Monday, June 2, 2014

First Carp a Real Beauty

This kid's first carp ever turns out to be 15 1/2 lbs.
The people in the background are stunned.
Several members of the RI CAG were carp fishing together tonight in a popular spot.  We were catching a few fish and attracting quite a crowd of onlookers.  This one kid who was fishing for bass nearby came over and asked how we were catching these fish. He said he had never caught a carp before but had seen a lot of them swimming around. One of our members, Tom Ricci, set the kid up with some sweet corn, a method ball and showed him how to fish a loose drag while watching the rod.
Suddenly, the kid's reel starts spinning as a fish picked up his offering.  Like a real pro, the kid picked up the rod, tightened the drag and fought the fish perfectly. Another one of our members, Nick Pacelli, netted the fish for the kid.  I ended up weighing it and taking his photo.  The fish weighed a whopping 15 1/2 lbs.  This was the kid's first carp, and it was a real beauty.  Before he left he shook hands with all of us and thanked us for showing him how to catch these carp. Judging by the smile on his face when he landed this fish, I suspect this was the biggest fish and the biggest thrill of his young fishing life.
Congrats on your first carp and I hope there are many more.

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