Surprise Catch

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woodstock52
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Surprise Catch

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Managed to unhook this huge Carp at the boat. He hit my Rubber Worm like a train. It was an epic 10 minute fight. I tried to lift it out of the water with my digital scale, but the fish came off with only 1/2 it's body out of the water, & the read out at 28.9lbs. I bet it would go 35 + & was close to 4' long. I was using a 10lbs mono line & no leader with a Shakespeare combo, In the current of the upper St Marks River. He carried me 100 yards down river
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Red Beard
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That’s wild, never caught one on artificial. Bet it was thrilling!


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Nice. :thumbup: Looks to be a white amur (grass carp). I didn't know they were in the St, Marks. They do get huge. I have them in a pond and my grandsons have caught them well over 30 lbs on crickets, worms and bread so they do eat more than grass.
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Oh man, nice catch!!! Especially on artificials!

Years ago bigphishie and I were fishing a lake about an hour or so west of Tally and came up on a bed of dozens of 30lb grass carp. We couldn't get them to eat but vowed to return one day to lay the hammer to'em. Really cool catch!

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I have some in my pond and catch them pretty regularly on topwater mini torpedos. Tons of fun on an ultralight and 6 lb test. Mine are only around 15 lbs though. They are also super wary fish so there is the technical challenge of sight fishing them. I keep trying to get one on the fly but I can’t get close enough. Hope all is well Chris! Stay healthy my friend!
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Upper like above Newport or upper like above Natural Bridge? In the wide part of the river way above Natural Bridge there are 2 ginormous Carps that I’ve seen together more than once when they water was clear. I’m guessing they’re a couple of hybrids that somebody let loose because I haven’t seen any smaller ones.
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Above Newport, but below the Rise. In the Old Magnolia Rd area. (This would be below the Natural Bridge & about a mile below the Boil) There are several Big Ones that stay in the area (Maybe 30 fish) They are usually not all together.
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I wish I could go up there :smt088 :smt088 :smt088
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