|This is one of over 150 carp landed in the month of July.|
It has been record numbers for me in July's heat.
That's when I made the change. I started exploring new spots. At first it was a hit or miss deal and then I found something hot and stuck with it. Adaptability at work!
The results have been astounding. So far this July I have landed over 150 carp, the best July I have ever experienced. I will tell you that the majority of these fish have been small, under 10 lbs., but small is better than nothing in my book. The biggest fish I have been able to catch tipped the scale at just over 15 lbs.
There are other changes I have made since that first week of July. All my fishing has been short sessions in the morning, the coolest part of the day. I have gone to using small hooks. Number 8 hooks with short hairs have done the trick on these smaller fish. I am also using a small amount of bait on the hair, mostly a kernel of maize and a kernel of sweet corn along with a small method ball. One more thing.....I reel the bait in often to check it. Yes, the bait stealing turtles have been a real problem, and I seem to catch upwards of a half dozen a week, but that is the irritating part of summer fishing that I put up with.
While fishing is often slow in the summer months, it can also be quite productive as I have found out this year. Adaptability is the key to making it work.