Claire Corlett

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Carp Fishing

Carp Fishing

[machine noise in] [machine noise out] ♪♪[banjo music plays] Narrator: Carp action has been red hot today. ♪♪[banjo music plays] Austin: Now he’s coming straight at me. That’s a big one. [fish pulls drag] ♪♪[banjo music plays] Austin: Got him while he was confused. Oh he’s trying to jump out! Makes you wonder why people fish for little, 2 and 3 lb bass when you can catch, 20 pounders in your local waters. It’s amazing. [mechanical noise in] [static noise] Tami: There is an important reason why there is a drag on your reel. And it is to help you increase the odds on landing your fish. If your drag is set too tight, when the fish takes a sharp turn and pulls, you have a chance of breaking your rod or weakening your line or even breaking your line. But, if you loosen your drag, quite loose, then when that fish takes a turn and pulls it’s pulling the drag and thats the purpose of the drag. Now when you’re fishing for these carp, these carp are big they’re monstrous. You could be catching a 30 plus pound monster in these fresh water lakes. So you definitely when you set your rod in these rod holders you want this very loose. When you get bit, pick up your rod tighten it a hair but not too much. You still want it loose enough that if these fish pull you want them to pull the drag and not break the line. You do that, you pay attention to that and you definitely will land more fish. [static noise] [mechanical noise out] Tami: He’s hooked now. Yea baby! ♪♪[organ music plays] Tami: He’s still a fighter. [fish pulls drag] Tami: Wooh! Haha! He went for a run. Oh yea! Austin: Depth is hugely when you’re fishing for carp. You always want to be able to find some deep water. Especially this time of year in the summer when the fish are deep and trying to stay away from the hot weather. Also bottom composition like what exactly you’re fishing for is really important. Before i start fishing, i like to really know what I’m fishing over before I just start casting away. This is a tool that a lot of you probably have never seen before it’s called a Marker Float. It’s used to find out exactly what the depth and bottom is that you’re fishing over. It consist of a float here, this floats of course it’s just a very bright colored buoy basically, connected to a swivel tied directly to the line. On the line I have a sleeve just to keep it from tangling. Two little plastic beads just to keep it from tangling as well. Then i have a relatively heavy 2 oz lead sliding on the line. This rod is special because it has marked sections, from the reel seat that’s marked 6 inches and a foot. That helps you to figure out exactly what the depth of the water is. Now i can loosen the drag and pull off a foot of line at a time. Each foot of line I’ll pull off, means the float will rise one foot. So two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen . about thirteen and a half feet right there. So that tells me exactly how deep it is out there. I don’t have to have any find or anything I can do this from the bank. Narrator: Quite a day we have had as our guide Austin has shown some smart techniques for catching big carp. But Tami is not done yet. Next she will be heading out west for a striper fishing venture on the California Delta with Captain Stan. Stay tuned.

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