I had the day off yesterday so I took a day trip out to Perdenales Falls State Park. The day started off slow with fog and a weak cold front pushing through but once the cloud cover burned off the fishing picked up. I caught quite a few small Guadalupe bass, my first large mouth at the park, and countless sunfish in between.
The highlight of my day was landing this big (for me) Guadalupe bass at the end. I saw him making a commotion in the shade and finally managed to set the hook on him. I have really grown to respect Guadalupe bass, they are quite wary and extremely strong fighters, he fought as hard as three pound largemouths I've caught.
Back to my question, in the morning although other fish were hunkered down, the carp were extremely active. They were rooting around in the shallows, and even jumping clear out of the water. I've heard the saying that a jumping carp is a sign of mating and they're impossible to catch so I'm content with leaving those be. However, I'm positive the ones rooting around on the bottom were feeding yet even casting directly in their path failed to get even a sideways glance from them. Do you all have any tips for catching carp on the fly rod short of baiting them? Is it purely dependent on their mood?
Lastly, if you haven't been I would highly recommend a trip out to Perdenales Falls, the fly fishing is great there, it's just a stone's throw from Austin, and the falls themselves are beautiful. On this trip alone besides the bass, sunfish, and carp I also saw catfish and the biggest long nose gar I've ever seen cruising along the river.