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I am new to the forum and I’ve been reading them but I’m
still at a lost. I am in need of some
serious help. This is my second season
fishing and I’ve been targeting Carps since I began fishing this season around
May. Nothing I have tried has
worked. I fish the Hudson River in New
York Sate. The current there is pretty
strong. I read somewhere that it can
reach three to five miles per hour. The
Hudson is also a tidal river and it gets two high and two low tides a day. The surface also freezes during winter and
some of the ice layers I’ve seen are over a foot thick. After the ice is gone the water is
incredibly muddy. Actually, one can say
it’s pure mud. There is also a lot of
grass and water chestnuts, and this season the vegetation was at its worst
compared to the last fishing season.
Lures did not work out very well this time around and fishing with lures
required high tide or a surface lure.
You will loose your under the surface lures if used during low tide because
of the amount large rocks.
By June the water is pretty clear. It is never clear enough to see beyond three or maybe four
feet. During low tide I have been able
to see the carp just in two feet of water and three to five feet right in front
of me while I stand on my usual bolder.
I have not seen lots of them, but two to three at a time. The smallest carp I’ve seen was probably
about a foot and the largest size I’ve seen was probably about 25 inches. One time I even followed a carp with a
two/three inch minnow plug. I put the
lure right in front of it. I followed
the carp as it swam. I even touched the
side of its head and it’s belly with my lure and it paid no attention to my
lure! That carp didn’t get scared, it
didn’t run away, it did nothing! It
kept on eating something I couldn’t see while my lure was right in front of
it! That carp was relaxed and worry
Another time I put fruity carp bait from a company called
“Eagle Claw.” The bait resembles an
oily version of “play dough.” It smells
so good that I’ve been tempted to try it myself! The carp ate all around my bait for a few minutes and then it
swam away very slowly. It practically
touched the bait with the side of its lips!
I tried chumming with corn, but as soon as the corn hits the water the
current will take the corn away before it even sinks two inches. I have also tried this corn bait from a
company named “Magic Products” and nothing.
Bread, marshmallows and earthworms have not work either.
My tackle includes 3ft of 20lbs clear leader with 30lbs moss
green braid, #6 hook on a hair rig and I have also attached the bait directly on the hook, a three-way swivel, a 3oz bank sinker, and
a 1oz sinker during slack tide. I have also tried a hair rig, fish-finder rig, dropper rig and a three-way rig. The
fishing rods are 7ft, 8ft or 10ft.
Will really really really appreciate some help. I’m really
at a lost. Any other suggestions???
Thank you for all your help.