I returned to the lake on a sunny day, without rods this time. I got my waders on and stepped into the water. Slowly and carefully moving through the reeds. My polarizing sunglasses helped me to spot with a big fat mirror right in front of me. I was in shock. Did not see this one coming. Not at all! My heart stopped pumping for a couple of seconds, I held my breath, my legs freezed and time stood still. I stood there for hours, looking and observing. The carp had no idea that I was around and kept on doing what they where doing. Never, in my entire life as an angler did I see something inspiring like this. So close… In their livingroom. I saw everything they did, feeding, chilling, communicating and hanging around with other carp on the block. So close… I learned allot that day, chilling with carp. What an experience! Can you imagine that you are standing in the water with a carp doing his thing right in front of your feet. Literally 1 meter away! And a big one too. Amazing. Like I said, I learned allot. Bringing no rods to the lake with loads of free time, a good investment! So I did that several times, looked at the lake with a complete different perspective as I did 2 weeks ago. I started to understand their way of feeding. I’m taking it easy now, stopped with getting the rods in asap and started to take the time to observe my spot. Just like that day. A cold and rainy midsummer day, my T-shirt was covered with a jacket and the sneakers turned into timberlands. My little paradise turned into a sober atmosphere, a completely different vibe then the last time. I observed. Waited patiently till I saw some activity, took my time to change the system I had at that moment. The shallow water is absolutely cooled down, the fish are deeper now, at least that’s what I’ve noticed. But the deeper I fish (2 meters instead of 1), the smaller the carp… Then. Out of a sudden, a little movement in the reeds. I can follow it. The reeds are slowly bending sideways, this looks familiar… I threw some crushed and flavoured boilies right on the spot where the action just happened. She will come back, I’ve seen that many times. Dropped a brown, carved and perfectly balanced pop-up 2 meters to the right of it. At the end of a small opening in the thick reeds. If she comes back. This will be the way that she will choose. The wrong way, a boobytrapped road. She will fall for it, and regret the fact that she did it. Taking it the same way as she always does. You should never follow the same way you always choose. Think different, follow the same path as always, but take different ways to get there. Or else. You will get trapped.