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Night carp on the surface

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I've been seeing quite a few carp on the surface after sunset at my local lake. They seem to be feeding. Sometimes their fins will breach the water. They're sitting in 6-10 FOW.

I tried some nightcrawler bits last night. Should I be using corn? Perhaps I will try chumming a little tonight.

Any ideas. I can see them and it's killing me.

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they're feeding on bugs or surface detritus, like cottonwood seeds or vegetation. Try a waxworm or a wiggler, or even a small grasshopper on a bobber with no weight and a small hook.

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Sounds like a fly rod opportunity if you know they are feeding.

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A small chunk of bread with no weight. Just lob it out there and wait for the swirl. Stealth is of utmost importance.

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I catch a ton of carp at night at one of my favorite spots, under a small dam. They feed in the bubbles and junk that forms under the dam. I found that a chunk of break will sink, so I stick the bread, corn, etc. about 4" under a bobber. It works absolutely tremendous. it does seem that the big girls don't bite after dark, though. I have yet to break the 10lb mark at night, at the same spot I've caught many over 15, but it seems numbers are higher.

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Use a fly rod if you can, and use a dry fly, smaller sizes work well. try somthing like a 10 or 12.

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