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I was trying for suckers and redhorse on the south nation today. I new Carp was a possibility. I got an aggresive strike and as I reeled it in I noticed it was a nice size carp. I must have been sloppy because my line broke at the knot (I was using 6lb Fluro); I was kicking myself. I picked up my backup rod (another ultra-light), baited it up and tossed it in quickly. Given the activity I was seeing under the surface I thought a pod might be moving in. Within another minute I had an aggressive strike. After a good fight on the UL gear with a lot of give and take I landed a PB carp. I did not weigh or measure but I called it at about 4-5 lbs.


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Knowing Carp was a possibility I had setup medium rod with a feeder and a hair rig setup with popup corn. It was funny. I tossed it in and let it sit for about 15 minutes. There was a lot of activity on the line but no takers. I reeled it back to find that the feeder that had been baited with breadflake and corn had been sucked bare without a take on the pop up corn. With the water being very murky it probably when un-noticed. I guess I should have buried hook in the feeder. Lesson learned.


After about another hour I got another solid strike which I started reeling and identified as another Carp that seemed to be the same size as the one I got previously. Playing it diligently with the UL rod I let the rod take the much of the weight and letting it play out some drag. I reached over to get my net and then it flipped the hook. Dang!

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Congrats on the PB !!!

As you quickly learned, carp that size can be a lot of fun on light tackle. They can also be quite a challenge (but that's part of the fun). Knots are definitely a major issue when using light line, and if not carefully tied, they can result in breakoffs. Here's a link to a U-Tube video showing several reliable knots. You might try them all and decide which works best for you.

Good luck and "Tight lines".

Edited by needmotime2fish

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Congratulations on the PB Zippy. Funny how you beef up your set up for the carp and they still go for your presentation on the Ultra-lite. I wonder if your tidier set up with the lighter line was the key on that day?

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Great catch.. I love fishing the feeder or float with light lines.. I normally use 6-8lb hooklengths, sometimes 2lbs, Light lines are the trick sometimes..

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Looks like you had a good time and learned some too. Thanks for sharing.

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... Here's a link to a U-Tube video showing several reliable knots. You might try them all and decide which works best for you.

Good luck and "Tight lines".

I recently found this new knot, which is also easy to tie:

Video: How to Tie the Davy Knot and Double Davy Knot | Orvis News

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/video-how-to-tie-the-davy-knot-and-double-davy-knot/?adv=352841&cm_mmc=linkshare-_-je6NUbpObpQ-_-1-_-352841

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See my thread on 16 May 2014 about knots. Several people have replied with some great information on specific knots for specific lines, particularly braid.

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