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The ground was "a bit crunchy" under my feet..Yes the first frost of the season. A biting wind was blowing downstream and in. The river was running seven feet up with rafts of dead leaves coming down it It could be worse, it could be raining- no it couldn't..its too cold- it would have to snow. I had travelled 65 miles to fish the Oostanaula at Rome..and if I hadn't travelled that far I would have simply gone home.

I ruled out several swims and settled on the snagpit, chucked some corn in and then did the sensible thing- went and got bacon and eggs and a hot cup of coffee. Time to think- things looked grim and so I decided one rod for carp and one for "anything that swims"...fishing for a bite.

Back to the river...jogging pants over my jeans, thick jacket on and out to do battle. Pity I hadn't brought a good book! The backswim in front of me extended maybe 3 yards out and maybe 5 yards downstream and was about 15 feet deep. So I chucked a size 10 hook with 3 bits of corn out and then set up the landing net...what a waste of time I thought! Then I set about getting the worm rod ready- I was planning on fishing a size 14 on that with a redworm...yes I was hoping to snag a sunfish...that was how desperate I was!

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Above is the snagpit in all its glory.. just yards up from where the O joins the Etowah and certainly worth a shot if the river is high.

Shock of shock...a bit on corn. Even bigger shock, a carp..OK a little carp...maybe 5lb but that will do!

And slowly the carp got bigger... now we are closing in on 10lb

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Then the buff's started to feed , but the sun was out and warming me up and carp continued to get bigger...this beast just made it into the upper double category at 15lb 2oz

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So, several carp and a few buffs later, the air temp had warmed up and I was feeling very warm inside. Sometimes sessions do not go as expected...usually things turn out worse...but occasionally the sun shines and warms you on a cold day

Cheers

Tony

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Your day was definitely worth the ride. From my experience, when the fish start to bite, the elements don't seem to bother me nearly as much.

A NICE DAY. Good job!

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Any day with carp or buff in the net is a good day. Rome is about 90 minutes from my house. Used to go down there and watch my grandson play baseball against the Rome Braves. I understand the river isn't far from the ballpark.

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Tony:

I certainly recognize but I have never fished "The Snagpit." I want to applaud you on your many Rome adventures and successes there. I was privileged to see you catch your first ever Buff I believe when we went and since then you have put on Clinic after Clinic. Rumor is Rome is that the Carp and Buffs in Rome tremble when they hear that a certain proper Englishman is coming to town.....come Heck or High Water! Well done!

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Horace... thanks for those kind words, but I know that a whole heap of carp have succumbed to your grits! My hope is that us southern CAG members can watch and learn from each other...only a fool thinks he cannot learn from others!

Sure, I fish differently from most other carp anglers and in some places my system will be effective...but on other venues, other systems are needed. I suspect, for example, that if I can ever make it down to Florida with you, your method will win the day. I say that because I have the sneaking feeling that my systems work for smaller carp and luckily(?) here in GA carp over 20lb are pretty rare. I also think that my systems work on rivers, but not so much on lakes.

As I have said before, I have no secrets either in how I fish or where I fish.

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Tony, you mentioned a book to pass the time. I picked up a cheap FM radio at Dollar General. I put a cheap earphone set I had on it and listen to classical music if I'm fishing alone.

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Hey Tony, thanks a lot for sharing your stories. Simply fishing for fun. Love it.

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