Monday, March 14, 2011
Trip Report - Carp flats 3/12 (At least the ride home was nice)
Six inches of rain last week left the carp flats under an extra foot, at least, of thick muddy water. So I knew it would likely be a tough go this weekend. I have a rule though that I never cancel a fishing trip just because conditions aren't favorable. I've had some my best days when all signs pointed to disaster or at least crappy fishing. I have driven to rivers that were supposedly swollen with rain and unfishable, only to find them in great condition and the fish feeding like mad. I once drove through a raging line of thunderstorms, complete with tornadoes, to go fishing. Had to fight the urge to turn around and go home the whole way. Probably should have turned around. But as I pulled up to the river the sky cleared and the sun broke through in a spectacular dawn. Caught a 23 inch brown that day. So I guess what I'm saying is never stay at home because of what conditions may or may not be on the river. Go see for yourself because, well, you just never know.
Of course conditions can also turn out to be exactly as expected. Saturday I expected high dirty water and a hard wind coming in from the south, and that's exactly what I got. Not that it bothered the carp much. They were still there. I saw their faint muddy feeding plumes coming up from the bottom and the bubble trails here and there. But since they were under an extra foot or so of water I couldn't see the fish themselves, which is a huge handicap when carp fishing. I like to stalk the carp, cast to it, see the take and set the hook. That's how I play this game. Otherwise the carp thoroughly kick my ass. Actually, they do this anyway, but they really beat me down when I'm blind fishing.
So I had nothing to show for a couple of hours on the water but some scales from a foul-hooked carp and a sore back from constantly pushing the boat against that ridiculous wind. Glad I went though. Had a nice ride home in the boat too with a cool wind at my back and no sound but the hum of the trolling motor and the slap of water against bow. Nice way to end a day, carp or no carp.