Saturday, July 23, 2011

Trip Report - 7/23 - Revelation and Enlightenment on, where else, the carp flats

Carp fishing tends to make you lose perspective. After awhile you start saying things like "The fishing wasn't all that great today. Only had two runs into the backing." or "Man, I'm getting tired of catching all of these 4 and 5 pound dinks. Where are the big ones?".

Had that revelation today while on the carp flats nailing a bunch of the aforementioned 4 and 5 lb. dinks. On a trout stream, that would be a banner day. But on the carp flats? No big deal at all.

Interesting game, this carp fishing.

18 comments:

e.m.b. said...

Too true...and almost verbatim a conversation I had today on the carp flats, after my partner landed an 8 pounder he said,"so where are all the 10 pounders?" Interesting game indeed...

John Montana said...

Make that three of us. My avg fish are a little bigger, but the concept is the same. We saw and caught a bunch of 10 lbers but only got a couple of bigger ones, and no monsters.

At least we speak in lbs, not inches.

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
Carp is that type of fish that can spoil you, once you get back to the normal catch. An example is landing large strips in the 20 plus range and going back to those small largemouths, yes and even small trouts. My fishing equipment helps me adjust to the size factor of fishing.

Ty said...

I think we're getting spoiled rotten Erin. Who else would whine about catching 4 or 5 or 8 pounders? Carp anglers, that's who!

True John. Kinda nice to converse in terms of pounds rather than inches. Whole other world, those carp.

Yeah Bill, those stripers will definitely spoil you too. Interesting point about the equipment. I actually took a 5 wt on this trip rather than the usual 7 wt to let these "small" carp show off a bit. They bent it to the cork!

McTage said...

And have you noticed that it gets to be almost painfull to blind cast after sight fishing carp? Between the size, the fight and the sight fishing it can totally ruin you.

Ty said...

Yep. I rarely have the patience for blind casting anymore. I'm more likely to paddle around for a couple of hours looking for tailing carp rather than blind fish for them.

Trout Magee said...

I have yet to try fly fishing for carp yet. I don't know if I have a rod that could handle those beasts. Looks like you might have to head to Spain for some of those huge ones:) Check out:

Los frikis del Carp

http://www.blogger.com/profile/12637334431696469383

you won't be sorry you did. These things are sickly huge. Tight Lines.

Ty said...

Well, those carp are addictive. Hope you get to try them out one day. Thanks for the link!

Gregg said...

In appropriate depth water, if you can see signs of feeding carp, I find, and keep preaching, that a fly under an indicator, especially an egg, can catch them. Does that count as blind fishing? I think it does not.

Gregg

Ty said...

You know Gregg, I've been thinking alot about this indicator fishing for carp. Sounds like a pretty good arrow to have in your quiver. Going to try this next time I'm out on the flats.

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