Reel: Carpnado 2018 was a blast!
Tale: Saturday morning at 4am I woke up to thunder...okay let me rewind. Last week my wife asked if I wanted to compete in the carp tournament coming up. I told her what I was thinking and she encouraged me enter. I mention that because without her I wouldn't have the stories from this weekend to share. It was a gully washer, but I had to stick to my plan. No plan B or C was going to happen with the high water and runoff. After I decided it was safe enough to wade I made my way out into the start of my nearly 12 hours of wet fishing. With the rainy/washedout/murky conditions there was no room to make a mistake, but a few were made like any day of fishing. I remembered telling my wife anytime I miscast, lose the set, or have a hook shaked.. instead of getting upset I'm going to think of the joy she brings me and level myself out. You see I couldn't get upset, I had to focus and move on. Nothing I could do would change the conditions, but my attitude was all in my hands. It was that joy that kept me going. I totalled 7 fish and my top 5 were scored. 116.5 inches of carp. Gray skies & rain make sight fishing a chore on the already tough murky condition. Twice I was forced under trees and pulled my rain jacket out to drape over me when the storms cells went directly over. Standing there looking down with rain running off of all my limbs & a waterfall dripping off my hat brim.. you can't help but think. I stood there and said, "If the fish are wet, I might as well be too!" I pushed myself beyond my ability this weekend. I've blanked on wonderful weather days, happy with what I was able to do!! Thanks for the great competition! Ended up 4th overall. In the photos: Prizes I won for smallest carp 16.5", my greatest joy and I holding the painting won in the casting competition, me in river stealth mode, my largest 3 carp, and smallest dude. #reeltatetales
(Painting already sold!)
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