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CornaCarpio's Carp Culling Capers!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fishing' started by CornaCarpio, Jan 10, 2018.

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  1. Madfisher

    Madfisher Well-Known Member

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    Trouble is CC, if the herpes virus was to wipe out all your carp,i fear nothing else would live in that creek, so ending a lot of your enjoyment. Something to ponder?
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  2. Rod Bender

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    You have inadvertently, foolishly, moronically given me an idea for another 'exotic super bait'! To think your demise will be due to your own stupidity!:cool:
    cheers
    Team Bender
    CC's theme song shortly...
     
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  3. CornaCarpio

    CornaCarpio Well-Known Member

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    Blunder, you're too late! Following my report people around the country have started to panic-buy bread in order to catch mega-sized Carp! Bread at the supermarket is rarer than hen's teeth now!

    As an aside, I suspect bread is a far more superior option for metro Carp, as opposed to regional Carp, as they come into contact with it daily when people feed the ducks. I also suspect marshmallow would be more effective in an urban environment as well. Use it by all means, but don't accuse me of false reporting when it doesn't work for you!

    CC
    Maybe we should have an 'exotic super bait' competition?
     
  4. CornaCarpio

    CornaCarpio Well-Known Member

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    Just the one from the creek tonight, probably only 30 or 40 cms. Had to try a few spots before I got him, and as usual, just before dark. Only a small one - but he nearly pulled the rod into the water and put up a terrific fight as per usual. This one was caught on...bread-rolls (or part thereof), as the supermarkets down here have been completely stripped of loaves of bread.

    Madfisher, I get your point, and agree, that Carp are a great sport-fish and are a 'luxury' of sorts in such a polluted creek, and having something to catch is better than nothing, but won't go as far as saying it's good they're there. I think fishing in general would be infinitely better if no Carp were around. Gardiner's flows into the Yarra, and the Yarra without Carp, while still being polluted, would hold an even better chance of catching a Murray Cod or at least a native of some description. I think long-term at least fishing in Australia would be much better without Carp! Besides, other species do manage to survive in there, such as Eels and turtles, and without Carp, maybe they could even thrive...

    CC
    Has given Blunder my secret bait - now I'm giving him a pic of the exact location!!!

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  5. CornaCarpio

    CornaCarpio Well-Known Member

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    Sick of 'self-isolating' at home, so I'd thought I'd 'self-isolate' down at the creek, so no different to what I normally do really. 30 seconds in and bang! On straight away. That's the way (a-ha a-ha) I like it (a-ha a-ha). No joke, didn't even have time to throw my second line in.

    The Mirror came in at about 60cm and put up a sub-standard fight as far as carp from the creek go. Nevertheless, I was extremely pleased to net her, especially as it was in such a short amount of time. When I unhooked the hook from her mouth, I noticed my line was a little bit frayed above the sinker in my 'running sinker' rig, most likely from rubbing against a stick or something while playing the fish. I probably don't have to tell you what happens next, but I will anyway. Rather than cut the frayed section off the line off, I decided to 'risk it' and recast my line. 20 or so minutes pass before the next inevitable bite. Fish on, played it for a second or two, before the line promptly 'snapped', not so much from the enormity of the fish, but from my reluctance to cut off the damaged section of line in the first place! Lesson learnt. I could have had another 'double-up', but it was not to be.

    It's been a bit of a renaissance down at the creek for me lately, usually when I'm starting to wind down (fishing) proceedings for the year. Not sure if its because I've got a lot more time on my hands with this bloody COVID-19 stopping work proceedings or if they're more 'on the chew' than normal lately.

    CC
    Still going!

    P.S. Turned the footy on when I got home. Well that was weird...

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  6. blair

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    CC will be cutting off his frayed line before rebaiting in future.
     
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  7. CornaCarpio

    CornaCarpio Well-Known Member

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    Headed out today for my legally sanctioned 'exercise' on my bicycle, observing the principles of 'social distancing' at all times. I also just happened to be pack a couple of rods as I was riding along the creek....fishing is a sport after all, and a perfectly legitimate form of exercise IMO.

    It was tough going at first, with not so much as a nibble in the first spot I tried. The second spot I tried wasn't much better, although the fish were there, just not biting. I had to move around a bit, until I found a school of small Carp (around 30-40cm). This was a bit disconcerting in itself, because I have never caught a 'small' Carp from this particular spot. Of course, just because I haven't caught a small Carp before, doesn't mean they're not in there - they clearly are. This may be the result of some recent migration and/or a breeding event.

    The super clear water is a bit of a double-edged sword - good because the Carp can clearly see my bait, but bad because it makes them super weary and I had to keep my movements to an absolute minimum. Eventually, when I went full on 'camo', by hiding in a dip in the bank, one took my bait. One of the many I saw...

    +1

    CC
    Trying to get this season's Carp count up! (39)

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  8. blair

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    catch and dispatch those small carp CC, Make room for that monster carp, unusuall to see water that clear whith carp about, don't worry about catching "small" fish wait till you see my report coming up shortly.
     
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  9. CornaCarpio

    CornaCarpio Well-Known Member

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    Same spot and same result as yesterday.

    Got a few 'bites' in the end, but could only hook one! (All my hooks are notoriously blunt, and I'm down to my last few I found down the creek).

    Blair, the creek really does have an amazing ability to clear up after a few days. Not sure if this is because it is so shallow or what. It might even get mistaken for a 'healthy' waterway at times given the amount of wildlife present, but periodic water testing (google Gardiner's Creek) would suggest otherwise!

    +1

    CC
    Self-isolating down at the creek!

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  10. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    I always sharpen my hooks, catches more fish, again after catching a few fish or getting a snag on rocks. even most new hooks. I was spinning up mackeral in QLD and after landing about 5 every hit I had after failed to hook up so I resharpened trebles and hooked probably every hit for about another 5 fish.
     
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  11. Rod Bender

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    Nice! Water looks great and it would be great to fish there in the middle of an otherwise bland urban environment!
    Cheers
    Team Bender
    Stay tuned for a massive announcment later tonight re my carp challenge!!!
     
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  12. CornaCarpio

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    Went for my mandated exercise today, which for me - unsurprisingly - consists of riding my bike down to the creek and having a 'rest' when I get there (read: fishing) and riding back home. I don't want to get into the morals (or legality) of it all, but it's probably pretty clear where I stand on the issue.

    I really wan't expecting to get anything, as the water was quite putrid after the recent deluge of rain we had yesterday. As is often the case, I started getting bites just when I was about to leave. Finally, when I did really decide to leave, I found a little Carp on the end. I'm not sure if he was already on there or if he followed my bait and snatched it as I was reeling my line in. Either way, I was pretty glad to catch at least something. I really do feel better when I catch a fish.

    As for what hooks I use - small ones. I've used up all the ones I bought and have resorted to using ones I have found down the creek. I realise this may have to change - especially as I missed several bites today - and the one I did catch spat the hook on the bank - but I am on my way to rectifying the situation with a recent purchase of Daiichi 2171-B hooks off eBay, which have served me well in the past. I have also used Fulling Mill flyhooks (pictured), but have been unable to locate any since the Compleat Angler in Box Hill closed down.

    +1

    CC
    In training for the Carp Olympics!

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  13. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    good hooks cc, I use a very similar black magic grub buzzer hooks, very good hookup rate and they stay in.
     
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  14. CornaCarpio

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    Pretty big Carp kill down at the creek in the Glen Iris section. Some Eels among the causalities too, which is a bit sad really.

    The water is jet black - not sure if it (the Carp kill) is because of that or some other reason, such as chemicals or even detergent in the water.

    I didn't get any good pics because I was on my way home (from 'exercising') and it was getting dark.

    Please note, this is only one section of the creek - there is still PLENTY swimming around. The rain that is forecast tonight might even clear the affected section up.

    CC
    Reporting!

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  15. Rod Bender

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    Is the creek flowing at all, especially where the kill took place? Me thinks when carp start keeling over, it must be bad?
    Cheers
    Jim
     
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  16. CornaCarpio

    CornaCarpio Well-Known Member

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    The creek is trickling along - slowly. I didn't think anything could kill Carp. There must be something in the water. Either that, or a lack of oxygen.
     
  17. blair

    blair Well-Known Member

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    Something very toxic or oxygen removing chemical, carp are tough as. Dont drink that water cc!!
     
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  18. Rod Bender

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    Carp will keel over with no oxygen. They all suffered alongside the native fish when the fish kills happened in the Darling. I dare say the carp will tolerate harsher conditions but at the end of the day, when the water gets to a particular level of yukkiness, nothing will survive!
    Cheers
    Team Bender
    Doesn't have a good grasp of water quality terminollogy!
     
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  20. blair

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    Congrats CC you got the news scoop! looking forward to your inspection report on the clean up.
     
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