Friday, June 26, 2015

Lake MI

 

Halfway through the trip, and fishing has been tough. The water temps are down and we didn't get any sun until this afternoon. Still, getting to fish meat is always a great change of place for me. J stuck this 24 lb beast on a giant black closer, and Travis got this 23 on a big bunny leech.

I managed a 20 lber on a bunny leech today, and a handful of other fish. Having q great time, but hope the fishing heats up a bit!

 

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A few pics

The spring season on the Columbia has been memorable. My buddies and I have been just crushing large fish, with more 20 plus fish to hand at this point in the year than I can remember. The water has been low, and the big fish have been more accessible than most years.

 

Overall, the fishing has just been outstanding. With the low water, fish have been easy to spot and takes have been memorable. The catch? We are going to pay for this great fishing as the season continues. The weeds are already up and causing issues...too early for these weeds! On a recent outing with Travis, we spent the day hunting, and finding big fish. We even managed to feed a bunch of them flies, but we lost most of them to massive weedbeds. The weeds are hear to stay.

 

We still have months of fishing ahead of us, but the back end of July and August are going to be super tough this year. There isn't much water, and the weeds will be brutal. Get out there if you can over the next few weeks!

Monday, June 01, 2015

Carpocalypse 2015!!

It is time! Want to catch fun fish, win cool prizes, and share in the fun? No need to show up on my home river (but I hope to see you at the kick off event and fish along we have planned)...this year, you can join the fun online! Click HERE to register. Sign up, post photos, visit the sponsors and have a gray time chasing carp!

Huge thanks to Orvis, Costa, Carp Pro and Scientific Anglers...these guys love carp!

 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Clouds are the devil

You cannot underestimate the importance of direct sunlight when chasing carp on the fly. Today, Teri, Ross and I stalked the flats of the big C with zero light. It was rough. Fish were caught, but when you can't see the fish week, getting any semblance of numbers on the board is tough. On the big C...inches make the difference between and eat, and an ignore. Despite the challenges, we all stuck some fish!

But really, who cares about numbers when the weather is warm and company is good. Fishing with Teri and Ross is always a pleasure. They are both expert anglers who are out there for one thing...to have fun! We enjoyed the little moments today, and it was fantastic.

Oh...and the "guide" even got a fish or two as well.

 

 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Quick outing

I owe a big report on the trip with Cam, Wendy, Dan, Trevor and Travis...but I just haven't had time to write it. Too many things happening at work and home, will get something together soon.

Had to put up a few photos of today's outing though. Elia and I wet waded some river, and it was stupid fun. She fell in several times, the wind was up and water cold but Elia is a trooper. She just loves being out there, and isn't bothered but crap like cold water. She laughs, nets fish, fights fish, digs in the mud and is just a phenomenal companion.

She was soaked all day, and not one word of complaint. Instead, I got to hear her talk about all sorts of stuff, and come up with creative names like "fishfish" and "Mr. Fishy" as we landed carp after carp. No twenties today, one nice 18 lber but I laughed my ass off all day long.

We even got close enough for her to see a couple of eats, which she thought was really awesome. Fantastic day on the water with my little girl.

 

 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Carpcon

Just off the river after four days. The fishing wasn't epic, but the company sure was! Cameron from The Riberglass Manifesto, Dan from Carp Pro, Wendy Berrell from Fishing and Yhinking in Minnesote and Trevor from FlyCarpin all descended on the river. Travis from Trashfishing and Funhogging joined as well. It was an all star crew, even with a hack like me along to bring down the overall skill level. More to come, but I wanted to post a quick thanks to all the boys and their families...what a great time!

 

 

Friday, May 08, 2015

The white whale

For over ten years I have been hunting for a 20+ lb mirror on the big C. I have seen exactly two caught, a 21 and a 23. I have hooked one myself, and lost it at my feet in one of the more heartbreaking moments I can recall while fishing the big C. Today, I found her...24 lbs to be exact. She was tailing on the edge of a gravel bar, perpendicular to me. Unfortunately there was a small fish between me and the mirror, and that little fish made a cast impossible. She was slightly in front of the tailing mirror, so any cast would have loved the small fish. I took a look around and realized my only angle was from the deep water. I waded out chest deep, and closed the distance to the mirror. Now I was directly behind her...not an ideal shot, but one I knew I could make. Remarkably...I didn't screw it up. The flies landed, I did a little drag and flip and the big mirror ate the hybrid like she had been waiting ten years for that fly. Remarkable moment, one I doubt I ever forget.

The rest of the day is a haze of takes...some big fish (4 over 20 on the day) and one stunning fully scaled mirror, but that one moment is all I can really think about right now. I have been looking for that fish for a long long time...the only thing better than the moment she ate was watching her swim away.

 

 

Sunday, May 03, 2015

So easy an 8 year old can do it

 

Sort of. JJ is a trooper, but putting a fly within 4 inches of a carp he can't really see is well beyond his current skills. Still, he makes a great net guy, and if I hook em, he is willing to wrangle them into submission for me.

We went big fish hunting today. This means you ignore sure bets, and work the edges, the in between, the forgotten water. You leave the flats and stumble through the cobble and climb amongst the rip rap. The climbing might just be JJ's favorite part. It worked. We stuck fish, and JJ had three fish on the line that I am positive were 20 plus, but a 20 plus in a boulder field is a bit much for any intrepid 8 year old and we lost all three. When I hooked the next beast, JJ stuck with the net and I steered the fish clear of obstructions and JJ somehow fit the 25 lb head into the net.

We hooked one more big one, 22 lbs, and this time we had some open water. JJ battled hard for several minutes, but succumbed to a smashed knuckle when the wily carp made for the far shore and the knob on the reel turned to a blur. He handed me the rod and went for the net again...it was a total team effort.

I remember days with my dad from when I was a kid. Good days...days like today with my own son. Here is to many more.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Saturday May 2

Come say hello at Orvis in Bridgeport Village this Saturday, May 2nd at 11 am. I will be there talking carp..hope to see you there!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The hot streak continues

Wow. I have had some great carp fishing the past few years, sometimes I write about it, sometimes I don't. I have my share of bad days too, sometimes I write about those, sometimes I don't. My last two outings have been nothing short of spectacular. Insane fishing. Not only have I been able to find the fish, but they have been active...tailing aggressively, working the shallows and pockets and making obvious moves to the fly. It is this last part that is remarkable on my water. They don't often make it easy, but today the carp were very cooperative.

Today was similar to last week...big numbers and plenty of size. I landed 4 fish over 20 lbs, the largest being a 22 lb slab that ate a hybrid in skinny, skinny water. I will be seeing that take in my head for weeks. I found carp in mud, sand, cobble, gravel...it just didn't seem to matter. The fish were in, and they were hungry.

The best part...it still isn't May. This is the just Preseason!