Scott's Outdoor Blog

Monday, May 14, 2012

Carpin' with the GoPro

Last week I ventured out a few times to scope out a couple new potential carp waters.  The two locations both looked as good in person as they did on Google Earth.  They both had expansive flats with water less than knee deep, and both had a good mix of flooded vegetation.  The downside, as always, was water clarity.  This is to be expected with flood waters, but it's still frustrating.  I had no trouble finding fish at either location.  I assumed carp, but could only assume, as all I could see were wakes or mud plumes from fleeting fish. Visibility wouldn't be a problem in water this shallow if only the fish would give themselves away by tailing.  Maybe it's a little early yet, because tailers were few and far between. I did enjoy my fair share of blind casting and targeting slow moving wakes. 

I was rewarded with a few hook-ups, but was only able to seal the deal on one fish.  I have a feeling the fun is just beginning though, as these spots are going to be carptastic once the tails start tipping!  Below is some video from the last two outings.


  1. Nice looking fish...I'm ready for some tailers to start showing up on my waters for sure. If you don't mind me asking, since we're in the same part of the country, are you finding your fish on big reservoirs or small lakes? Have you tried any of the wildlife refuges up North (sqauw creek or any of the smaller ones), I've always wondered what kind of fishing possibilities they hold. Been up there duck hunting but never this time of year to fish. Both of my hotspots are larger reservoirs and I havn't seen any active fish as of last week. Guess I need to get back out and check again!

  2. I went up to Squaw Creek back in April, but didn't see any fish. I'll probably check it out again sometime early Summer, but I don't think they allow kayaks which is a bummer. I also tried Little Bean marsh about that time and saw some big wakes, but it was too muddy to see any fish. The video above was from the upper ends of Smithville and Perry respectively. That last rain had flooded some grass flats on Smithville and there were a bunch of spawners in there splashing around mostly. I just got back from there tonight though, and there weren't very many targets around.

  3. Nice, got all the toys too. JGR