Saturday, April 11, 2009


Carp trip #2 is in the books. It was a successful day, but conditions left a lot to be desired. Fortunately, I got to fish with David today. Having good company makes a big difference when you are standing in a cold river with no sun, heavy wind, and turbid water. We could see fish, but only when we got right on top of them. We basically dapped flies at fish that we could barely make out and had a heck of a time deciding when to set the hook. We did see fish in both of the main areas we fished, but again...it was pretty tough out there today.

We did manage to catch some fish though. David landed 2 (and a third with a fly buried in the pectoral fin). David's first fish was a nice 15 lber that ate one of my new "wiggle" flies (pictured below). That turned out to be the fly of the day, and while I'd like to think the carp ate it well, I think it was mainly because the tungsten sinks that fly so fast that we could dap it to the fish that were materializing just feet away from us. David's second fish was a standard 9 lber, caught on a small green nymph. I managed to land 3 fish...all three on the wiggle fly for the already mentioned reason. The first weighed 18 lbs...seriously healthy gut on that beast. Fish #2 was an absolute monster. This big girl pounced on the fly with a "summer" like take that was obvious even in the murky water. As I brought the fish to my net I hollered at David..."think she's 20?" David glanced back at the slab being towed toward my net and nodded the affirmative. The beast tipped the scale at just over 24 lbs...

I picked up one more a few minutes later...20 lbs on the nose. That makes 4 fish over 20 lbs in just two trips! An excellent start to 2009! It might be a while before I get out again...hopefully not too long. While today was great, and it is always fun to fish with David, the murky water, constant wind and lack of sun made the visuals tough. The fish are out there though...and every day it gets warmer, and they get a little more active.

13 comments:

dpstar said...

Nice fish again John!
Way to persevere in the tough weather.
dan

Jean-Paul Lipton said...

well done godfather. I need to block your blog from my computer; seeing you with all those tanks makes me feel inadequate.

I'm keeping my eye on the success of your wiggle pattern.

luis guerrero said...

Really spectacular. Congratulations.
Luis

Wendy Berrell said...

Great report. Another in a long line. Can't wait to see some carp around here. Heard positive scouting report. Not long now.

You are racking up some serious weight - pretty high average pounds per fish so far in 2009. Nice work.

john montana said...

It has been strange J. All the fish this year look big...i think it is a spring thing though. Yesterday, with three fish, I landed over 60 lbs of weight. Insane...

Royce Gracie said...

that thing is a beast, and you're right about the gut too. healthy.

Wendy Berrell said...

Weighty looking fish.

calin said...

Nice,nice,nice....
Is there a decent spot in Portland area for carp fishing where I can take a friend with limited walking abilities-neuropathy-?
Thank you
Cal

Javi Mateos said...

Fantastic, you capture is the best to fly, congratulations for you blog John.
Javi Mateos.

Kev2380 said...

Nice Fish! I finally today got a carp all the way to shore. I'm going to upload the movie of it tonight. It still popped my 2x leader right at shore. I need to get a net.

Steve said...

John,
Just started carpin on the fly myself and ran into your blog. Great inspiration. Very cool that you take your daughter with you! Love the flies too. Can I be a nerd and ask what brand/model that sturdy black hook is that you use for your wiggle fly - I don't see it in any catalogs.
Best,
scpiper2

sa said...

AV,無碼,a片免費看,自拍貼圖,伊莉,微風論壇,成人聊天室,成人電影,成人文學,成人貼圖區,成人網站,一葉情貼圖片區,色情漫畫,言情小說,情色論壇,臺灣情色網,色情影片,色情,成人影城,080視訊聊天室,a片,A漫,h漫,麗的色遊戲,同志色教館,AV女優,SEX,咆哮小老鼠,85cc免費影片,正妹牆,ut聊天室,豆豆聊天室,聊天室,情色小說,aio,成人,微風成人,做愛,成人貼圖,18成人,嘟嘟成人網,aio交友愛情館,情色文學,色情小說,色情網站,情色,A片下載,嘟嘟情人色網,成人影片,成人圖片,成人文章,成人小說,成人漫畫,視訊聊天室,a片,AV女優,聊天室,情色,性愛

gaohui said...

As soon as the chilly winds Abercrombie Polos initially start to blow every year as autumn sets in; people go to their closets Abercrombie Polos and pull out their sweaters dog coats and ed hardy Hats jackets to ensure that they are comfortable as the temperature drops. Your Ed Hardy Sale dog deserves this equal treatment so when you pull out yours, do Ed Hardy Sale remember to pull out your dog's warm dog clothes as well.If the night is chilly, but Ed Hardy Swimwear not quite freezing, even something as Ed Hardy Swimwear simple as a warm dog sweater will help you to keep your dog warm.