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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Storms, Rainbows and Carp

I decided to go Carp fishing after work today 6PM - 8 PM.  My Buddy Mark met me out there and we set up 2 rods with Corn on the hook  and oatmeal/creamcorn/Vanilla Extract as a packbait.

The outfits were exactly the same as my previous outing.....

We immediately started catching channel cats form 1 -2 1/2 lbs but it was the Carp we were after.   One of my rods got a bite and I picked the rod  up felt another bite and set the hook on a good fish.   After a brief intense battle I land a good  ~10 lb Common Carp.

A Nice Common

We caught a few more channels as an intense storm was developing around us.  Mark wanted to head out but I convinced him to stay.   Luckily the storm went around us. We had a good storm to East of us and one to the west of us.    We got to see an intense lightning storm to the east and a Beautiful storm to West of us that ended up with a spectacular skyline and a Rainbow to the North of us. 

Fishing is not just about the fish.  It is about the camaraderie with friends and the Beautiful things we see in Nature.

tap on this picture to open it up more.  It is a Panoramic picture and it has to be opened to see it fully.

thanks for looking.....................

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gar Pictures

I was going through some Pictures the other day and ran across some old Gar Pictures that I don't think are on this Blog. All of these were caught in the Neuse.

My sons first Gar. I think this was from 2010 when he was 12

Myself with one while I was Cat fishing. I am pretty sure this was from the same day as above


And Rodney with probably his first Gar

Tags -  " Gar Pictures North Carolina "  " Longnose Gar North Carolina " " Pictures Longnose  Gar North Carolina "

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bullhead Bonanza

Location - Central North Carolina City Water Supply

Shimano 4500 Baitrunner on a 8'6'' Med Action ugly stik
Daiwa 5000M Millionaire on a 6'6'' Med heavy abu rod
Both Spooled with 15 lb Blue Ande
C-Rig -  1oz Egg Sinker, #5 Black Barrel Swivel, 25 lb Fluro leader
snelled to a  #1 owner Mosquito Hook.

Driftmaster Rod Holders connected to dock with
Driftmaster Universal Clamp Base

Bait- Whole Kernel Corn
Packbait -  Oatmeal w/Maple/Brown Sugar w Vanilla Extract

The Catchin started off quickly with this little Brown Bullhead

The Black Bullheads took over and most of them were very nice sized ones.  I probably caught 9 or 10 of ones similar to this one.

A Brown Bullhead?
Another Black

No Carp today but is was actually a BLAST.    Today's outing took me back to my younger years when I lived Right on the Haw River and we caught loads of Bulheads.  I will Hopefully hit this spot again before the end of summer to connect with one of this lakes many monster Carp.

Thanks, Mack

Tags:  Black Bullhead ,  Brown Bullhead , Bullhead Picture North Carolina

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Carp Catchin after Work

Sunday August 7th, 2016   Central North Carolina

I have Carp fished 3 times this year .  Twice at the spot I went to today which resulted in lots of Channel Cats but no Carp and once at Smith Mountain Lake which resulted in 1 - 4 lb carp.

I decided to try again today after work so my time was limited from 6-9 pm.

The Outfits I used today are a 4500 Shimano Baitrunner on an 8'6'' Med action Ugly Stik and a Daiwa 5000m Millionaire on an  Abu 6'6'' Med Heavy Rod.  Both Of these are spooled with Blue 15lb Ande Line. 

My Rig consist of a Carolina Rig using a 1 oz Steel egg sinker ,  #5 Black Barrel swivel, 4 inches or so of 25lb Flurocarbon snelled to a #1 Owner Mosquito Hook.   The bait was as usual 4-5 grains of whole Kernel Corn.   I also used a packbait consisting of Maple and Brown sugar Oatmeal and cream corn with Vanilla Extract added. this is packed around the egg weight.

Pack Bait Ingredients 


This is what my rig looks like minus the tag end I hadn't trimmed yet. This pic was taken last week at Smith Mountain Lake and not today(also usually my leader is shorter). 

  I threw out my lines at aprox 6pm and at aprox 615 my Outfit with the Millionaire Reel is Doubled over.  The Battle was intense but after 5 mins or so I subdued this beast. A Beautiful  North Carolina Carp !
Then aprox 15 mins later another!  This one was on the Baitrunner outfit.
I ended up with another 1 about 4 lbs or so and lost a big one right at dark as she ran into my other line and came unhooked.  It was a fantastic evening on the water.

My Biggest Bass of 2016 (so far)

 This Trip took place on July the 25.  I haven't  Bass fished much this year so this is my biggest of the year.  7.8 lbs .  2/10ths more and It would have been 8.  Here is the story.

I Got on the water  at 7am , and lasted until right at 9. Man is was hot at 9am! Caught maybe 15 crappie and 2 cats. Most of the Crappie were small but several were decent. The smallest crappie I caught had eyes bigger than its mouth. This little sucker hit a 1/2 oz Trap.

I also caught 2 catfish, 1 that was maybe a 1 1/2 lbs and another that may have went 4. The catfish hit an acid rain grub as well as most of the crappie hit the acid rain grub

I was thinking about leaving and was casting one of my last casts and BAM! Hard puller that stayed deep and strong. Really felt like a catfish as this fish never came up till the end and was digging deep. When I first got a look at this fish I was like . I got the fish in and it weighed 3.54 on the scale!!!!

 I was like thinking like there is no way this fish is not 7lbs  or more. re- zeroed the scale and it said 3.54. What? Then I looked at it and it was on Kilograms! Took a shot of the fish and released it. Then did the conversion and 3.54 KG converts to 7.8 lbs. Sorry guys, no smile as a fish has to weigh 8 plus for that.

Water Temp - 84 degrees
Air temp - 84 degrees
Reel- Shimano Citica
Rod - Shimano Compre 6'6'' MH
Line - 12 lb Stren
Lures Used  - 1/2 oz  trap, Kalins Acid Rain Grub, Monks 1/16 oz Chartreuse head

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Greenfield Lake

Greenfield Lake - Wilmington, NC

Greenfield Lake is a 90 acre millpond that was  originally used for rice production starting way back in 1730.  The City of Wilmington Purchased the Millpond and Land in 1925.  The lake has a nice Boat Ramp and parking area (see Map) and has a 5 mile Greenway for walking /jogging/Bicycling around the lake.   Things to see here are many species of Birds, Alligators, Turtles,  and I am sure a few Fox Squirrels call the woods around the lake home.   Fish to be be found in the lake include Largemouth Bass, Bream, Shellcrackers, Bowfin, Longnose Gar, Black Crappie, Warmouth, Grass Carp, Common Carp, Yellow Perch,  Golden Shiners  and a record Bullhead Catfish was recently caught there.   see   http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/outdoors/article85251312.html

The Trees in the Lake(Bald Cypress) and around the Lake (Longleaf pines and Live Oaks are numerous ) are impressive as well as the Stunning Azaeleas which you must see in Spring.

Greenfield Lake has a nice boat ramp that is perfect for Canoes/Kayaks and small Jon Boats. It is very shallow out from the ramp so bigger boats may have a problem.

The parking area at the Boat Ramp

Here are the signs at the Boat Ramp

Here is a view of the 5 mile trail at the Dam

A view of the Dam

Here are some Bald Cypress Trees in the Lake

A nice Crape Myrtle Tree covered in Spanish Moss
I saw 3 Alligators on my trip there.  A small 2 fter, a 4fter and a 8 fter.  I would not let a dog get near the water.  These gators don't seem afraid and will approach you and while feeding them is illegal I suspect people do feed them by their behavior I observed.

Here is a nice Bass I caught there on a Black Spinnerbait
A nice Gar my Buddy landed.

If you ever find yourself in Wilmington you must at a minimum take a walk around the lake or better yet canoe the lake.

Tags -  " Gar Images North Carolina "

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Roanoke River Float

Date  7/5/2016
Location- Roanoke River
Boats - 3 Old Town 119's
Lures-  White Spinnerbait, Pearl Fluke,  Shallow Shad Rap

Last Monday Jeff called me and asked me could I fish Tuesday with him and Steve.
I reluctantly said I had to work . The more I thought about this and the location of the float had me itching to go. So, late that afternoon I starting calling employees to cover me and then called my DM and he gave me the ok.

I met Jeff and Steve at the takeout at aprox 9 am and off to the put in we went. Immediately we started catching Stripers. I caught 7 on Flukes and a White spinnerbait. Jeff and Steve caught that many or close to it as well. We had a Triple going one time as well and all 3 fish were landed almost simultaneously.   Pretty awesome!

A couple of nice fishermen we ran into on the river.

   We left the Stripers still biting and started targeting Largemouths. I probably caught 20 or so though none were lunkers. Most were caught on a White spinnerbait or a Pearl Fluke.   A few came on the shad rap but I was throwing the Shad Rap for Redbreast.   Several of the Redbreast were very nice and though the largemouth were only average size today they were fun.

I enjoy catching Redbreast just as much as the Stripers and Bass.   A couple of the Redbreast hit the big spinnerbait but most were caught on the Shallow Shad Rap.

 An awesome day on the water with some Good friends. Best lures today were a Zoom Pearl Fluke and a White spinnerbait.

Oh, can you say 3 Old Town 119's in the The same float? That's like Canoe overload.