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This morning I fished a short, float session with friends Ben and Colin @ Pier 8. Ben also fished the float and Colin fished euro. Pier 8 is used for docking tankers on the waterfront here in Hamilton. It ranges from 28-30 ft deep. It's a popular venue for carpers, strollers, bird watchers etc. It has been the venue for a number of CAG fish-in's, MACO events and even the venue for the Carp Anglers Group annual C.C.C a few years back. It's not known for big fish but on a good day you can bank a good number of smaller fish if you time it right.

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The weather was sunny with a cool, north east wind blowing in our face making quite a chop on the water. It didn't exactly keep our floats stable and it was tough going.


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I had heard carp were caught there on the fly recently as they usually start cruising the dock wall this time of year. I also brought my fly gear along just incase I could get into my first carp on the fly for 2013 but I didn't see any cruisers, only the odd one rolling here and there. So, I'll have to give it another shot.

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Anyway. It turned out a slow day for us us but I did manage to land one. It was taken on a single piece of Nash Mutant artificial glow corn on a hair making it my first carp from pier 8 for 2013.


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We didn't know what to expect really. The water is quite deep there and I usually wait for a longer stretch of hotter weather after spring so it warms up until I give it a shot. Then again, you don't know until you try. We fished for 3 hours. I ended up with the only fish of the session. Still nice to hang out and have a laugh though.



Thank's for the company guy's



Mark

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Always great to get out with great company...The fish is the bonus!!! Great write up!!

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A great fish on a slow day! Thanks for sharing Mark.

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Thanks for the report and pics, Mark. Nice to see yet another area start to cough up a fishy. A nice one there, and may more to come for ya I'm sure.

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Allways good to get out with friends, can sometimes be more enjoyable than being on your own when the fish are having it :D

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I had heard carp were caught there on the fly recently as they usually start cruising the dock wall this time of year. I also brought my fly gear along just incase I could get into my first carp on the fly for 2013 but I didn't see any cruisers, only the odd one rolling here and there. So, I'll have to give it another shot.

Looks like a fun time! I was there last week with my fly rod and scared away a pod of 20 carp hahaha. The water was like glass but sadly my fly casting is miserable hahahaha. If you were there with no wind I think you could do well on the fly.

Henry

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scouting areas to find if the season has arrived for them often comes with blank sessions but we scout with the memories of past successes at a swim and the value they meant to us....scouting is a result of passionate angling...hungry for an edge...confidence in ones skills...sense for adventure.

early season scouting is a challenge to ourselves and a fishing outing that brings alive the senses.

awesome report and keep up your scouting.

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That's a lot of water out there!! I love the venue, friends and pics. After all, that's why I fish.

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Fishing isn't just about the fishing -- most of the time, it's the friends and bank talk that make it all worthwhile. :Laughter:

Catching is just a bonus.

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Looks like a fun time! I was there last week with my fly rod and scared away a pod of 20 carp hahaha. The water was like glass but sadly my fly casting is miserable hahahaha. If you were there with no wind I think you could do well on the fly.

Henry

Yeah, done OK there last year when I first started fishing for them on the fly. Great thing about the pier 8 wall is you do get lot's of carp puttering about increasing the chances of at least one hook up ( usually the one that takes pity on me :lol: ).

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