Fished for some Carp at DeMott Pond on Sunday, June 16 (Haven’t been able to finish writing this report since I’ve been out fishing too much!). Started off the day by myself for about the first three hours or so, and I was using my usual bait; sweet corn on the hook, with a mixture of oats and creamed corn molded around the hook and sweet corn. Fishing started off slow with only a few bumps on my line here and there, nothing too interesting at all. Probably about two hours or so in, a pretty big storm rolled in and I ended up getting drenched. However, a few minutes after the rain stopped, line starts tearing out of one of my reels. Right from the start I knew I was into a pretty decent sized Carp, after fighting it for about five minutes I managed to get it to within 10 feet of the shore, until it went on another run and shot all the way to the other side of the pond. After another 10-15 minutes of fighting the fish, I finally got it in back close enough to shore where I could see it again. After tiring the fish out by shore for another few minutes, I started to bring it in closer and managed to net it by myself. The fish measured 32-inches and 23-lbs, my biggest Carp out of DeMott Pond so far! I had a fisherman who had walked over to see what I caught take a picture for me, but my arms were so tired from fighting the fish for close to 20 minutes that I could barely hold it up for the picture.
Shortly after I released the Carp, Tyler Langston sent me a text, and came down to join me for some of the action. Not even an hour after arriving, he was into a fish, and another nicely sized one it was. His fish weighed in at 14.76-lbs, not bad for his first Carp! We ended our trip a little bit before sunset, and ended up hauling in five Carp up to 23-lbs. Not a bad day of fishing if you ask me.
Later that night, we headed off to Round Valley for some Channel Catfish and Eels. This time Tyler and I were joined by Tyler’s friend Kevin Lynch, who had gotten in touch with me through Tyler after reading a few of the posts on the site here. We were using cooked shrimp as bait, the same shrimp you would use for nighttime Rainbow fishing. The night started off very slow with only a few small bumps on our lines, most likely Bluegills or Rock Bass toying with our baits. Probably close to two hours in, one of my rods goes off, and I’m hooked into an approximately 6-lb, 3-foot American Eel. I managed to get it in close to shore, only to lose it right before we were able to net it. I prefer to net Eels, even when I’m going from shore, mostly because they tend to snap the leaders we use (And sometimes the line if we’re not using braid) if we try to pull them out of the water and onto shore otherwise since the ones in Round Valley, from my experience, are all at least 5-lbs, and squirm so much. Anyways, after about another hour or so of waiting and not getting anything else, we called it a night and agreed to meet up again the next day for some more Carp fishing.
The following morning (Monday June, 17) we met up again at 7:00 a.m. at DeMott Pond for another day of Carp fishing. Tyler was the first one to beat the skunk with a 7.5-lb Carp he landed not even an hour after we got our lines into the water.
After that, the action wasn’t too crazy for the rest of the day, but it was definitely there and was very consistant, and we even had two double headers, two of us having fish on at the same time. Shortly after Tyler landed his fish, Kevin beat the skunk as well, this time with a nice 20-lb Carp!
By the end of our trip, between the three of us we landed 12 Carp and lost about another 10 close to shore. Overall it was a great day, and none of us had anything bad to say about our day of fishing.