Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

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Re: Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

Postby Cornacarpio » Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:21 pm

That looks a little like Cherry Lake, no?

I went there last week(end) in desperation just to catch something...but was not successful.



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Re: Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

Postby Cornacarpio » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:49 pm

1 X micro mini carpio

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Re: Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

Postby Cornacarpio » Tue Feb 06, 2018 7:53 pm

Headed down to the creek tonight in very pleasant conditions. I thought this was going to be like all my other trips down to the creek recently - fishless! And it nearly was, until my float started bobbing around. Not even enough to submerge it, but on the end of it was a nice carp to the tune of 40cm that gave a great account of itself, as most creek carp do.

I caught it in front of an audience, which is kind of a double-edge sword; good because I got to 'show-off' (people seem really surprised that there are fish in GC) and possibly bad because I don't want to share my spot with any would-be anglers next time I head down there.

But all in all it was a great little session. Great to get back on the Gardiner's Creek board - I haven't caught a fish there for what seems like weeks and weeks! It's always good to get one after a bit of a dry spell!

:water:

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On location, the experienced fisherman looks the likely spots over and trys (sic) what he considers to be the more promising until he finds fish. The local “old timer” who knows the area thoroughly usually goes straight to a hot spot where the fish are most likely biting and saves himself time.

Gregory’s Fishing Guide (1967), 5th edition, p.60
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Re: Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

Postby Lightningx » Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:31 pm

Nice one :thumbsup:

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Re: Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

Postby Cornacarpio » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:40 pm

After feeling particularly lazy today and watching at least 2 movies on the couch, I forced myself to go outside and get some fresh air (in my defence, it was threatening to rain all day and a chance of thunderstorms - and I was tired). And what better way to get some fresh air to go fishing. I went to a spot where there is always carp, but not always on the bite. Today proved to be no different. I could literally see them swimming around and snubbing my bait - going right up to it, nosing it, then doing a U-bolt, often flicking the hook with their tail which would make the float move. Nothing I did seemed to entice them. My bread was pretty stale from when I last bought it and tossed most of it in as burley, hoping to excite a 'strike'. It did not work. There was bread on top of the water and bread on the bottom. The carp seemed to avoid it at all costs.

When I was down to my last usable piece of bread, I dropped it right down on teh margin of the bank to where I knew they were, even though I was blind sided due to some excessive overgrowth on the bank. After a minute or two my float twitched and I struck right away. Finally a hook-up. Gave me a real good run for my money, which is standard for the creek. It tried getting me snagged on a submerged log and then in an overhanging tree. Thankfully I won both battles and was finally able to net it. Would have gone close to 60cm and was probably one of the smaller models I saw, but I was just happy I got something. Sometimes persistence pays.

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Keep your shadow off the water, and render yourself as inconspicuous as possible at all times. Avoid clumping heavily around the banks. Although fish cannot hear, they are sensitive to vibration. Avoid white or other conspicuous attire – this applies particularly to trout fishing.

Concise Handbook of Australian Fishing (1947) by “Taggerty”, National Handbook No.19, Robertson & Mullens Limited, Melbourne, p.85
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Re: Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

Postby Lightningx » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:17 pm

You got one in the end. Nice work :thumbsup:



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Re: Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

Postby Cornacarpio » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:11 pm

I've been having a torrid time down at the creek of late. Yesterday was a case in point. I actually managed to tempt two carp to take my bait! But thats about all they did. The first one snagged itself on a log and the second went absolutely nuts, wish I had a GoPro or some other recording device. The reel was absolutely zinging and the carp went on two massive runs before ejecting the hook from its mouth. They were both fairly decent fish as well, in my estimate probably over 60cm each. Leaving the creek fishless - after two hook-ups, kind of left me in a bad mood as I pondered what might have been.

I was feeling a little dejected today, and after trying the creek for about 15 minutes and 'not feeling it' I decided to head off to one of my new-found spots, where I knew I would catch something, even if it would only be small. Well, I didn't have to wait long before I caught my first carp, which probably turned out to be the biggest for the day. As soon as my float hit the water, it was getting smashed by micro carp. I couldn't actually keep up with 2 rods, so I just put 1 in before getting into a 'rhythm'. Float bobbles, give it a second, then strike. Repeat x55. It was constant.

Part of the reason I started this thread and record my carp catches is to highlight how fecund and prolific they really are. This is only a small waterway and is absolutely infested - as is every waterway that holds carp. It may not look like it, but there's over 50 carp in the pic below. I don't care that they're small, I just like catching them. It's hard to imagine that every 70cm carp was once this size. And it's hard to imagine how many of them there actually are in any given waterway.

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Re: Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

Postby Lightningx » Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:46 pm

Plenty of action! Nice report :thumbsup:

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Re: Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

Postby sloth » Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:38 pm

hornet wrote:
sloth wrote:A plastic syringe with then end cut off makes a perfect bread punch. If you've got kids then the ones that come with kids Panadol are perfect for the job ;)


Does doing it with a syringe shape the bread differently than rubbing it into a ball ?



Sorry hornet - missed your reply.

I stole this idea and make a "mushroom cap" of bread - end up with a firm stalk to put the hook into and a nice fluffy top tongove bouyancy. I'm too tight to buy a bona fide bread punch tho - hence the syringe ;)

https://www.anglingtimes.co.uk/advice/b ... oom-tactic

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Re: Cornacarpio's Cumulative Carp Culling Caper

Postby Danny2001 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 4:32 pm

Hi does anyone know of any Carp fishing spots in the Mornington Penisula?
Cheers, Dan



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