Sunday, October 27, 2013

CARPTORIOUS: Paradigm shift

I have been having a really hard time with my fishing ever since the flood.  The flood was a major event and it changed everything overnight.  Water temperatures, clarity, flows and even river course changed and every pattern I have figured out for September / October went right out the window with it.   As a result this is a sketch of what happened to my incredibly awesome fishing year:



Earlier this week I was commiserating with a friend about my situation and he asked me why I didn't just go beat up on some pond carp.  You know, get the skunk off.  My answer was that ponds on the front range always shut down sometime in September.  I don't even remember when I established that paradigm or on what basis - but our discussion got me thinking and today I proved it wrong.  Very wrong!


I don't know how it is every day or on every pond, but on this beautiful late October day the carp at one of my favorite ponds were shallow and hungry!  Once I settled in on an egg-yarn head Egan's Head-Stand and a very very slow hook-set it was "I spot em I got em".  Its a good thing too because I was mere days from ending a streak of catching a carp in each of the last 22 months.






10 comments:

  1. Got to love ponds! Actually, due to early great buttloads of carp and great weather you had while we were iced over I almost didn't feel sorry for you, just kidding. So, perhaps your ponds demand a new reconnaissance every now and then, I know mine do.

    Gregg

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    1. Yeah, and this is a new pond for me this year - I moved about 20 miles this spring and have a different local pond than I used to. My old local ponds were a little higher elevation, may be part of it.

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    1. They never cease to amaze me. I have known for quite some time that you can get ice-out carp in ponds. I just thought they had a relatively early end of season.

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  3. The graph had me rolling in laughter. Good job man on breaking the skunk.

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    1. I crack myself up too every once in a while. Lot easier to do AFTER breaking the skunk of course.

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