Haven't made a thread here in a while, but that's 'cause I've been too busy catching!
Didn't really have time for a longer session last week so I decided I'd stretch it out with a lot of short ones, and boy was it a blast! All of the fish were caught on corn with an oatmeal and chili method mix, and of course were released to fight another day.
Part 1 - Return to Ray Hubbard
I had so much luck last time at RH, breaking my Smallmouth Buffalo PB by a long shot, so I figured I'd give it another go. Set up in the same area as before, not so much because it was "the spot," but more because the wind was blowing right in my face both times. This was a weird day, as even the carp were biting like buffalo and I had to watch my lines like a hawk so I could set the hook and get myself a fish.
First fish of the day, a healthy dark carp
This is why I made the trip to Ray Hubbard! Another 20+ buff, this one ran 29.5in and 22lbs!
Doubled up! Quickly released the carp to get a pic with the big fella.
Another beautiful Ray Hubbard buffalo, this one was a solid 25lb 3oz and 32in.
Small carp, huge tailfin. This one fought well for his size!
Doubled up again! This was a day of small carp (and good size buffalo!)
I simply cannot get over the fact that both times I've been here I've had 3 fish over 20lbs, it's insane considering I'd only had one over 20 before I came here. This fish weighed 21lb 13oz and was 29.5in long.
Biggest carp of the day, just under 10lb @9lb 13oz. I guess the buffs get big but the carp stay little at this lake...?
'nother small guy.
I've started to notice that the small fish fight different to the large ones, they tend to zip around all over the place while the big ones hug bottom and are very deliberate.
Yet another small carp with a large tailfin. These guys definitely have more power than the "normal" ones.
Last fish for the day, I ended up getting kicked off of the bank as I was apparently fishing on private property. Who knew that the marina owned the entire island I was fishing on? Certainly not me.