Carpsucker Underground!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Carpsucker, Quillback

Located and caught my first quillback today with a little help from my friends here at Caught WADING maybe 8 feet from where I stood. Size 16 daiichi scud hook with small piece of nightcrawler the size of half of a pea, 4lb fluorocarbon. Sightfished a lone specimen feeding upstream in a line by casting past him and reeling the bait to maybe 12' in front of him. He did not break his feeding line or jump on my bait but when he finally got to it I watched him move over it and breathe it in. He made 4 or 5 good runs against my little 500 reel and UL rod. After all the reading I had done here and throughout the internet, I was very suprised that these fish let me get into the water and that close to them. I think these particular fish may just be well adjusted to disturbances as this stretch of water goes through one of the most popular parks in our state and has 4 canoe liveries which cater to thousands of people each year. October marks the end of canoe season so these fish have been experiencing people moving around and over them most everyday for the last 4-5 months. 


Casey Shanaberger's picture

Well done my man! Those things are tough and you got em! It's a good sized one too! Nice job dude

2017 Undisputed Iowa Small Drum and Creek Chub Champion

andy's picture

Excellent catch my man!  From your story it sounds like you were able to get 1 on 1 with the fish and not disturb its natural feeding, watching its behavior.  I love being there. 


Kudos on a successful encounter!  


Also, there is no such thing as a Carpsucker Underground.  I have no idea what you are talking about.  

Casey Shanaberger's picture

Rule #1 about the Carpsucker Underground is No one talks about the Carpsucker Underground

2017 Undisputed Iowa Small Drum and Creek Chub Champion

Hengelaar's picture

Man, that is a tough and great catch! Sight fished Carpsucker! Wow.

Congrats on a sooper cool lifer.

Fishn sure is neat

RoughFish's picture

Mike B's picture

Fantastic effort man!

mike b

Corey's picture

Big congrats.

Susquehannock's picture

Nice fish!

But what is a "carpsucker underground"?...


FP4LifesDad's picture

Great catch!