I'm on one of the worst streaks I have ever experienced in carp fishing in October. I have blanked on my last FIVE outings in a row. It's not for lack of trying. I've fished good spots in three states, RI, MA and CT, in the last five days and I have nothing to show for it.
The fishing had been good up until that cold weather hit last week. I am guessing the sudden cold dropped the water temperature about 10 to 15 degrees and that was just enough to shut down the feed. Today I took a temperature reading at one of my spots and the water temp there was a cool 55 degrees. Carp should be feeding in that range, but the sudden drop has brought on lockjaw.
Note that in the last five days, I have not seen a carp jump, I have not seen any bubble trails and I haven't seen anyone catch a fish. And, I was in some pretty good spots.
I say we are in a temporary lull right now. The fishing should perk up continue until the ice arrives. Fall is a fickle time for carp fishing as it is often an on or off deal. Right now, it's off for me.
Friday, October 12, 2018
|This carp that is coming ashore was one of 8 fish landed in the|
last 2 days in the nasty weather. The big fish are on the fall feed.
I have been out in the heavy rain and wind of the last two days. The fishing has been good as I landed a total of 8 carp with all of them going 10 to 15 lbs. It was nothing fantastic for size, but all good fish. I've written many times about how these carp just love to feed in the nasty weather and this was just another example. If you have the gear to last in the rain, give it a try.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
|I landed this mid 20 in today's lousy weather. The rainy and nasty weather of the|
last two days had the big fish on the move.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
|This mirror was landed recently|
at night. Note the maize/artificial
corn combo bait.
|This big common was landed|
tonight after dark in the
rain and storminess.
I've gone out two of the last three nights and have come away with a decent number of fish, both commons and mirrors, up to 20 lbs. No different tactics than fishing in the daytime. Just make sure you have a good headlight with you. All my fish landed at night this week were taken on combo baits of maize and white artificial corn fished on the hair rig with a method ball packed around my sinker. I did prebait with maize the spots in the afternoon prior to getting out. I think the prebaiting really improves your chances of catching.
I'll also warn you that the horned pout have also been very active. I landed several this week. They are well known as nighttime feeders. They will continue to be active until the cold sets in.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
|This 21 lber. that I landed today was number 1,000 on the year.|
The fish were active today in the rainy and foggy weather.
Today was one of those days in which the fish were turned on by the nasty weather. The fish were also active and jumping. It had been raining earlier before I got to my spot, and the weather was foggy, real good conditions for carp fishing. I landed 5 decent commons from 10 to 21 lbs.
All my fish today fell for a combo bait of one kernel of maize and a white artificial corn fished on the hair rig. I also packed a method ball around my sinker.