A few of my friends and I decided to take advantage of the last few weekends of reliable weather and take a trip to the lake. The weather forecasters are already howling about how cold this winter is supposed to be, so we figured we’d better live it up before winter gets here. Who knows how much longer that will be. My buddies were primarily interested in camping, but I had an ulterior motive. I recently bought a new fishing tackle, and I saw this as the perfect opportunity to try it out.
I’ve been hearing how the carp have been biting lately. Carp, you may know, are rather unpredictable. It’s hard to tell when they’re going to bite. They change their feeding habits based on the temperature, wind direction, and even the phases of the moon. But carp pose a particular challenge to fishermen, so I planned to find out if what I had been hearing was true.
Well, we weren’t at the lake more than a half hour when the old guy in the camper next to ours brought in a whole stringer full of carp. I didn’t count, but that stringer was full. I don’t know what he planned to do with all those fish; a lot of people don’t eat them since they’re so bony. A person has to know what he’s doing to cook carp the right way. Anyway, I didn’t wait around to find out what the guy planned to do. I did my part to set up camp, and then headed down to the water to get in on the action. There’s nothing quite like carp fishing, particularly when the carp are biting.
My grandpa was an avid fisherman, and he taught me quite a few tricks. Carp like corn, so I keep a plastic bag full of dry corn in my tackle box for these kinds of occasions. I threw a handful of corn to lure them in. Between the corn and my new tackle, I caught more carp that evening than I’ve probably ever caught in my life. It was pretty exhilarating. Between the depth of the water and the fight in the fish, I felt like I’d accomplished a lot in the stringer full of fish I caught that evening.
My friends and I had an awesome time camping, and I had a successful weekend of fishing. I was reminded once again why I like carp fishing so much. Even better- my new tackle proved itself worthy for my tackle box.