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  1. .....and the carpin continues!!.......was very tired from fishing nearly every night for the CAG Big Four but just had to go again!.....caught these 5 creek fish; 5-1, 3-1, 4-9, 3-13 and 3-1 plus my other son caught his first, a strong 6lb 7ozer!- maybe a future CAG member!!.......Missouri's coming!, though not sure we can match the Rhode island monsters!!!........still a lot of fun landing and just peaceful afternoon.........thanks again to all the CAG members for their advice and support!!...
  2. So.....my very first CAG Big Four............wow!!! what an experience!!! I switched to fishing at night at a local lake shortly after the leaves filled and the carp left the creeks....I hadn't ever really fished at night but became quite comfortable fishing for carp......I'd chum twice daily for a couple weeks and started catching some nice fish, up to 2 per hour!!......One night, towards midnight, after catching several, I had two poles baited with what I call a "peacorn" sandwich- a sweet pea sandwiched between two pieces of sweet corn, and free-lined on a #4 Gamkatsu circle hook (I've simply had my best success on circle hooks-sorry all)...I had just texted the Mrs. saying I was packing up and on the way home.....Well, I had a fish hit and within a minute, felt the power of a very large carp!...one that through my very short experience felt at last 20 pounds.......yeah!!!- I texted the wife simply "big fish!"......this was going to be special, since I was using 8lb test on ultralight....fortunately I had just retied the hook (its very rocky where I fish) and had 120yds of line.....the fish headed towards open ocean, then back and forth for the first hour, give and take, drag screaming, etc......then.......nothing-no movement, no tug, no slack.... :(.......I had this happen routinely and learned that sometimes, if I just let the pole sit, a small fish (bluegill, small channel, etc. ) would come along and tug at the bait, freeing it from the rock.....so saddened as I didn't even glimpse the huge carp I had, and just lost a larger one to a hook pull the previous week.....oh well....I texted again saying my line was snagged...-tucked the pole in the rocks with a little tension and finished packing-unhooking matt, sling, net, lights, tackle, lines, etc. with occasional glances at the pole-no movement, ..................nothing...finished packing and wrapped the line around my jacket/arm to snap the line-there was just a subtle, soft pull.....there's a thick line of snapped lines, hooks, sinkers, etc., and more and more lines get snapped off....so....but the line moved!!!....I quickly texted again and said fish still on!!! (1:30am none-the-less)..it took off again, but slowly I turned it and knew if I could keep the head up, I could land it.....-in between runs and gives I was able to unfold my mat, the sling, and reassemble the net!!!......after one more hour, it came into view, my biggest, largest carp...one that was going to be my personal best, BY FAR (even though I started carp fishing in June of this year, it still counts!! ...)., and then a range of emotions as the fish came closer- a massive flathead catfish!!!!....How was I going to land this?...it was far too large for the net-maybe I could slide it into the sling if I laid it in the water just right, but how do I close it?.....I placed the pole cross-wise in my mouth, but couldn't pull the fish into the sling!!!.......then a 25watt light bulb went off-these are the fish of noodle fame!!!! .........so...........................I noodled him!!- lifted all 39lbs 14 oz up onto the rocky shore, laid him on the mat and caught my breath....visibly shaking (don't know how you guys do it catching 30lb carp routinely!!!)........how did I catch a flathead, fishing for carp?....He must have hit the small bluegill or small carp that hit my bait!!, though there was no sign of either-the hook was firmly in the lower lip....WOWWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!......not a mark on the fish....I've routinely seen catfisherman here and all they catch is small channels.....I admired the fish for just a few minutes, got my pictures, then release him- a survivor, a fish that has been around that area for years and avoided all the lines, hooks, chicken livers, etc..........almost forgot about carping for a minute!!.....he eased into the depths and out of sight........2:30 am!!.........for a time I thought I might have a line-class record, but alas, someone caught a 66lbr on 8 lb test .......oh well.......what an experience!!-just imagine what we all have- I was free to carp fish, I could have kept and eaten him/showed him off, etc.........but....in the end, he earned my respect and admiration and I was a better person letting him go.......will he be caught again?- probably, and probably kept...but maybe he'll sense something up, like the smell of corn and bluegill, and avoid it as he likely has the hooks, the liver, the lines..........fair-the-well kitty!!!,.....my largest cat ever!!!.......thanks to CAG for inspiring me to fish this way! and my wife for boiling corn night after night!!!........ .
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