My First Carp (tm)

Discussion in 'Warm Water Species' started by David Holmes, Jul 25, 2005.

  1. David Holmes Formerly known as "capmblade"

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    Snoqualmie, WA, USA.
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    "Eureka" I thought to myself as I neared my in-laws' farm in Loveland, CO.
    I had been out running some morning errands and on the way back I stopped
    at the 40-acre pond that borders the farm to see if the carp were out.
    They definitely were. All along the rocky eastern shore (where the easy
    access was) there were dark shapes and fins swirling about with the
    occasional splash.

    I hurried to the farm and strung up the 8wt that I had brought to do
    some steelheading on the way home. I thought about it for a sec and put
    on the floating line because the water is perhaps 5 feet deep at the most.
    I tied on a hopper for an indicator and then 6 inches under that, a BHGRHE.

    Now, I've never even fished for Carp before but I hear its all the rage,
    and ever since I saw Zen's picture I wanted a piece of that action. So
    it was with some excitement that I approached the pond.

    I stayed back from the edge of the water so the fish couldn't see me and
    began casting toward the dark shapes. I could hear vulgar, sucking sounds
    and see reeds shaking on the shore in front of me. It took me a few minutes
    to realize that a carp was sucking on rocks and spitting them out again!
    With his face out of the water! What strange creatures!

    No takes for some time, and then, oy! the wind started to come up. All
    of a sudden the shapes were gone, except for one carp who was busy doing
    the rock-sucking thing to my right. So I cast the hopper/dropper combo
    and let the wind push it toward him, slowly. Insanely slowly. My heart
    was pounding so hard I could barely hear the wind or the sucking sounds.

    The carp backed up, saw the hopper, and slowly lifted his head to take it.

    But somehow, the fly ended up on his nose! He looked like a dog with a
    biscuit on his snout! He feebly tried to munch the fly and I swear he
    was cross-eyed trying to see it! I was freaking out! Slowly, he submerged
    and the fly floated free. I couldn't believe my awful luck.

    But then, the fly disappeared so I set the hook by reflect. The fish
    made a massive sworl and took off for the middle of the lake. "Ha ha!
    I did it!!!" I thought. Then my line came shooting back at me a second later
    with the hook bent. Serves me right for using a #10 trout hook. I unwisely
    bent the hook back into shape and gamely walked down the bank toward another
    group of the huge beasts who were concentrated at an outlet.

    There were so many of them, just lazily sworling and moving randomly. Every
    now and then they'd put their heads up in unison and their little lips would
    be sticking out of the water mouthing as if they were singing the silent
    song of the golden ghosts. I tried casting into their mouths but the wind
    would have none of it, so I let my combo drift over toward some likely-looking

    Suddenly the hopper disappeared! Instinct took over and I set the hook, but
    not too hard. Fish on! The fish made a big splash and started heading for
    the middle of the lake. All the nearby carp disappeared. I worked the big
    golden shape over to a nice beach. I knew that I couldn't muscle the fish
    because of his soft mouth and my already-bent trout hook. So I played him
    gently and he responded the same way. He took about three runs out into the
    pond but mostly he just swam back and forth, very lazily. He kept surfacing
    more and more often and finally I just swung him over to me and beached him.

    He was about 2 feet long and very angular. His face was very catfish-like
    and his scales were huge. It was a moment of triumph. I couldn't believe I
    had done it on the first try. Definitely easier than steelheading. I bent down
    and slipped the hook free and watched as he sort of rolled into the water.
    He looked kind of bored. Weird fish. I laughed again. Ha ha!

    I started heading back to the house but I kept running into more pods of fish.
    I'd cast to them and several times got some near-misses but didn't hook any
    more of them. Several times a fish would rise to the hopper and open his
    mouth right in front of it only to turn away at the last possible instant. I
    think the fish were assuming the fly would get sucked in but it wouldn't
    because of the dropper. This is something to think about.

    Anyway, I'm planning on going back to the pond tomorrow. I know there are
    30" carp in there, I've seen them. Huge fish. Mwuhahahahaha!
  2. Randy Knapp Active Member

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    Warm Springs, Virginia, USA.
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    Congratulations and great report. I have only landed one but it was a thrill.

  3. fish-on Waters haunt me....

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    camano island
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    Way to go bro!!!

    Funny how most of us loose the first carp to a bent hook or a parted tippet. My first 2 hook ups on carp ended up the same way. These fish can really put a hurt on you and your tackle.

    Hope you have a great time getting those monsters to bite!

  4. David Holmes Formerly known as "capmblade"

    Posts: 590
    Snoqualmie, WA, USA.
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    Well, its rainy and windy here. Probably about 55 degrees. No carp to be seen anymore and tomorrow I leave for Las Vegas. So that carp was probably my one and only for a while. :(
  5. David Holmes Formerly known as "capmblade"

    Posts: 590
    Snoqualmie, WA, USA.
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    I braved the rain and cold and caught two more today, both on the hopper. Lost a couple more on bad hookups.

    How can you beat sight-casting dries to huge fish?
  6. Brent Comer Member

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    Duvall, Washington, USA.
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    Does this mean I can't call you a Trout Snob anymore? Ha ha! :confused:
  7. SMiller435 New Member

    Posts: 41
    Redmond, WA, USA.
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    Well I grew up as a Carp fisherboy in Michigan.

    Matter of fact, I'll be there in a couple weeks.

    Here's a VERY secret hint:!

    The night before, chum a small can of sweet corn where you want to fish.

    Next day, put on a "Corn Fly" and put it out there (bottom sit drift?!!)

    Hang on to your rod because it will get pulled in - I'm not kidding man, I've lost a few.

    Have fun - It's my form of white trash Salmon fishing when I go to Saginaw!!


    S Miller