Went today. I'll let my story and the pictures do the telling of my tale.
Its rather pretty down there this time of year, everything is green, the underbrush of MO hasnt choked everything out to hell and its just plain pleasant.
The little yellow flowers I posted last time, are about done blooming, but this is how I walk up to my favorite carp hole
Soon that green and yellow carpet will be covered with leaves and undrebrush...blah.
These pretty purple little flowers are EVERYWHERE now. Not as plentiful as the little yellow guys, but at a slightly higher elevation they exsit, and by higher elevation I mean 5' up past where you'll see the last yellow ones
Again, just pleasant.
Sooooooo i get to my carp spot, tie up a blind squirrel, cast it to a fish i see in the shallows next to me, twitch, twitch and boom! it sucks it down, i set the hook, feel the fish then POP!! My knot comes completely undone. BOOO!!!!! Im just glas I fish barbless, I hope the carp can get the hook out soon. It really bothers me leaving hooks in fish. So I tie on another cast to some cruiser and this guy sucks it up.
Let me tell you something, if the big ones had the speed and runs like this dude did, we would be needing 10 and 12 weights for carp. It gave my 8wt a GOOD run for it money, which surprised me to no end. I was very pleased with the little carp, actualy way more then I'd really like to admit, it was a super cool when little, so heres another picture
After the safe release,I cast to a few cruises and missed 2 more. I threw to one fish who looks like a freaking submarine and got too scared when it started to follow my fly. I think it would break my 8lb leader. So i went to higher ground and scanned the hole and moved down to a koi who was tailing. I busted myself on this same fish eariler in the week and it must have had the taste of steel still in its mouth. Wanted nothing to do with the fly. However, when casting to a group, this was the result...
OH YEAH!!!! thats what Im talking about. Nice big fishy. Not as round as some of the others but still a great fish. I really cant tell you how wonderful I think these fish are. They better still have them in FL because if I move there and cant find any I'll be upset.
So after a few pictures it was back on its way in the creek. The weirdest thing happened when I was fighting it though, 4-5 others came right up next to it and followed it back and forth for several minutes as we battled. Never seen that before. I decided that after this fish it was time to let them rest, its going to be hot tomorrow and monday and then maybe some rain, so I will leave this group alone for atleast 2 weeks now. All in all, excelent time carping today, I might go bother some other carp populations tomorrow, but I need to tie me a couple more squirrels. Til next time my friends, the Adventure Continues!!!!