Sneaking In Some Fishing Before Football

I had some errands to run on Sunday morning.  Okay, it was one errand.  I needed to get food, and by that I mean go to the supermarket.  K.C. & Lilly were over at “Uncle Andy’s,” (K.C.’s brother/Lilly’s uncle) and after I exhausted the last jar of peanut butter for breakfast, we truly had nothing left to eat in the house.  Well, except a box of Uncle Ben’s and some couscous.  What the hell is couscous anyway?  I wasn’t eating either for lunch.

So after a grocery outing, I came home, ate, and parked it in front of the TV for a little bit of football.  The early game (Jets vs. Dolphins) was pretty much unwatchable, so around 2:30 PM I decided to sneak an hour or two of fishing at the local pond in before the Eagles game started a little after 4:00.
Cabela’s C.G.R. in hand, the sunfish had no chance.  They were absolutely killing Kiwi’s Royal Kebari…fish after fish…after fish.  What?  Yeah, I used a tenkara fly with a “standard” fly rod and reel.  Somewhere there’s a Japanese fishing ninja crying.  Oh well.
I upsized to a bugger to try to get down and get into some bass, but they weren’t interested.  Had a few follows, and one unsuccessful take due to a poor hookset on my part.  I think this bass (below) is like the pet dog of the pond.  He’d swim right up to your feet (I suppose looking for table scraps), but absolutely would not take a fly.  Oh well.  Screw him.
Rover
Oh, and one more thing…it’s more of a question…do carp launch themselves out of the water to feed?  I’m not a carp guy, but something BIG jumped vertically out of the water about half of it’s body length I suppose to feed on something in the middle of the pond.  I only saw it quickly with my peripheral vision so I didn’t get a good look.  Could have been a friggin’ tarpon for all I know, but it was damn big and made a bigger splash.  I might need to invest in a float tube and a fishing gaff.
After that, I packed up and headed back to the car.  Turned on the radio and the Eagles were already down 17 points in the 2nd Quarter to the Cardinals.  Ouch!  The Cardinals…really?  I headed home to watch the second half knowing the whole time I should have stayed at the pond.  Us Eagles fans are masochists that way…

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  1. I was once fishing near a culvert that dumped water into a strip mine lake. The culvert was located above the water level, so water was falling from it. Carp were repeatedly launching themselves around 4 feet onto the shore and bouncing downhill back into the water. I assumed they were feeling the culvert's current and trying to go upstream.Or maybe my fishing prowess is just that frightening.

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  2. Yeah…being a Dolphins fan…that game was pretty un-watchable. Glad that the flies worked out for you. Just like you can use most western flies on a tenkara rod, there is no problem using tenkara flies on western gear.

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  3. When we lived in Georgia, the carp would be jumping like that just before they started their spawning parties in the small bay behind my house. I assumed it was part of a mating ritual, but I could be wrong. They would come into the shallow water off the main creek to spawn and then stay there all summer feeding. I broke down one summer and tried to get some to bite a fly.The water was fairly clear, but they would stir up the mud while they were feeding and it was difficult to get them to see the fly. In a whole summer of trying, I managed to get five fish to bite and landed two of them on a four wt. One was a good ten pounds, and why he didn't just swim away and take everything, I don't know. He fought hard, but just swam in circles until I was able to wear him out and land and release him. Sorry I didn't get a picture- it was as big a carp as I've seen in the creek. Got him on a brown woolly worm,I think it was a #6.

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  4. Nice sized gills! I've seen big carp jump but I've never known why. I've never fished for carp, but one time I hooked one in the back only to have him spool the ultra light I was using. Never even slowed down.

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