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Old 04-22-2002, 07:55 AM
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Carp everywhere, but no takers

During last weeks heat wave I saw a lot of carp cruising the shorelines in a couple of the local lakes. I even managed to get a few casts in front of them without spooking them, but couldn't trigger any strikes. I tried a few different colors of wooly buggers but they were not interested in my offerings. I did have one brief moment of excitement when I hooked a bluegill while casting to a school of finning carp. I felt the hit and thought I had finally persuaded one of the carp to hit my fly. No such luck!

After my somewhat humbling experience I looked up some more carp fishing info on the internet. One "trick" that was mentioned(which I will definitely try next time) was to use a weighted fly and let it sink into the silt just ahead of the carp, then give the line a sharp twitch so that the fly makes a little puff of silt before starting the retrieve. The carp supposedly key in on the puff of silt and then chase down and inhale whatever they stirred up from the bottom. Anybody have any other hints for triggering strikes from carp, particularly for carp that are on or near the surface rather than on the bottom?

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