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#2891632 - 07/31/12 01:42 PM Last day of carp tournament... thoughts
catman529
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let me tell you it is not easy getting a carp to bite a fly, and with me being new to fly fishing it was tough to get a good cast on the first try and get the fly where I wanted it.

But I did come in with 4 fish, 3 commons and one buffalo. The buffalo and 3rd carp were both caught right under my nose, where I didn't have to cast. And it looks like I will get 2nd place for Ugliest fish. \:D and yes it was a very ugly one.

This morning I was fishing for the last time and I hooked a carp in real shallow and the tippet broke instantly. Not the first time it's happened (also happened on 2 drum) and I'm wondering if I should change my tippet more often or use another brand.

Still had fun fishing for carp with a fly rod, and will be going to the banquet at Fly South tomorrow. I will say though that competitive fishing is not my preferred type of fishing... I am competitive, and will fish it till the very end (as I have), but it does tire me out a bit and I prefer to relax and enjoy fishing without worrying about getting another fish on the board.

I will still occasionally fly fish for carp to fine tune the skill and figure out how to catch them more consistently. But I also can't wait to bring a lawn chair to the river bank one evening, build a camp fire, throw some corn and a few lines into the water and wait for the reels to start screaming.

Oh and by the way, the 1st place biggest fish is a 25 lb Silver carp. \:o

http://flysouth.net/2012-carp-masters-tournament/
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#2891896 - 07/31/12 05:01 PM Re: Last day of carp tournament... thoughts [Re: catman529]
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were you using a corn fly? maybe next time dip it in some can of corn juice \:D
that would be cheating tho
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#2891955 - 07/31/12 06:06 PM Re: Last day of carp tournament... thoughts [Re: shorefisherman]
catman529
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nope I was mostly using nymph flies. Corn fly likely wouldn't work unless the area was chummed, which is against the rules. You have to get your fly in the path of a feeding carp and twitch it slowly by his nose and hope the fish takes it. Improperly placing the fly can easily spook em. I did use a homemade grass fly made of foam and had a big 15+ lb grass carp take it off the surface. But the hook came free from the loop knot, who knows how, and the knot was not even broken.
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#2892187 - 07/31/12 08:38 PM Re: Last day of carp tournament... thoughts [Re: catman529]
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\:D .......grass fly ? thats interesting, you think tieing a blade of grass to a sraight long hook be better? im just saying, cuz i never knew they ate the same food as trout. i always caught them on sesame seed dough balls, them carps cant resist the smell of sesame seed oil
maybe a sesame seed fly \:D
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#2892287 - 07/31/12 09:41 PM Re: Last day of carp tournament... thoughts [Re: shorefisherman]
catman529
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corn is my favorite bait when not fly fishing. Grass carp love bread but in the wild they eat algae, aquatic plants, leaves, grass, nymphs etc. When I almost caught that one on the foam grass fly, all the grass carp were kind of feeding around on the surface, eating small leaves that had fallen from the trees.
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#2894345 - 08/02/12 06:59 PM Re: Last day of carp tournament... thoughts [Re: catman529]
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Catman - you da man for doing so well in the tournament. Most don't put a single fish on the board, and you got four. That's really impressive, especially since you just started fly fishing.

I posted the tournament results on the other thread.
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#2894597 - 08/02/12 11:02 PM Re: Last day of carp tournament... thoughts [Re: gil1]
catman529
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thanks Gil. Hit me up if/when you want to check out my creek spot. It's nothing special really but there are lots of commons and usually a few feeding up in the shallows by the shoreline. You would probably catch em a lot better than I did.
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#2895228 - 08/03/12 01:55 PM Re: Last day of carp tournament... thoughts [Re: catman529]
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Will do - As much as I luv me sum ugly feesh, I'm about done with carp for a while. I'm ready for deer season.
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#2895259 - 08/03/12 02:24 PM Re: Last day of carp tournament... thoughts [Re: gil1]
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 Originally Posted By: gil1
Will do - As much as I luv me sum ugly feesh, I'm about done with carp for a while. I'm ready for deer season.


Go, what size tippet do you use for deer? I assume you use a Bucktail fly
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#2895301 - 08/03/12 03:04 PM Re: Last day of carp tournament... thoughts [Re: jakeway]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: jakeway
 Originally Posted By: gil1
Will do - As much as I luv me sum ugly feesh, I'm about done with carp for a while. I'm ready for deer season.


Go, what size tippet do you use for deer? I assume you use a Bucktail fly
this wouldn't be allowed in the tournament but I dip my Doe Tail fly in some estrous scent and it works great on those mature bucks. Careful or they will run between trees and break you off... use a sturdy tippet.
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