Carp Anglers Group
2004 Ohio NE Regional Carp-In
West Branch State Park
Well gang, another successful event was had by all. Although the weather didn't cooperate for most of the weekend, it didn't dampen the spirits of the "hyperactives" in the group. Talk about nasty........cold, windy, pouring buckets of rain. Good part about it though.......the fish were cooperative, and nearly a ton of fish were landed from Thursday through Sunday! Awesome fishery, awesome fish, and awesome group once again!
I had a phonecall on Wednesday from Alexander Nikolajevic, owner of RoyalCarp.Com baits. He had made the trek from Georgia to fish with the group this weekend. He met up with Carrpielooker (Ak) and Payara (Greg Mills) on Thursday, and fished through Sunday. By the time I arrived on Saturday morning, the three of them had already landed nearly 200 fish! Hardly anything under 10lbs, and fish up into the low 20's......most being in the mid to upper teens. These fish were on the pre-spawn, and will be dropping their eggs in the next week or two. Big fat pigs, that's for sure!
Friday evening Richie E., Dick L and his wife, Sean L., Richie's cousin, Mitch and his son, and a couple others arrived to fish. Fish were landed steadily clear through the night. Some retired for a little shut-eye when the rains set in, some managed to fish clear through the night.
Saturday morning upon my arriving, nobody was fishing. Everyone was asleep in their cars, or bivvied up on the bank. We set up camp, and Nicole (fishinchick) had 2 lost runs right from the start. Finally she managed one that smashed her old PB of 11 lbs. ALthough we didnt' get a weight on this fish, it was definately a mid to upper teen (somewhere in the 17 lb range). Saturday was also host to a Northeast Ohio http://www.ohiogamefishing.com outing. We shared a cookout saturday afternoon with them. In all, there were around 20 carpers and 25 or so from OGF. Saturday also brought a new member to CAG in Ohio. Welcome to you sir!
One of my highlights of the day on Saturday was once again meeting Mark from Ohio, and his father who was visiting from England. His father was heading home on Sunday, but managed to catch a few fish before he had to return home. Great to spend time with you guys on the bank! Awesome conversation!
By early evening on Saturday, CWCarper (Clayton) and GillGirl (Bambi) were tearing up the fish. They were each fishing 2 rods, and with the constant action, CW eventually took 1 rod out of the water to keep up with the fish. Not sure how many they ended up with. Would like to see the result.
Over 300 fish were landed total for the weekend, with just a couple of people staying to fish on Sunday. Mark's (Steelhead1) daughter landed a new PB of 24.5lbs on Sunday on a zebco 33 reel! Way to go!
We timed this event perfectly with the spawn this year folks. With water depths in this lake, and being farther north than most lakes that we fish, it is slower to warm. I believe that West Branch will likely be our NE Regional held each May, preceeded by East Harbor each April. These 2 lakes are sure-fire winners for early season carpin'. Tons of fish at West Branch, and they are all of decent size for the most part.
For now.......good carpin' and we'll see you on the banks!
Ohio Chairman, CarpAnglersGroup
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