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Hey everybody!

I've been lurking on the forum for quite a while now, but decided it was time to come out of the shadows and join in the conversations! I've been carping exclusively for just over a year now, and boy was it a challenge deciphering all the terminology and vast multitude of tactics!

Being that there are no paylakes in this state I'm fishing wild-water. My typical setup is a 6"-12" hair rig with a 3/4 oz. egg lead fished on my 7 foot Shakespeare Ugly Stik and a Penn spinning reel spooled with 12 lb. fluorocarbon. I've experimented a bit with braided hooklinks, which seems to work quite well on the Eastern side of the state ( standard desert biotope), but for some reason have struggled to produce well for me on the Western side of the state in which I live. Due to this I have simply been using a length of my main line to tie on my terminal tackle.

I've been following many of the videos Brian Wingard has been posting on Youtube (shout out to you bud, you're my carping hero!), and his method of pressure cooking feed corn has been my go-to hookbait of choice. I also like to use packbait (or method mix depending on what you want to call it), and have noticed that my catch rate is greatly improved when employing such tactics.

It's great to have a community of like minded hobbyists to ping ideas off and exchange knowledge. I'm really looking forward to getting involved in the carping community and hope to have the chance to share some bank space with some of you at some point!

Cheers,

Greg Collins

P.S.

It feels as though I'm the only one in this state who targets carp without the use of a bow, or as a food source. are there any other carp minded catch and release Washingtonians out there?!

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Good carpin'! Jim and Kelly Watt had a show several years ago fly fishing for carp on the flats of a lake in Washington state.

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Hey skeet3t! Probably Banks Lake over in the Eastern portion of the state. I know there is at least one book specifically written about fly fishing for carp on Banks. I've never attempted to fish it, as it's an absolutely massive body of water and I'd have no idea where to start! My personal favorite (and most productive) lake to fish on the East side is Potholes Reservoir, some big elusive carp in that body of water! However the state record carp of just over 49 pounds was caught out of the slightly smaller Moses Lake just North in 06'.

Figured I cant introduce myself without showing a pic of my P.B. carp! This one was the first fish of my most recent trip on June 1st, which was caught before we realized the batteries in my digital scale were dead, so most unfortunately it had to be released without getting a weight on it. My previous P.B. was 15.7 and this one would have had an easy pound or two up on it. Truly "the one that got away"! A beautiful animal no less.

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unfortunately it had to be released without getting a weight on it

C'mon, pick a number between 20 and 30! That should be close enough. :blabla:

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Haha! If only I weren't such a stickler for accuracy :lol: I guess it just gives me a reason (like I needed another one!) to go back for another two day session!

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Greg , I am very glad I could help you out with my videos. What is your youtube name? If you ever have any questions or want to see a certain video made just let me know.

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Welcome and thanks for introducing yourself!

I know there are several fly carpers in Washington, targeting the Columbia River, but don't remember reading any posts from bait carpers.

Brian's vids are a great resource; I echo the kudos.

Good luck and include us with your carping exploits!

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Welcome

I too usually use 10-15lb flouro for hooklinks as for braid try shorter 3-4” hooklinks and make sure to sharpen your hooks regularly it helps a lot

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To add to my previous post, they were wading the flats on this lake, just as you would for bonefish in the Caribbean flats.

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hi greg

whilst I am not from Washington or even the usa ( I live in the uk) my brother, okiecarper and myself are heading out to Washington very soon for a ten day trip. we plan on fishing around pot holes, moses and the Columbia river. can't say where we will be on any given day but will post results up on here as to how we get on. am certainly looking forward to finding out about what looks like a fantastic carping area.

click on the pacific north west part of this forum. one of the threads has a link to a load of archive stuff on your area.

regards

andrew

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Thanks for the replies everyone, your support is greatly appreciated!

@ Brian- I don't currently have a YouTube account, though I should be making one in the next couple of days and will probably be using my "washingtoncarper" handle. I cant think of many pressing video recommendations at the moment, but I do think it'd be very interesting and informative to see a how you color your "deer corn" to various hues for a more custom bait, and how you personally go about making your own boilies (assuming you even do). Thanks again for posting all of the videos on your channel, you have helped increase my catch rate immensely and have turned what would have most likely ended as a passing interest into a full-blown passion!

@ FiSherwood- There definitely aren't many bait carpers on the Columbia! The most recent issue of CarpPro had a great article on flying the Columbia, unfortunately however, they left out specific locations, and the Columbia is a BIG river! Last season I was fishing at a local lake (Green Lake in Seattle) and ran into a fishermen who showed me a picture of a carp he had inadvertently caught while fishing with worms on the Columbia that had to be an easy 30#. It was absolutely gorgeous! So there's some definitely some fatties in there, I'd just have to find out where to post-up for bait fishing.

@ alex- I'll try shorter hooklinks when using the braid and try to locate a hook sharpener, thanks very much for the tips! I'm thinking about experimenting with different hooklink materials, as the swim I've been favoring recently is rather "snaggy" and has resulted in almost more lost than landed. It is also surrounded on three sides by a thick lily pad bed. Excellent for carp, not so excellent for me! Any suggestions?

@ skeet3t- Wading the flats sounds like it'd be a loads of fun! There's gotta be some decent bank space on the periphery of them that would grant bait fishermen like myself access to the carp population without sacrificing rig presentation in 8"-12" deep water! The lake is absolutely massive though, so it looks like I've got some homework to do...

@ andrewdeeley- First and foremost, I must confess my jealousy of you living in a country where the hobby/sport of carping is looked upon as something to admire! It is, generally speaking, quite the opposite here in the States, where they are most commonly (and unfortunately!) viewed as an invasive "garbage fish" not worthy of pursuit. Disheartening to say the least! There are however some very good carping waters in my home state. I'll be keeping a close eye on your posts as I'm extremely eager to see how someone with much more carping experience gets on in some of the waters I regularly fish! A word of warning however, when fishing the Eastern side of the state, watch out for bowfishermen! They're thick over there and don't take to kindly to us "pleasure" carpers.

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@ andrewdeeley- First and foremost, I must confess my jealousy of you living in a country where the hobby/sport of carping is looked upon as something to admire! It is, generally speaking, quite the opposite here in the States, where they are most commonly (and unfortunately!) viewed as an invasive "garbage fish" not worthy of pursuit. Disheartening to say the least! There are however some very good carping waters in my home state. I'll be keeping a close eye on your posts as I'm extremely eager to see how someone with much more carping experience gets on in some of the waters I regularly fish! A word of warning however, when fishing the Eastern side of the state, watch out for bowfishermen! They're thick over there and don't take to kindly to us "pleasure" carpers.

hi greg.

don't be jealous of here (uk)! there are so many people fishing for carp in not enough water that it is a total circus. you probably have more water in your state than we have. I search out wild uncaught fish if I can. that means hard fishing generally instead of sitting round a pond full of anglers catching the same poor old carp!

embrace what you have....a pretty much untapped paradise of carp fishing! why do you think i'm flying about 7-8000 miles to have some of it?!!!!

I do not worry about bow fisherman. they used to wind me up when I first stated fishing in the usa, I know they alone can't control carp stocks and I just laugh at them now. they are just pissing in the wind when it comes to control.

it seems to me that the main worry for carp fisherman in your area is the treatment of lakes with what is I think a plant extract called rotenone, tipped into lakes by the authorities. look up Sprague lake carp and also ephrata lake carp!

if I meet any bow people, I'm fishing for wanker fish and bollocks trout if asked!

pm me and I can give you some more detail.

andrew

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When you put it that way it doesn't sound so great. I suppose it makes sense though. All of these bait making companies vying to be the next "big thing", putting out dozens of various boilies etc., spending massive amounts of money on advertising and trying to lure in new carpers. All of these new baits and products have to be tested somewhere by both the distributors and consumers, so it's not surprising that the lakes are overcrowded and bank space is at a premium! I suppose I just like the overly romanticized idea that everyone in the UK is as obsessed with our favorite fish as we are!

In retrospect I suppose we do have it fairly good on this side of the pond! Lots of lakes with carp and virtually no one fishing for them with the exception of those aiming to shoot them. But I must ask, why would you want to travel to Washington for carp? Seems like all the big carp news comes from Texas and the East Coast. Though I suppose there aren't many carpers here to make the headlines and bring the sport to the state! I know for a fact that my home state is hiding some absolutely behemoth specimens!

I wish I could do something to change the tarnished image of carp in this state. If we could get more people over here to appreciate carp the way they are over in Europe, maybe we wouldn't have to dump toxic chemicals to control what the mass media sees as a pest. Rotenone absolutely sucks!!!

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why do I want to come to Washington? well I have fished a 3 times in Texas and been to new York state fishing 12 times. saw the pic of a huge fish from washington long time ago and it got me thinking. I will always go back to fish in new York and love the st Lawrence but it was time to try somewhere new! you mention behemoths...seems we made a good choice for an exploratory trip and thanks for that. has cranked it up a notch now!

for me it isn't all about gut bucket boilie munchers. that fish i saw a pic of was 48 inches long and a nice shape. had a look in to washington, delved a bit deeper and found a state that is apparently loaded with carp with plenty of scope for pioneering new spots. the best fishing is when you have no clue what is going to happen! I have no targets this trip apart from to get a few bites.

you can do something about carp fishing in washington. invite your mates, tell people who are interested all about it and get some euro gear! americans go nuts for that! I have had groups of people taking photo's of my gear and they want a piece of it! point them towards a few websites for tackle or tips( as long as they are not bow people) and be discreet with spots on the internet. also if bow people are about... fish with no bait or move!

am heading out on the 1st august till the 10th (not long enough!). if you want to join us for a day or two feel free. pm me if you want my cell number.

andrew

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There is a gentleman just outside Spokane who is a carper, his username was R6 something and I went down there to meet him once. He's had some lovely fish out of 9 Mile River just north of 9 Mile Lake.

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Thank you for the info buzzbomb! I may need to get in contact with this person being that I've still yet to meet any carpers that live in this state!

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Hi all,just picked up this thread,haven't been on the forum for some time due to login probs,now hopefully solved.Fear not Gregg,you are not alone in Washington,I am here in Spokane and between us there is some truly great carp water.On your side the area round Washougal and the Columbia slough are a good bet and of course,as you point out ,Potholes,Moses lake and Lind coulee are also hotspots.You're right about Banks,it is a bit intimidating,but if you can find a Ranger they can tell you where the best spots are.In my area I have Lake Spokane ,Newman Lake ,Rock lake ,and if I feel up to the 2 hour drive,the Snake down at Clarkston is stiff with extremely hard fighting carp,also of course Lake Roosevelt but they are hard to locate and pin down there.

geoff69

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BUMP. New (to State) Carper in the house. Anyone still fishing, or just given up?

Brid.

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Wow -- nobody from WA replying to pleas for getting together. Waaaasup Gregg/Geoff?

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Live near seattle here !! Been fishing for carp for the last 5 years , catch and release is the only way I fish ! Caught them out of Green lake , lake tapps , lake sammamish , lake Washington is so huge I don't know where to begin ? just started hitting the east side last year where I had very productive days out of Moses lake . Anyone else out there that knows of any good places ?

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Pardon my extremely long absence everyone, life has gotten in the way of me being active on the forum! I am still however very actively carping, and would love to meet up for a session! Brid and Chrismac, are you still wanting to meet up and share some bank space? I'll be heading over to Potholes/Moses on the 31st through the 4th for a carping excursion. You are both more than welcome to join!

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Hey cam, I'm still here in the state and am actively carping every possible chance I get. I actually just went out for a short session yesterday!

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I havnt really done much carping fishing really I'm wondering what kind of baits work best around here. I'm in Moses lake I just moved from Olympia. I watched a friend of mine catch some carp in Olympia in black lake. But I'm looker for better baits to use.  He only used bread and sugar  

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I've used all manner of baits here in the state. The first few years I started targeting carp exclusively, I used nothing but corn as hookbaits. Everything from canned sweetcorn and commercially made "carp corn", to pressure cooked feed corn mixed with various flavors, extracts, amino acids and dyes. I will say though, of all the various flavors and additives I used with corn, the best results came on feed corn cooked with either pineapple or peach flavoring, and a sweetener of some kind.

These days, I tend to be more of a boilie fisherman. I've been fishing CC Moore Equinox and solid bags almost exclusively for the past two years. The results have been nothing short of spectacular. I tend to bait up with mixed particles (sweetcorn, feedcorn, hemp, pellets, panko, etc.) with a good mixing whole, halved and crumbled boilies, and let that work its magic for a day or so before fishing on top of it.

If you're ever up for a day/weekend session, just let me know. I've got several hot spots over on the east side, and I'm always looking to meet up with fellow carpers to exchange tips and ideas with. My brother and I will actually be fishing the Moses Lake area from May 14th to the 18th. If you've got any free time, you're more than welcome to join us!

 

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