I've been on a kick on the last two weeks searching RI waters for unknown venues that could have carp. These are places with NO previous catches and unknown venues to carp fishermen. I fished a place this evening where no carp have ever been caught by carp fishermen to my knowledge. I discovered this place though my son, Jon, who was bass fishing in this pond. To his surprise, he foul hooked about an eight pound carp using a plastic worm several days ago. That was enough to perk my interest. I prebaited the spot in the morning and returned to fish in the evening, Results were astounding for a new location. Using banana flavored maize, I landed three large commons of 15, 20 and 21 lbs. (see photo). I also lost another fish that seemed larger than any I landed. While most "new" spots turn out to be duds, sometimes a new location can really produce. In this case it did. I feel this new found spot could hold a very large fish. I plan to find out.
Note that my two RI record fish, a 36 lb. common and a 31 lb. mirror, were taken from venues where very few, if any, carp were ever caught. No one had a clue that fish that large could exist in these spots. There are more unknown gems out there in RI just waiting to be discovered. It just takes a little exploring and a lot of effort. And, sometimes it pays off.