by Paul Beauchesne Jr (AKA Muskie)
Spring is here and rivers and ponds are really starting to show signs of life and it reminds me that I need to get my sleep in now, because in a few weeks, sleep will not be an option, unless of course I don’t want to achieve my goal of catching the biggest carp in the state this year. There is no guarantee, but I know you can’t catch fish from the couch. This is no video game.
I usually begin carp fishing in late March, which leads to a lot of quiet mornings, still a touch early for their arrival. In some cases this may be three weeks too early, be that as it may, I still get a few bites and do see carp jump about as if to announce their presence with authority. This makes my heart skip and go 20 times faster – a sensation that never gets old. There is nothing more thrilling that having the quiet disrupted with a powerful pull and a splash caused by a 30lb carp that jumps 4 ft. in front of you. Whoa – yes sir, a sure test of the old ticker.
My choice of for landing carp is corn, both creamy and whole kernel. The creamy makes for the perfect chum – two to three cans and using the whole kernel on the hook. They key is to have the barb exposed in order to help with the hook set. Take my word on this. Only toss the corn out as far as you want to cast your rod, they will come right to the chum. I use the Underhand Trophy Toss Technique, resulting in a 4-6 ft. pitch, perfect. Don’t give these fish anymore line than what they need.
Garlic seems to work great in the rivers while corn works better in the ponds. I do not use weights and an open bail in non-moving water and just the opposite in rivers.
By mid- to late May the carp seem to be in full swing. Mother’s Day has always been very good to us. Be gentile with these Beasts’, they’re very old and still put up one of the best fresh water fish fights on the planet.
Great luck to everyone who chooses to tangle with the ‘Big Uglies’ they will break your rod, your line, your hook and your soul if you’re not careful. Carp fever is a real thing so catch it this spring if your can!!!!
This will change the way you fish from that first moment on out, no thanks needed, I would rather you get mad at me for giving you the FEVER!!!!
Tight Lines – Muskie
P.S.- If you’re real lucky, you may catch a Koi, that is the Holy Grail, not many places have them, get your camera ready. And If you are interested in this National Geographic like experience, visit Muskie Adventure Tours on Facebook and get ready for a life changing trip.