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  Carp will hit lures
  Posted by: goobs on Sep-02-12 11:02 AM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Sep-02-12 11:05 AM EST --

Dear pilotwingz,

Was it a regular old common carp or was it one of those sterile Grass carp with the mouth more like a regular fish instead of the underneath suction mouth?

It makes no difference really, I'm just curious.

The grass carp are often used for weed and algae control. I had them in my pond when I lived in NY and caught a couple on flies that resembled a clump of algae - just green maribou on a hook. They feed aggressively on almost any kind of plant life, including leaves and grass clippings that get blown into the water. Maybe if it was a grass carp it thought the yellow spinner was a dandelion trying to escape? ;-)

If it was a common carp I've caught them on Mr. Twisters worked slowly for walleye as well as when I have been trout flyfishing with nymphs in slower pools. I remember seeing a fly fishing show on ESPN years ago where Dave Whitlock was wade fishing in Lake Michigan and casting crayfish flies and retrieving them past carp in shallow water. They were big carp and they chased and slammed those crayfish flies. Dave Whitlock caught fish up to about 25 pounds by doing that. It looked like it would be a lot of fun.

Around here there are some people that fly fish for carp when the mulberry bushes are ripe and the fruit is dropping into the water around the bush. The carp will just lay there waiting for a mulberry to drop in and guys tie purple flies that look like the berries and plop them in front of the carp. They usually get the fish to respond to the sound of fly splatting on the water surface.

I've also caught them feeding on the surface when the 17 year locusts are out and about. They wil rise just like a trout for big fat bug like a locust.


Tim Murphy AKA Goobs

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