LOCATION: Consistent carp action between Dedham and Needham with easy access from 128. Spot 1 is the Dedham medical center. There is one small shore spot on the Dedham Medical Center side, and with some new construction, you can fish the opposite side too. Spot 2 is at Great Plain Ave, exit 18 on the Dedham/Needham line. There is an old fire road with a lot of shore access. Spot 3 is nearby at the canoe launch in Dedham.
TECHNIQUE: Chumming is key. Sweet corn works awesome. Use a couple rods with pole holders. Keep your bait on the bottom with an egg sinker, and leave your bail open. They chow down and take off like a bat out of hell (I ran into the river on more than one occasion to save a pole this year). Patience is important. I caught carp this year when I had a half hour to kill, but the average was maybe a fish every couple hours.
BRING A NET. Carp are tough. Even when you think you have one beat, they'll make a couple good breaks when they see you and when you try to get them ashore.
I pass the time between carp catching bass and pickies with artificials. I have yet to see a monster bass or pickerel, but there are respectable fish there. If I will be fishing until dark, I catch a few sunfish to use as cut bait for white catfish (Cut perch works the best, but they are 1000x harder to catch in the summer).
White catfish hit like hell for an hour right as it gets dark, and you're probably already rigged up for bottom fishing. You will catch some small cats and bullheads, but you'll also get good size white cats and a big bullhead is nothing to sneeze at.
After the spring striper run ended, I had a blast with these fish this year. It's also a good trip to bring kids on.
6/1/0 - 8/30/0
# of Hotspots:
1. Good shore access for carp and catfish Details:Hide
Corn/catfish bait (see the trip details and other hotspots for more info)
The medical-center side of this bridge is wicked. The river narrows, and big carp inevitably cruise through. The other side of the bridge, closer to the prison, holds a lot of pond fish (bass, pickerel, cats, etc.) and you can certainly catch carp there too.
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