Carp are cooperating, when the weather will

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  1. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

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    Got out to do some carping lately. During brief windows of good weather, after work, or between softball games, I might get an hour to run to Banks Lake and make something happen. My first outing was an hour during Mother's Day, in the evening. Weather was calm and warm. I went to my closest spot, my nemesis, as there is always alot of carp there. Water clarity is only ten inches usually, and sight fishing is hard. I've tried over a half- dozen times to catch a carp at this flat, and have always been skunked.
    But things were different this time. I have gotten better at this carp fishing stuff.
    I quickly realized that all those carp tails I saw as I pulled up were actually toads, having huge mating orgies,making odd chirping noises may 2014 032.JPG may 2014 034.JPG . I pulled one from the water to snap a pic. It started panicking, chirping, and secreting some weird milky toxin from the pores on it's back. I threw it back before any got on me.
    Instead of trying in vain the whole time to spot a fish to present my fly to, I tried a different approach. Carp were pushing and shoving through the reeds about twenty five feet away from me across a channel about five feet deep. I would note the progress and direction of the fish by the were and which direction the reeds were bending. I was pretty sure I could time the fish by casting a little over a foot in front of the bending reeds, and while letting my fly sink, strip every so painfully slow. It worked like a charm, and I missed two in short order. I still wasn't sure if I was getting legit eats, or foul hooking. A couple casts later, I was proven they were eating it.
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    A few days later I had another shot. The weather was nice, no obligations, an hour to kill. I returned to the cove that used to be my nemesis, while Enlightened banged away for bass in the next cove over. Using the same tactics, I pulled the same stats for the night. Two misses, and one landed in an hour. Plus briefly hooking a big bass, to have it throw the hook on the jump. I took off as soon as I landed the carp, meeting Enlightened at the car perfectly! She had hooked and lost six bass, and one walleye. But failed to get any into the net.
    I have a feeling I'm going to be chasing alot of warmwater fish this summer!
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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    They are challenging & fun fish. I've had to go a bit south to get into them this year. My old honey-hole is either late or the seiners really did clean them out. nicely done!
     
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    Right on !!!
     
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    Love me some carp fishing! It's been slow to pick up at my favorite haunt as well, but I stop by to make a few casts every week. It's one of my favorite things to do on a summer afternoon.
     
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    Do you walk across the water to get to your favorite spot? Or just part the seas and walk there on dry land?
     
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    Sweet!!! I want to try fishing for carp sooooooooo bad!!
     
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    I am such a Carp freak, I fish year round for them. I have three flies that are my go to.
    That is very cool. What weight you using?
    I have been hammering them on a fly called the Dog Biscuit fly in white.
    Thanks for sharing.
     
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    I was out bassing today, but the carp were abundant. I approached one of my usual spots and six that were about the size of the on in TJ's pic slowly swam out of sight. As I circled the lake on foot I came upon one that was at least 24" and fat. I was in a spot with dense brush and couldn't cast, but I watched the fish hovering near the surface for a while before my dog stepped on some dead leaves and scared it away.

    I've casted to these fish before, but they always seem disinterested and swim away. I guess I need to go back and search the forum for techniques.
     
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    I use two flies all the time
    Dog Biscuit
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