Friday, April 16, 2021

Brutal Conditions, Fish Still Hitting


This fully scaled mirror is one of two carp that I
landed last evening.  I had two more this evening
in some brutal weather.

Yes, I did fish the last two days and it was like fishing in the middle of February.  I thought for sure the weather would kill the fishing, but I did manage to find a few fish that were willing to hit.

Today was especially tough.  With snow mixing with rain, temperatures stayed in the 30's with a stiff wind. Prior to today I had a streak of 15 straight days of catching carp in April.  So I was hoping to extend that streak today. I baited up one of my favorite spots with maize this afternoon and returned in the evening.  It took all of ten minutes before the alarm screamed, and I was onto a carp that took my combo bait of maize and a white artificial corn on the hair rig.  That fish was a beautiful mirror that weighed about 6 lbs. Another fish about the same size was landed a half hour later, and I had one more fish on that I lost.  On a brutal night when I knew that catching one fish would be a big deal, I was quite pleased with landing 2 carp.

I am hoping to get back to catching larger fish this week once this nasty weather clears out and warmer weather returns.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Big Females on the Feed


A beautiful 22 lb. female has just been released
and is about to swim away.  Bigger carp, many
of them females, have been more
numerous in recent days.

That warm weather that we had last week really got things moving.  Even though we are now experiencing cool weather, the past week's warmth has ticked up the water temperatures and gotten the carp in a feeding mood here in RI. It has also led some big females to go on the feed.  In the past week, I have landed several good size female carp.  These fish have had bulging bellies that are full of eggs. While the spawn is still over a month away in most places, we are now witnessing a pre-spawn in which groups of carp are bunching up in places, particularly low water spots. And, these fish are feeding.  I am also consistently catching bigger fish in the last week.  I landed a couple of females in the 20's (22 and 27 lbs.) along with a bunch of low to mid teen size fish.  All of this is a sure sign that a spring run of bigger fish is underway in places. 

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

The Slow Rise to 100


Here is my 100th carp of the year that I landed
tonight at dark. It's been a long and winding 
road to get to 100 this year.

I hit a milestone tonight with my 100th carp for 2021.  

It hasn't been easy.  This is the latest in the year that I've gotten my 100th fish in the last ten years.  I can't put my finger on why the slow fishing thus far in 2021....cold and snowy February, inconsistent weather, lots of people fishing, lots of disruptions (boats, kayaks, etc).  Pick any one or a combination.

The weather in the last week has become much nicer and more favorable for consistent fishing.  In fact, I have been getting 2 to 5 fish an outing with no blank days. So, things are looking up for now.

I've switched my bait choices in the past week.  Sweet corn is out because of the emergence of pests (turtles, bluegills, horned pout).  I am now fishing combo baits for the most part that consist of maize and plastic corn fished on the hair rig.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

An On and Off Deal


Here's a mirror landed earlier in the week.  The
carp fishing in RI has been an on and off deal
that has been greatly influenced by the weather.

As the weather goes, so goes the carp fishing.

It's been a week of contrasts.  That beautiful sunny weather at the beginning of the week had the carp really active.  I saw fish jumping, mud coming up from the bottom feeders and fish sunning themselves. The fish were also hitting as I landed 16 fish in three days in various spots.  But, the hammer fell last night with a cold rain that brought temperatures in the 40's.  Those cold 40's continued today under an overcast sky.  I went out this morning and didn't even get a sniff. It was a complete shutdown in the cold.

Hey, this is early season carp one day, cold the next.