I've been out in the cold in the last four days trying for late season carp in many different locations. I have not had a beep on the alarms, haven't seen any signs of fish, and have not seen another person out fishing. Carp fishing has come to a grinding halt here in RI. So, what gives? You may remember that last winter I was having decent luck, catching fish in areas that were partially iced over in January and February. Certainly the water was colder back then than it is now.
Here's the key. I believe it all has to do with whether water temperatures are rising or falling. In recent days, the air temperatures have been falling like a lead balloon. That has led to rapidly falling water temperatures, a turn off to carp feeding and activity. The sudden cold is like a shock to their system. Last winter, I had my best luck on warm, sunny days. Even though ice covered parts of the waters I was fishing, the shallow open areas heated up. So, water temperatures were on the rise, causing the carp to become active enough to feed. I just hope we have a few more of those warm sunny days in the next few weeks or it will be an early end to the season.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Saturday, November 17, 2012
I actually enjoy fishing in late fall and winter. Yes, it's cold, but there are so many bonuses to going fishing at this time. For one, the crowds are gone and you pretty much own the spots. There are no more boats, canoes and kayaks to contend with. The pests like turltes, bluegills and horned pout are all dormant. When the rod bounces you know it's a carp. And, it's peaceful and serene sitting outside on the bank tending your rods on a late fall day.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The season is winding down with about a month and a half of good carp fishing left here in RI. November traditionally offers the last real good full month of carp fishing here in RI. December is always a crap shoot. Sometimes the snow and ice arrive early, shutting down carp fishing in most spots. Sometimes the fishing lasts almost until Christmas like last year. Wintertime fishing can be somewhat productive, but the carp are bunched up and their metabolism slows at that time, making fishing difficult.