We went to a place that is a sure bet and has some grotesquely fat carp. Even the bass and bluegills there were fat, and we caught a bunch between the two of us.
Did we find carp? Yes we did! And I royally carped up a hookset on an absolute giant, probably would have been my 2nd biggest ever. Then one came unbuttoned. Then I missed the same fish twice... I was just carping up left and right. But eventually I pulled my head out of my carp and made a good shot at a cruising fish. It turned hard and at the black woolly bugger as it fell. I stuck that fish and I stuck it hard. After so many botched chances I was done fooling around. I was using my 5wt CGR, so no surprise I got a heck of a fight out of that fish. It wasn't really that big, but it was a beauty. Props go to Rik who was behind the lens this time, no one arming the fight or self timer use this time.
This isn't exactly over, but for now I will leave you with this. This is a species I have dreamed of catching for years now. Can you guess what they are?