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Old 08-19-2012, 08:14 PM
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This summer I have finally gotten into some carp. Most have been smaller guys between 18-24", I have hooked a few larger but broke off. Saturday I finally hooked into a big carp and managed to land it about a half hour later.
This fish took me deep into the backing on the first run, and then into the backing three more times after getting it up close. Just would not quit! 9'6" 7wt, 15lb. fluoro, home made crayfish in light olive. I think 32-33", not sure on weight but clearly my heaviest and longest fish landed yet. (first eyelet is 34" from the butt). Maybe in the 12-15lb range?
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:03 PM
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Wow...that's a great looking fish! What do you guess your heart rate was when it took off from the net and ran? : -Mike
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Nice fish, grats!
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Very nice, congrats on a great catch!
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Wow! i bet itd be fun to try to bring that thing in!
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Thats pretty torpedo shaped so I think your 12-156lb range is about right for that size fish. im still working on breaking that 30" mark for carp. I just need to convince that fish to eat the fly.
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Its funny, the fight starts off heart pounding. But as the minutes wear on, the heart beat slows and the fear creeps in. Fear of breaking off, of getting hung up in a snag, of getting spooled, of pulling the hook straight, of pulling hook out. Fear of losing the fish for so many reasons after fighting it for a long time!

the first run took me far enough into my backing that I thought getting spooled was a definite risk. cranked down the drag and added palm drag with a big slow turn to end the run before that happened.

Got the fish toward shore and he went straight for some cat tails and downed logs. Probably nearly broke the 15lb. flouro keeping him out of that mess. I have never bent a 7wt that far for sure!

Back into the backing after that a few times. Luckily I have read on this site about how to land larger fish, ie walk it backward into the shallows (thanks Ard!) That is exactly what I had to do. I had to keep the fish turning to eventually net him and end the fight in the shallows.
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Nice fish! Congrats!
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Nice blog John, you've caught some serious pigs!
I too enjoy sneaking behind the reeds with barely 9 feet of line out, and seeing the eat. Very fun.
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