Every now and then you have one of those golden days fishing. I've had a blast the last four weeks exploring new waters with my kayak. The only negative is that the kayak has kept me away from carping until today. While exploring in the kayak I am always looking for new spots that appear carpy and are off the beaten track. Yesterday at low tide I scoped out an area that I felt showed some promise and came prepared with two gallons of corn if I deemed the spot worthy.
Being a tidal area there is a huge difference in a given location between high and low tides. The fact that I will be bottom fishing for carp I like to investigate during low tide to discover how much aquatic vegetation I'm going to have to contend with. The Hydrilla beds are reaching their peaks at this time of year and can densely cover the bottom anywhere from 10 to 30 yards from the shoreline. The area I was considering turned out to have a 10-15 yard span of dense hydrilla extending from the low tide line. The water then started to get significantly deeper and the hydrilla thinned out during the next 5-10 yards. I decided to bait an area approximately thirty to forty yards from the bank. I spread the corn out and paddled away.
I arrived at the water this morning right at the peak of high tide. I loaded my gear in the yak and paddled to my pre-baited destination. My plan was to use the kayak to get to my swim. Once there I fished from the water's edge, utilizing my kayak as a base station and convenient rod holder. I brought three rods, my carp net and two more gallons of chum. Two rods were deployed for carp and the other rod I would use to throw artificials while waiting to see if any carp showed up.
By 7:30AM all lines were in the water. First cast of my 3" curly tailed grub gets slammed by a 4 pound channel cat. A few casts later a yellow perch and then a small striper. Then I see one of my corn baited rods bouncing. I reel in another channel cat. As soon as I unbutton the channel my other rod goes off and I land a 12 pound common. By 10AM I have landed four more carp, lost one… two carp were real bronze beauties… over twenty pounds.
They were true golden gladiators. The fights were made even more challenging as they dove into the hydrilla beds. Tons of FUN! I left shortly after 10 on a carp high. I could have stayed longer, but I had my fix and didn't want to get greedy.