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Finally got a break in the weather, though the bite is slow.......earlier this week caught a nice 6-14lbr on a nice creek run, then today a couple average catfish, and these two!- A beautiful 5-8 mirror, and this 11-8 common.......slow fighters but nice sunny day!....all on hair rigs-even the creek catch. Lookin forward to FFF, though still trying to pick my venue......
Many times this time of year can be a tough time for carp, lots of junk (chod) can blow it making it hard or uncomfortable for carp to feed on bottom so step one is find a location the carp are feeding, scanning the area with binoculars for breaches...also looking at winds and currents to see where leaves and other debris accumulate..these are areas to avoid this time of year..also wafers or pop ups are your friend...other than a single pop up plastic corn on a chod or KD rig...I also like a soft dough on a hair rigged spring...below is one that has worked for me 2 cups of wheaties brand cereal whizzed to a powder in a blender.... 1/3 cup of carnation milk powder...2 table spoons of schnapps....1 pack of strawberry or pineapple jello and the juice of a couple cans of sweet corn mix all your drys in a ziplock bag and shake well then in a separate bowl drain the sweet corn and save the corn for chum in a blender mix the schnapps and corn juice you can add some dry aminos to your dry mix or liquid to your wets mix to a nice dough ..if its too wet add more wheaties powder roll into a big ball and put it on a plate and cover with a bowl and nuke it for 30 sec place in a ziplock with a wet paper towel in the fridge you can roll it in a ball and fish it like a boilee or on a hair rigged spring post up captures and enjoy!
I hate November. It's when my carp fishing experience comes to an unfortunate pause due to freezing water temperatures. I planned my last session of the year next Thursday and Friday, November 9th and 10th, as the weather recently has been quite warm. I'm aware that the forecast will likely change somewhat, but it's not looking good. A major high pressure system and cold front will move through my area late next week (sunny weather, colder water temps). In my carp fishing experience, the best time to fish is during a warm front and a low pressure system (I've attatched a picture of the weather forecast). The only thing I have going for me is the tides, which should be at slack high at the time of my session. That is when I catch most of my fish from my 'secret' swim. I'm aware that in the cooler months overfeeding the fish is a bad idea, but since it's a tidal river I'm fishing I figure there will be enough carp to mop up the chum. My normal fall baiting routine involves chumming 5 gallons of bait a day, for 5 days. I've reduced that to only 2.5 gallons a day for 3 days, but I've never done sessions this late in the year so I'm not sure if I'm overfeeding them. Does this seem good? Additionally, what water depths should I be fishing this time of year? Thanks so much! -Lizard