Yesterday evening I landed my 500th carp for 2012. It was a common carp in the 8-10 lb. range (didn't weigh). The fish hit a doughball fished on a hair rig. There have only been three years in which I have landed over 500 carp. However, this is by far the earliest I have hit this mark. Last year I had only 370 carp at this point, and I ended up with 750 fish on the year, making 2011 my best carp fishing year. This year's high numbers are a reflection of the warm weather in the wintertime. During the winter I was able to fish many times a week in open water and caught good numbers of carp in Jan., Feb. and March.