Well I haven't been going as much and was getting a little withdraw. I had an order come in on Friday with an early x-mas gift for me! A new Fox Eclipse Rod Pod. I had been making due with a couple of tri-pods and some PVC pipe all season so this was exciting.
Now I had to try it out. The weather has been mean lately and I wasn't too hopeful. I mean carp in winter is tough enough...carp in 20 degrees with a wind that makes it feel like 2 degrees is down right hard. I was determined to see my new toy on the banks though and I started packing.
I slept in on Saturday, no sense in running out there before the sun has come up right now. I arrived on the shores around 9 am, once the morning chill had a chance to vacate. There was a bit of frost and snow in the area and a large piece of ice floating here and there in the current of my swim.
I set up my poles, both with the finally repaired Daiwa reels on them sporting 12 pound test mono. I used a 2 ounce weight and some ACE gravel colored, coated braid hooklink. I stripped a bit of the coating off to make the hair and hook move more natural but kept the majority of the 6 inch length stiff.
After setting up the pod it was down to business. My right pole got the choice of 3 Dat Food flavors (Tuttie Fruittie, Obsession or Omega). I went with Obsession to start, this is a great dark flavor and attractant developed by Wacker Baits..combined with Blackstone Carp's Dat Food mix it is a mean combo. I placed this one near a small grouping of low tree branches and old weed beds.
As i was trying to decide between chick peas or Pescaviva for my second pole I heard the Beep (pause) Beep, then nothing. I looked a moment and a few seconds later a light tap on the end of the pole and a single Beep let me know that something was hungry. I walked over and waiting for another tug and a beep then I struck.
As I raised the pole up I felt a slow, lumbering tug from the other end...the carp was slowely starting to understand what was happening, now it had to shake off the chill of the water in order to get away. I got it turned from the branches when it suddenly shot toward the spill ways to my left. I fought with it through the current for a few moments before it was gone. Disheartened I reeled my tackle in and examined the hook and hair.
Too long I thought, I am using something that would work great on the Merrimack in the summer..but too easily spit out now.
I took a few moments to shorten the hair on both rods before tossing them out again. A boilie back to the same location and a few chick peas off the the left toward a sunken branch that was breaking the current.
If you'd like to see what all happened check out the video here:
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