Sunday, July 29, 2012

Carp are Awesome!

Nice to be reminded of that from time to time.

I got my clock cleaned today. The carp were hot and they absolutely kicked my butt. I busted off tons and tons of fish trying to horse them to the net. I had carp run me into the weeds, carp run me into rocks, and carp run me into trees. Basically, the fish went where they wanted, or I broke them off trying to stop them.

It was awesome. I landed enough to keep me happy, but I lost a lot more than I landed. I found fish on mud flats, gravel bars, off of rip rap, and on the edges of weedbeds. They were basically everywhere, and plenty of fish reacted well to the fly.

There are some targets in that picture. I tried one of Travis's soft hackles with the worm tail, and also used an egg/worm combo...both flies worked. The only bad thing was I ran out of the prototypes I had tied up last night...will have to hit the vice again. Big fish of the day was just over 20 lbs, and I hooked two more in that range but lost them both. Carp are awesome!

 

8 comments:

trashfisher said...

Sweet! Looks like you got into 'em good. It's good to hear that those flies work too.

fishermanrichard. said...

Joe.

Is it all visual or do you feel the takes some times?

Jorge said...

nice shoots!

John Montana said...

for me it is all visual...the columbia carp are pretty finicky feeders. they rarely charge or grab a fly, they pick it up all dainty like they are having tea with the queen...hah.

Trevor Tanner said...

Sounds like a great day, nothing like getting it handed to you. Has the water level improved?

John Montana said...

About the same, but coming down in steps now. I still haven't fished my "A" water this year. The 20 was probably a fish you saw and castes to off of the rip rap Trevor. Those same fish were hanging out. Got one to eat.

Gregg said...

I can only dream of fish in those numbers and size and available. All I can say is that I do the best I can where I can and catch the occasional fish. Good job John! Great pictures-carp ARE awesome!

Gregg

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