Well I got back from the state tournament at Carlyle Lake yesterday. To start off, I don't like Lake Carlyle. That's just me though. There was only about an inch of visibility in the water and to make things worse we didn't catch any bass. Still a lot of fun and an awesome thing the IHSA is doing. I consider myself lucky that I got to go. Since we weren't catching any bass we decided to make the best of the trip and fish the spillway below the dam. We were using in-line spinners the whole time and caught fish every time we went down there. We immediately started catching white bass. They weren't big but they put up quite a fight. I made a cast and then felt dead weight on my line. After a few minute fight I pull in an 8lb asian carp. Later that day I got an even bigger one.
Here's the bigger one:
Now don't get me wrong, I hate these fish as much as the next guy but it was super fun catching it on a ML rod and 10lb test line. It took me about 6 1/2 minutes to get in and almost spooled me. Once I got it in I had people that were watching me take pictures of me because that was the biggest fish they've ever seen anybody catch.
We went back the next day and were catching the usual white bass. I had a gar take my spinner four times. On the fifth time I finally got him in. It was also the first gar I had ever caught, and he put up a **** of a fight.
The last notable thing I caught was a one-eyed crappie that I snagged through the back.
Even though we didn't catch any bass, it was a great time and I wish I wasn't a senior so I'd be able to go again.