Carpe Diem

4 Jul

Seize the day was the quote tossed around during this PERFECT day to be on the water.  Jason from met me on the lake late in the afternoon to hunt for some Freshwater Red Fish (Freds).

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And yes, before anyone starts their holier than thou bullshit, all of us know this section close to the marina is off-limits to fishing because of all the spectator carp feeding that is done and the number of boats being docked. Well off limits until the marina workers come out and toss a bucket of food out intentionally just to help us catch one.  I’m not really sure how close is to close or how far is far enough away from the marina, all but one were caught on the opposite side of the bank.  Anyways, as we positioned the boat half way between the marina and the bank we began to see and hear carp rolling in the marina, around the boat, upstream, downstream, and close the to bank.  It was surely a sight to see and hear.  Monster fish, were all around us and they were looking for an easy meal!!!

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Jason took on the casting position first since I’m a host like no other and I was perfectly content to position the boat.  (Note to self, bring a longer anchor rope, 20 feet isn’t enough).  Initially we thought our only chance of catching one of these massive carp would be to row near or into the marina to get them used to the boat then coax them into deeper water with a little meox mix before fishing to them.  We were wrong and we found that our right away. 

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Jason fired the pellet fly out as far as he could with the big 8weight sage, he only needed about 5 seconds before his fly was sucked under and the fight was on.  He gave it a good old fashion trout set hook set and the 15 pound garbage truck on the end of his line headed straight for the marina away from the boat and spit the hook back at our faces.  Although brief it looked like he had a hell of a ride by the size of the smile on his face.  Despite the improper hook set technique overall he did a fine job managing the line and getting the fish on the reel.  STRIP STRIP STRIP BITCH STRIP!!!  The Jerk set only wastes time.



We cut our trip short after only about 4 hrs of fishing, boating 6 big carp was enough work for one day and we loaded up the USS Nanner Boat.   Next we set our sights on the North Branch of the Potamac River……..more to come.

West Virginia Carpin'

A video short of the trip by


2 Responses to “Carpe Diem”

  1. Bryan July 5, 2010 at 12:46 AM #

    Murphy I see how it is. If you don’t want to fish with me just say so.. HEHE…Just fuckin with ya! Been craving carp, may just hit the West Fork tomorrow to see if they want to cooperate.

    • bentrodbaye July 5, 2010 at 5:17 PM #

      I’m off thursday-monday this week….shoot me your phone number and i’ll give you a call and we’ll hit up SWJ lake one day…except the weekend…the weekend sucks up there. If not we’ll hit something up locally after bass and FReds.

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