Had two days free this past weekend and spent it the best way possible. Took my dad out day one to put him on his new PB, then went out with three of my buddies on the second day, two of which had never caught a carp before. All fish were caught on corn or wild blackberries with a method mix of oats and chili, and were released to fight another day!
Day One: Putting my dad on his new PB. We were catching carp and buffalo on wild blackberries we found right underneath our feet, I always love rigging up stuff we find on the bank and catching fish on it. My dad would take some for the fish and some for himself every time he re-baited!
First fish of the day, my dad's new PB Smallmouth Buffalo at a very nice 24lb 3oz. Where we were fishing, there was a pretty good drop to the water so I tried to net this guy with my metal-handled rubber net, which I soon found out could not support the weight of the fish when the netting tore and the fish fell back into the water, thankfully still on my dad's line. We threaded the rod through the net and had to try our best to use the European style net in not so optimal conditions. Gotta get a better net for these types of situations!
My first fish, a little channel cat.
First carp of the day for me, not too big but any tug on the line is a good one!
My second carp, we were catching them so fast we'd barely have time to get a single rod in the water before it'd tear off with a fish. We were on 'em!
Dad's first catfish of the day
He was telling me that these catfish were the perfect size to mount on your hat...
'nother carp for him, just a little guy.
Long and skinny carp for my dad, 7lb 12oz.
My dad's first ever Ghost Carp!
Earlier, he was going on about how he really wants to go fishing for bass, but I think he enjoys catching these judging by his smile.
I always get the feeling that if I just stay long enough to ride out these little carp I'll catch the giants. Wish I had the time to find out!
Dad caught another, I was telling him that when they raise their fins like this it makes them look bigger.
The red you see on this fish is actually some of the blackberry that it took off of my hook. They were tearing them up that day!