Well thank you PAC! I finally got on some carp for the first time since i was probably 12 years old.
I must thank Doc Watson personally for the suggestion on the body of water, great place to start out! Might have taken me a couple of days to figure it out but i got there..
I just got a "feeder kit" from wackerbaits.com and was very eager to try out this fancy new "method" feeding." I set up 2 poles, one with a weightless coil and the other with a larger weighted 50g feeder.
Day 1- I used the wackerbaits "buckeye blend," and used Pineapple boilies and Mulberry flavored maize as hookbaits. I saw multiple carp rolling and a mystery animal took my maize hook but I went all Bassmasters Classic on it and ripped the hook out of its mouth, I think i just picked the rod up too soon.
Day 2- Ran out of the purchased method mix, so I went to Oatmeal, Creamed corn, and sweet corn. Kept the feeders and rigs exactly the same, except this time i did pineapple boilie + maize and then the other rig with sweetcorn and maize together... Again, saw carp rolling but no action on my lines. As i was waiting i was just dinking around with my ultralight pole and decided to put a #8 hook with no weight or anything directly to the mainline and put 4 kernels of sweetcorn on it. I dropped it only a few feet from shore in some lillies. Woudlnt you know it the darn ultralight almost flew off the bank into the water! I had a wonderful fight for quite sometime...almost spolled my little ultralight, Fought the fish for at least 5 min but I just didnt have the muscle with that small pole to get it through the lillies.. End day #2
Day 3 - OK so I am beginning to re-think some tactics. After nary a tap on the boilies for 2 days I ditched em. Kept my method mix the same. I also ditched the heavy large feeder. I went with the wire coil feeder, and on my other rod i used a hair rig baited with nothing but sweetcorn. No weight, just swivel and hook and corn. That was the ticket. FINALLY! Again, not very far from the bank, in lillies. The simplest rig i had tried yet. Nothing fancy or flavored, just sweetcorn on a hair rig heh. I went home after that.
Day 4 - I decided to just throw some food in the water at 3 spots i had been scoping out. I kept my method mix the same, but added some grits for extra filler. I also went to a restaurant supply store and got a case of industrial sized #10 cans of corn, haha. Its easier that way. After i threw all my food in the water I decided to walk the bank in a different section of the lake just to see if i could see any fish hanging out and try and catch em on the random. I settled into a spot that looked particularly carpy. Had a nice snag sticking out of the water right near a bunch of lillies. Again, nothing but sweetcorn and a hook. Within 5 min at the spot i began to see bubbles slowly moving across the surface...Then a rolling fish...the bubbles now moved closer and closer to my bait and BAM. Not even there over 6 min, Fish #2.
I learned a few things over the last week. I like to keep things simple, at least on this body of water. I need a net. I had to get into the water to get these fish out, both times. Good thing i had rubber boots on. I also would like a mat to de-hook the fish...and a scale because i have no idea what these babys weighed. That first one was fat! Both fish were gently handled and released promptly.
My confidence in boilies is not super high right now, maybe ill go back to them in a larger body of water.
CarloFunkMember Since 23 Apr 2012
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Local fishing, especially carp!