Tuesday, September 25, 2012

CARPTORIOUS: Falling Fast

I don't care when they officially say summer ends.  My seasons are measured by the fishing and 'round these parts that means what I call the on-season starts to fade rapidly in late August / early September.  The light starts to fade just a little as the sun rises and falls a little lower each day.  The overnight lows start dropping fast and in the morning when you first hit the water a fleece is handy.  The transition is always abrupt but this year it has been shockingly so as we transitioned from the hottest summer I can remember to fall weather seemingly over-night.

Sure, everything gets a little less predictable.  Absolutely the takes get a little less aggressive and the fight a little more lethargic.  For me though this is the start of big-fish season.  I almost never catch big carp in our local river during the summer proper.  Others appear to but it is hard to say if they are just better than I am or an smidge more full of crap.  A little of both I suspect.  Either way I am actually slightly more likely to catch big carp in the winter and much much more likely in the spring and fall.  

And that is the real transition.  The transition in me.  I slowly start to think a little less about putting up numbers and think a whole lot more about putting up pounds.  Not that I really managed to put up the same gaudy numbers this summer that I did last year for some reason, but this weekend the transition paid off.

19lb.  Or pretty freaking big in layman's terms.
A maximum 12 second timer sucks.  Thanks Olympus for nothing.
Of course not everything was peaches and cream.  It has been years since I fished a 4 piece rod regularly.  Evidently one should be in the habit of checking the bottom ferrule regularly.  Whoops.  The 19lber was a load and evidently that load loosened things up because on the next fish...BOOM.  Boom is bad.  And subsequently awkward. 









24 comments:

  1. Oof! But good on you for landing that thing!

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    1. I was kindof lucky. It was a super strong fish but all it wanted to do was dive down right in front of me and try and rub the fly off on the bottom. Hard to stop with a shorty but workable.

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  2. Man, way to adapt McTage. Nice recovery.

    An awesome fish too, BTW.

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  3. Good job! I use 4 pc. rods and am careful with their sections per trip, but certainly no more than you. A bummer, but what a fish! Next rod=bigger fish!

    Gregg

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    1. This rod seemed to need more checking than once a trip for some reason. Maybe because I roll / single spey cast at least 70% of the time?

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  4. Great fish man! I hope that wasn't the vt2!

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    1. Thats a great fish dude..nice work! Broken sticks are always a drag.

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    2. David - First rod I have ever broken on a carp. Was just giving a friend crap along those lines a couple of weeks ago (he has broken two this summer) so I guess Karma got me.

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  5. That fish is a beast. Nice.

    Tough luck on the broken rod. I think some of Miles' mojo must be rubbing off on you.

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    1. Like I said above, I was just giving him crap about that and bragging I had never broken a rod on a carp yet. Angered the carp spirits I guess.

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    2. And they always require a sacrifice. Eventually...

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    3. I shall burn 3 carp flies under the next full moon.

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    4. I'd think that would suffice.

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  6. Wonderful fish Trevor! Too bad about the rod.

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    1. Well, that is what we have warranties for. It was a nice fish. My nicest in a while. Had that beefy feel to it, you know the one.

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  8. Did the rod break or just come apart? Hopefully the latter. Man... that's a nice carp. Congratulations!

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    1. Broke Broke Broke. Super Dave Osborne broke.

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  9. Great reminder to us all to check our equipment throughout the day. Killer carp though!

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  10. Sweet fish McT! That second photo looks like a classic mount and release pic!

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  11. Nice fish! looks like the quality I've been catching this year! How long was this fish? I'm trying to put an est. on mine...
    Love the blog! I find myself checking it all the time!
    Tight lines man!
    Ben

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    1. Funny you should ask, just bought a new tape measure. Haven't been checking length for quite some while. I would guess 29" which is a mismatch. River fish are heavier per inch than still-water and a lake fish that length would go a pound or two lower, particularly this time of year.

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