Carp at the golf course

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  1. old_rookie

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    I hardly ever fish freshwater - not that there's anything wrong with it - just more interested in salt.... but this might change my mind.

    Was playing golf the other day at Chula Vista. There are a couple streams going through the course with bridges to walk over. One bridge I crossed I looked down and was amazed at the size of carp I could see - and the number. Easily 10 or 12 of them all in the 5lbs + range. They were huge. My immediate thought was how late in the day would I need to get here to fish and not get hit by a golf ball. The other thought was mosquitoes. Anyway, just thought I'd share what I saw. There have been threads about fishing ponds at golf courses so I figured I'd add to that library.
     
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    Big carp seem fairly common at most of the county courses.
     
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    Now now OR remember the rules only passionate green bass anglers are allowed to break laws in pursuit of their fish. All other anglers get the book thrown at them. ;)
     
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    Mike, you need to get out more! A 5 pound carp is nominal, at best! ;)
     
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    Ok Ok.... I was surprised to see such big fish in a small stream. Yes, I need to get out more and fish. I have yet to get the kayak out this year. There's always something. News weather now says rain/storm on Saturday - figures.
     
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    Just gonna be a spritz of "rain". Get out and fish!
     
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    For golf course fishing: Pick your day and time wisely. My best times have been rainy/crappy weather weekday mornings, or the 90 minutes or so before sunset in similar conditions. The fish never seemed bothered by the weather, and there were fewer folks out and about to report me. By the way, if it happens then be extra compliant and fish the salt for a month before coming back.
    Do they usually hold in the moving water? If so, drift some bait to them on a medium-to-light spinning rod for a fun fight.
    Not that I've ever broken the rules like that.
     
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    I caught a 4-5 lb. Pacu on the pond at hole 18 when I was much younger. There used to be a ton of bats around that pond that would start to fly at dusk
     
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    Theres pacu in chula vista !!!!!!!!!!
     
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    I guess it is fairly common. Apparently when fish like these get too big for the aquarium they can end up in local ponds/lakes. Pet owners apparently have a problem with killing a fish they have had in their aquarium for a number of years
     
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    The good news is most of these fish require a narrow range of PH and temperature to reproduce, so we probably don't have to worry about pacu or Buttikoferi cichlids taking over our local water.. There are some generalists that could become a serious problem though...
     
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    There was a story in the Reader a bit ago about some grass or weed or algae, well it was some growth that invaded the water. It turns out people were dumping their aquariums near it and whatever plant they had in it ended up spreading in the lagoon causing problems. Just when you think your trying to be "green"...
     
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    There are some aquatic plants that can essentially snuff out all life when introduced into new environments.. Crazy stuff
     
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