And so my carp fishing adventures continue. This week I’m fishing the mighty Rise. One of the many great lakes on the Essex Carp Syndicate ticket in Coggeshall, Essex. As per the title, I’m exploring the good and the bad times in fishing. What it’s all about and does it really matter if you don’t catch? If we caught all the time it would be called catching, not fishing right? So, yes, I suffer my first blank (not the last I’m sure). But the word blank is a harsh word and means you didn’t take anything from the experience. Come with me as I do my utmost to rationalise a defeat.