Tuesday, May 02, 2006

I fished sunday with a buddy, and we only saw a few fish. Fortunately my wife is a saint, and could tell that i needed some more decompression before monday, so i headed out sunday evening to highway cone's lake to see what i could find. To make a long story short, I hooked 3 fish, all of which broke me off. two of the three were big fish in the 20 lb range (one female was really big.) I was fishing a bigger leader than i normally do (3x instead of 4x) and still managed to lose 3 fish.well, that meant i just had to take a vacation day tuesday. i had heard rumors of 20 lb fish in a pond about 30 minutes from the house. the rumors are true. i hooked the biggest carp i've ever seen...probably close to 30 lbs. i had good control of the fish but he made a final run to the lilly pads, and i had to put the breaks on him...pop...that was that. a 4th fish broken off. i hit a few other spots, and landed a small 5 lb fish and an 8 lb fish (great take...i jigged the fly in front of him while hiding in the bushes and he sort of jumped through the water column to eat it...really cool.) i also sawsome more big fish in the high teens, maybe 20 lbs...hooked 3 of them, broke them all off. so i've now broken 7 of the last 9 fish off...i would say 6 of these fish would be 15 lbs minimum...several i know were 20 and two really big ones. this week i'll chuck all my tippet spools and leaders, and buy all new stuff. still, i can't help but think it is not an equipment failure...more of a case of lost mojo...i'll bet highway cone stole it...he looked smug today ignoring my flies...heh heh...

4 comments:

MN Justin said...

Interesting situation out there. 7 of last 9 fish breaking off... Probably just a numbers issue; you'll likely land the next bunch you hook.

Getting close to our SE trip - I tied 8 nymphs last night and put beads on 30 hooks in prep for more. I am going to clean out my nymph box and redo all kinds of stuff... I've figured out some good nymph tying stuff and I like the results.

john montana said...

looking forward to some trout action. i've been so focussed on carp that my nymphing skill will be rusty!

be good to see you and your family...

Anonymous said...

carp are for girls

Anonymous said...

You never loose mojo...just look at your old man who is slaying them again! heh heh