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Cliff Speed

My Final Carp of 2014

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Hi all, I'm new here and it's a bit late for this post I suppose, but I just wanted to share my final carp of 2014. This was my first year trying carp fishing and it was really tough at times - almost depressingly difficult - but very rewarding at other times. I caught some big fish this year - the biggest fish of my life. I'm very much looking forward to doing it more in 2015. Hopefully I'll be out again doing it the first warm spell we get on a weekend afternoon.

I caught this one on what I guess a lot of folks call a pay lay rig, on a #8 hook with a wad of hamburger bun on my hook. I guess this fish must have been pretty hungry, because I bet I didn't have my line in the water for ten minutes when he hit, and it was the only rod I had out at the moment. Got him landed pretty quickly for how big he was, probably under five minutes. I weighed him in my net with one of those analog scales with a handle on one end and a hook on the other. The maximum the scale would read is 15 lbs and the fish and net had the scale pegged to the bottom, past 15 lbs, as far as it would go. Not sure how accurate that scale is, but it's what I have. I measured the fish and it was around 30 1/2 inches. My little girl is in the photos, as I'm trying to get her hooked on fishing as well. She's getting into it more and more, although she likes catching bream a lot better than carp.

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Another nice fish -- congrats! Thanks for posting your photos.

Ever since you texted me one of those photos, I've been trying to get back to fish with you again. Between family stuff and changes in the weather, I haven't made it yet. Maybe we'll get a few warm days soon. :)

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Yes hopefully we'll have a warm spell and we can get out again. If it gets into the 60s one weekend day and I have time we'll be fishing and hopefully you can join us. I am really excited about what the new year could have in store. I hope when spring comes around I'll find these fish feeding on the surface again like I did that first time, because I'd love to catch another on my fly rod.

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Nice fish. attached( hopefully) is a photo of my daughter with her biggest fish to date, a 15lb carp from Sweetwater Creek in March of this year. I admit she did need some help getting it out....that is only the 2nd time she has been fishing with me and both times she caught the biggest carp. So beware guys... taking females fishing can have a downside as she regularly reminds me of this fact!

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The Ol' Captain and Big Bird have been known to wet a line in Sweetwater Creek at time or two. You might see about getting with them as they fish the Atlanta area often. It's nice to see ladies on the forum. That group might be our untapped demographic.

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Tony, it's wonderful that your daughter enjoys fishing with you. I hope she stays with it. Mine is getting to where she can finally sort of reel in a few bream once I hook them for her, and even a few on the fly rod, but she's a long way from being able to reel in a carp. I'm sure you were kidding about the down side thing, but I enjoy helping my loved ones catch fish and even outfish me, more than I enjoy catching them myself.

I haven't caught a single carp this year. I only started catching these monsters out of this place in fall of last year, as they weren't biting in the warmer months, but this year all I managed to catch was turtles, even on boilies and hair rigs, because this place is overrun with turtles. I landed one turtle that must've weighed 30 pounds or more. It was easily the biggest turtle I've ever seen in the outdoors. I caught so many I have given up fishing there until the fall when those turtles apparently go dormant ot something, because I only catch them in the warmer months. Of course if anyone has any ideas on how to get around the problem, I'd be willing to try it, but even the smallest turtles were getting hooked on my hair rigs and boilies. Usually just bread on a hook is fine in the cool months, and I tried the hair rigs and boilies as a way around the turtles, but no luck.

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Cliff, I had the same problem you had /have on still waters...turtles. On rivers they can be a problem too- the'Hooch around Atlanta is cold and that seems to keep the turtles under control- in 18 years fishing the' Hooch upstream from Atlanta I have caught just 3!

I stop fishing waters for the summer when the # of things I catch with feet exceeds those with fins!

I can tell you that if you try spam ( as I often do) your problems with turtles will quadruple!

My only suggestion is plastic corn which is easier to hair-rig anyway. Now to be fair, I have only used plastic corn on the 'Hooch and so I really don't know if it will keep the swines away!

Tony

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