Right around 3:00 I got in my truck and headed up the river to a well known spot. The water was high; it was in the brush, in the trees, and up in the grass. The wading was challenging and so was the fishing. In two hours of fishing I managed just one fish. I felt darn lucky to get that one. Here is a video of that Carp swimming away after being released.
I was back at the Carp Lodge at 6:01. The monitor shows the time. The temperature had risen; now it was damn hot! It was 111.7 outside in the shade and thanks to the air conditioning it was 75.6 inside. I'm not estimating the temperature; the Oregon Scientific weather station tells us the temperature and humidity both inside and out. It also tells us the wind speed. I can say its damn hot but I need the thermometer to know just how hot it is.
I netted the solitary Carp I caught in my new net; that thing is working great so far. The Carp weighed 8.75 pounds. That is a very typical Carp for the Columbia River. I have caught many, many Carp that size so I had a good idea right away how much the fish weighed. No matter how many fish I have caught I know how heavy that fish was because I weighed him. When the net is empty is weighs 1.5 pounds.
Here is the scale with the Carp in the net
Take off 1.5 pounds and the fish was within an ounce or two of 8.75 pounds. For the temperature I need the thermometer to know the precise reading and for the fish I need a scale to get a precise weight.
The more Carp fishing becomes popular the more I see pictures and videos of Carp where the length and/or weight are woefully misstated.
Here is a picture of a Carp that someone posted on a fishing forum. The writer stated, "I landed a personal best last week but it didn't fight nearly as hard! This one measured 35" and was SO THICK! Caught it on a size 14 light cahill nymph!"
On my, if that Carp is 35 inches then it is about 40 inches from the stripping guide to the butt of the rod. Maybe it is and if it is I stand corrected and will apologize. I just don't think it is. The 7 weight and the 8 weight I use for Carp are both 28 inches from the butt of the rod to the stripping guide. I have an old 5 weight that measures 31 inches from the end of the reel seat to the stripping guide. I don't have anything that is 40 inches from the butt to the stripping guide.
Here is another picture from a fishing forum: