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Every once in a while when the bass fishing is slow I like to throw a hook out with bread on it at some carp just to get some action. Most of my gear is light because I like it that way.

Question is, what experiences have you had hooking into something that really wasn't meant for your set-up?

I have an ultra-lite 5'6" Lightning Rod that's been collecting dust and I wanna start working it into my rotation, I was thinking about trying to land some carp with it just for a challenge. How many of you guys use a small rod like mine (I bought mine for trout but just don't make it up there enough) for bass fishing? I was thinking about just using it for drop-shot as well. I'm limited on options but hate tying off different rigs.
 

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Ask FISHERMANJONK he'll tell ya how to catch all the carp. I've seen him real em quite often. He tries to say he's a bass man but i think he likes them goofy lookin things!!
 

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Ask FISHERMANJONK he'll tell ya how to catch all the carp. I've seen him real em quite often. He tries to say he's a bass man but i think he likes them goofy lookin things!!
only guy I know that ties his own jigs/pours his own trailers, and catches 1 pound bass and 6 pound carp.
 

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Every once in a while when the bass fishing is slow I like to throw a hook out with bread on it at some carp just to get some action. Most of my gear is light because I like it that way.

Question is, what experiences have you had hooking into something that really wasn't meant for your set-up?

I have an ultra-lite 5'6" Lightning Rod that's been collecting dust and I wanna start working it into my rotation, I was thinking about trying to land some carp with it just for a challenge. How many of you guys use a small rod like mine (I bought mine for trout but just don't make it up there enough) for bass fishing? I was thinking about just using it for drop-shot as well. I'm limited on options but hate tying off different rigs.
I caught a 22 lb Pike on a 5# flyrod in Canada. Pike is an AWSOME flyrod fish (in the spring)
 

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i got a collapsible 3' rod for christmas to throw in my bikes saddle bags, and take it with me sometimes but haven't hooked anything with it yet.
 

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I was trolling a broken back rebel and catching these 10-13 lbs stripers on this sand bar in the delta. All of a sudden it feel like I'm snagged so I tell my dad to let of the gas and the reel is still singing. The Rod was a Seven foot bass pro shop rod in a M/H and the reel was the Ambassador with the first pop out spool, spooled with 14 trilene XL. After a 45 min fight and chasing this thing up and down the river we got it in and on the boat. It turned out to be a six foot sturgeon that I had snagged in the back. The fish never rolled or couldn't roll from where I had it pinned. Great day and story on the Delta. Just never know what you are gonna catch out there.
 

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About a month ago I connected with a 16 inch channel cat right in the lagoon of Patagoina while using an ultralight rig, 4 lb test, 1/32 oz jig, and inflatable canoe.

The fun part was, it was the first cast of the day, new rig < pole, reel, line > hadn't confirmed the drag setting, didn't even get a chance to set the anchor, so fish is arching the pole, canoe is being moved by fish, people on shore are enjoying the comedy. I'm loving it as I'm also trying to get to my camera cause it is big enough for a picture and it is the first fish on the rig too. All good, it is over in about 7 minutes. Slime up and down the last meter of fishing line, I'm using the GI Joe Kung Fu grip on the fish so I can get a photo with the other hand, while making sure I don't get the point.

This was only my second catfish caught on a jig, and I thought those were only for bass, bluegill, and trout....so it goes!

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About a month ago I connected with a 16 inch channel cat right in the lagoon of Patagoina while using an ultralight rig, 4 lb test, 1/32 oz jig, and inflatable canoe.

The fun part was, it was the first cast of the day, new rig < pole, reel, line > hadn't confirmed the drag setting, didn't even get a chance to set the anchor, so fish is arching the pole, canoe is being moved by fish, people on shore are enjoying the comedy. I'm loving it as I'm also trying to get to my camera cause it is big enough for a picture and it is the first fish on the rig too. All good, it is over in about 7 minutes. Slime up and down the last meter of fishing line, I'm using the GI Joe Kung Fu grip on the fish so I can get a photo with the other hand, while making sure I don't get the point.

This was only my second catfish caught on a jig, and I thought those were only for bass, bluegill, and trout....so it goes!

Cheers!
Ah yes, you really need to watch out for the little guys that are like 6-8 inches. They can really get rotating and their pectoral fins are essentially like safety pins. That can ruin your fishing trip pretty quickly. I've been stuck once right below my thumbnail and it bled like hell, I couldn't believe it!
 

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It was just a matter of time before you (on the fly) were going to chime in about a 37# striper on a 2weight when fishing for bluegill.LOL
 

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big fish little line

Last summer I caught a 32lbs catfish at Barlett while dropshotting with 6lbs flouracarbon. It must have taken me 20 minutes to get that pig in. At first I though I had the new state record bass.
 

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Last summer I caught a 32lbs catfish at Barlett while dropshotting with 6lbs flouracarbon. It must have taken me 20 minutes to get that pig in. At first I though I had the new state record bass.
Very nice, I couldn't imagine what you were thinking???... This bass must be 25 lbs! I hope I don't lose him!
 

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i used my 7'4 ultra light on 4lb test to catch carp. biggest one i caught was just over 13lbs.

i never even broke one off. set the drag, learn to fight.
 

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I used to work as a guide in Alaska in my college years during the summer. The challenge among the guides was who could land a King on the "Barbie pole". The barbie pole as we called it was the short little cheap kid rods that really arn't good for anything. We would load it up with as much braided line as we could fit, which wasn't much, and toss fat raps across small creeks. Every king would almost immediately take all the line without even slowing down, the drag was useless. I don't believe anyone ever landed one, but it was fun.
 

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I always use light tackle for bigger fish. I use a 5' ultra light with 4# Trilene XL and catch allot with with it. biggest thing I pulled out was a 15# carp on it.
 

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I always use light tackle for bigger fish. I use a 5' ultra light with 4# Trilene XL and catch allot with with it. biggest thing I pulled out was a 15# carp on it.
That's what I'm gonna start doing when bass bite slows, take a break for a half hour or so and try to land a nice carp. Just wanted to know what kind of success people trying a similar rig.
 
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