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  1. Looking for a long-spool lightweight (16oz) surf/spinning reel for under $300. The Shimano Ultegra 5500 ci4 and the Shimano Surf Leader ci4 seem to be the only ones that fit my criteria. Matter of fact, I already have an Ultegra but plan to sell it as it is an older model and I want to upgrade. Wanted to look at more options to see what else is available Penn surfblaster, battle long cast, spinfisher long cast Shimano activecast, super aero, bullseye, kisu special, fliegen Daiwa crosscast, powersurf, longbeam, windcast, windsurf, finesurf, bascia okuma 8k are all either too heavy or too pricey
  2. And Now for Something Completely Different ... I almost forgot about the date today but it was that day when one of our retired palls would do a little guiding for us at an ornamental pond in order to catch carp. The evil plan was to chum the carp up to the surface with dog biscuits and then use imitations to catch them. Not my kind of fishing but what the heck ... one day was bearable. So the dog biscuits flew into the pond and not long after that the carp came up carefully sucking down the biscuits. The fish were wary though and I missed quite a few strikes. But it was fun to watch the fish come up and most of our group except the guide caught fish. We had reserved at a nearby eatery to end the day in the style. I went for the pork chops and the nutcracker icecream dessert ... it was good.
  3. I'd like to try my hand at carp fly fishing; I've only taken them on spinning gear. Luckily no takes before I got my 9wt, since a good fish would have ruined my 4wt DS2 7'6". I did get a few looks off of an olive marabou damsel. Any good wadeable spots within 2hrs of Raleigh?
  4. Anyone else fishing for these brutes? Loving the year long action from them
  5. I’m primarily a surfcaster now that I’ve been living in South County RI for about 7 years, but used to primarily fish for LMB and Pike growing up in the Northwest corner of CT. After seeing the Carp runs in the Housatonic River near Great Barrington MA and at Bartholemew’s Cobble (and being ill equipped to target them), I’ve always wanted to give carp fishing a real shot. But that’s a hike for me now and I’d like to start closer to my new home. Does anybody in South County RI or Eastern CT have some helpful local knowledge to help out a newcomer? I’ve pieced together what I think should be the appropriate gear from my surf setups, and have researched the rigs and tactics. But it seems like most carp fishermen in the area heavily focus on the very productive and well-known spots around Providence and Coventry. I’d rather keep it closer to home, not looking to catch any monsters, just learn the technique. There have to be some Carp-filled sections of the Pawcatuck River where it slows down and meanders down here. I’m also thinking that the slow river sections around the old mills in Norwich could be great areas for carp. Any guidance is much appreciated, I’m not looking for people to burn spots, just a decent heading on what to aim for and what tactics to use. I just think that it would be fun to learn a new approach to fishing while the stripers aren’t around. Obviously it’s a C&R effort and I’ll bring a big net and wetted towel to do that responsibly. Thanks!
  6. After two weeks of borderline losing my mind trying to tempt one of these grass carp in a local lake here in Boca, I finally succeeded to get one to commit to eating a fly. These fish are damn difficult to target on a fly rod. I was hiding behind trees trying to cast, crawling on my hands and knees to get close enough to a fish, climbing trees with a pair of binoculars to try and spot the next target, and probably looking like a crazy person in general to anyone watching. The other issue was the flies. In the past two weeks I managed to get a good number of accurate casts to multiple fish, but they wouldn't pay attention to anything I tried, and obviously there's no shops open to stop by and pick anything up, so I had to do my best to tie some flies that resemble grass with whatever materials I could scavenge around the house. I cut up some cat toys and the pull chain from the ceiling fan for bead chain eyes, and was able to put together a few flies that eventually caught the attention of the one fish I landed. If anyone can recommend any flies or tactics I should try out I'd love to hear them. But yea, happy to have landed my first carp. Here's some photos....
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