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I guess I should do an introduction first...I've fished my whole life and am not your typical girl. I hunt, fish, climb, hike, cave and all the in-between with my hubby. I'm Tesuque Native American and definitely know my way around nature! Now then...

I was out fishing the other morning out on Springfield Lake mainly for bass in my kayak. After catching a few 2 pounders right by the boat house on some powerworms, I paddled a bit out into the far grassy area across from the boat house just wandering. I was in about a foot of murky water when I thought I saw a huge snake by the first look of scales. I quickly realized it was a fish (doh!), but have never seen it before around the lake area. It was in the 5 pound looking range with diamond scales. I later confirmed it with MO Conservation that it was a Big Grass Carp. Is it just me or has anyone seen these around the lake or James? Anyone catch one? I've heard they are quite the fighters and can catch them on corn.

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Lake springfield has some huge carp! I saw a guy catch one at the spill way early this year, and it had to way atleast 20lb. He caught it on a nightcrawler while fishing for catfish. If you catch one you'll no. They fight very hard.

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they are great fighters, other than that u just release them. you can catch them on corn and dough balls and a few other things.

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I guess I should do an introduction first...I've fished my whole life and am not your typical girl. I hunt, fish, climb, hike, cave and all the in-between with my hubby. I'm Tesuque Native American and definitely know my way around nature! Now then...

Imagine a 20lb blue gill. It uses its width as leverage against the line.

Please excuse the ignorance on my part, but I've never heard of the Tesuque tribe. Where does it derive from?

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Imagine a 20lb blue gill. It uses its width as leverage against the line.

Please excuse the ignorance on my part, but I've never heard of the Tesuque tribe. Where does it derive from?

We are the smallest tribe in New Mexico. It's located a few miles north of Santa Fe. It's one of the last tribes in New Mexico that actually stick to a lot of the old traditions. I'm quite excited to try and catch one of these carp!

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The grass carp are harder to catch, but the commons can be had much easier and they get big also, not up to the grassies size, but worth the effort. The easiest way to catch the commons is to chum with corn and then fish corn on a hair rig. You can Google hair rig for instructions, they're easy to tie and very effective.

Today's release is tomorrows gift to another fisherman.

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Thanks for the feedback! The hair rig seems incredibly easy. I have used a rig similar, a two hook rig for catfish-but with deer bone as the hook. I think I might be doing a lil carp fishing very soon.

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