Cornacarpio wrote:Headed out to the Glen Iris section of the creek in picture-perfect conditions today - not too hot, not too cold and barely a cloud in the sky. Despite the propitious conditions, the Carp didn't seem to want to co-operate - until I threw about half a loaf of mouldy bread into the water from my last trip. Ironically, it was in a different section to where I chucked the bread when my float submerged. What ensured was a great tussle between Carp and man, with man ultimately winning (just). He had me snagged within about 10 seconds, and I had to cross the creek to unsnag him, as the line was caught on a submerged branch. It was during this time that I not only got a look at the fish (it was quite big), but noticed my line was quite frayed. "There is no way I'm going to land him" I thought to myself in a mild panic, so I backed off the drag. Every time I was about to net him, he'd thrust his head away and go for another run. I was just waiting for the line to snap. I finally got my chance, but it was no easy task - his head barely fit in my butterfly net and he nearly pulled me into the water when I tried to pull him out
When I got him out safely out of the water to pose for a few 'glory snaps' I was pleasantly surprised by how 'big' he was. I haven't caught one this size for a while, and couldn't but help wonder if he would crack the 'magical' 70cm mark. I'm not sure what I've done with my brag-mat/s, but I wish I had one on this particular occasion. This all happened in front of an incredulous cyclist by the way.
When I returned to the other side of the bank, my other rod was pointing towards the water with the line fully taut. I found it with the bail arm open (I didn't leave it that way) and nothing - not even a hook - on the end of my line. Guess I was lucky I didn't lose my rod, but unlucky that I didn't catch whatever was on the end of it.
I had bites and several (2) hook-ups throughout the day, but was only able to land the one. It was a very challenging - but ultimately very rewarding - day's fishing, and a perfect way to spend a day-off.
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Culture of carp ceased at Boolara in 1962 after the Victorian Government enacted legislation which gave the Fisheries and Wildlife Department authority to regulate possession, handling and release of fish. However, by the time carp culture ceased at Boolara, many thousands of carp had been sold to farmers throughout the State. Many of these found their way into local rivers and lakes (pp.66-67).
Successful Fishing in Australia (1994), by Geoff Wilson, p.66-67
Is it in Gardiners Creek closed to Glen iris？