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Quentin 05-09-2004 11:50 AM

Carp were bitin' yesterday!
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Yesterday I took the boat out on the local lake to stalk some carp. I saw loads of fish and they were quite cooperative. I managed to get three to the boat, broke off one other and had a few other hits and misses. All of the fish were over 10 lbs and the first one I landed was a legitimate 15, maybe more. I'm pretty sure it was the biggest carp I've landed on the fly rod to date :cool: . They were all caught on #6 or 8 brown woolly buggers. Here's a photo of the big one:

Quentin 05-09-2004 11:52 AM

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Here's a close-up. You can even see the brown bugger stuck on its lip!

Dble Haul 05-09-2004 12:39 PM

That fish has some shoulders, doesn't it?

Nice work!

Adrian 05-09-2004 06:52 PM

Awesome Q!

You'll be doing guided trips next;)

MCorder 05-09-2004 10:10 PM

Great Fish!!! I've never actually targeted carp before, but they seem like allot of fun. According to Fish and Game the lower Mississippi is suffering an "infestation" of the fish, I'm looking forward to going out and trying my luck.

steeliesonafly 05-10-2004 12:21 AM

Just don't hook one on the top fin. You will fight him for and hour or more. They just don't tire out. I guess you could just break them off, but that just distroys the fun!

Quentin 05-10-2004 07:01 PM

Thanks guys! Can't wait 'til I hook up with my first 20+ fish. I've seen them (some look as big around as a basketball :eyecrazy: ) but I haven't managed to hook one yet.

MCorder - If you enjoy sight fishing for fish that are virtually invisible in even a foot of water, trying to place a fly in front of a fish that will spook with the slightest sound or shadow, trying to "guess" at when to set the hook by watching the fish's movement or behavior, and battling strong, stubborn fish that pull really hard, then you will probably enjoy carp fishing! But . . . be prepared for plenty of frustration between hookups!

Steelies - I haven't landed any carp that were not hooked in the mouth, but I can imagine that a foul-hooked carp would be very difficult to land, especially with the way they like to hunker down in the weeds :hehe:


flyjkol 05-11-2004 07:31 PM

With spinning gear I've foul hooked several 15lb. plus carpus in current... ITS SUICIDE!!!!!!

ashbourn 05-12-2004 07:50 AM

I have lost so many lures and flyes to carp. The ones around me are not small they are 20+ inches and a heavy as hell. But its worth it for the fight they can give u. :)

t_richerzhagen 05-17-2004 08:46 AM

What tackle
do you use for these?

ashbourn 05-17-2004 02:48 PM

A friend my mine came up with a fly that looks like a bread ball. If you want to try a spinning reel I take pizza dough make it into small pieces and put it on a large hook and bake it in a oven. It works great but takes alot of time and hooks.

Quentin 05-18-2004 10:04 PM

Re: What tackle

Originally posted by t_richerzhagen
do you use for these?
My favorite carp fly is a #6 or 8 brown woolly bugger with no extra weight except for the copper wire rib. I also catch a lot on "berry" flies, which are made of yarn and look almost like a small strike indicator that sinks. I usually make them half purple/half orange but I bet any color would work. I have also caught carp on a small crayfish imitation.

For gear, I use a 5wt or 7wt rod with floating line and a 6' leader of 12# or 20# fluorocarbon. The fluorocarbon helps to get the flies to the bottom.

The trick is to get the fly to the bottom in the path of the carp before the fish gets there, or land the fly on its nose if it's "mudding" in one spot. Sometimes the fish will eat the fly while it's motionless, sometimes you need to pull the fly slowly away from the fish to get a hit (and sometimes they spook or ignore the fly completely :devil: ).

Have fun!


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