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#12756304 - 05/15/18 11:38 AM Mixed bag on the carp flats
Capt. Mac Offline
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Registered: 02/06/13
Posts: 1002
Loc: Sanger Tx.
The wind was up yesterday so i had to fish some flats i don't usually fish. I was kind of flustered about it - even rode around looking for schooling sand bass for a little bit, proved fruitless and i got tired of fighting waves. I was alone and trying to pole the boat in that kind of wind and fish is about impossible so i hit some deeper water were i could run the trolling motor in the backs of some coves so i could get out of the wind. Not my favorite way to do it but it was that or nothing. My frustration very quickly turned around. I spotted what i thought was a catfish. I had a big steamer tied on a seven weight from my last attempt at bass fishing, grabbed that rod and dropped the streamer about two feet out. Turns out to be a drum about six pounds and he immediately pounces on the streamer so quickly that i got over excited and snapped the tippet, setting the hook too hard. I could see a couple of more drum down the way so i tied on some fresh tippet, a new streamer and on the second cast hit this one.





I hooked another one a short time later but pulled the hook on him before i could land him. Then i spotted a carp mudding on the shoreline so i grabbed my six weight loaded with a back stabber fly. A couple of casts, a couple of strips and he is on.


In that deeper, cooler water they are like trying to lift a cinder block off the bottom but i finally got him in the boat.



I release him and go back on the prowl. Its starting to get warm and i think i better put another coat of sunscreen on when i spot what i thought was a small drum sitting in a circle of grass, looking like he is just sunning himself. I grab the rod with the streamer and let fly. He instantly is on it and turns out to be a spotted bass.


Ok, so if i want to catch bass, i need to go carp fishing.
I come across another carp and, after a long tug of war, bring him to the boat on the back stabber.



AS i am releasing him i look up and see a drum rooting around close enough to cast without having to reposition the boat. I still have the back stabber in my hand so i figure I'll see if he wants it... he did.



I wanted to try to get one more drum on the streamer because it was to much fun watching them hammer that big fly and the next fish i can across didn't let me down.



After that my arm had had it, it was getting hot i had to get ready to go to work so i head in. Sure funny how things work.

This is the streamer i was using. Its one i tie but i don't think the size or color necessarily mattered. But, in case your interested...


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#12756765 - 05/15/18 05:28 PM Re: Mixed bag on the carp flats [Re: Capt. Mac]
Jesse10 Offline
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Registered: 08/08/11
Posts: 323
Loc: Grandview
That’s awesome! Almost like being at the coast. I don’t understand how you multitask as well as you do. Strong work.

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#12756807 - 05/15/18 06:11 PM Re: Mixed bag on the carp flats [Re: Capt. Mac]
Smurfs Offline
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Registered: 01/31/14
Posts: 3476
Loc: Fort Worth
Awesome post Capt.. Thank for sharing. Ive been up in your neck the woods last couple of weeks catching whatever I can!
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#12757646 - 05/16/18 10:44 AM Re: Mixed bag on the carp flats [Re: Jesse10]
Capt. Mac Offline
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Registered: 02/06/13
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Loc: Sanger Tx.
Originally Posted By: Jesse10
I don’t understand how you multitask as well as you do.


From a distance it probably looks like a guy stumbling in circles around his boat with a lot of cussing mixed in. roflmao
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#12757647 - 05/16/18 10:46 AM Re: Mixed bag on the carp flats [Re: Smurfs]
Capt. Mac Offline
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Registered: 02/06/13
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Loc: Sanger Tx.
Originally Posted By: Smurfs
Awesome post Capt.. Thank for sharing. Ive been up in your neck the woods last couple of weeks catching whatever I can!


Thank you sir. Any pics?
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#12760575 - 05/18/18 12:38 PM Re: Mixed bag on the carp flats [Re: Capt. Mac]
Brendan H Offline
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Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 205
Loc: Allen/Corpus Christi
How hard is it to pole that boat?
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#12760643 - 05/18/18 01:37 PM Re: Mixed bag on the carp flats [Re: Capt. Mac]
Capt. Mac Offline
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Registered: 02/06/13
Posts: 1002
Loc: Sanger Tx.
Depends on the wind. The boat itself is very easy to pole. But the higher the wind speed the of a challengeit becomes.
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#12763066 - 05/20/18 08:30 PM Re: Mixed bag on the carp flats [Re: Capt. Mac]
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Registered: 07/12/10
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Loc: Universal City Tx.
coolphotos Awesome post! Good job. thumb
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