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Brian Pearcy

Fishing a New Venue Today

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I have some "go to" carp fishing venues locally that produce carp fairly consistently. Over the years some have ebbed and flowed in their production for a variety of reasons ranging from algae blooms to lack of summer rainfall at optimal times, commercial fishing, the effects of bow fishing, over fishing by those who harvest fish to eat, excessive jet skis, power boating, etc.

So a wise carp fisherman must constantly be on the look out for potential new venues. Venues with upper teen to low twenty average size, easy access via public parks, and close to home. There are plenty of venues that have some of those characteristics or even all during certain seasons (fall or spring as examples). But the holy grail for carp fishing are venues that hit all three of those requirements consistently.
 
At the current time, I don't have a venue like that close to home. I could drive 3 hours west and fish Lake Michigan where some of my carp fishing acquaintances have been landing 30 pound fish throughout much of the spring and summer. Unfortunately, the distance and driving time put that out of reach for a one day session with my current work schedule and family commitments.
 
I have Lake Erie and the Detroit River nearby, but neither I nor anyone I know personally has been able to land quality fish consistently in the past two years from those locations fishing from a public access area like a pier or park. I suspect there are some high quality fish to be caught from a boat that can seek out the areas where carp are congregating during a particular month, week or day, but one of the reasons I find carp fishing so attractive is the low cost aspect that does not require a boat and the expenses that come with boat ownership.
 
That leaves branching out north, south, east and west in search of new venues.
 
Today, I headed south and fished a new lake that I've never visited before. I don't know anyone who has fished it for carp, but I made contact with someone who has caught multiple carp from this new-to-me location. So I pulled out of the drive way at 5 a.m. and arrived at 6:45 a.m. 
 
I was fishing by shortly after 8 a.m. 
 
Finding a location was a bit of a crap shoot because although I was able to find a map of the venue online, the spots I hoped to fish with the deeper water depths were inaccessible from the shoreline once I arrived and saw them up close. They had drop offs from 10 to 20 feet or more.
 
I settled for the closest accessible area and set up there. Instead of the 12 foot water depths I hoped for, I fished in 6 feet of water.
 
To make a long story short; I fished for 8 hours and finally got my first screaming carp run. Yes....8 hours of silence (not even catfish).
 
Here are some pictures of the lone fish I landed:
 
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The lonely loner I caught today

 

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The scales were in good condition and he had nice coloring

 

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Carp close-up

 

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Carp tail fin shot
 
I am sure this lake holds carp in greater numbers than were indicated today. A local father and son team fishing for channel catfish provided some insight that I hope to act upon during my next visit. The trouble with a new lake is the time it takes to learn where the fish hold up during the various seasons, temperatures, and weather patterns.
 
Some additional online scouting and research will probably pay dividends prior to my next visit.

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Good read Brian.. Thanks.   Ifs its any consolation, I had a similar day today although I only spent 6 hours at two venues for a single carp.  I had not been out in three weeks, so the bank time was enjoyable but I was hoping for more.

Good luck

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Discovery isn't easy, and implies going through quite some frustration before (possibly) hitting gold. And the first fish from a brand new venue is by far the most difficult. And August is the most difficult month of all, notably during the day. So it seems to me that you actually did pretty good, and should be proud of yourself, you made it work!

I once fished a local venue for a month, a venue which looks absolutely perfect in many respects, and I just could never make it work. I have yet to understand what happened. 

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Now, that's persistence, a great quality in a carp fisherman.

Don't give up on this venue.  Might produce better in spring or fall.

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Good day, I have just recently moved to Houston, Texas and looking to join a carp angling club. Any advise or contacts I can get in touch with? I have no idea of venues or where I could go to fish.

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Hi Louie, You may want to post that question in the Beginner section or on the Facebook page so more people will see it. I am sorry I am not knowledgeable of Texas carping venues.

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