Tuesday, June 24, 2014
An ordinary Columbia River carp is a common, is about 28-29 inches long and weighs 8-9 pounds. Some, not many, are smaller but typically not very much smaller. Some are larger. Some are way larger. A Columbia River carp can be 29 inches and weigh more than 9 pounds because his tummy is fat.
An ordinary Columbia common.
This common has more girth so he tips the scale over 10 pounds.
This Columbia River carp is not ordinary. He is a mirror and he is longer than 28 inches. When I see a group of fish and I can tell one of them is a mirror I will virtually always target the mirror. There was a group of three tailing fish but I could not tell this one was a mirror. He was the largest of the three so I cast to him. He picked up Black Betty just like I wanted him to. He was an extraordinary fish; he reminded me how very fortunate I am to be a carp fisherman. Damn, I love my river!