Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Turkeys to musky to carp?

How did a morning chasing turkeys, with a little musky hunting thrown in there, turn into this?
With the help of some good friends that are always "on call" for carp. It started with some tight-lipped gobblers that talked me into running up the river and throw for musky. Not that much excitement other than helping some guys on the bank locate a gobbler that I heard on the private land they were hunting. Their calling faded slowly in the background as I drifted downstream, and almost instantly my opportunistic hears switched to another sound I was real familiar with. That was mating carp in the shallows! The recent rain storms have all but polished off the lake level and did so in the matter of one day, the lake went from 91 ft to 97. That meant newly flooded vegetative flats that the carp have been missing for quit sometime now. They were home and you could tell they liked it. They were making up for lost time in some serious reckless abandonment. After some mucking around, I was able to get my boat in the 15 or so inches of water and began to rig up the biggest rod I had with me-a 7 weight. I thought it was a touch light, and couldn't help but remember the tip I broke off of this same rod on a carp two years ago. To make a long story short, even though they were more concerned with passing on their genes, I was able to land a couple of large fish.

Realizing I was a little out gunnned in this situation, I did the only thing I knew to do-call some backup. Marty, Coby, and Wood were down there soo fast I'm almost certain that some lies were told in such a short notice. We were wet, slimy, cold, and stinky, but loved every bit of . We got some 35 lb'ers and looked like the average was in the 15-20 lb range. When I woke up this morning at 5:00 am to go turkey hunting, the last place I thought I would be is there on the carp shallows at 1:00 am. But hey, its spring time with critters spawning and breeding so you better be prepared to take advantage of any opportunity. That reminds me, I better get my gun out of the boat before I take off up the mountain in the morning.

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