The new year starts the season of fishing shows for me. I've got a number of them booked in the next two months at both fishing clubs and big outdoor shows. This year I will be running two new seminars. My saltwater seminar is called "Striper Trends". This show looks at the changing world of striper fishing here in southern New England. With the warming waters, the migrations have changed, the bait populations are moving and changing and the big bass haunts are changing. This show will look at how fishermen can change with the times to be successful at this game. My freshwater show is called "Carp Fishing Strategies for River and Lakes". This show deals with strategies to successfully fish moving and still waters for some of the biggest freshwater fish imaginable right here in southern New England.
My first appearance at a big outdoor show will be the New England Fishing and Outdoor Expo at Boxborough, MA right off Rt. 495. I will be there on both Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 27 and Jan. 28. The times of those seminars are not set yet, so keep checking their website. This show has evolved over the years into a quality fishing show that focuses on freshwater fishing as well as saltwater fishing. The show is loaded with loads of fishing vendors, top notch speakers, demonstrations and seminars. Attendance at this show has really increased in recent years due to its increasing popularity, quality attractions and free parking. I will be doing both my striper fishing seminar as well as the carp fishing seminar at this show. Hope to see you there!
Monday, January 1, 2018
Friday, December 29, 2017
|While I had big numbers of fish, I also had good numbers|
of large carp in the 25 to 34 lb. range.
As for numbers, I had 564 mirror carp and 561 commons. Usually, I catch 3 mirrors to every common but not this year. It was the first time ever that my common total and mirror total were nearly identical. I attribute this to the fact that the Blackstone River here in RI did not fish well for me this year for mirrors, so I went out in search of other places where common carp were more abundant. While on numbers, my biggest day of the year was on April 10th, a day that I landed 32 carp. My best month in terms of numbers was April, a month in which I landed 219 carp.
|My most unusual fish this year was|
|I landed good numbers of fish this|
year making it my second biggest year.
So, with everything frozen up at this point, it is unlikely that I will see another carp in 2017, but nonetheless, this year will go down as a real good carp fishing year for me.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
|I landed this gorgeous common today using hair rigged|
sweetcorn. Not bad for Dec. 20!
Many people think that carp go dormant in the winter. Not so. I've always found that they are still actively moving around, albeit slowly, in the winter in the moving waters of streams and rivers. They are less active under the ice of a pond. Problem in the winter is that they often are not in a feeding mood. I've watched in frustration while fishing in small streams as carp would move right over my bait without even looking at it. Yet, at other times, they will scoop up anything on the bottom. You have to catch it just right to have a good day in the dead of winter.
Winter techniques also come into play. The key is to go light...light sinkers, light line, small hooks, small baits, small method and short hooklink. Carp are not voracious feeders in winter and usually a kernel or two of sweet corn on a short hair rig off a #8 or #10 hook is as good a bait as any. Watch your rod tip also as the hits will be subtle bounces rather than screaming runs.
I was out today testing the waters in various locations. Yes, the right spot makes a big difference and the hotspots can change in winter just like they do during the year. I managed to get a few good fish today using my winter techniques. One common, about a 15 lber., was the highlight of my day. Not bad for a December outing in which the temperatures remain in the thirties!
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
|Carp fishing can still be done in the winter in river currents.|
It gets a whole lot tougher with the icing and cold temperatures.
With low temperatures coming in the next few days, I think it is a safe bet to say that carp fishing in still waters like ponds and small lakes in RI is done for 2017. It was a quick and disappointing end to the still water fishing.
I still plan to hit some river spots with current that don't freeze easily. However, that river winter fishing is always a crap shoot and difficult to do when the air temperatures are down below freezing. That kind of weather will freeze your bait, freeze your method and freeze you. So, winter fishing is a matter of picking and choosing the best days to fish.
For me, it's never over, but it gets a whole lot tougher in winter.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
|This good size mirror is one of 13 carp landed in the last|
two days. The warm rain and above normal temperatures
got the carp active and feeding again.
Realize the fish are still sluggish. Most of the hits were just taps rather than screaming runs. The fight, too, was sluggish as these fish, which ranged from 6 to 10 lbs.. could barely pull any drag. These are not the same active fish of a couple of months ago, but this is December and I am still catching carp. I'll take it!