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Neil and I decided to hit Emma Long in Austin for an over-nighter last weekend. We arrived at the gate about 7:15 a.m. only to find the gatehouse deserted. We drove on down and after cruising through the campsites, located an empty one and unloaded the truck. I started to set up the gear while Neil drove back up and paid for the campsite.

The weather was beautiful. Overcast but it didn't look like rain anytime soon. In short order we had all our rods in the water and the waiting began. It didn't take long for Neil to get on the board with a nice buffalo. Less than an hour later he landed the first of the days many grassers. Up until today I had only seen one grass carp, a 47 pound beast caught by Keith Thompson two years earlier and only about a hundred yards downstream from where we were set up today. To say grass carp are lively on the bank is an understatement. These things go absolutely ballistic when taken out of the water. We had to roll some of them up in the weigh sling and practically sit on them just to get them still enough to unhook them.

Shortly afterwards, I caught my first buff of the day and my new PB at 26 pounds. My old PB had sat at 23 pounds for almost three years. I was stoked at this point. Then the grassers started coming fast and furious. Most of them were in the low to mid 20s. Neil landed a hefty 32# one shortly thereafter and I had several banked. About noon, I had a screaming run and when I set the hook, I could tell I was into a decent fish. After a few minutes my new buffalo PB of 32 pounds slid into the net and onto the bank. I had broken my PB twice on the same day!

Later in the afternoon, I hooked into another fish that felt like it was a log. When it came close to the net, Neil said "It's a huge grasser!" It promptly did an about-face and took off for a good 50-60 feet just under the surface, leaving a heck of a wake. After what seemed an eternity, we got it to the net and then to the landing mat. Both it's nose and tail stuck six inches out of the ends of my Gardner weigh sling. We managed to hang it on the scales and it stopped bouncing at 42 pounds even. My new PB grasser! I think my PB for these must have changed half a dozen times that day.

Keith Thompson and his wife Kristina came by for a couple of hours in the evening and we visited until dark. Late in the afternoon, I caught the day's only two commons at 11 and 12 pounds. Not real big, but beautiful, dark color. After calling it a day, I spodded out a bucket full of boiled corn for the next morning.

It rained cats and dogs from about 2 until 3 during the night. Luckily we slept in the truck. Not really comfortable, but at least we stayed dry.

Next morning, Neil started the day with a nice 23# common, the last common of the trip. Over the next few hours, we caught several more, mostly grassers. Neil decided that when he ran out of method mix, we were leaving. He'd had enough. Although I still had 4 more bags, I wasn't energetic enough to argue. We were both exhausted. About noon, we packed up and headed the 4 hours back north to Weatherford. Nice weather, good friends and awesome fishing... What more can one ask for?

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ONE HELL OF A WEEK END :thewave:

guess Carl forget to tell ya....I landed 18 fish, Buffs, Grassers, and commons ( not counting the 2 kittys)

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Carl landed about 20, an assortment of Buffs, commons and grassers ( not counting the turtle) average fish size about 23 pounds so that's around 874 pounds of fish for a day and a half session,,,,,,, :)

too bad Emma is a DEAD LAKE :)

and I lost 4or 5 and so did Carl, with hook pulls.......Great session !

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Great session guys! Congrats on the many PBs!

I can't wait to fish Emma this February I want a grasser sooooo bad

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Guest RebelCarp

Congrats on your new pb grassie

Days like this we dream of when theres snow on the ground :)

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Excellent trip out and some outstanding fish caught, I can just imagine the smile on your faces when the buzzers where going off.........

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Congrats on your new pb grassie

Days like this we dream of when theres snow on the ground :)

In Texas, we have ice. I'd rather drive on snow any day. I grew up on the western slope of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Snow I can live with.

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Excellent trip out and some outstanding fish caught, I can just imagine the smile on your faces when the buzzers where going off.........

Yea, you ever have one of those days when your bite alarm goes off and you just sit there and say... "NOT AGAIN?" Me neither. :jumpy:

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Congrats both of you awesome fish. I have to start fishing again lake aistin was on fire period when I was fishing during summer

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