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Old 01-10-2014, 10:20 PM
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Went this afternoon with my oldest son as he's off to college tomorrow.

He of course heads opposite direct up White Oak Bayou in Houston. Long gone before I tangle with this bad boy.

Used a #8 Black Sparkle Wolley Bugger. An older 6wt low rent Orvis medium action graphite, Cabelas 6wt Bass Bug taper, Blue sky braided leader with 10# hand furled tippet.

They were working close to the bank but skittish and spooky. Flushed several before the wooly bugger drifted right by him, he made a U-turn and took. When he made his first run several flushed in all directions. His first run was impressive but not to backing. Took 15 minutes to finally land him.

Amazingly small mouths. Of course my son was long gone so no pic papa beaming with my trophy. Released to fight another day.

Look at the pics below, same fish but look a different. Like giant minnow.

I'm hooked and want more! I've seen them even bigger!

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Old 01-10-2014, 10:47 PM
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Great fish Pete! What a monster! And they always leave when right before you get the big one! Last time with me it was the biggest Bluegill ever 5 minutes after my so left! Sent h a grass and rod picture but didn't do it Justice and all I got was a "Nice" .
Great Grassie, congrats !
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looks like one heck of a fight.
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Nice! Congrats!
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Pete, I have heard a lot about White Oak Bayou but never fished it myself. I tie flies with the PACK guys and they talk a lot about fishing White Oak. I target carp at a spot on the east side of town that is absolutely loaded with them but I have hell getting them to eat. Did you dead drift the bugger to him? I have had my best luck with sparsely tied bonefish style flies in size 10 or so.
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Pete: Great way to start off the new year fishing, congrats!

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Aggie182;

This is the first Grass Carp we've landed but hooked lots of others recently. First, these guys are super spooky compared to regular carps (also spooky, but not as bad). Most casts to grass carps net nothing, lots of "flushes". They just don't take, turn, strike, react at all most of the time. So expect frustration and you'll be ok. Awesome accuracy, presentation, stalking practice. Redfish are like do do's compared to this flighty fish.

It seems we best response from them comes right after high water. They seem to be up shallower this time, but shallow also means spooky. Forget light bright colored clothes they see you to easily.

I thought light tippets were the ticket but that only caused breakoffs. So use 10#.

We go often; 1-3 times a week, for quick 1-2 hour trips. Very early is hard as hard to see them.

When it warms a bit the bass are going to be a distraction as some days the bass are suicidal on your flies.

I & Thomas have both had strikes on chartreuse hopper patterns dead drifted over active grass carp. Thomas had a whopper on the other day but lost when trying to land (we ought to bring a net but PIA to carry).

If you want to try with us let me know and I could try your area sometime.

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Nice, I finally landed one last year. I know where lots and lots of them. They are super aggressive down here as well. often jumping and coming out of the water at times to eat flies. They are fun fish.
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Really nice looking fish. Carp are great on the fly
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