Yesterday we held a big regional tournament called the New England Yankee Challenge on the banks of the Blackstone River in RI in a good spot. We had some top carp fishermen from all over New England competing. There were 18 of us from RI, MA, NH and CT. So, 36 rods were in the water at all time with all kinds of bait and method. In 8 hours of fishing, the whole bunch of us landed a grand total of one 5 lb. common carp. It was caught by Manny Dias of the combined MA/CT/NH team.
I attribute the poor fishing to the cold and rainy weather that has plagued the area all week. We started off the day with temperatures in the mid 40's, a northeast wind and drizzle, a real turn off to carp activity. Carp are very attuned to the weather and a big drop in the temperature at this time of year is not good. Normally, the weather is warming up at this time and fishing is hot, but not today.
Anyway, we did enjoy some good conversation about carp fishing spots and techniques, reconnecting with old friends and even making new friends. After all, that is a big part part of what carp fishing is all about. The catching, on the other hand, was a big disappointment.
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