Thursday, May 15, 2008

Warm Weather at Last!

After several months of "unseasonably cool" temperatures we had a heat wave predicted for today and tomorrow. Well, 85 and 95 degrees f. probably doesn't seem warm to some but to Western Oregonians it is a real shock when your daytime average has been in the 50's and nights have been in the 30's. Weatherman says it may crowd 100 before the weekend is over.

Anyway...

I couldn't bear the long fishing dry spell any longer. We had talked about going north to the trout lakes but the $3.75/gal gas price really hurt when we filled the Durango so we opted for the carp ponds instead. Of course Mrs. zonker doesn't fish so she just dropped me off and she and Otis, our 6 month old Labrador spent half a day tooling around Eugene.


That left me free to pursue the fish - which I did with gusto. It's been a long winter and a long, cold spring. With the suddenly warm water, lots of spawning carp were about but it took me some time to find feeders. This chunky 10 pounder decided she liked me.


Some time passed before I found another active fish but this one finally moved. It weighed 8 pounds.


Mrs. zonker called me on the cell just as I hooked up with the largest fish of the day - this nice 13 pound small freight train. It was nice to see my bright orange backing again as she took off for the opposite side of the lake.


Great to get out again. My hands are steadily improving with the therapy. Looks like I might not need surgery.

z~

6 comments:

Tom Sorenson said...

This carp fishing is something I've been reading about a lot lately - and has me quite interested. I've already committed to learn how it's done this summer. Looks like you had an enjoyable day!

zonker said...

It's a blast, Tom. Carp are great fish to challenge you, especially if you fly fish.

kais4795 said...
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kais4795 said...

Sorry about the last post. Carp fishing with a fly is such a rush. I went out the other night and found the same thing you did, lots of spawning carp. However, it won't be long before they are all hungry.
Kais
Onetoomanyhobbies.com

Carp Fishing said...

Great report and photos, an enjoyable read all round. Nice to see you posting again
I love fishing and your blog is fabulous and great and very informative for who intrusting in fishing. I really enjoy your posts keep it up and I am waiting for more pictures keep it up and thanks for sharing. . And carpbuddy.com is a site that provides lots of carp fishing news and a lot of information about them..

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