Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Day 13: Victory!!!

Carp!!!
When: Wednesday, May 25th, from 7pm to 7:45pm
Where: Meisel Ave. Park Pond
What: Fishing
Weather: Sluggish.....like a wet sponge (hot and humid).
Water Conditions: Muddy and covered with tree spores.
Moon: Last Quarter.

This was a long time in the making, and I guess it would only figure that I would catch my first Union County carp.......while I was bass fishing.

I've driven by the Meisel Ave. Park Pond several times and have always been curious to know if there are any fish in there. Since it just so happened to be on the way back from Manny's Texas Weiners where I was dining with Lindsay and her Dad Bob, I decided to give it a shot. As soon as I approached the small, muddy, slop-covered  pond, I could tell that it was full of life. There were fish swirling, bubbles coming up, splashes and everything else you could want to see when getting ready to fish somewhere. However, after tossing soft-plastics and a Rapala and only scoring one sunfish, I suspected that all the commotion on the surface was from carp......not bass.

I was right.

Just as I was getting ready to head out, I noticed two or three carp milling for food near the shoreline. I was somewhat at a loss though. I did not have ANY of the dozen carp baits that I have tried this year, so I was left to the few resources that I had in my bag.....which was all bass tackle. Necessity is the mother of invention though, and today where there was a will.......there was a way.

I found one small hook in my Senko box and proceeded to tie it on, adding a chartreuse piece of soft-plastic that I bit off of the end of a Yum Dinger. I dropped it right in front of the carp, and to my astonishment, he ate it.

Game on.

It didn't take as long as I thought to get him in, and after a well-fought battle, a friendly young man who had been doing push-ups in the park immortalized my catch with my camera.

Victory!!!

Next Up: I'm not sure where today will bring me, but tomorrow I am going to make my first visit to Split Rock Reservoir with my friend Bob on his canoe.

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