Tuesday, May 13, 2014


A new personal best carp, courtesy of Frank Heater. Photo courtesy of Joe Cermele.

When: Saturday, May 10th, from 9am to 3pm
What: Carp fishing with Frank and Joe
Weather: Very nice. Warm, but not too warm. Breezy, but not too breezy. Rainy, but not too rainy. Clear skies to partly cloudy. A few showers and t-storms in the area. Wind W to SW up to 10mph and gusting to 20mph at times. Highs in upper 70's.
Barometric Pressure: 29.95in fell to 29.88in
Relative Humidity: Low of 49%, but much higher most of the day.
Sunrise: 5:48am
Sunset: 8:03pm
Moon: Waxing, 4 days after the First Quarter. Underfoot 9:35am. Rise 3:56pm.
Water Conditions: Mostly stained with some lily pads.

Some days things go your way, some days they don't.

Today they did.

I really didn't know what to expect as I drove past the tin man on Route 1, heading towards Trenton to fish with carp sharpie Frank Heater. I'm working on a project and was in need of some information, so my mission was to pick Frank's brain, and hopefully catch a couple of fish.

Mission accomplished.

The first couple of hours were slow, but we could see big fish hanging around the area we were fishing. Joe joined us a little after 11am, and not long after that a rod went down.

And it was a big fish.

I had the honor of taking the first fish, and it wound up being the biggest carp I've ever caught. I was totally stoked.

We got a few more knocks after that, and Frank landed his first ghost carp and Joe put a fish in the net as well. Everyone went home happy.

We didn't get an exact weight on the fish, but I'm certain I have never caught one bigger.

Thanks to Frank for showing me the ropes of Euro-style carp fishing. Looking forward to learning some more and maybe even trying this on my own.