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Old 04-15-2007, 04:35 PM
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Things you catch when striper fishing

You never know what's gonna bite your fly.....

A friend was visiting from NH and we decided to float the kayaks several miles up the coast from the mouth of the Housatonic. The water is still very cold, and the fish were holding on the bottom at twenty feet. We found the fish using our electronics....they were densely packed, but getting them to bite the real challenge. Mike got a handful of schoolies, and I got a few twinks on a pink clouser minnow fished with a fast sinking line.

Near the end of the afternoon, a had a very solid take. I got nowhere fighting the fish from the kayak for several minutes, so I beached and continued the fight from shore where I'd get more leverage. My ten weight rod was bent to the cork. When the fish was finally subdued, it turned out to be a new personal best, but not a striper.



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Mark, Great catch to break the winter doldrums. Was that really caught in the salt, or in a brackish area?
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This fish was caught in a brackish area, but I have seen them before about this time of year down near the mouths of the major river systems here in CT, in entirely salt water areas.
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You never know what's gonna bite your fly.....




Yet another reason that I love fishing.
Mark,

Did you end up subduing that carp with a 12-gauge? It looks like your right hand is attempting to cover a particularly nasty exit wound....

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That's muck from the riverbank. The carp had rolled on its side and I ended up gripping some mud when I scooped the fish up for the picture. But somehow I think you knew that.

Perhaps even more surprising then the strength of the fight from this fish was its recovery. I put the fish back into the water, and before I had a chance to move it back and forth to push water across its gills, it took off like a bolt of lightning, as if the whole episode had never happened. Perhaps the heartiness of the species and the cold water had a lot to do with this.
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How long did you have it on before you knew that it wasn't
a sb ?
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A salty Carp, never heard of that before!
Great catch in any water condition.
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Perhaps even more surprising then the strength of the fight from this fish was its recovery.

I don't think you can kill a carp (without a 12-gauge)....

When I was a kid, I caught a big one in a muddy creek. I brought it to my friend's house and showed him, then brought it home. After showing it to Mom and Dad, it was suggested that we bring it to an uncle's supermarket to weigh it. When that was done and we got home, the question of what to do with the fish came up. It didn't really look like good table fare....

So, I trudged back to the creek. The carp had been out of the water for a LONG time by now. I put it in the water and it swam away like nothing had happened.

There are guys here in NY that specialize in fly fishing for carp in Lake Erie. I remember reading about it in one of the fly fishing mags. One of the flies used is a trimmed, spun purple deer hair deal that immitates a Mulberry.

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Pretty much until it emerged from the murky depths and laid on its side at the end of the fight. The stripers had been fighting decent for the water temeperature, and this just really felt like a huge striper. I had no real reason to believe it was anything else, especially when fishing a clouser.

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And Godzilla....
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Do you mean Hillary or the Japanese movie monster?

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Pretty much until it emerged from the murky depths and laid on its side at the end of the fight. The stripers had been fighting decent for the water temeperature, and this just really felt like a huge striper. I had no real reason to believe it was anything else, especially when fishing a clouser.
I've fought what I thought was a really good-sized striper for a few minutes before
finding out or realizing that it was actually a middling blue. Peter Charles and I were
down in the Niagara River whirlpool one day fishing for chinook; I was using
sw-sized clousers, deceivers, etc. Peter suggested trying something with blue in
it, so I tied on a large mackerel pattern and ended up with a 30-35 lb carp, by far
the largest one that I've ever caught and definitely a big surprise.
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Been there, done that, but while fishing for walleye/sauger in the Midwest. Carp are a prime target for bowfishing
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