We have all caught a fish that has thought hard to the end and inevitably sometimes these show signs of damage where the hook has penetrated. On occasions it’s not our hook hold that needs attention, past ones also need attention as do other areas on the fish’s body.
A couple of the carp at Broadlands showed signs of recent spawning and although these will heal naturally over time, it’s a good idea to gives these a helping hand if possible. We go to so much trouble to protect our stocks with large padded unhooking mats and large landing nets, yet unfortunately its these small areas that can easily become infected that go ignored. This is why every angler should carry a medi-kit within their tackle boxes and administrate first aid when needed.