exciting way to fish. But it soon gets boring catching like that day after day. Match fishing is different, because it has that element of competition and trying to outthink your opponents, as well as the fish. But to catch the same fish day in, day out as a pleasure angler would become boring for me. I used to be in a club that had a number of natural lakes and some stretches of river. Every water was different. Some easier than others. Some with bigger specimens to catch. Some more mixed. Others more big carp. There was plenty of variety. We had one lake, Kings near Romsey, that was stocked with lots of small carp, and even some goldfish. It was easy to catch a carp of half a pound up to about 6lbs, a chuck. It was always an enjoyable day out fishing there, now and then. But it was now and then. It soon became very boring once the novelty wore off. It was a relief to get back to having to work to get bites, and not to be guaranteed a carp a cast. But somehow we seem to have become a society that needs instant and easy results.