Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Thunder, Thunder, ThunderNet Hoeeeee!

Some kids wanted to be a fireman or Superman.  I wanted to be a ThunderCat.  Two weeks ago I went out and bought a new mongo over-sized triangle folding net (35 bucks at Bass Pro Shops) and rigged a back-sling for it.  It feels like I have a huge double-handed broadsword ready and waiting.  Living the dream baby.

Thunder, Thunder, ThunderNet Hoeeeee
How big is ThunderNet?  Freaking huge compared to my old one that is for sure.


So far this setup is a little awkward when I have to bushwhack.  When ducking under branches the net bunched up behind my head likes to get caught.  Branches no bigger around than your little finger have almost dropped me like a damaged prize-fighter several times now.  I will get used to it.

My old net was pretty cramped.  Carp 17lb and over like this one from last month would barely fit.  


This fish that I caught today were all at least 5lb lighter than that one but ThunderNet is like the lap of luxury for any carp unlucky enough to book a room.  

Mirror Carp

If you were thinking to yourself that this whole entire post was just an excuse to post a picture of my latest Mirror carp I deny everything.  Here is another picture though. 
  

Seriously though, at least when it comes to the fish-handling angle, this net is the bomb.  I can't wait to try it out for something a little bigger.  And another picture.  Just in case.

Fly caught Mirror Carp Scales



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    1. Says Austin who poops bigger carp than that. You been on fire my man.

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  2. Cool net Trevor and great Mirror

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    1. My slow response to the CAG thread on handling from this winter. So far so good, this net has been very gentle on the 6 or 7 I have subjected it to.

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  3. Nice. I need new mesh for mine. I

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    1. That has got to be the most used and abused mesh in the country. You figure you have had over a thousand pounds of carp in that net?

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    2. At least. My net is trashed. I will get some new mesh this summer.

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  4. I figure at some point you and Montana will just have to hire a couple of guys with a giant net to go with you on every trip to help you land your carp. You two are killing me with these big fish.

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    1. I will be your net bearer next year Ty. And if you blow a 20 lb. fish I will whack you with the net.

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    2. And if I am there it will be the ThunderNet. You do NOT want to get whacked by ThunderNet.

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  5. The bigger the better I always say!If you need some extra room for all your gear, call Backyard Rooms these guys will fix you up in a jiffy and they finance. Check it out at
    Backyard Rooms

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  6. Nice rig! I may have to steal this idea....

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    1. Nothing complicated about it so far. Strapping it to an empty camel-bak pack. May get fancier eventually.

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  7. Cool gear! No room for all of it for me, but a digital scale is a must. And a mirror picture, just what a neat fish!

    Gregg

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    1. Yeah the scale really adds something. At some point measuring length just doesnt seem to charachterize carp.

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