Weedy Swim


Leaf it out, mate!


Most of us use or have used hemp in our carp fishing but usually as a bait. So when I visited a new venue I did not expect to find hemp in a very different form. 

The lake complex looked great online so I decided to pay a visit. Something was up from the off, a young lad was happily smoking outside the ‘club house’.  The smell was unmistakable and the management seemed unperturbed.

First impressions count but I decided to give them the benefit of the doubt perhaps I was wrong. I then set off to walk the main lake only to find the small bag pictured.

Whatever you care to call it; weed, cannabis, skunk, ganga, marijuana etc at the end of the day it’s hemp but with higher levels of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and depending on your stance, good or bad for you medically in combination with concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases or eliminates the psychoactive effects.

Now judging by the smell this little bag was giving off, it was the former and you would have struggled to fish, tie a hair, cast straight, and quickly run out of tea and biscuits to munch on!

Seriously though; what does concern me is drugs and also alcohol by the lake are potentially lethal. Too much of one or the order and you’ll struggle to get out of the water, if you fell in, and at this time of year potentially put others at risk; should you be lucky enough they heard the splash!

I’m guessing all lakes have a ban on recreational drug use but do they enforce it – not in this case.

Best leave this “gear” at home and just get high on hauling carp. A hard earned winter warrior will last long in your memory – and that’s the best drug and/or addiction; that and buying carp tackle – see earlier blog post; Balance Sheet.

And if you’re wondering what happened to the contents of the bag; it ended down the chemical toilet in the car park as I made my exit, never to return.

Tight lines (not white lines!)

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