I may have to talk with Santa about a new camera too because what followed was ridiculous. Combine my state of adrenaline rushed anxiety with a 12 second timer and you get a comedy of errors.
Picture 1: Obligatory and boring "in the net" picture. I do this with every big carp now so that I have at least SOMETHING to remember it by after the "19lb Mirror Debacle of 2012".
Picture 2: Biggun wriggles wildly while trying to lift it into position resulting in the ever charming "have you hugged a biggun lately?" photo.
Picture 4: Angler is now nervous (and cold) and goes for a safe 12 seconds or less pose resulting in a truly classy "have you been pictured in a compromising position with a biggun lately?" photo. Thankfully the photo was out of focus saving both parties (whoever they may be) considerable embarrassment.
Picture 4: Biggun finally recognizes my considerable resolve to get a halfway decent photo of my personal best DSP carp. The picture snaps halfway through the process of lifting it but I have just enough time to say cheese and it comes out half-ass decent anyways. Somehow it looks twice as big in the "have you hugged a biggun" picture. That one gets posted to facebook. Naturally.
So, you may be frothing at the mouth wondering why I am wasting your time with bad photography instead of giving you the dirt.
I caught this carp on Friday blind casting an Olive McTage's McLuvin. Between a trace of snow-melt stain in the water and a complete lack of sun nothing else but blind-casting was an option. I was stripping the fly in as slowly as I possibly could while maintaining contact with the fly when suddenly I made contact with something else. Something large and in charge. Something with HEFT! The battle lasted at least two minutes which is extra-ordinary and when I lifted the net I knew immediately that it would go 20+. As a matter of fact it was 22lb and 32" which is my largest DSP carp to date by two pounds. In December.
Thanks Santa. In return I promise to not eat your cookies this year. Well, maybe just one.