Devin Angleberger, Youth Angler
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Posted on November 28, 2011 | Permalink
Lethargic Carp in the C & O Canal
Location: C & O Canal
Please visit my new fishing blog... www.devinsfishingreports.blogspot.com. It was 8 am, and I was rigging up my hair rigs with homemade doughballs. I use cornmeal and add a little vanilla extract for added scent. I cast out my three rods. Pretty soon it was 9, then 10, then 11, then 12, then 1. The time went by slowly, not even a single hit. I would recast my lines every 30-50 minutes to make sure my bait was still on. All I could do was wait. Then it was 2, then 3, then 4. I called it a day, I packed my gear in the car except my rods. I always leave my rods out until I'm really ready to go in case of that last minute bite. As I was thinking to myself... Zzzzzzzzmmmmmmmm! There goes my line, taking out almost 40 feet before I could even adjust the drag. Note: Always leave your drag loose so that the Carp won't drag your rod into the water. After a 5 minute fight...he was netted. After a quick weigh and length measurement he was released. This Carp had no other markings on his mouth which signals that he hadn't been caught recently. I was fishing homemade doughballs on the hair rig, I fished with three rods. My rods had 10, 12, and 14lb test on. Bait an area up good to attract the Carp. I urge those who catch a giant Carp in the Canal to release it. It will bring joy to many other anglers and give them the chance to "wrestle" with a sportfish much bigger than a Bass. Some great places to fish the Canal are in Dickerson, Cumberland, or Williamsport.