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I got a new rod for the new season, the St. Croix travel rod, and I test it out to see if it can handle a big Carp. Let’s see if is strong enough. Plus, wildlife, life a muskrat and turtles, come out from hibernation! I see a beautiful eagle too!

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The following gear I used or appear in this video:
St. Croix 2-piece Rod 6 1/2″
Stren Original 330 Yard Spool, 8 lb test, clear blue
Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hook, 10 Per Pack (size 8)
Reaction Tackle Drop Shot lead weights, 1/4 oz
Daiwa Procyon EX Spinning Reel 3000
Boga Grip, 15 lb scale
Aqua Bound Sting Ray Hybrid 2-Piece Kayak Paddle
Stanley Fat Max 1/2″ X 6′ Fatmax Keychain Tape Measure
Canon Vixia HF R800
GoPro Hero 8

This episode is filmed in the Winter which can be tough for fishing in general. It is a 48-degree day, and I challenge myself to try to catch a Carp, which are a big-sized fish, from my canoe. Can I catch a carp with stealth, persistence and a lot of patience? Check out my video :)

Plus, I see a cluster of noisy blackbirds in the trees.

While fishing for Bluegill and Panfish, I catch My First Carp by chance! I use a 6 1/2 foot long Fenwick Eagle 2-piece rod, 8 pound line and size 10 circle hook on a dropshot rig. I believe I am able to catch and reel in this awesome fish because I use a worm, the water is murky, and I handle it nice and slowly.

Check out my action-packed video.

As a bass fisherman, perhaps I caught lightening in a bottle? If you caught a fish in an unconventional way, let me know in the comments.

illustration: carp

October 24, 2015

carp_by_al_lau

When you are walking along a lake and you hear fish splashing, chances are that is the sound of Carp. In fact, Carp-type fish are more prevalent than you may realize. Did you know Koi fish are part of the Carp family, and so are pet goldfish?

Carp fish forage on the bottom of the lake for algae, insects and snails. They are easily spooked by people or predators passing by on the shoreline.

In my drawing of the carp, it encounters a piece of corn. I have no idea why carp love corn. Sweet tooth maybe?

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