360 lbs of carp!

igquick
First and foremost, I'de like to thank the admin of this forum for one, not kicking me out, I got kicked out of carp.com; I guess it serves me right for trying to cheat on this forum; and two for having this forum be really really intuitive. I mean that "Restore Auto-Saved Content" button just saved my laptop from me throwing it out the window after finishing this thread and accidentally exiting the window.

I understand why @john montana is so addicted to fishing for carp using a fly rod. It's just a totally different story/style of fishing in comparison to other techniques. It's hard, tough, you cover a lot of water, you stalk the carp, you see the take, the fights are on another level of difficulty, especially with my extremely cheap fly rod setup in which the drag is horrible and causes me to have to feather the line/reel when I got a "larger" carp; and then I get burnt fingers or hands.

So I got my double rod fishing license and I usually take advantage of it by ledgering two rods. For those of you who don't know, the term ledgering is just another term for still fishing off the bottom. These days since it's summer, the fish are highly active and highly aggressive. So now I usually ledger one rod, and roam with a fly rod; and it's been landing lots of fish for me. I usually don't stay put for long on my ledgering rod, and end up moving to a different spot or even different lake every 30 minutes or so. Summer has been really great to me this year, since I think I am becoming better and better at knowing where carp are the second I hit a lake, or a certain part of the river. It's almost like I could feel where they are. I guess a summary pattern on how I find carp could be like this: Determine if the body of water even has carp, sight fish on where the carp are, if you find spawning carp, the feeders could be either in deeper water or shallower water, I always cast near ducks since I use bread, and ducks follow the bread, and the carp stalk the ducks for bread, fish covers like near rocks, boulders, or overhanging trees which could yield carp feeding off the surface, and look for flats. I'm pretty sure this technique is working, since I've been losing count on how much carp I've been landing lately this Late Spring/Early Summer, until one lucky day....

Day 1 aka not an epic day of fishing by any means...but it's always great to have a family affair regardless:

I took my little brother, or should I say older brother since he is taller than me, out for some carp fishing. There was a 25% chance of raining that day, so I was pretty stoked to fish a bright sunny day. Yup you've guessed, IT STARTED RAINING! Not only was it raining, it was POURING! We ledgered two fishing rods and I roamed with the fly rod. We ended up catching only 1 small carp and 1 catfish. O well, just the idea of fishing with your family means a lot to me, so catching bigger carp comes second. Then again, there was this smart carp probably almost 20 lbs that kept feeding off the surface, but I couldn't get her to bite with the fly since it was raining so dang hard.

Day 2
Definitely MY MOST SUCCESSFUL day of fishing in terms of numbers hands down. I went down to a lake connected to the Columbia fishing by myself. I can't tell you how many times I get startled by groups of deer that prance in front of me. I just hope I don't run into a bear or something, but luckily I am extremely fast at running. Anyways, I set-up a ledgering rod and roamed with a fly rod, but I never knew it was going to end up being strictly a fly fishing day. I ended up catching 40 carp, averaging 9 lbs! So doing the math, that's 360 lbs of fish! It was a ridiculous day and they were all on my fly rod! It's so great feeling the constant runs when using a fly rod. Some of the carp even took my reel all the way to my backing and a few almost snapped my line!

I'm definitely not going back to fly fishing for trout or bluegill anytime soon. I know a lot of fisherman go fishing for mostly the scenery, so trout fishing is a perfect fit; but I'm there for the fight.

On another note, most carp fishing lakes right now are either deep in spawn which allows the bigger fish to "do their thing" and maybe if they get to chance, get a snack, and it would allow the smaller carp to feed. So I developed a ledgering setup, one specific for smaller carp in between the range of ounces to 7 lbs since their mouths are a little too small for my Igquick rigs. It's basically a rig set-up with two really small trebles, one leader being significantly longer than the other. I use it method style with bread, and have the smaller leader just peaking out of the method bread ball as a trap, and the longer leader dangles farther and freely as a floating trap for the carp. I always expect it to land something within 20 minutes if I'm at the right area. So if anybody is interested in this rig, feel free to contact me and I could make an Ebay listing for it. I'll probably show it on my next post?

I've been selling on average 30 Igquick Rigs per week so sometimes it takes away from my fishing, but at the same time it pays for my fishing trips so at least I've been fishing for free. The ebay listing is fixed and all ready to go.

Tight Lines
 
Raincatcher
Yeppers, I agree with fishing with family being #1 priority. :thumb: But, day 2 was a kick arse day for you, for sure! Keep at it, you'll catch on eventually...:lol:
 
igquick
Raincatcher said:
Yeppers, I agree with fishing with family being #1 priority. :thumb: But, day 2 was a kick arse day for you, for sure! Keep at it, you'll catch on eventually...:lol:

Thanks! Hopefully I'll catch a fish eventually lol
 
eugene1
Good work, iggy! That's a lot of carp!

banned from carp.com??? Oh well, their loss.

Take care,
 
igquick
eugene1 said:
Good work, iggy! That's a lot of carp!

banned from carp.com??? Oh well, their loss.

Take care,

Thanks man! I just made an introductory thread, and then they deleted me hah; yea their loss.
 
Chromatose
The Tug Is the Drug!

:thumb:
 
igquick
Chromatose said:
The Tug Is the Drug!

:thumb:

It is an addicting drug lol
 
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