Fish have been plenty for us at Blackstone Carp this season. Most days see fish, though we do have the occasional blank session. Spring is an interesting time to fish, what with heavy rains, floods, winds and sporadic temps you never know just what will happen out on the banks. Finding fish, getting them onto your feed and then mastering the elements to bank them can be extremely rewarding. many carp still have a good amount of "winter" weight but without all the sluggishness of cold water.
The past weekend saw some great fish but I had a good deal of frustration working through snags, blank session and all around junk that made me crave a do-over so to speak.
I decided to sneak away to the banks mid week to see if I could turn my luck around. Don't get me wrong, with a 20 pound mirror and a 25 pound common to the banks already this year, plus a good amount of fish under 20 I have had a good start to the season. The weekend just left an unfinished feeling with me that I wanted to change.
My maple banana maize has really been producing so I made sure to pack extra of it, as well as a mix of trout pellet Pescaviva and tuna sweet corn. The Dat food boilies were present of course, Scopex this time as well as plain jane chick peas rounded out my bait packing.
I decided the time was now to up my hook size from the size 8's to the 6's as the M'mack fish have been much more aggressive as the water has warmed. Keep the hook length short but the hair long, I decided upon a semi-fixed safety rig with a bit of tubing and anti-tangle to smooth it out. I like to work in colors of sand/gravel and weed to help it blend with the bottom. Though to be honest if someone made a "shopping cart" color that would probably work as well, heh.
With the rigs and the bait all set to go I packed food away. PB and J sandwiches to keep things simple, a few Twinkies and Turkey Hill iced tea would suffice. Of course we packed the grill and coffee supplies as well. No need to get fancy right now, as long as Liz and I had enough to keep up fed then we were happy.
I got everything together, packed the car up, except for my rods which have to get strapped to the roof racks in the morning. After it was all settled I headed to bed...morning couldn't come soon enough.
With a quick breakfast and attaching of the rods to the roof Liz and I were off. My imagination danced happily as we drove along 290 and 495 heading to our destination. As the sun crested the mountains and glimmered off the Merrimack I knew it was going to be a good day..I just didn't know how good yet.
Check out the movie of this amazing session at our site blackstonecarp.com by folloing this linky:
Maple-Banana Maize Pescaviva sweet corn Chicks Dat Food Boilies Scopex
This section of the Merrimack is tidal. It can have some really mean streaks as well. Strong currents, plenty of snags, floating debris, limited casting etc can all cause frustration. If you can learn it and tough it out the rewards can be great.
Mostly a rocky/sandy bottom with scattered large weed beds. 2+ ounces typically needed to hold bottom.
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