I headed out to Smithville Lake in Missouri the other day hoping to find a new carpin' spot. The sun was high in the sky and clouds few and far between. Perfect conditions for scouting a new carp lake. I didn't have a lake map, so I just cruised down the first available access road. I noticed right away the lake had plenty of carp. They were splashing all along the shoreline. I was hoping for tailers, not spawners, but at least there were fish. I wanted to scout for a shallow flat that would allow for some wading, but I couldn't pass over this spot just yet. The area had nicely mowed grass along the shoreline. Better yet, I could walk along the grass and look down into the water, as the bank dropped straight down about 7 feet before the waterline. I could see fish swimming by constantly, and made numerous casts at them, but they were extremely spooky and not interested in eating. I finally spotted a cruising fish that was putting its nose down every so often to root along the bottom. The mud cloud the fish had created made seeing the actual take impossible, but I pulled up when I saw its tail flare and was hooked up. Holding the rod butt as line screams off the reel never gets old. I did a jump slide down the mud bank to the sandy shoreline below to finish the fight on the beach.
I fished on down the shoreline without any more takers. I came to a point where the waves had created a mud line that I could see carp swimming in and out of. I blindly cast into the silt-clouded water and was able to get one more fish for the day. I even invented a new yoga pose.
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