Friday, August 3, 2007

A New Carper Gets His Start

I had a fair day carping today. The weather was cloudy for the first half of the day. While fishing I met Josh, a young fisherman who was after bluegills. After we exchanged greetings I went on around the lake. Awhile later I hooked and landed a nice ten pounder. Josh was directly across the lake from me. I hollered and asked if he would like to see the fish and learn how to catch one like that himself. He joined me a few minutes later. I handed Josh my digital camera and he snapped a shot of me holding the fish. After releasing it I explained how I was fishing and cast out again. As luck would have it, a fish took almost immediately. I handed the rod to Josh and he fought the fish, a nice five and a half pounder, which he landed handily. The picture is below. (I think the fish wasn't the only one that got hooked.) After releasing the fish I helped Josh rig his spinning rod. He then went back to his spot across the lake and started fishing. Soon I heard him yell. He had hooked a nice carp and was fighting it. I took a long shot with the camera but the range didn't allow me to get much detail. Then the fish broke his line. He continued to fish and hooked several more, including a small one that he landed. Here's Josh with the first fish he landed - a five and a half pounder.

And me with the ten pounder.

And the shot of Josh just before the fish broke his line.

Some of the other fish I caught are below. The total was 12 including a 10, a 7.5, a 5.5, two 4.0s and various juveniles less than two pounds.

A great day on the water.


smallmouth said...


How did you rig Josh for success?

Zonker said...

Hi Don,

I had some terminal spinning gear in my trunk from the last trip when I took my grandson and his friend. I ran a 3/8 oz. egg sinker up his line, tied a barrel swivel below it, an 18 inch leader below that, and a #6 hook on the leader. That made a sliding "ledger" rig. He took to fishing it like a duck to water. I showed him how to spot carp bubbles, how to observe until he knew which direction the fish was going, and how to lead him. He had never been around fly rods and was fascinated by the heavy line (compared to his spinning mono). He told me before he left that he thought he'd found a new hobby. Hopefully he'll take that simple start and build on it.