Nice big mirror
Started to get onto night fishing due to time availability. Met 2 of my friends at Fox point boat launch for a session. Used the gold standard of worms. Landed my PB carp. 23.6 lbs and 33”.
The carp I landed before this one was milking. Are carp still spawning? I’m new to carp fishing. Is this normal?
It's a Mirror Carp. It's not a distinct species. It's a genetic variant that they think was developed in Europe a few hundred years ago by monks. The goal was to breed carp with larger scales, or no scales at all, that were easier to clean and prepare for cooking. As I understand it, the attempt failed because the genetic trait is recessive. But it did create a subspecies of sorts that is present in nearly all carp populations around the world. They are more common in Europe, but are found in wild populations in North America.
In Europe, where Carp Fishing is a really big deal, most of the Mirror Carp over 40 pounds actually have names, and are known to the local anglers. The scales grow in a unique pattern, much like a fingerprint. So certain fish gain certain reputation the bigger they get. There have been some angling records in European waters set by the same fish multiple times, identified by its scale pattern.
There's an even more rare genetic variant called a 'Leather Carp', that has virtually no scales at all. They also suffer from a genetic blood disorder that inhibits their growth, so large specimens are exceptionally rare. One in the UK got over 40 pounds. 'Heather the Leather'.
"Poor mans Bone Fish!"
Ain't that the truth. I can't encourage anglers enough to spend a day fishing bone fish if you have the opportunity. They aren't that big, but they are absolute dynamos. I've never seen a fish that size that can fight as hard as they do. Beyond belief. I gotta get back to the Bahamas again sometime to try them again on the flats. One of the best days I've ever spent on the water, apart from the occasional, overly-inquisitive shark.
Herb— what kind of carp is that in that pic?
I agree on the fly rod for carp. It is a ton of fun. If they are tailing, I use a wooly bugger. But early morning they feed on dead tiny insects here on the Wisconsin. A tiny mosquito dry works great.
I started a few years ago fishing carp with my fly rod once in awhile for sport, its a blast. Poor mans Bone Fish!
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Caught a small mirror on the Rock this morning. I hear of them being caught from time to time, but I'd never seen one. Also caught a Flathead, which are unusual in that area (Watertown).
Just got in three bottles of Korda Goo. Gotta say, it lives up to its reputation. Tiger Nut Boilies tipped with Tuiti Frutti Korda Goo outfished my Sweet Corn/Strawberry Hominy bait that's been doing real well all spring. Started getting hit right away and got hit consistently throughout the morning.Adheres to the bait much better than liquid attractants, and it's easier to control how much you use, so hopefully despite its cost it'll last quite a while.
Caught 16 Carp and 11 Channel Cats (plus the Flathead) in maybe 3.5 hours. Not a bad morning. And zero turtles .
PS - Anybody ever catch Leather Carp around here?
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Hit both Mendota and Waubesa Sunday. Tenney and Babcock parks. 13 fish total for about 160 LB. Biggest was just shy of 17 LB, only one under 10 LB. Bite pretty even between boilies/pack bait and Sweet Corn/Hominy. Spawning activity on both sites. Mendota was showing 75, and Waubesa 72. Couple of doubles. Got a 13.8 and 12.6 pounder that both fought most admirably. That was really fun, but it gets the heart goin'. I thought the lines had tangled at first, but it was another hit. Had to switch back and forth between lines a couple of times to keep them from getting too deep into the spool. While fighting the first one in the shallows, another carp starting swimming alongside and underneath it as if trying to spawn or something. Kinda funny. Pretty good day despite the storms.
Fished from about 9-11 today. Caught 8. All were between 5-10 lbs. all on corn. Nothing on bran flakes, molasses dough.