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Name:My new PB...
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Details:Might not be what your expecting. It isn't very big and it isn't a carp, but it is quite a fish. Let me explain.

I've been fishing a bunch, as usual, though with the heavy rains recently the rivers have been flooding. Thankfully the canals and lakes have been thawing and I have had some great action in the last weeks of winter. This trip will take a look at a recent try at the canal.

It was Thursday March 18th. I was excited as we pulled up to the River Bend Farm, the water steamed just a bit as it had stayed warmer then the air over night. This is a good sign, I had fished the day before and come up empty.

I know I know, but it happens to us all right ? Anyway I had taken the chance to feed a few spots around last night and was glad to see the water temperature staying steady. It has been in the 43-50 degree range depending on sun. Still a bit cold but getting there.

I unloaded and hiked the gear into our swim. Started getting the rods and pod set. Put the batteries in the alarms, got the pod steady and in a good location. Set all of my bait out and open the tackle box. I rigged the first rod with 3 pieces of sweet corn treated with obsession, the second with a maple and maize combo.

I had just turned my back to finish unloading when I heard the faint beep that was followed by a louder string of beeps. I turned back to my rod, saw the line darting and took it in hand.

Fish on!

After a few moments I gained dominance and began to gain line on the fish, a nice mirror carp roughly 8 pounds. As I got it to within 10 feet of shore ,my second alarm started to beep. I got the net under the first carp and quickly unhooked it. Leaving the carp in the net and the net in the water I took up the second rod.

The fish came to the surface almost immediately and I saw that it was small, only about 1.5-2 pounds. Not a carp at all in fact but a wild goldfish. We have these here, quite a few in fact and they look similar to carp but their mouth is to the front and they have no barbels. This one was a nice brassy colored with a slightly darker and browner dorsal area. Nothing huge but interesting anyway...world record is only around 6 pounds for these if I recall.

It was a quick fight as my poles were really out geared for that fish. I got it to the net, unhooked it as well and brought both fish to the mat for video and photos before releasing them.

The next fish would come along almost an hour later. As I saw the line start to dart I reached for the rod just as the alarm started to sound. I had this one rigged with a Halibut pellet and a sweet corn. As I put pressure on the fish it turned quickly and came to the surface...just like the other goldfish had. That is when I saw it, it was indeed a goldfish, but nothing like the first one.

Watch the video to see all the action:

http://www.blackstonecarp.com/index.php?option=com_hwdvideoshare&task=viewvideo&Itemid=75&video_id=71
Location:River Bend Farm Uxbridge, Ma
Trip Date:3/18/2010
# of Hotspots:2
Hotspot Details: 1. River Bend Farm Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:4
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Other (Freshwater)
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):1 lbs. 8 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):3 lbs. 0 oz.
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Bait Details:I always have a bunch of bait and types with me. I believe in variety and good combos. Usuals are Chick peas, maize, sweet corn, DAT Food boilies
Location Details:The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park recalls the role of canals in transporting raw materials and manufactured goods between emerging industrial centers. Walk along restored sections of the Blackstone River Canal and Towpath from the River Bend Farm Visitors Center.
2. River Bend Farm picnic area Details: Hide
# of Fish Caught:1
Water Type:freshwater
Type of Fish:Mirror Carp
Fish Length (Avg):0 inches
Fish Length (Max):0 inches
Fish Weight (Avg):8 lbs. 0 oz.
Fish Weight (Max):8 lbs. 0 oz.
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Bait Details:This fish was caught on a Maize and Maple combo
Location Details:The Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park recalls the role of canals in transporting raw materials and manufactured goods between emerging industrial centers. Walk along restored sections of the Blackstone River Canal and Towpath from the River Bend Farm Visitors Center.
# of Photos:15
# of Fish Caught:5
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Last review was on 03/23/10 01:27 PM by paullyc

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Date Updated:03/19/10 04:46 PM
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