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Mike Pike

Went a stalkin'

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Well, I dusted off the ol' stalking rod today and went off to dodge the rain showers and get a little fishing in. 

The confined, intimate little water was a nice change from the open expanse of the harbour and I was pretty excited at the prospect of battling fish at such close quarters.

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I haven't done the stalking thing in some time, and my little 9-foot Greys was probably feeling a little neglected.  

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I downsized my hooks, line, etc, as I knew the carp here would be on the smaller size, then sent out my hook bait of maize and a floater kernel onto a tight little chum bed of maize.  Surprising, I began to get line bumps right away, but unfortunately no runs.

Then, down came the rain, but I packed my umbrella for just such an emergency.  Here is the view from my little shelter.

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The line bumps stopped and things became quiet, so it was time to move in search of the nomadic fellows.  I moved further down the bank, once the rain showers allowed, and noticed a nice splash not 10 feet away in the margins.  That 'll do!   I set up and once again, line bumps told me fish were honing in on my bait.  But still no runs.

I considered my hookbait and thought that maybe I should downsize some more, and so I removed the floater and kept only 2 small kernels of maize on the hair. 

Dang!  The next 'line bump' was a take and a real belter of a run!  Off it went straight into the marginal snags and I held my breath.  I coax him away and back out into the main channel.  Whew!!!  

Netting the fish proved to be a problem as I brought a smaller net with me thinking the carp here would be nowhere near doubles.  But this was a good 'un and after a little drama, I finally brought it onto the bank.

I was immediately struck by the bright yellow on the lower flanks near the tail.

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The rain kept up and, despite my shelter, I was pretty soaked through by this point so I packed up with a big smile on my face and headed home to dry off and type this report. 

A most awesome time on golden pond.

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