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From War To Wilderness

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As some of you may know, I decided to escape the drug war in the North of Mexico, Monterrey to be specific, and bring my family to (relative) safety in Mexico City. When you have young children and around you decapitations, victims hanging from bridges, kidnappings and public shootings become a standard thing, you know it's time to get out. Besides, most of my business is in Mexico City, so the choice was easily made. Here's a page with some great aerial shots from Mexico City:

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Once the moving dust settled down, it was time to get back to business, eh, carping I meant to say. All of a sudden I was faced with an incredible luxury problem; where to start? All around me I found incredible looking lakes, literally hundreds of them in all directions. First things first; a visit to some local tackle shops. A few more calls to friends who lived in the area and lots and lots of hours searching on Google Earth. This made me come up with a shortlist of some 10 lakes.

Out of those ten, I now have fished three lakes. First the castle lake. Stories of monster fish over 70lb, with pictures to prove it. Before anyone showed me the pics, I was already at the lake. I took the family along for some quality time on the bank.

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Long story short, there are indeed very big fish in this lake. Easily 60-70 lb, I've seen them myself. Problem is, they are grass carp. There are some commons and mirrors too, but far too few. I actually returned to the lake to have a go at the grassers, but another really big problem is that it's a commercial trout lake. Any trout you catch you must take home, at a price of about 4USD/lb. You can imagine that carpfishing becomes an expensive hobby when you catch an easy 20lb of trout on boilies, corn, bread etc. without ever getting close to the grassers. Not my thing really...

The scenery is beautiful though...

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Then I scouted a small mountain lake, with an even more breathtaking scenery. With active volcanoes in the back, fresh air and very clear water this place looked and smelled like paradise:

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Conclusion, very big trout and a dream water for fly fishermen, but no carp in the lake. Another blank.

After three blanks I was craving for a fish. I decided to sneak out to Lioness for a few days with my driver, Beto. Waterlevels were extremely low as it hadn't rained almost all year. Vertically, the water dropped about 30ft at the dam. Never seen anything like it. This made fishing even more complicated than ever as the carp were now feeding at an abundance of waterboatmen, all concentrated in a small area. The carp only needed to open their mouths to suck in thousands of waterboatmen. Anyhow, we managed to wiggle out two fish with a lot of effort. I leave you with some pictures from the trip.

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Edited by Mario Kok

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Awsome story and some nice fish too, hope your other lakes are better prospects than the trout lake, gorgeous looking though :D

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Having filled up the batteries again, I was ready for another blank. This time in a new state for me, North of Mexico City. I was chasing some tips again, of smallish yet very fat common carp and very heavy bigheads and yet again grassers. Another beautiful lake but I couldn't find any evidence of large commons. After talking to some local carpfishing enthusiast I had to draw the conclusion that big common carp on this lake might not exist. But what a shame to leave such an incredible spot.

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Anyhow, I have a feeling that I'll walk into a couple of nice fish soon. Meanwhile I'll keep enjoying the scenery. ;)

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Wow beautiful scenery, your are a adventurer and pioneer. I hope i can make it down to mexico again soon. It's been 8 years since my last trip. Love the area around puelbla.

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Beautiful country, incredible scenery! Thanks for sharing the pics and it's great to see how much you are enjoying your adventures!

BTW, I like the way the kids have located themselves on the mat!laugh.gif Good times!!!!

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Mario--Beautiful pics and an intriguing story. You'll get there. Best of luck.--Frank

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Thanks guys, next year two US based CAG members will get a taste of Mexican carping. Hopefully the beginning of a long lasting MEX-USA exchange program. B)

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great post and pictures, would it be rude if I asked what you do in mexico? business wise that is - if it is sorry

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Loved the shot with that castle type structure over looking the lake , but all the photos are amazing . Good luck on the new move . If you ever find yourself in the nor east gringo country I'd be happy to show you some New York carpin .

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Loved the shot with that castle type structure over looking the lake , but all the photos are amazing . Good luck on the new move . If you ever find yourself in the nor east gringo country I'd be happy to show you some New York carpin .

I as well

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you may as well go for those 70 lb. grassers while you are at those scenic spots ;)

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First I'm glad your family got out of the senseless crime areas. Second thanks for the great write up and fantastic pics. Well deserved fish!

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He's actually the leader of one of the largest drug cartels in Mexico. :P

Well, I am involved in international trade and pretty much leader on a national level, but not quite in the business sector you suggest. :P

Here's what I do: Sistemas de Fachadas

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you may as well go for those 70 lb. grassers while you are at those scenic spots ;)

I would love to, but I just don't know how to avoid the trout. Anyone ever tried to catch grass carp with lettuce?

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