Fascinating stuff, they sound like lovely commons.Latest update:
I was going to go to Larford today, but a phone call to check the rules told me that there was a Festival there this week - so no day tickets.
Instead I fished a local CWP pit this afternoon with uprated gear to see whether I could get bites reasonably quickly, despite the heavy tackle.
I set up a 12ft 2.25test carp rod with 15lb mainline and a 14lb fluorocarbon hooklink. Hook was an old Fox series 2 size 8.
I tried a 3 swan waggler which was nowhere near heavy enough with that rod and line combination - so I was restricted to fishing about 3 rods out. The swim was about 8ft deep at that range.
Groundbait was soaked flaked maize and then double sweet corn on the hook. Basic stuff !
I had 3 roach straight away about 8oz each and then a tench of about 3lb.
Next bite produced a carp of 16.02 after a decent scrap, but one that I was always in charge of with the heavy gear. An absolutely mint common.
I then lost what felt like a tench before netting another carp at 4pm. This one was another classic common and slightly bigger at 19.08
So a useful afternoons experimentation with several lessons learned. I need much bigger floats (and/or thinner line) to enable longer distance casting. Loaded floats would probably make things easier (less shot to worry about).
The easy bit was landing the fish after I’d managed to actually get bites on that strong gear. maybe I can think about slightly lighter rods Possibly barbel style 1.75 ish rods and 10/12lb line.
Still very much work in progress...
I reckon you are probably onto something with the barbel rod idea, even spinning rod could work but barbel rod probably better. With a big loaded truncheon style waggler perhaps. It’ll be interesting to hear your results as you go forward. I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of big carp on the float as opposed to the traditional borderline beach casting style.