My previous best was 26 pounds and change. I caught that fish a short time after I started targeting carp exclusively almost 4 years ago.
I am lucky to work for a great company with fantastic benefits, which includes a generous number of vacation days. I scheduled a vacation day yesterday and headed out to one of my favorite fishing spots.
I ended up with 7 fish (6 carp and 1 catfish) overall, but one fish stood out above the rest - a 29 pound 2 ounce "monster" on Halloween.
While reeling in the fish I remember commenting to my friend Bill who was fishing nearby that the fish was kind of lazy and meandering. I carefully adjust the drag on my Sonik reels to ensure I had just the right amount of tension while keeping the drag lose enough to guard against the dread hook pull.
I wasn't making a lot of progress at first, but slowly and steadily the fish drew nearer the bank. And then the fish was safely secured in the net, I knew it was something special.
And the weigh scales confirmed it - 29 lbs. 2 oz.
I hope you enjoy pictures of that fish and the others.
|Big carp, big mouth|
|This fish was not easy to pose properly. I am always surprised at the dead weight of fish weighing more than 25 pounds.|
|This is my favorite picture of the 29 lb. 2 oz. that has become my new personal best common carp.|
|This fish has been eating very well lately it seems.|
|This fish is on the way to bigger and better things. It's getting thick in the head, which is a sign of future possibilities.|
|Another mid teens|
|Look at that gut|
|Another quality Halloween carp|
|Caught in October 2014|