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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Four Carp and a Catfish

Today I returned to a venue that has been very good to me lately. The carp are not consistently large and range in the vicinity of 5 to 20 pounds with most in the lower teens with a small and large thrown in occasionally.

A couple of weeks ago at this venue I caught 15 carp. I was absolutely on fire that day and left with blisters on my fingers from fighting and landing so many carp.

Today my luck wasn't quite as good, but I landed some good fish nonetheless. Here are some pictures.

This fish weighed just over 20 pounds and was my big fish of the day

This was my fourth fish of the day and weighed in at a few ounces under 15 pounds

The second fish of the day was a scrapper

I even caught a nice sized catfish weighing somewhere between 5 and 6 pounds

I like the golden tint on the scales of this fish

I don't often catch silver colored carp at my normal venues so seeing this one hit the net was a real treat

The first two fish came early with the 20 pounder caught shortly after sunrise in the early morning. You can probably tell from the shadows and sunlight on the fish scales that the sun was still a very deep reddish orange, which brings out the nice golden shades on the fish.

My third fish was a unique silver color. The scales were nearly perfect and the silver shades are not that common in the waters I normally fish. Although I've caught much bigger fish here and other places I was pleased with the fish because it's not common to catch common carp with the lighter shades of green and silver.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

A Carp and a Catfish

I headed out today hoping to continue my good carp fishing fortune from last weekend.

I arrived at 5:30, set-up and casted the 3 rods. Within 5 minutes, the BFS alarm nearest me was sounding off. I thought things were looking up for carp, but I soon learned that I had a channel catfish and not a carp after all.

I had to wait another 10 hours to land a carp. Unfortunately, there was a slight algae bloom and the water was stained a dark green.

Here are a few pictures from today's session:

My spot for the day

15 1/2 pound carp

Channel catfish

New Personal Best - 15 Carp in One Summer Fishing Session

Last Saturday I headed out to my favorite local carp fishing spot. I was on the bank by 5:30 and made my first cast shortly before 6:00. I had my first fish on the mat shortly after 7:00.

I ended up with 15 total fish ranging in size from about 4 pounds all the way up to 15 pounds. I landed two doubles (4 total fish) and those 15 fish in on session fishing completely by myself are a new personal best for me.

Here are a few pictures from the days activities:

If you get a chance, come fishing with me sometime. We may not catch anything, but getting outside in the sunshine and enjoying summer weather is its own reward.