Monday, March 19, 2012
The Diablo Chupacabra grew restless all fall and winter as it picked up cobwebs in the garage. I grew restless all fall and winter longing for a steady supply of carp and a relaxing paddle down a lake. Our paths intertwined on a hot afternoon session, where both of our needs were fulfilled, thanks to unseasonably warm temperatures.
The temps have caused the trees and flowers in Delaware to begin blooming in late February and stripers and shad are currently being caught in the lower Susquehanna. I am sure there are spring hatches enticing large wild browns but I haven't had the chance to see that yet. These early signs of spring culminated in seeing the signs of staging/spawning fish at my local carp flat.
The shallows were muddied and erupting with carp as I eased my way into the water. As I got closer I could see packs of fish charging into certain areas, swirling around in tight circles and causing other fish to scatter violently. I was quite surprised to see this happening but it made sense with the prolonged period of high temperatures we are having and the likelihood that the water temperatures are probably getting into the right zone. But, it is still so early...
When I began catching the fish cruising off the shallows, many of them exhibited battle wounds and swollen egg-filled stomachs, other signs of spawning. This is turning out to be a weird year, but I definitely am not complaining so far. Just rain every now and then, and I'll be a happy man.