Tuesday, October 12, 2021

One of the Rarest Carp I Have Ever Caught


The albino mirror koi is in the net ready to take

I had a rare and unexpected treat today while carping.

I would identify this carp that I landed today as an albino mirror koi.  This fish had large white scales like a fully scaled mirror along with sprinkles of faded pink spots on its body.  It was both beautiful, and probably the rarest carp I have ever caught.

I have only landed 2 koi in the past so this is unusual for me.  I also landed this fish in a spot where I have never seen one. The fish hit a combo bait of maize and a white artificial pop-up corn.

I've often said that when carp fishing, you never know what you are going to catch. Proves it today!

Beautiful and one of the rarest carp I have ever caught!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Nighttime Carpin' Heats Up


Here's a good size mirror that was landed after
dark recently. Fall is a great time to fish after
dark for carp.

In the next two months, I will do more nighttime carping than at any other time of the year.  Nighttime comes earlier and earlier, and if you want to get out and fish after getting home from work or after supper, you probably have to fish in the dark.

What many fishermen don't know is that carp hit really well at night, just as good as in the daytime. In addition, many sharpies will tell you that the bigger girls, who are wary feeders, are easier to catch after dark as they prowl around for food. Fall is also a time in which carp feed heavily in anticipation of winter, which also makes them more likely to hit. Use the same baits after dark that you would use in the daylight.

I was out after dark several times in the last week and sure enough, the carp were hitting.  I got several good size mirrors.

One more note, if you do happen to go carping at night, pick a safe area to do it.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

RI CAG Fall Tournament Underway


Tom Perron is off to a
good start with a 25 inch
mirror carp.

Our RI CAG fall Combo Tournament is underway.  The idea here is to enter your biggest common, your biggest mirror and a bonus fish (catfish, horned pout or white sucker).  Get the lengths of these biggest fish, add the lengths up and that becomes your point total.  The tournament runs from Sept. 1 to the end of November.  All CAG members are eligible to enter. In the past we have had some big fish caught in this fall event as carp go on a feeding spree in anticipation of winter coming.

The national group is providing engraved medals to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. Tom Perron, one of our premier big carp hunters here in RI,  jumped on the board first when he entered a 25 inch mirror carp this week.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Doldrums of September

I landed this mirror this morning.  It was my only 
fish today.  For the most part, September fishing
has been slow.

 I'm in the September slow down.  This seems to happen to my carp fishing every year.  The September negatives that contribute to the slow down are many. The water is warm and the fish are not on the fall feed yet. In addition, the pests are all over the place.  Sun turtles and snapping turtles are particularly active and irritating. Weed growth is at its maximum.  Also, this year the water levels are high due to excessive summer rains.  High water is always difficult to fish.

Still, I am still catching, though not at the same levels that I was getting back in the previous few months. I've had only one blank in September. Most of my outings have produced only one or two fish. For the most part, the carp have been small, under ten pounds. The best bait continues to be a combo bait of maize and one artificial corn on the hair rig. I haven't been using a method ball lately because it is a real turtle attractor.

I know better days are coming as October and November have proven to be big fish months in the past.

Saturday, September 4, 2021

High, High Water Makes Fishing Difficult


My chair is actually sitting in the water along 
this flooded bank.  The shoreline bushes and
vegetation that were on dry ground several
days ago is now underwater.  It makes for
difficult fishing conditions.

Those flooding rains we had this week dumped 6 to 9 inches of water onto RI. It has resulted in very high flooding waters all over the state. That has been problematic carp fishermen. River fishing is out and even pond and lake fishing is difficult.

I've gotten out three times since the rain and it has been a fish here and there along with a blank yesterday.  In the places I have fished, the water is into the woods as the water levels rose about 3 feet in the last three days. All the vegetation and bushes along the shore are underwater in some spots.

So, how do you fish in those conditions.  Since most of the fish will be poking around the underwater vegetation near shore, I like to fish in real close, usually a flip cast away.  I also try to get into a spot where there are not a lot of obstructions in the water. I want to have a good chance to land a fish if I hook one. This morning I fished such a spot and came away with a nice 10 lb. mirror.

The flooding rains and resulting high water has not shut down the carp fishing here in RI, but it has certainly made fishing more difficult.

Friday, August 27, 2021

Heat + Sun + Calm = No Good

 I fished in the tropical storm on Sunday, and caught good numbers of carp.  I also fished the next day in the wind and cloudiness and caught good numbers of carp. Then, I fished in the heat wave on Tuesday and Wednesday and did not even get a hit.

Experienced carpers know that carp turn on during those rainy, crappy and stormy periods.  That low pressure gives carp a sense of reckless abandon and the urge to feed.  I could see it on that tropical storm day as I saw some some big carp jumping through the waves and white caps and others were torpedoing out of the water. They were as charged up as the weather.

Over the years I have learned to fish nasty weather, and quite frankly, I like fishing in the storminess.  I have had some of my biggest days with some of my biggest fish on days of northeasters, tropical storms, downpours and hurricanes. And, I have had some of my poorest outings on tranquil days with sun and heat.

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Tropical Storm Henri Delivers

A 25 lb. carp sits in the net in the water in
the pouring rain.  Tropical Storm Henri 
delivered good numbers of carp today.

 Yes, I did fish today in that wind and rain from Tropical Storm Henri. Like every other time in the past that I have fished in these stormy events, it was very good.  I fished in a location that I had been fishing on and off for the last three weeks.  In those three weeks, I have not gotten a carp over ten pounds.  Yet, I was barely in the spot a half hour when the alarm sounded, and I knew from the fight I was onto a good fish.  Turns out the fish weighed 25 lbs., really big by RI standards and the biggest fish I have landed in weeks. My day followed with 3 small ones and another decent fish that was just shy of 20 lbs. Indeed, the storm lit up the fishing. Again!

The conditions today were brutal.  At times the wind was probably gusting over 50 miles per hour and the trees in the distance were swaying and bending to the breaking point. The wind driven rain was coming down sideways in sheets.  As miserable as this was for the fisherman, the carp loved it.  I saw many big jumps in the white capped water, and I had many other bangs and hits (guessing after the method ball).

I was using a combo bait of maize and a white artificial pop-up corn along with a method ball packed around my sinker. I'm guessing a boilie would have also done the trick as the carp were aggressively on the feed in this charged up weather.