I fished a match years ago and I couldn't get a bite from the island, or the edge, or open water... I tried fishing maggot for silvers for a percentages weight ( points) and started catching mini carp... swapped over to a 4m whip and landed 21lbs of silvers and mini carp for a 5th... good weight builders... what made me laugh was I saw 2 blokes pack up and head home because the lumps didn't play ball...
I was fishing Woodstock in Newport a couple of years ago and while packing up I dropped the end cap from my pole in the water , so I got my landing net and tried to get it back by scraping it along the bottom right in front of me . When I took it out of the water it had about 10 little carp like that in it
Captivating little fish aren’t they ? A couple of years ago I found maybe 20 tiny mirrors and commons in my pond filters. I kept them in a ( nursery ) pond for six months fearing that the larger fish in my pond would attack / eat them if I were to put them straight in. When they reached 50 / 60mm or so I deemed them big enough to release into my main pond. I remember looking at them in my net ready for release forgetting that they needed water. I couldn’t take my eyes off them. Beautiful little fish. Just like the ones OldTaff has been catching.
I saw a photo of some tiny carp that a guy scooped up in his landing net from the margins of the Evening Pitch(Arbery's as it is now called) at Redmire. A collection of tiny mirrors and commons. And some could be the descendants of the original Leney stocking. All of them will be purebred Leney's because care was taken to only return proven Redmire stock, supplemented by stockies with Leney provenance. There are eels in Redmire, but they have declined in numbers over the years, so there are few real predators in the pool these days.