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Because the Carp need some love thread, 2016.

Started by Dougfish, June 18, 2016, 17:28:47 PM

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It had to end. It did. With a thud.
Driver and I headed up Sat. AM for the final try. Fin had a productive day Tuesday and hey, it's only 5 days later, right?
Well, they call it fishing, not catching for a reason.
The highlands and WV got pounded by rain on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The lake level website showed it up 6" on Friday morning.
We get there and it's up 3'.  :o
But bugs are singing up on the ridge. Tallyho!

Well, we saw bugs in the water but few fish. Most we saw were suspended or deliberately slow cruising. No love.
I caught 3 smallmouth to keep the stink off. And we only had one hungry, feeding carp. He ate my fly, took me into submerged sycamore limbs and stayed on the line when I horsed him out. Nice fish! Five seconds later the line goes slack. Spit the bit. Fuck.
And that was that. We burned some gas, exercised the batteries, drank many beers, got checked by the friendly CPO's (all good, whew) and finally slunk on down the road.
Every 17 years.  0:0

High water back in the shrubbery. Here's the grilling location from last Sat.

Frustration personified. The man of a thousand casts.

"Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? " <br />-Oddball, 1970


All good things must come to an end. Shit was badass for you boys.

Mudwall Gatewood 3.0

Quote from: Dee-Vo on June 26, 2016, 10:02:59 AM
All good things must come to an end. Shit was badass for you boys.

Yes it was!  It was truly cipe!
"Enjoy every sandwich."  Warren Zevon


The wife and kids attended a birthday party Saturday evening presenting me with a window of opportunity to chase river donkeys.  I loaded up the kayak and headed out. 

Paddling along the first good rocky flat I spot my first target.  Anchor, secure paddle, cast, and BAM, fish on!

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I spent the next 4 hours paddling around, hooking up with only one more donk that quickly unbuttoned.  I realized I had fallen victim yet again to the first cast/first fish curse.  It is real people...believe it.   


Beats all the Brian Williams/Smith River drama 'c;

Big J

I applaud you.  Was out last Saturday on SML looking for carp.  It was hot.  Found a couple nice flats and found two feeding carp but blew both of my shots. 
"It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end." Hemingway

Woolly Bugger

August 29, 2016, 16:54:31 PM #67 Last Edit: August 29, 2016, 16:56:22 PM by Woolly Bugger

Bugger's new Rx polarized sunglasses !

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ex - I'm not going to live with you through one more fishing season!

me -There's a season?

Pastor explains icons to my son: you know like the fish symbol on the back of cars.

My son: My dad has two fish on his car and they're both trout!



Quote from: Woolly Bugger on August 29, 2016, 16:54:31 PM

Bugger's new Rx polarized sunglasses !

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cool pic there...need to get me some /'/

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