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Jason
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My name is Jason and I am a carp addict.

 

I spent the weekend with my lovely wife in Las Vegas. As we were walking down the strip we remembered that the Flamingo resort has a wild life area out back and we decided to stop in and check it out as it had been a few years since we had been there. Once inside I walked down to their pond and there they were, CARP! Loads of giant carp, grass carp, common carp, Koi of every size shape and color. I stood and watched them, pointing out the feeding behaviors and tailing to my wife. Some of them were 4 feet long. I've never wished I had a fly rod with me so bad in my life. Here I am in beautiful sunny Las Vegas, on vacation with my wife and I am spending my day watching carp feed. at some point I realized that she was not nearly as entertained by the fish as I was so I pulled myself away and we continued down the strip.  I wonder how much money I would have to spend at the casino before they would turn me loose in there with my 8wt and a box of hybreds. It has truly become an obsession.

March 3, 2016 at 2:47 PM Flag Quote & Reply

FishnDave
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Rule #1, Jason.  "What happens in Vegas STAYS in Vegas!!"

Does this picture give you feelings of jealousy?


Do your dreams have scenes like this?

Have you ever wanted to tell bowfishermen and snaggers to quit hurting your favorite gamefish?  :D

March 3, 2016 at 4:58 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Jason
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Ha, that's good Dave. I used to bowfish a lot but don't go much anymore(unless I want a fish for the smoker) id rather chase them with flies!

March 3, 2016 at 7:02 PM Flag Quote & Reply

FishnDave
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Nothing wrong with bowfishing or snagging if done legally and if the fish are used.  And its great for thinning populations of invasive fish that are otherwise difficult to catch, like Asian Carps.

I was wading the shallow mudflats at Blue Heron a couple years ago with a flyrod looking for carp and gar, and there were piles of carp and gar along the shoreline that bowfishermen had killed and left to rot.

And I am so inexplicable enamored with trying to catch Grass Carp on flies, that I hate to see when others have tossed them up on the bank.

I can totally relate to being mesmerized by watching carp.  I took this picture off the restaurant dock at the Saylorville Marina in 2010:

All I could think about was how fun that would be to drop some flies in front of those big carp!

March 4, 2016 at 11:03 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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