- Sat May 16, 2009 10:55 am
[quote="Long Haired Dave"]I get really close to my carp (I have to in order to present to them because I just can't cast that accurately from a distance and also because I can't see them) so I often overline.
I often get close enough to the carp that it looks like you could dap for them... but you're really about 16 feet away and your arms just aren't long enough so a short cast is necessary.
You don't wade because wading is noisy, you waddle and glide by shifting your weight from one foot to another. You don't push water ahead of you (much) and you can't hear yourself move. [/quote]
All of the ^^^^^ is great info, probably the most important info for stalking catchable carp posted yet.
I'll often walk the bank looking or rooters, when I see them I'll rudely interrupt their activities by walking into the water, stopping within hi-sticking distance of where the fish were feeding. I'll then just stand there, scanning for carp moving back in. Within a few minutes, sure as shit, they will start moving back to the very same feeding spot I just spooked them out of. So long as I don't move my feet they will be completely oblivious to my presence. Once a fish gets within hi-sticking distance, I target that fish and that fish only, even if there are a few others hanging around or beginning to move back in.
Watch this vid - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU9qR3E8-zw
The very first clip where you see waves is actually me walking into the water, spooking fish. All those waves are fish backs. Then you’ll notice how close the fish are to me that I’m sticking (kinda hard to tell because the vid quality is so crappy but if you look closely the darker spots are carp), especially the first fish I’m casting too. This fish rises because I pulled the fly out of its mouth, but I didn’t move and got 2 more casts in before sticking it. Notice how close my casts are, it’s just a little flick of the rod tip. You can see my fly plopping into the water and like Dave said, it has to be within a dinner plate sized area. Lastly, keep an eye on the bridge in the vid, I never once changed my location. I found feeding fish and I stuck to the same spot. Catch a fish, wait for a new one to move back in, catch it, etc.
I think carp are super hyper sensitive to vibration, especially vibrations on the river/lake bottom. I know guys that tried poling in lakes but went back to trolling motors and oars because the pole making vibrations on the lakebed seemed to spook carp much easier and at a much farther distance than oars/motor.
Moral of the story, be stealthy and have fun. Watching a carp eat your fly only a few feet away then exploding is just awesome.
Fish where you are going, not where you've been.