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I have been sharing pictures of the carp I catch with friends at work. Some friends were shocked by the size of my recent captures. The most common question my friends ask (other than "do you eat them") is "what do you catch them on?" I always give the simple answer that I catch them on corn.

My friend Bonnie, after seeing my carp pictures over a few months and hearing that they can be caught on corn decided that she would catch a carp in order to improve on her personal best fish. This should not be very difficult because her largest fish had been a trout which probably weighed less than a pound.

I decided to help her achieve her goal of a new personal best. This past weekend was a good opportunity to catch some carp despite the rain which has been plaguing our area on the weekends. I did some chumming on Thursday and the next day the carp were already showing when I chummed some more. We made plans to start fishing at 10 am Saturday as our 2nd shift jobs kept us at work past midnight on Friday.

Bonnie tried unsuccessfully to get her husband or her son to come fishing with her. We met at the fishing spot about 10 o'clock. Some carp were jumping where I had baited. I got Bonnie set up with some sweet corn on one rod and a puff on another. After demonstrating how the bite alarms work and giving her some tips on playing a carp we were ready. As I was setting up a couple of rods for myself, Bonnie got a carp on the sweet corn rod. We got Bonnie's first carp landed, weighed, and photographed all within 30 minutes of arriving at the spot. Bonnie kept her family informed of our success via her cellphone with pictures. Here is her first carp, a 5 pounder.post-1716-0-07059600-1369145830_thumb.jp

A krill flavored puff also hooked a carp for Bonnie but sweet corn directly on the hook was the quickest way to rebait. She had some difficulty packing and casting the Prefessa's oat pack so the sweet corn on the hook became her go to bait for the rest of the day.

There were rain showers most of the previous night but this day we were lucky in that we only received one heavy shower. There was no thunder so we were able to take shelter from that shower under some cedar trees.

The carp in this lake are small and there are plenty of them. The shortest ones we were catching were in the 16-17 inch range, but they were still larger than Bonnie's previous personal best fish. Here is one of Bonnie's shorter fish.post-1716-0-43289100-1369146396.jpg

I fished with a puff on one rod and maize on another. Here is one which I caught on a puff at 4lbs 12 ounces.post-1716-0-52081300-1369146547.jpg

About 1 pm Bonnie increased her PB with this 5 lb 10 ounce carp.post-1716-0-47124500-1369146671.jpg

The action was pretty fast, and we lost some fish in some brush and under a nearby dock. One of Bonnie's fish broke the small hook she was fishing sweet corn on. She was afraid that she had lost her largest fish of the day when that happened. I tied a stronger paylake style hook on her line and she was able to continue catching.

Bonnie caught the largest carp of the day before 2 pm. Here is her new PB at 6 lbs 9 ounces.post-1716-0-19203200-1369147068_thumb.jp

She sent her family pictures of the fish and its weigh while it was on the scale.

Bonnie's success in catching carp got her 22 year old daughter Kali interested in coming to the lake. It took Kali more than an hour to make it to our fishing spot with another friend. Kali also succeeded in catching a couple of carp. She was not willing to hold the carp, so I did not take her picture. One of Kali's fish had a lamprey attached to its side. We dispatched the lamprey.

Toward the end of our day Bonnie was asking whether there were mirror carp in this spot. I was sure there were and very shortly I hooked and landed one. Bonnie held that mirror and I took her picture with it.post-1716-0-84205800-1369147876.jpg

Bonnie had incredible beginner's luck! Near the end of the day she has caught 11 carp and 1 buffalo. I only had 5 or 6 fish. The last fish Bonnie hooked made a strong run into some brush, and got hung up. Kali's friend and I took turns trying to coerce the fish back out. It may have taken 5 minutes but the carp did come out of that brush. Bonnie proceeded to land that carp, and guess what...It was a mirror also! I failed to take a picture of it but it was similar to the other mirror. Luckily Bonnie got its picture on her cellphone.

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Well look at you Charlie. Willing to hold a fish 32lbs smaller than your new PB. I see Brummie has not influenced you too much yet!

Glad to see you all did well and caught!

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Nice day and perfect size for beginners. Those carp are like 25 lbers to us!

That's a real pretty mirror !!!

Perfect size and amount of action as well. I always dread talking a beginner into coming then having long slow periods.

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Very nice. Good job introducing a new carper to the sport -- and maybe a couple more.

Pretty mirror, also.

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Spreading the addiction huh?

Great job on getting her hooked up and getting her a god dang mirror first time out. I been searching for over a year for one and cant get my hands on one.

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Great work, well done ! Some great fish there and excellent to get another beginner started, on carp !

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Ain't that the way , congrats to her :party0012icon:

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Way to go Bonnie! a pb common and mirror on the same day. You can not beat that!

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Really cool story. Thanks for sharing.

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Very Nice!!!!!!!!!Congrats to you both!

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Thanks everyone. I had alot of fun learning to carp. One day fishing with Charlie and I'm hooked.

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Great story! Glad Bonnie was able to fish with some experienced carpers. Were you on Watts Bar? Gotta get out real soon!!!!

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We were on Tellico. John have you baited any yet? Post spawners may be in need of some food down your way.

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