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Welcome to Carp Fishing USA
Written by Kevin Mick   
Saturday, 11 November 2006 19:00

In Europe, carp fishing is a well established and expanding sport where catching carp is by far the most popular branch of freshwater fishing by miles. Since the 1940's, English carp fishing specialists started to develop a huge array of rods, reels, tactics and baits. In 1952 Richard Walker shot to fame when he caught a 44lb common carp from Redmire Pool in England; shortly after this, carp fishing started its momentous gain carp-29lb-12oz.jpginto the mainstream European sport we know today.

Most bass fisherman in the US used to label carp as trash fish, though recently through publicity and education from groups like American Carp Society and CAG more and more fishermen in the US now seem to realize how challenging and exciting carp fishing really is. This year (2006) has been very eventful for carp fishing in the United States and is indicative of the growing interest in carp. Much publicity has been gained through such factors as Al St. Cyr winning $250,000's for catching a 43.18lb common carp from Town Lake in Austin, Texas during a tournament setup by The American Carp Society. As you can see, carp fishing has the potential to add a new dimension to the sport of angling in the United States and could someday rival bass as the most popular freshwater sport fish.

The availability of carp and the water they inhabit will also help tremendously in the growth of this sport. Most people use American set-ups when they first get into carp fishing as a good selection of carp fishing equipment and bait is hard to find in stores within the United States, this is becoming less of a problem with e-commerce taking up this niche. Some of these stores have setup in the US and import the euro carp gear to sell online, while others will ship directly from Europe. A very few companies are presently manufacturing their own gear in the US, though this trend is likely to change with the future growth of this magnificent sport.

This website contains information on carp fishing and tackle to hopefully help some of the void that presently exists in the US world of carp fishing. We hope to become an independent, educational, fun and social community devoted to the sport of fishing for carp as well as to introduce the sport to more people in the USA. If you would like to experience this sport and ever find yourself in Austin, TX use the contact us form that you will find linked from the top menu.

Carp fishing at 1st St. Bridge 4th March 2007
Written by Kevin Mickleburgh   
Tuesday, 03 April 2007 14:41

Wow what a day I just had. I got down to Town Lake for first light, this was going to be the time I tried out my new found knowledge I learnt from English Andrew. After our trip last Wednesday I got home and ordered a more powerful rod (12' Nash Venom 3.5lb test curve), some method feeders, some Buckeye Blend groundbait (from wacker baits), 12 kgs hemp seed and a ton more Carp Fishing gear. I want to point out last week I was saying to Andrew I have NEVER been snapped off by a fish on Town Lake. However I tried to order some 30lb Power Pro online to replace my 12lb monfilament (as the diameter is thinner on the power pro but the 12lb line is more sporting.) but Big Carp Tackle were out of stock, so I went to Amazon and ordered some there but it didn't qualify for Prime shipping hence I didn't get it in time for todays trip.

This time I didn't forget to bring the sweetcorn. I mixed the the buckeye with sweetcorn and hemp and got it out about 5 feet from the second strutt of the bridge, setup my landing net (I always do that before I put a rod out) then proceeded to get the rods tackled up and cast. I was then setting up the 3rd rod and .... beeeeeeep 17lb common carp.

Probably about 9.45 or so my friend Chris came down to speak about a new business he had just setup and needed some information about making the most out of his website; so we were chatting for maybe an hour before he had to head to work at Mother Egans, that's an Irish Pub on West 6th St.

20 or so minutes later I had another visitor, this guy was a bass fisherman from Denver, so we started chatting and then beeeeep another screamer. This one took off like a steam train, I got it within 20 yards of the bank - snap, the line broke, how is that for karma? I never even saw the fish and that leaves a hole in your stomach and a ton of what ifs in your head. If only the power pro had got here in time, what if it was a 40lb , you get the idea; anyway I controlled myself in company and didn't swear until he had left.

I setup again and cast out within inches of where I had just hooked the fish and a few minutes later the bite alarms sounded off again beeeeep, I thought wow I am getting another chance, again off it went and once again got it within 20 feet of the bank and within inches of where the last carp had snapped my line and yep you got it - snap another one gone; again, I never saw it, I can only imagine. I am thinking there maybe an underwater snag as it happened so close to each other both times. Anyway this time I was on my own and if it had been on TV it would not have been the bite alarms that went beep, if you get my drift.

Maybe an hour or so after that I had a guy setup fishing next to me, I think he was after catfish. I got another screamer this one really tore off and I had an audience hanging over the bridge cheering me on, while I was playing this fish the right hand rod also went off like a steam train, I initially thought the Carp I had on my line had snagged but soon realised that was not the case, so I asked the guy fishing next to me if he could grab the rod before the fish tore off all the line or bounced the rod in the water. Well the people on the bridge were amused it was like Laurel and Hardy. The other fish was on my new rod (so I didn't get to christen it) and the fish I had was on my lightest rod (1 3/4lb test curve.) The end result - 18lb carp and luckily I had the biggest on my line 24lb, see below.



Ok so things have started to liven up right? Well the best is still to come. The Cat fisherman left, the crowds dispersed and I was all on my lonesome and I got another run, everybody had told me Buffs don't fight as well as the commons, this one did a pretty good imitation of a sizeable common I tell ya! After maybe 15 minutes probably 5 (Time seems to disappear when a carp is on the line) I got it close to the net, well I had 2/3rds of this fish in the net twice and it swam out as the net was too small to get it all in, so I just jumped in the water up to my knees and somehow managed to get it in the net and scramble up the bank trying to lift this fish (in the net) in one hand and the rod in the other, It must have been a funny sight. A guy was watching on the bridge so I asked if he would come and take a photo of it, which he did but they were not very good so I asked someone else and then someone else so I had 3 people taking pictures on my camera, hoping at least some would turn out good. I weighed it and it went 39lb 9oz though I had to take the weight off the weigh sling which was 1lb 1oz so my first ever Buffalo Carp weighed 38lb 8oz. I got this on a bolt rig with a large large scopex boilie on a hair, I had been told buffs prefer smaller baits and prefer freelined rigs, so I guess this buff really did think he was a common.


For more pics of this fish click here.

Rainy windy 1st Street Bridge
Written by Kevin Mickleburgh   
Sunday, 07 March 2010 09:05
I got here at 11pm and put my bivvy up straight away as there was 80% chance of rain. Temp 58F. First fish 17lb 12oz on left rod about 60 yards. About 12:30pm


Second fish came about 2:45pm on middle rod at about 50 yards. I hit just a tap on the rod tip and connected. These fish are really orange and gold. This one weighed 16lb something.


Location:S 1st St,Austin,United States

OK, so this iPhone BlogPress app is far from good when adding pictures as it adds the pics vertical and there is no way to add them horizontal, hence when I get home I have to open up photoshop and correct this which is a major pain in the butt as the whole idea of this was to add these blogs whilst fishing not waste time when I'm supposed to be working.

So the location my iPhone gave me when I uploaded the pictures are scary and (click the location link above) I will have to remember not to use that function if I want to keep anything secret.

My left boot has a hole and I'm soaked up to the knee, I'm glad I'm only fishing for 5 or 6 hours.

At about 4:30pm the rod I have out slightly under 1st Street bridge goes, it quickly turns out from under the bridge which is surprising as they usualy want to tear off underneath the bridge. Anyway my middle rod goes, to start off with I think the first fish has snagged the line but as the fish turns to my right I realise I have another fish on by the time I get the first fish in the net the other fish is under the bridge heading for Waco. The Shimano's hold a lot of line and there is a good bit of it out. Anyway I have one fish in the net (it's times like this I'm glad I got a 50" landing net) and the other god knows how far out. My right fore arm is getting sore after pumping this fish in which seems like I've been forever, it's not fighting much which is probably a good job anyway long story short I get it to within 25 yards of the bank and it gets snagged so I start wondering if this might be a chance to unhook the first fish but before I could even lay my rod down the fish came free and after a few more minutes I slid the second (larger of the two) fish in the net. I'm getting pretty good at getting two in the same net at the same time without letting the other get out.





Another view to show how fat the second fish was:




The first was 17lb 7oz and the second was 27lb 15oz.

Finally about 5:30pm I caught another small common an ounce short of 13lb.




First time Fishing The Rocks + Snakes and LC's.
Written by Kevin Mickleburgh   
Sunday, 16 May 2010 07:48

A couple of firsts today, the first time fishing The Rocks and the first time fishing with my new Shimano LC's.

We got here about 10;30am and found a crap load of snakes about 2-3 feet long, we later found out from JD that they were diamond back water snakes, a good job they were not diamond back rattlers lol







First fish on right hand rod about 2/3rds of the way out, lost on snag about 20 yards from the bank. I had my left hand rod out maybe 20 yards from the south bank about 70 yards upstream about 2pm I got a take on it and it was a heavy fish, it did not have fast runs at all though it was not letting me turn it at all, I noticed that the rod was bent over pretty constantly and it was not up and down as usual, I put this down to the very smooth clutch of the LC's, the Shimano 10K Aero's tended to give bursts of line. anyway as I said this fish was heavy and took a while for me to turn it, when I did it went straight for the same sang as before. After I got snagged up a few more times I was reluctant to cast out at all.

After Matt landed one safely, (he netted it on his own lol I told him I wasn't getting in with all them bloody snakes around, that was before I found out they were harmless.) I thought I'd give it another go. As the water was coming up pretty quickly (the hydroelectric damns were open) I waded out to bring my pod a little bit closer to shore and a 4 foot snake swam right in front of me just as I got out the water.

Just as we were ready to pack up I got a 20lb Channel Catfish which I got 2/3rds of the way out and landed it easily as it came straight to the top and I simply pulled it over top the snags, I also think the deeper water helped with this.





Finally about 6:30pm or so I had a 12lb common.



Location:The Rocks

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