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Carp Fishing? who does or did?

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On 6/12/2022 at 2:01 PM, Tom Rowe said:

As luck would have it my youngest decided he wanted to catch a carp today.  I brought him to my old stomping grounds…it didn’t take long.  Not a big one but it was in beautiful shape

 

 

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Well done!

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12 hours ago, triumph said:

I think I know where a big one is… I wonder how far they roam in a river 

This is a good question. From what I have observed, and keep in mind it's just an observation and not scientific, the school doesn't seem to move far based on available structure. The spot I fish has two big lay downs about 100 yards apart, with a big lily pad patch in between. The fish cruise back and forth in this area. Outside of it, not much activity at all.

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I usually wouldn't post a picture of a small fish, but I have to give this one mad respect. It took the bait like a big fish, and when he took off, it had the drag screaming. The way it fought, I would have guessed easily over 20 lbs. Either that, or my shoulders are in worse shape than I thought. 24" and 7 lbs it turned out to be.C6CA4183-A112-43B9-91C9-734AF34A566B.jpeg.fa3bad504de6e8c3819b448efbdca85c.jpeg

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14 hours ago, TJones said:

Oh man, been there with the snappers, lol… always an experience, lol :wee:

Taking the hook out of extremely upset snapping turtles mouth definitely keeps your concentration in focus. One wrong move will ruin your day.

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9 hours ago, KarpsnKatz said:

Taking the hook out of extremely upset snapping turtles mouth definitely keeps your concentration in focus. One wrong move will ruin your day.

Haha yes, No doubt! Lol…  I’m definitely no expert on proper technique, but definitely prefer looong handled pliers, haha! 
 

Seems I get way fewer turtles on fake corn also… real natural baits = more turtles for me. 

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Set out a carp rod while I was fishing for smallies and walleyes. Got two 18-20 pounders, a nice, albeit average size for the river I fish. River carp have more power and endurance than a lake carp IMO. The ones I get in the rivers can have multiple 50-90 yard runs sometimes, even on 12-15 pounds of drag, but normally only the 30+ pounders do that. These were the biggest of the year so far, hopefully I’ll get one over 35 or 40 this summer.

 

I also fished a lake and caught a carp that was about 10 pounds. Kind of had a weird looking spine. Barely fought, just kind of thrashed at the net. I’ve also had an observation. A lot of the carp I find in lakes are well fed, but not particularly fat or thick, but most of the carp I catch in rivers are very fat and have large shoulders. I guess there is more food in the rivers for them to feed so they get fatter faster and more often.

 

All caught on good old-fashioned canned corn, with a little bit of corn chummed by hand, no method leads or pack baits. 73C6CE4A-85F1-4D0E-92A6-AF5B7D1489FE.jpeg.3535182665603d3cc751ce32bfa45018.jpeg53F215BA-863E-45DD-8A56-94C6001DFB03.jpeg.42e404d86c67f7002c536e7061b511f9.jpegFF80376D-ABBB-4D96-A86D-E4C846B1ADA9.jpeg.40bb65200fddbe9574cffa94bcccc313.jpeg

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