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Thread: Dan's TT: CARP TIME

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    Default Dan's TT: CARP TIME

    Had a chance to get out on a rainy and windy day, and it was the only day I could swing for the week so I decided to go ahead with it. Can't catch em if you don't go!
    So I grabbed my 8 wt and my carp box and put the Gheenoe in. I also had a newly glued up push pole and some homemade brackets that I was excited to break in. I started combing some new water and saw 3 fish cruising together fairly quickly, but they weren't spooked: spawners. I continued on and saw one slow cruiser: perfect. I led him by 5-6 feet, slid the fly into his line of sight and let it fall. He turned slightly and headed straight for it and stopped right on it. He was further away than I like and I couldn't see my fly. I saw his tail wiggle so I gave a quick strip set, turns out he hadn't eaten it yet. BUT, the fly slid about a foot from my premature strip, and he chased it down and sucked it right up. Another reason to know when to use a strip set! At that point I was hopeful that it was going to be a good April carping day. I've had some great numbers days in April around the spawn and I was hopeful. But anyone that carp fishes knows that you can't get carried away: one carp is a good day.
    Buzz, here's a picture of the first fish

    This was my first carp in the new Gheenoe and it was a memorable one.
    I kept moving and ended up finding a nice group of feeding fish in ultra shallow water. I could see everything from on the cooler, but since they were in such shallow water, I opted to beach the boat and set out on foot.
    Buzz, check out this cool photo of the beached Gheenoe!

    I started stalking a few tailers and the rain started to come down. The rain helped a ton: usually when the fish are that shallow they are pretty unforgiving. Since there were drops of rain crashing down all around the fish, they hardly noticed a fly line, leader, or some bead chain eyes plopping down in their vicinity. In addition to the rain giving me some forgiveness, the fish were eating EVERYTHING I put near them. All told, I fished for about 2 hours and had 13 takes, 9 hookups, and 7 fish to hand. I broke two fish off, one from getting wrapped up in a tree limb and another from getting a little too excited.
    There was a large group of spawning fish within earshot, and it's not uncommon to find some hard feeders within close proximity of the spawners.
    BUZZ LOOK AT THESE PICTURES!!




    Seriously though Buzz, I agree: my posts are worthless without pictures.

    Hope to see everyone soon.

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    Now that's definitely I memorable outing!!

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    Sweet!! I signed on here first thing this morning hoping to see some pictures. It's way to early to read.

    When are you going to put a platform on the Gheenoe? Is it even possible? Balancing on a cooler as a bunch of kids tube in the cove you're fishing doesn't sound like a lot of fun.

    Have you named the Gheenoe yet?
    My posts are worthless without pictures

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    Buzz, I have entertained the idea of a platform, but I like how easily I can move the cooler and how it serves two purposes. Space is limited in that thing and I'm trying to keep clutter down to a minimum. If I did a platform, it would definitely need to be easily removable for when I didn't need it. I still may end up with a platform, but I'm going to keep on with the cooler for now.

    I have yet to name the Gheenoe.

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    Great piece Dan,

    Paula and I may try that tomorrow. I wish everyone else could see the video you took that day. It is awesome. Thanks for sharing.

    Byron

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    yeah that video was pretty wild! soo much going on!

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    Great looking fish. I can't wait to get out and catch me some football sized fish.

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    Great job !

    I have been fishing and tourney fishing for carp for a number of years (conventional). This year I decided to chase carp and bass (in addition to trout) on the buggy whip.

    Pretty intimidating but I'm prepared for the learning curve. At least I have a ton of spots for training grounds.

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    Welcome Zoomie,
    Do you do most of your fishing up in Kingsport??

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    Dan,
    I'm going to look at a Gheenoe this afternoon. Pretty pumped!! Now you're fishing a river there right? I've never chased carp here in VA but can't imagine it would be too different. Any tips for finding them now? I think here they move back to the lake by summer time temps but not sure. Also, the big difference here would be the water is always semi-muddy. Never crystal clear in either river that feeds the lake although in low water times (late summer) you can see a fly several feet under. I just don't really know where or how to start this process but I'd love to learn it.
    I have some Shad darts that look really similar to some of the Carp flies, do you think they would be good?
    Thanks,
    <(((>< In tribute to Ben, Duck Hunter extraordinaire, and man's best friend.

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