With wind and rain in the forecast, our first musky outing of the season was cancelled, we decided on carping instead. We headed off to the Long Sault area, my favorite carp fishing grounds, got a late start, as we had some errands to run on the way.
We got there in the rain, the carp were jumping everywhere. At times we saw 3-4 jumps at a time, they were even jumping 10-15 feet in front of us. The bite was on too, I went 5 out of 6 and my buddy went 2 out of 2 within the first couple hours. Most carp were smaller than what I'm used to in that area, only 2 of the 7 were over 10 lbs. The rain stopped, the sun came out and that was it for the carp. The stopped jumping and taking our baits. After about an hour, we called it quits and headed back to Lancaster to take the boat out, as the whitecaps had died down and the sun was now shining bright.
We started off trolling, my buddy caught a small pike on his first pass. Next, I decided to try a pretty wacky combination of putting my spinning reel on an 8 foot extra light fly rod. The casting wasn't too great, but you sure feel when a fish hits. Call it Murphy's law, I cast a top water using this weird setup, first cast I get hit by the biggest Largemouth bass I've seen in the Raisin River to date, it was over 4 lbs. I didn't get the best hookset due to the extra wobbly action on the fly rod, the but did manage to get the fish to the side of the boat after a couple nice jumps. When it saw us, it dive straight down into a huge clumps of weeds. The fly rod bent under the boat to the point that the tip almost came out the other side. I had no control of the fish whatsoever. Unfortunately, the bass came off in the weeds, I was left with a bunch off grass on my lure.
My buddy managed a small walleye a couple casts later, I switch outfits to try some more topwater action. All I managed was to raise 1 pike in the 4-5 lb range, it slapped my Jitterbug a couple times, then left in a hurry when it saw us.
All in all, the day was full of mixed species and experiences, I was glad to be back on my boat.