Headed out for another day of carping with my son Ari. Started getting hits shortly after setting up, but he kept missing the hooksets, probably due to being on a week long bass fishing trip the previous week.
When carp run with a hair rig, last thing you want to do is set like your trying to tear off there head, all you need is to slowly apply pressure in a sweeping motion to set the ultra sharp small hooks.
Anyway, I noticed what he was doing wrong after a few missed fish, and once I pointed it out, he was back on track. He started off by landing a decent channel catfish, I was surprised as I've never had them take a boilie before.
His next carp cut my 65 Power Pro in the rocks. He then ended up landing two more, the larger one about 15 lbs.
I allowed myself one fish (on 8 or 9 runs) on the outing, and with a miraculous stroke of luck, I ended up hooking my first mirror carp.
The fight was pretty much the same, but my excitement when I realized it was a mirror gave me the shakes. Finally landed it and was happy to hold it up for a couple pics, noticing that it was way slimier than any other carp I've ever held. Wasn't a monster, but at around 12 lbs, it's a nice start.