If you haven't noticed it has been raining A LOT in the last week. In fact, this is some of the worst flooding I have seen for an extended period of time along the Blackstone River and any body of water that runs off it. And, more rain is coming tonight and tomorrow. I was out the last three mornings in some very tough conditions. In places where I would normally be on a dry shoreline I was up to my waist in water while wearing my waders. However, I was still catching fish.
So, what's the strategy for fishing flooded places. First off, you need boots. In a lot of places you have to walk into the water just to cast or move around. When pinpointing spots to fish, think close to shore. In many cases the carp are actually under the bushes and branches that are in the flooded water. An accurate cast right near a bush in the water can bring good results. Beef up your equipment. I had a hard time landing a couple of mid size mirrors today, and I was using 15 lb. test line and 9 foot rods. Any hooked fish will immediately head for structure and bushes and you need to stop it. Finally, think small ponds. Fishing the raging Blackstone River is out. You have no chance at finding them or landing one if you were lucky enough to hook up. Besides, swift river waters can be very dangerous. Small ponds, even when flooded, are still manageable and productive.