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I just got back from my annual St. Lawrence trip with my dear friend Terry F, and it was once again a fantastic trip. We didn't land all the monsters that were seen, but I did top the scales to mid 30's. I've been going there for a decade (14 trips total) and with Terry's extensive knowledge of the river, we were able to catch fish from every swim we fished. We caught from bays to main channel, from shoals to drop offs, and in 2' to 50' foot of water. Many that have fished the Larry know how daunting of a task it is to one, find the fish, and two catch them. The spring time can produce some of the biggest fish you will ever see, but finding them is the key. You need adequate time and diligence to find the fish and to hold them while you catch your share. We fished new swims and which was very unique, fished from the boat the entire time. Fishing from a boat for carp really is the way to go if applicable. You eliminate most snags that you find if you fish from shore. It also gives you countless opportunities to swims you couldn't reach from shore. It was a new strategy for us and it worked out in our favor.

The weather was an absolute roller-coaster so fish would be cooperative one second and vanish the next. Anyone who has gone there and experienced the Larry, knows one of the most important factor is wind direction. It will literally bring fish to you and push them out all in a matter of seconds. Usually the crappier the weather the better. What you don't want is a calm day with glassy water.

All in all is was a great trip. It's not always about the fish, but the company that makes it outstanding. Terry and I are a great team and we strategically fish in a unique way. We will be back next spring to hopefully top our PB's and to gain more knowledge of that awesome fishery. Now on to the pics. Enjoy!

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Great fish and beautiful pics.

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Very glad to see Terry in action... Great trip and great pics, thanks for sharing.

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Very cool!

See for me a huge part of the fun of carp is NOT having to fish out of a boat. I use a boat for 100% of my other angling. It's a process, get the boat ready, make sure you have gas and the batteries are charged. Hook up to the truck. Drive the boat landing. Launch the boat. Then do it all in reverse when you're done fishing. Not to mention the on water boat activities. Driving to your spots. Picking up and putting down the trolling motor. Using the plotter and the fish finders.

To just grab my gear and a lawn chair, drive to a swim (step out my back door now ) and fish, sitting there in my lawn chair is well.... refreshing and feels very lazy and unstressfull.

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Very cool!

See for me a huge part of the fun of carp is NOT having to fish out of a boat. I use a boat for 100% of my other angling. It's a process, get the boat ready, make sure you have gas and the batteries are charged. Hook up to the truck. Drive the boat landing. Launch the boat. Then do it all in reverse when you're done fishing. Not to mention the on water boat activities. Driving to your spots. Picking up and putting down the trolling motor. Using the plotter and the fish finders.

To just grab my gear and a lawn chair, drive to a swim (step out my back door now ) and fish, sitting there in my lawn chair is well.... refreshing and feels very lazy and unstressfull.

I will admit, fishing from the boat is much more work and it is stressful. We eliminated the launching everyday by renting a slip for the 10 days I was there. It was a matter of loading and unloading the boat daily, which was a pain. All of our swims were on GPS and we incorporated 3d imaging and mapping to really dial in optimal locations for baits to work. In the long run it was better than shore fishing on this particular river. Usually people fish the same 5 or so swims that don't produce like they used to. I don't fish these "popular" swims anymore and do more "pioneering" than sticking with the safe bet. We were "going for broke" if you will. Towards the end of our trip, we were both quite exhausted and the sound of bank fishing did sound refreshing. However the last day was calling for a WSW wind at 15-25mph and solid cloud cover. In that territory, it screams BIG FISH. Low and behold, the biggest fish of the trip was on this particular day. Gotta go with your gut. I do understand where you're coming from though. Now I can say I've done both!

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There has been times the carp were breaching on parts of the lake that we couldn't cast to and we came back with the boat.

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Looks like a great trip with some awesome fishes caught! Very nice pics, especially that sunset or sunrise pic!

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Good story and pictures. I sold my boat about 10 years ago. Too many people on the water here in the SE and they don't know the rules for safe operation.

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Good story and pictures. I sold my boat about 10 years ago. Too many people on the water here in the SE and they don't know the rules for safe operation.

I agree with you on the safety of boat operation. We didn't run into that but lack of "boating Etiquette" was our issue. A few "other" species anglers were really cramping our style with endless miles of river to fish everywhere around us. They felt the need to go withing 60 yards of our boat when you couldn't even see another one for miles and miles???

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Great pics, especially the one with the umbrella, crazy looking sky.

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Thanks everyone!

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