One hundred and ten degrees yesterday. In the shade. The carp didn't seem to like this any more than I did and began departing the flats for deeper water once the sun was really up and bearing down.
Admittedly though, I couldn't tell if this was because of the heat or because I had been harrassing them for the better part of the morning. At any rate, five commons were brought to hand before the flats emptied out. And while more or less satisfied with that, I'm trying not to be embarrassed by the number of shots that I blew. Any carp angler of course knows you have to be ok with that. It's part of the deal. But still.
These were small fish, averaging right at 3 lbs and around 18 inches. Undersized even for this reservoir where large carp aren't, um, common. (And yes, those are exact numbers. I've taken to carrying a scale with me and now have a measuring tape on my net handle.)
So small carp in this lake. And while I know where some larger carp live, I usually end up here. Queen City is a modest little reservoir literally minutes from my front door. It's surrounded mostly by private land and sees limited use. The ramp itself is nothing more than a patch of gravel at the edge of a dirt parking lot, if that tells you anything. Most serious anglers go to the big glamour lakes like Lanier or Guntersville and leave these little side waters to us amateurs. That, by the way, is not a complaint.
Anyway, the key to this water is to adjust your expectations, pull out the 4 wt. and go have a little fun.
And they are fun, these small carp. They're perfect for 4 and 5 wt rods. Even a hard core trout guy would be at home here, with the light rods and #12 flies. The exposed backing and the sensation of the rod blank bending under the cork would be new experiences, but I'm sure he could get used to those things. Like I said, you have to adjust your expectations.