I have a good friend in the Army who described one of his deployment destinations as a "target-rich environment". He didn't elaborate and I didn't ask him to, but I thought of that description Wednesday out on the flats. Carp were everywhere. The area in the above photo is two feet deep or less and the fish were scattered throughout. It's unwadeable for the most part - the mud can easily suck you down to mid-shin in most places - so a canoe or kayak is essential. Nailed a fair number of commons and one decent grassie. A #10 pheasant-tail , unweighted, was the ticket although I don't think it matters much. Small, dark and on the nose will get the take.
|Still-life : Dork with Carp|
|27 inch grassie. Just a shade under 8 lbs.|
I'm finding mornings are key. The carp thin out, presumably heading for deeper, cooler water, around noon or so. You can still find them cruising the deeper edges of the flats in the afternoon, but this is a hard way to go about it and is far from consistent.