... the reason I posted this on the carp forum was too see if I could generate a discussion about River Carp meaning more than hand reared pigs!
If that was genuinely the intention, then fine, but intimating that all carp anglers ďTurn up with a ton of bait, sit on rods for 5 days, etc, etc, etcÖĒ wonít do you any favours.
Itís all personal. Some people just want to catch, and we donít all have the same skill levels or opportunities to fish, so why shouldnít people want to fish easier or more accessible waters? I donít have a problem with those who want to catch fish irrespective of the level of skill required, and if they are happy doing so, then good luck to them, they are still fishing and Iíd much rather they were doing that than stuck at home watching Big Brother (or robbing my house!).
For me (and I would say the same goes for a great many posters on this forum) the challenge is everything Ė but to assume that river carp are somehow harder to catch than Stillwater carp is a bit of a sweeping statement, and one thatís far from the truth. Some of the Stillwaters I fish are very low stocked waters with a million and one problems to overcome before you can even think about catching a carp, and far from being hand-reared pigs, they are often spawned on fish from original Leney stockings Ė so to answer your Ďquestioní; no, river carp donít rate higher than Stillwater carp, each case has to be taken on itís merits and the level of skill that was required to catch the fish has to be factored in.
For example, Iím currently targeting some canal carp. Iíve not wet a line yet, but Iíve been walking various stretches three or four times a week for hours at a time since March in order to try and find the fish, as there are literally only a handful of carp in the whole system and nobody fishes it. Last week I finally spotted a carp and had I of had my kit with me, I reckon I could have banked it in less than 30 seconds such was itís confidence in taking the bait I was feeding it, so it would have been extremely easy to catch, but it would have been the finding of the fish in the first place that equated to the Ďskillí in terms of banking that particular fish.
Likewise, on one Stillwater I fish there was one lump I was after for years Ė I lost track of the amount of times it toyed with me and taunted me. It took nearly six years to finally outwit it (and far from being caught 1000ís of times I only know of one prior capture) but that capture will go down as one of my finest angling hours - but you reckon that if I nipped down to the River Churnet on the 16th to whip out a little mirror on the quiver within an hour, that that fish would automatically outrank it?
Somehow I donít think so.