Monday, April 28, 2014

Quick Carp Trip

Another day with no fish, but here's a bag of carp bait.

When: Tuesday, April 22nd (Earth Day), from 10:30am to 1:30pm
What: Carp fishing
Weather: Clear skies, 63 degrees, S wind at 9mph.
Barometric Pressure: 29.99in
Relative Humidity: 56%
Sunrise: 6:08am
Sunset: 7:44am
Moon: Last Quarter.
Water Conditions: Shallow and murky.

I was on a special mission on Tuesday, and that brought me right by a carp pond I had been meaning to check-out.

I had the place pretty much to myself when I arrived, and immediately saw signs of life with a couple of carp close to the shore and lots of bubbles and surface disturbances. I proceeded to throw some chum (creamed corn) in the water and get my lines ready.

I've started using pack bait, which you can see in the Zip-Loc bag above. The pack bait is blended white bread with a little corn and some Kosher salt. I mold it around my egg sinker and also around the corn on the hook that I'm using for bait.

When the rig settles to the bottom, the pack bait falls off and leaves a couple piles of chum to bring in the carp.

This is what I was hoping to happen on Tuesday. But after lots of promising signs, including seeing carp make wakes right next to my lines, I never hooked up. Well, I did hook-up once, but snapping turtles don't count. The are formidable adversaries, however.

Fishing has been a little slow for me of late.  Unfortunately, when you're swinging for the fences, a lot times you wind-up striking out. There is no doubt that I could be bailing stocked trout right now or hammering bass, but that just isn't my style. My goal is to catch fish that are over 10 pounds, preferably over 20 or 30. I'll probably do some striper fishing sometime soon, but hopefully I catch my first 2014 musky or a big carp before then.

We shall see.