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Old 06-14-18, 01:34 PM   #1
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Default My Summer Goal: Freshwater Grand Slam

Throughout the winter months, I'd catch myself daydreaming about all of the other kinds of warm weather fish that I should pay more attention to. I decided I'd make a warm weather goal to catch Stripers, Gar, and Carp (my freshwater "grand slam") over the summer. Hooked into and landed my first grass carp last night...and she was a big one (see attachment). Fought for 35 minutes with the perfect rod...a fiberglass 8 wt.

I hit the lower Etowah from Euharlee - Hardin both Saturday and Sunday mornings (early - 5:30AM) and caught largemouth. No stripers yet, but I feel like I am getting closer.

I just picked up an old Hyde Low Pro a few weeks ago which has really gotten be excited about all the other kinds of water/fish that I can now access. I'm planning to be on the Hooch a lot more once the water dies down, and have a couple trips planned to the Flint for some Shoalies. I've usually got an open seat...message me your # if you would like to be on the rotation of people that would like a ride next time I go out. Always looking for folks to learn with.
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Old 06-15-18, 08:31 AM   #2
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Congrats man, that's a monster..Good luck hooking up a striper and shoalie soon..Keep us posted Sam!!
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Old 06-15-18, 08:35 AM   #3
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Any gar?

I caught one the other day and now convinced they are the baddest fish in the river.
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Old 06-15-18, 09:26 AM   #4
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No gar yet. My first few floats before the rain i saw a ton of them. Got one to eat a trout fly, but it didnít set. Iíve tied up some rope flies since, so Iíll be ready!
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Old 06-15-18, 10:42 AM   #5
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No gar yet. My first few floats before the rain i saw a ton of them. Got one to eat a trout fly, but it didnít set. Iíve tied up some rope flies since, so Iíll be ready!
Nice. Same sorta thing here. Had 15 bites the other day, hooked one. Made some rope lures on cable leaders and took them out last night, had a few bite but nothing got snagged.
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Old 06-15-18, 11:47 AM   #6
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Nice. Same sorta thing here. Had 15 bites the other day, hooked one. Made some rope lures on cable leaders and took them out last night, had a few bite but nothing got snagged.
I've read that once they take the rope, you have to give them slack and let them chomp and tangle up before bringing the line tight.
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