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A Return From The Abyss

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Well, how do i start this post? Let's see ... hmm ...

Last night was most serendipitous indeed. I was finishing up a session, and returning to my soccer dad van stinking of glorious carp slime, and on my way to expel the empty cans of the most amazing carp bait known to mankind - sweet corn - and as i looked to my right, there sat a man behind a rod pod with a center pin reel.

I did a double take, as I couldn't believe what I was seeing, an actual carp angler, and a euro style one to boot! Immediately, i engaged this mysterious man with the question, "going for carp?". And low and behold, who turns around - decked out in the infamous green CAG hoody - Mark, or more commonly known on these forums as hairwig!

Wow, what a trip down memory lane. I used to be a paying member in my younger days - although most would contend that I am still young at 25, but I don't feel that way - basically half a decade ago and in my younger and immensely angsty age of 19/20. We reminisced and talked all things carp. It was really nostalgic for me, as Mark was able to basically recall those times with razor sharp precision, and reminded me of my favorite bait back in those days - which i had almost completely forgot about - my cinnamon boilies in which many unsuspecting carp and my PB fell too. Ah the simpler days.

Anyway, truth be told, i fell out of fishing in a big way. To be completely honest I can't remember if it was a one or two year break, but it was definitely a long time since my euro rods saw the water, and they still haven't! However, i've caught the carp bug again, and I've been fishing heavily over the last handful of months with my dad's painfully 80's, but immenesely awesome 6'6 rhino rod sat behind my pod and alarms, my silky smooth shimano baitrunner 4500b garnished with a hair rig - sometimes - and a 1 oz lead. (why must my rod and reel look older than I am haha)

These days, I've kept the fishing mighty simple, as where I've been fishing hasn't needed the excessiveness of euro tactics. I use the hair rig when I tie a good one - as I'm painfully out of practice - but mainly 3 kernals of sweet corn on a size 4 gamakatsu octopus hook fished over a bed of sweet corn. It works!

Anywho, I've landed a bunch of fish, some big and some painfully small, but it's all been great fun. I seriously missed the pandemonium that is caused when all of a sudden that alarm is screaming and line is being ripped out of the spool. Plus, it's always hilarious to see everyone just freeze and look at the whole scene. Specially those bass guys, as most have never seen the actual insanity caused when a carp has been pierced through the lip!

I fish a small water, which I plan to keep under wraps - sorry guys! - but it's nice and relaxing and by god did i miss it! It's taught me a lot about carp fishing and how the fish behave and I feel that in the upcoming months I'm going to be ready to get back on the big waters and land something sizable! It's incredible how rusty you can get when not fishing!

But without further adieu, here's some carp porn.

But the million dollar question? Will I be around regularly? I think so, I'll be busy with the upcoming school year, but I'll be around when I can, and you might just see me around on the bank one day chasing these bars of gold. Just look for the guy incessantly huffing on an ecigarette, and pacing around haha.

Now, the fish!

These guys have been kind to me at this spot, haven't got too many of them. I think I've caught 5-6 in all of the times i've gone out. One ran pretty big, but bullheads bore me, so i didn't take a photo, but here's one of them anyway I pulled on a night session!

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This place is so odd sometimes, this little trash fish :P got in the way of my game fishing! Reminded me of the old fishing days of catching these "10-second-fight-no-drag-being-ripped-out" type of nonsense!

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Now for some proper fish, the carp don't run too big here and average about this size. Beautiful fish - ugly mug! God I'm a brute haha.

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Now for some of the fatties I've caught here. The above is the average, and I've most definitly caught a myraid of 2-4 pounders here, those are fun too, but we all love the girthy pig carp! Here goes!

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What beauty colours on this one!!! (funny story about this one, the bank was flooded, and i got a crapload of fish this day, pod sat in the water, totally english looking haha. Anyway, people down the bank were getting annoyed at the noise, and one of them came over and hassled me. As we were talking, the alarm went off again, and this was the result. Needless to say the dude wasn't happy, and ended up calling me an idiot haha. Plus, it took forever to land as I was using a bass rod, as my dad wouldn't lend me his rhino rod ... yet. Totally awesome fight, and the fun i had missed!)

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And my most recent fatty on a short two hour session, only bite i had, but it was a total one toner, and a totally vicious fight!!!

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Anyway, that about wraps it up, so expect to see me lurking around these forums again, i really did miss it. You all are a great bunch, except for one certain person, and for you historians and vets, you may remember who i had a run in with way back haha. Mark certainly did haha. Anyway, I hope to see some of you around the lovely polluted shores of hamilton!

Tight lights, and slimey hands!

-Paul aka Steeler

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I still enjoy light-tackle fishing for carp, being able to make one trip without looking like a one-man band or some homeless guy carrying all his worldly possessions...:)

But, a place and time for everything. For longer sessions I'll break out the Euro gear, cart, tons of bait, etc. and spend a day and/or night on the bank!

Thanks for the write up!

Smelly nets make me happy!

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Hey Welcome back. Nice post. Keep them coming. :)

Hey lorne! You're gonna love this one, i made a simple pack bait tonight. Just quaker oats and some creamed corn with niblets mixed in, no flavouring except the juice used from the can. Banged'em up. went 2 for 3 in an hour until i had to change spots due to inconsiderate anglers around me, casting over lines, etc. Other spot didn't produce.

I like this pack bait. Simple and easy!

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I am glad you had a positive experience with pack. Keep at it and it will get better. I do love it!

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Hey Paul! It was cool to bump into you. Great post BTW. I always dug em. Look forward to seeing more. Give me a shout sometime and maybe we can hook up sometime. I'm putting on another fish-In for October. Maybe you can join us.

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Hey Paul! It was cool to bump into you. Great post BTW. I always dug em. Look forward to seeing more. Give me a shout sometime and maybe we can hook up sometime. I'm putting on another fish-In for October. Maybe you can join us.

Will do man, hopefully i can make it out in october!

I popped down there today, mark, and had 5 runs, landed 3, and 1 dropped run. They loooooovvveeee the pack over there I've noticed. I like using the pack now so i dont have to constantly being throwing sweet corn in and i can fish farther out than what I usually do. Nothing really too big today, one ran close to 10 though!

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