What's more exciting that a screaming alarm and a blistering run? How about two screaming alarms and blistering runs. At the same time! That's a double in carp fishing lingo, and it is the ultimate thrill ride.
It's happened many times to me in recent years, and the adrenalin is pumping every time I get a double take. It happened again tonight. I was fishing the Blackstone River in a new spot that had a steep bank leading to a rock along the water's edge. There was brush on both sides of me. It would have been a difficult spot to land one fish, let alone two. I was there about fifteen minutes, and then I had a screeching run on one outfit. As I went to lift up that rod, the other alarm goes off. Pandemonium followed as I had two fish tearing down the fast river current. I tried to hold one rod with my knees while pumping and reeling the other. Gain a little line and switch rods and continue the Chinese Fire Drill. This went one for a period of time until I had both fish in front of me. I now realized there was no place to beach one fish, and both would have to be netted. So, I grabbed one fish with the net, put that rod between my knees and then grabbed the other with the net. It went a lot smoother than I expected. The two hefty mirrors in the net added up to thirty four pounds of carp. Both fish were nearly the same size.
Another memorable double!