|I just love bowfin!|
|Holy Carp! Light tippet, huge fish, nerve wracking!|
We were floating through an area and I spotted this fish. It was a huge bowfin. I mean huge- well over 30". I ended up losing that fish in some weeds but as we drifted there was Carpzilla! Oh No Carpzilla!!!! AAAIIIEEEEEEE!!!! Look out Tokyo! I put the more heavily weighted new Barry fly in front of it and with a quick hoover the fish was on!
|That is a brute!|
|That is just after it bitch slapped me!|
We got the fish into the shallows and after another round of working it in, I lead the fish into Kurt's waiting net... I had Carpzilla!!!! I felt as overjoyed as Tokyo residents as they watch Godzilla head toward Yokohama instead of their city... We got some pictures and then had to go out to locate the anchor. A Steve Irwin style jump landed me the 12 pound mushroom and we were back in business. The fly had to be replaced though. The hook bend was angled out and the hook shank had a good kink in it as well....
I took over paddling again because I really wanted to try to get Kurt into one of these things too. We anchored at another spot and started seeing fish. We were both casting to them. The water was a bit murky so it was tough to make out the fish well. I spotted a fish heading into an area I could cast to easily so I put Barry's new fly back there. The line tightened and it was off the races!
|Great golden color! I can't wait to see Kurt's pics!|
I knew that when it started to nose up out of the water it was ready. Kurt got the net out and I lead the fish in. Another bruiser! More pictures and the fish went bac k. Kurt and I worked the weeds a bit more, but we were both pretty tired and hungry at this point and called it a day.
And what a day it was.... But Kurt didn't get skunked- 3 perch ladies and gentlemen! (but I guarantee I will put him back on carp soon!)
|I am the Perch King- I can do anything!|