Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Biggest January Carp
This has been a January to remember with the most carp I have ever been able to catch this winter month. However, I just made it even more memorable with the largest carp I have ever landed in January. I got out on this beautiful Jan. 24th day. Temperatures were in the mid fifties with a bright sun and blue skies. I was a bit worried about ice since we have just come off a real cold spell with ice and snow. But, yesterday's rain and a mild night broke up most of the ice along the shallow pond I was fishing though snow still covered the bank. There was ice in coves to my right and left and I would say a third of the pond was still covered in ice, but it was ice free in front of me. I prebaited a small amount of corn and then set up my two outfits with pineapple Pecaviva sweet corn fished ahead of a method ball. First hit was a screamer (really a surprise in this cold water) and I landed a feisty carp about 10 lbs. An hour later, the other alarm went off and I knew I was onto a better fish by the drag screaming run. This fish was a beauty, a fish of at least 15 lbs. It was gorgeous just laying in the snowbank in front of me. It was the biggest January carp I have ever been able to land in open water. However, I'm still looking for a January 20 lber. Maybe this will be the year!