Omaha Red Sox wrote:
Did not get a weight on the bass. My buddy, who is a bass tourny guy, estimated her to be a little over 3, but I'm guessing much closer to 8.
That is a common carp and yeah they can be a LOT of fun to catch. They can get huge, largely because they get so old and can be difficult to catch since they prefer an herbivorous diet. Their cousin, the grass carp, is stocked pretty regularly in ponds to control vegetation. They can eat up their weight in plants in a day.
I was thinking more like 2.5 pounds on the bass, but 8 sounds good too
Man that's alot of fun to have that drag ripping, watch them jumping, aint it?
I used to purpose fish for carp on Morse Lake in Indiana w/ doughballs as bait. Corn Flakes, water, vanilla or rum extract, and they loved it. they averaged five to six pounds apiece, so that's plenty of fun on light open-face rod/reel. Carp kinda get looked down on because they're not an eating fish or as sought after as other game fish, but I say if it's fun to catch, then catch it.
I got a line wet weekend before last. Caught some small largemouths, nothing worth writing about. It was more a matter of just enjoying the water/sun/fresh air. Cathartic.