Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Awful Weather = Awful Fishing

Here's a recent good size mirror. May fishing
has been way off in this cold and rainy weather.
I am working on my WORST May of carp fishing EVER.  I have been out just about every day so far this month at many different spots, and at this point I have exactly 5 carp in the month of May. I was doing better back in January and February. On the only positive note to all this, two of those carp weighed over 20 lbs.
The cold and rainy weather has given the fish lockjaw. Funny thing is that I am seeing them.  I've seen some jumping and I have also seen bubble trails.  In one spot I actually saw several swim right by the shore where I was fishing. Just out of curiosity, I put a bait pile right in the spot where I saw them.  A few minutes later, I saw a group of five carp swim right over the bait pile without even giving it a look! I guess they were not interested in feeding.
I've written many times about how lousy weather can light up the carp fishing.  Warm rain is golden, cold rain sucks. Problem we have been having in May is that we keep getting a cold rain with northeast winds. That has dropped the water temperatures, and has put the carp feed on hold.  Couple that with high water everywhere.  Most of the big rivers are unfishable due to high, fast water.  Most of the ponds are flooded with water in the woods. Not a good scene overall.
So, I have my fingers crossed that this weather will return to normal soon, and the carp fishing will improve. After all, May has traditionally been one of the best months of the year. Hopefully, the second half will live up to its reputation.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Results for April CAG Big 3 Tournament

The April leg of our RI CAG Big 3 Tournament is in the books.  Once again, our guys and gals landed some terrific fish. Our Big 3 Tournament runs for the months of April, May and June. Our members enter their biggest fish by weight for April, for May and for June.  We add up those three weights and the total becomes the point total. Many of our members carry certified scales with them so their weights are quite accurate. Many also send in photos of their fish. All fish entered must be caught in RI waters.
Brian Savage grabs the April
lead with this terrific 27 lb., 3 oz.
common carp.
Here are the April results (pounds/ounces):
1.  Brian Savage- 27/3
2.  Sean Reed- 26/3
3. Brandon Dee- 25/12
4. Laura Mitchell- 20/15
5. Tony Carvalho- 20/8
6. Manny Dias- 15/7
7. Tom Perron- 15/6