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Old 05-26-2009, 12:39 AM
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I hit the river tonight and caught a couple channel cats.
I used my 6wt, but tomorrow I'll use my 8wt for cats and carp.
I see that in Europe the carp is a prized sport fish when taken on a fly.
Bass are OK, but now it's time for this guy to catch some big carp and big catfish.
Tonight the big channel cats were swimming in the calm water after dark. They will smack a woolybugger faster than a smallmouth bass!! If the smallmouth don't want to cooperate, then I'll go after a better fish...... catfish!
Carp and channel cats thrive in the Susquehanna. Probably the most abundant fish in the river. I release everything anyway, so trash fish, here I come!
After dark I have to dodge the bats and flying hellgramites, but not a big deal.
I watched "Dark Cahill's" carp and cat video again....... Excellent!!
I predict that in the near future: Carp will be the poor mans' bonefish!
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You have to love those garbage fish. I have not had a fight from a freshwater fish that could compare to a 30 lb Carp (OK if I caught a 30 lb Smallmouth it would be better) but let me tell you line burns hurt. The same can be said of Cats. I think both fish are very underated and they will tax you to the limit every time.
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Great post, glad your haveing so much fun with 'em. And yes Carp are starting to be the poor mans bone fish. Glad to see I aint the only one that likes chaseing "trash" fish with a long rod.
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I was on the Susky this weekend for the first time in over 20 yrs. Couldn't believe the hatches and 'life' in the river. I caught some sm even with too swift a flow and had fun. I didn't know the cats come into the shallows at night with aggression.
How do you fish the carp?
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Nothing wrong targetting the world's greatest sportfish. They get a bad wrap here in the states, but are abundant and one of the most fun fish to chase.
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Fishing Carp in a river situation is just about the same as fishing trout, but the water type is a little different. Look for the slow moving water or still water along the river's edge. You should be able to see Carp tailing and if they are use a nymph or small leech imitation in a reddish brown. Usual nymphs include Prince Nymph, PT Nymph, and some type of small mayfly nymph such as a GRHE. I do take a lot of fish this way.
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