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The grassy point turned out to be a great place to teach some of our work place friends how to catch carp. The weather was fine and we could all fish close enough to help each other and socialize.

My friend Dustin and I were the first to arrive. Dustin is a catfisherman who has already caught some big blue cats this year. Brad and John arrived shortly after us. Brad's friends from work(David and Curtis) joined us and we got ready to catch carp.

I had prebaited the area about noon on Friday. We saw splashes just outside the baited area. I cast past that bait and splashes trying to reach deeper water. A few minutes later after observing yet another splash I decided to recast closer to the chum area. I put on fresh grits, cast a shorter distance and set the rod on the pod. Before I could attach the hanger the line went buzzing off the reel. I fought the fish and soon had the first carp of the day.


Brad gave his buddies some lessons in bait making and tackle handling.


David got the next carp on one of Brad's rods. We soon had a double on, and David had the bigger fish.



His fish was not only the larger one it also was a fully scaled mirror! I believe this was his first carp.


The buffs started to get into our baits. John probably caught the first one, but he is skilled at avoiding the camera when he catches a buff. Curtis landed a buff and got slimed!


John was happy when he finally got his first Kingston mirror.


Curtis landed another slimy critter...this time it was a channel cat.


It was great to see the mirrors come in. I even landed one myself.


David and Curtis got another double with Curtis getting more slime.


Curtis also caught a carp but I didn't get a picture of it. We were pretty busy with both buffs and carp.

Dustin the catman tried to catch catfish with his rods. Unfortunately his bluegill cutbait did not get touched. I set him up with a paylake rig on his rod complete with a puff and grits. He soon had a run but lost it apparently to a faulty swivel he had used. I got him to take care of my rods while I was away and he hooked up with a decent mid teen carp.


Curtis manned the net.


Dustin with his 16 pounder.


All our new carpers left us some time after noon, but they all seemed to have enjoyed learning how we fish. I hope to give Dustin more carping lessons in the future.

John, Brad and I stayed a couple more hours to fight some buffs, boats, and an occassional carp. Here 3 boats were getting uncomfortably close to Brad's rods.


I believe John was the buff king Saturday, catching more of them than the rest of us did. Finally, Brad caught a nice common to close out our day.


Kingston once again gave us a successful fish-in.

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It was a great day indeed. Much of my fishing time is spent grinding for big fish in really crappy surroundings. Clearly not what carping is about, but the path that I have chosen. I had just returned from a weekend at the land o' the 50. :yes: And I was tired. Frankly, I was exhausted from laughing myself silly all week after watching Brad get bucked off of a Grassie. Still, I couldn't miss the E Tennessee fish in !

Charlie's fish-ins are a fantastic vacation from my current carping path. Instead of weeks of planning, careful bait selection, and hours of study, I flung a few rods in the back of the truck, grabbed a few bags of pre-mixed grits, and brought my three favorite flavors. If I catch something, great! If not, it is a great day to chat with people and sit and watch the world go by.

This is the first time that I have fished the TVA side. They put in a beautiful little park out on the point. I actually got to safely run around barefoot a bit, versus pulling nails and glass out of my river shoes and boots.

I arrived to see Charlie and Brad. In addition we had some great guests. These guys were impressive. They came to catch fish and were dead serious about it. One guy even had a cigar clenched between his teeth just to show how serious he was !

Thanks to Charlie's magnificant baiting strategy, fish were rolling everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE. It was about a 50-50 mix of commons and buffs. Nothing gets your heart racing like watching roll after roll.

Our weather was stellar. Maybe the best day of the year for 2012. Low 70's, sunshine, and 5-10 mph breezes. It was so beautiful that I found myself pining for my bed chair to pull up under the shade of one of those magificant oaks. I would have slept like a baby.

I was invited to jump in to the middle of Charlie's prime baited area. Instead, a moved to the outside of the group. I wanted our guests to have lots of swim area many choices in cast angles.

I tossed 2 rods out and was..........um..........rewarded with a smelly Buff. For some odd reason, I didnt mind catching the buff. That happy face of his kind of set the tone for day. And there was no reason to be irritated as my fearless fishing partner Brad just loves loves loves to do water releases for anyone that catches a buff. Catfish too. He is the Mother Teresa of releasing all things smelly and slimy. He feels it important to sacrifice his nice clean clothes for those of us unfortunate enough to catch those "other" fish who should only be mentioned only in hushed tones.

My second fish caught was a Mirror. My first out of Kingston, and the second for our group of the day. I have been chasing a Mirror out of Kingston ever since I was told that show from time to time. Finally!

In between my Buff runs, I watched Charlie & Brad hold court and helping our guests out. It was not so long ago that these very same gentlemen that invited me out for my very first dedicated carp trip. I caught so many fish that I actually had to pull my rods and rest. Sounds kind of silly to say but it brought a huge grin to my face watching them help new folks just like they did me. I really am blessed to know and fish with them both.

I continued enjoying the breeze, the sun on my face and yes, even the buffs as my captures continued to climb. In the end, what arrived at the bank was only ancillary to the incredible day.

Charlie, I tip my hat to you, sir. Every single person that came to fish, caught, guests included. A feat not easily achieved, even with a group of veteran carpers.

And I thank both you and Brad for all that you have taught me. I have managed to catch some remarkable fish thanks to the both of you!

I could sure use a few more days like yesterday!

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There is a lot to be said about fishing and not worrying the least about catching. Was good to watch the new guys catch while I served as net and bait boy.

Charlies baiting made it happen for them. They were very satisfied and talking about it afterwards. Plus anytime I can fish with John and it doesn't rain, its a miracle.

As we left we could all agree John was the buffalo king.

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WOW! great story and pics, thank you for sharing, felt like I was there!

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wait, john and brad fishing is nice weather???? WHAT?

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wait, john and brad fishing is nice weather???? WHAT?

I know. It was like we were trapped in a parallel universe of goodness!

And I am only temporary Buffalo King since Bri was unable to attend.

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Haha just watch...Bville will be beautiful conditions this year because you two are not there! :P

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I haven't been on here for a while, for some reason I wasn't able to log in. If I'd known about this gathering, I would have been there since it's only about a half hour drive away. Glad to hear it was a success.

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