Tuesday, June 20, 2017

On the Mulberries

I landed this good size mirror this morning
on a freelined mulberry.
The mulberry hatch is on.  In the last couple of days I have landed several carp while freelining mulberries under trees that were dropping this fruit.
The mulberry is impaled with
a #8 hook and simply free-
lined under the tree that
is dropping them.
In the carp world, mulberries are delicacies, and the carp will eat as many as they can. The key here is to find a tree right along the water that is dropping them, and fish right under that tree. This does not work if you have a tree in your backyard and you grab a cup of them and head to the water to fish.  The fish have to get conditioned to eating them in a spot in which the berries are dropping into the water.
Fishing them is simple. These are freelined....no sinker, no hair rig.  I use just a number 8 hook at the end of my monofilament line and impale the berry.  If you want the berry to sink, you might have to squeeze it gently to make it more compact. Just flip it into the water under the tree and watch the line.  If a fish picks it up, the line will shoot out.  Set the hook and you should be on.
There is a small window of opportunity in the game of berry fishing. The mulberries might last two to three weeks and that's about it. So this mulberry fishing season is usually a short, but memorable one.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Phenomenal Day in the Rain; Two Thirties Landed!

32 lbs.
Two THIRTIES, three TWENTIES, five HIGH TEENS and two smaller ones. This all unfolded for me today in a phenomenal outing at the Connecticut River. This was the BEST day of the year for me in terms of numbers and sizes of fish. My biggest one went 32 lbs. (biggest one of the year for me), and I also had another fish of just 30 lbs.  In all my years fishing, this is only the second time that I was able to catch two thirties in one day.
Credit the rain and a dropping barometer for getting the fish in high gear. I got all my fish on a combo bait of maize (2 kernels) and a pink artificial corn fished on the hair rig.  I was also using a method ball packed around my three ounce sinker.
Over the years I have had some of my best big fish fishing on rainy and crappy days.  This was just another example of fantastic fishing on a lousy day!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

500th Carp Landed; Pests on the Prowl

This good looking mirror is number 500 on
the year.  It was landed right at dark.
I landed my 500th carp of the year today in a good day of fishing.  I fished for a few hours this morning and landed 7 carp. Later, I fished a couple of hours in the evening and landed 3 more.  The 500th carp of the year turned out to be a good size mirror carp that was caught on two kernels of maize fished on the hair rig.  It was landed right at dark. This is the earliest in the year I have ever reached the 500 mark.
Today fished like a typical mid summer day as I was continually bothered by pests.  Those three ninety degree days shot up the water temperatures and put the pests into high gear. Besides those ten carp, I also landed three horned pout, one snapping turtle and one sun turtle.  The turtles were particularly pesty as they kept stealing the bait.  In the evening it was impossible to fish a method ball as that would only draw the turtles into my offering. Oh well, summer fishing has arrived.  Just have to put up with the pests and check the bait often.

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Rare Beast

This was a first for me....a fan tailed common carp.  These are rare and are generally only found in certain sections of the CT River. It is a beautiful fish with long draping fins and tail.  I got one today and it was a beast of a carp that weighed exactly 29 lbs!
The fish was caught on a combo bait of 2 kernels of maize and a pink artificial corn on the hair rig.  I also used a method ball that was packed around the sinker.
This is my biggest carp of the year so far.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

My Cart

Either I am getting old, or I am carrying too much stuff.  I like to think it is the latter. Anyway, I broke down a couple of weeks back and I bought a cart to carry my carp fishing stuff to my fishing spots.  I thought about a "barrow" as many carpers use in the UK, but I wanted something that would fold up in a compact fashion that could fit in the back of my truck easily.
The cart I bought is a Quest (see photos left and right).  I bought it at Dick's Sporting Goods for a sale price of $59.  I love this thing.  It's quite roomy when opened up and I can fit my bag, net, chair, bait bucket and extra clothing with room to spare. I drag the cart by the front handle with one hand and carry my rods in the other.  The cart also folds up easily at the end of the day. Just pull up the inside loop and it is all folded up.
I will say this makes life easier and I have to wonder why I hadn't bought something like this years ago.

Friday, June 2, 2017

RI CAG Spring Big 3 Tournament Update

Tom Perron holds a 30 lb., 8 oz.
carp. It is a PB for him and the
largest landed in our tournament.
We have completed the second leg of our RI CAG Spring Big 3 Tournament and our guys have, once again, caught some magnificent fish from RI waters.  This tournament runs three months and participants enter their biggest for each month. The total weight becomes their points.  Medals provided by the national CAG are awarded for first, second and third places.
The big news for May is that Tom Perron, last year's gold medal winner, has entered a whopping 30 lb., 8 oz common.  This is the biggest carp entered in our tournament this year and has propelled Tom into first place.  However, with another month left to go, nearly everyone has a chance to get on the medal stand with a big June fish.
The results are below:

April and May Results for RI CAG Big 3

1.      Tom Perron   21 lbs., 8 oz. + 30 lbs., 8 oz. = 52 lbs
2.      Brandon Dee   20 lbs. + 29 lbs., 10 oz. = 49 lbs., 10 oz
3.      Josh Sanville  23 lbs.,  2 oz. + 25 lbs., 2 oz= 48 lbs., 4 oz.
4.      Jake Ayotte   20 lbs., 9 oz. + 23 lbs., 9 oz. = 44 lbs., 2 oz.
5.      Ryan Bunker   19 lbs., 11 oz. + 22 lbs., 10 oz = 42 lbs., 5 oz.
6.      Todd Richer   18 lbs., 14 oz. + 20 lbs., 4 oz. = 39 lbs., 2 oz.
7.      Brian Savage   17 lbs., 11 oz. + 16 lbs., 6 oz. = 34 lbs., 1 oz
8.      Mike Stevenin    18 lbs., 8 oz.
9.      Sean Reed   16 lbs.

10.   Tony Carvalho  11 lbs.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Photo of the Day......First Carp

This young angler landed his first carp today.  In fact, this was his THIRD
carp today, and it was the biggest at 12 lbs. Nice going!