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TAKC in Pennsylvania

The results for the TAKC in Pennsylvania are in. The event took place at Speedwell Forge Lake located just north of the town of Lititz. Speedwell Forge is one of those lakes where there are plenty of carp, but most are small in the 3-5 pound range. Bank access is quite fisherman friendly with grass covering most of the flat bank space. Ideal for young carpers and those who are young at heart.


The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's eastern regional office is located along Brubaker Valley Road right next to the lake. The lake is maintained and managed as a "Big Bass" lake. This means that it gets a fair share of boating traffic over the weekends that bass are in season. It is a blessing that the use of gasoline motors is prohibited in this lake. This keeps the noise level down quite a bit and there are no jet skiers to worry about either.


Saturday morning dawned with me being at lake side to top off the three day baiting campaign that had just been done. Things were done at 6 AM and the event was not scheduled until 8 AM so there was a bit of time to kill. My trusty ultralight spinning outfit was donned as I was about to show a little versatility and throw some lures in hopes of enticing a large bass. After 15 minutes of this a bass of about 12 inches did me the pleasure of being caught. Not large enough to deem picture worthy, but never-the-less a bass.

The next thing that occurred got my heart racing like that of a young boy again. A pick-up truck was pulling into the parking lot and a young boy got out of the passenger's side. Could this be someone who was showing up for our club's event? My curiousity needed to be satisfied so an inquiry was made to the boy's father as he got out of the drivers side of the vehicle. "Are you guys here for the Take A Kid Carping event being held here," I asked. My heart sank as the reply was that of not knowing there was even any kind of event being held. "So, what are you guys going to be fishing for?" uttered out of my mouth. "Whatever we can catch," was the reply. Let me try to make lemonade out of this situation. "Do you fish for carp?" The young boy replied that his father had caught some already, but he had never caught one. So naturally the guidelines of the TAKC were explained and Tyler (the young boy) said he would like to give it a try.

After excitedly showing Tyler and his father some of the ins and outs of carping, Tyler casted out his ling with all the anticipation an 8 year old can muster up. Half an hour later my left bite alarm went off. As Tyler reeled in his line to follow me to do battle wit this carp thing, he naturally asked if it was a big one. "We won't know 'til we get there," was my reply to Tyler. The rod was picked upand handed to Tyler knowing it felt like one in the 4-5 pound range. "Is it pulling hard?" was my query. "Oh my gosh YES," he replied. Then two minutes later the line went slack. Can't tell you whose heart sank faster, Tyler's or mine, but hearts did sink.

Just as fast as the hearts sank his bounced back as he casted out his line with the same enthusiasm as he had in the beginning. Oh the resiliance of youth. Then after about another hour and 10 minutes of inactivity that tell-tale slack in Tyler's line that screams drop-back to the experienced carp fisherman happened. As the line started getting tight Tyler was told to get ready to set the hook. The line went tight and as fast as the tip moved, Tyler set the hook and started doing battle. The flash of gold about a minute later confirmed my suspicions that this was a classic carp drop-back. As the fish was diligently fought excitement and anticipation grew. Tyler seemed interested too. His dad did the honors and Tyler was now holding his very first lump of gold. Pictures were taken and congratulations were made. Pennsylvania has another carper in the making. Congratulations Tyler Gehman.


There were no other people interested after Tyler left on Saturday, and nobody showed on Sunday. In my book though the first year was a BIG success. Thank you Jerome and all others who organized this event. We were small in numbers, but large in getting the job done. WOW!

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Love your enthusiasm, Ray. Your heart is indeed one of a young man. Many thanks for your efforts.


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