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G'day, ok this might be a difficult question because I'm in Oz so it might be different in other parts of the world. Winter has ended & spring is here so the spawning run is set to start. I went down to my regular hunting grounds to see what it was like. Creek levels were higher than usual due to winter rain but nothing to extreme & didn't see a single fish. Now just to give you all a bit of background, I fish along a creek that is 20ft wide, no lakes, I shoot of the bank with the water coming from the hills & going down to the sea. So the question is where do the carp spawn? Do they spawn where they are? Or move up stream? They wouldn't go down because 5miles down stream it goes into brackish water then salt or are the fish infront of me & I just can't see them because of the water height level?
Cheers JB
 

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Look for as many of these as possible in no specific order. The more of these conditions you have in one spot, odds are there will be more carp.

-calm water
-shallow water
-warmer water
-weedbeds/vegetation

Carp hang near the bottom, so if you can't see bottom, you probably won't be able to see carp. They also spawn in water around 65-70 degrees. So if the water is still cooler than that it might be possible they are still running in bigger schools in the deeper water.
 

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Still might be a little early. Also how's the water looking. I would guess its kinda muddy now. But if you keep checking every couple day in the shallows they should be there
 

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Thanks for the tip boys. Went for a walk Saturday night with the new Bow, AMS pro retriever & AMS tiger shark arrow. It was awesome to move away from the heavy fibreglass arrow to a carbon fishing arrow. I was even more surprised how fast the arrow speed was (almost the same as a regular carbon) The creeks water levels were back to normal & within 5min a started to see them. Got this one which I was pretty happy with for the start of spring
 

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Nice!!! That's a good size carp. Looking forward to seeing some more pics from you to get me through the winter months. :)
 

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Looks like a sweet set up you got. How bout penetration on those carbon arrows? I would think they would loose speed quicker and you would have a hard time in deeper water
 

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Looks like a sweet set up you got. How bout penetration on those carbon arrows? I would think they would loose speed quicker and you would have a hard time in deeper water
I have a muzzy carbon arrow that I use for shooting gar. At 40lb draw, I've stuck a few decent sized gar that were 3-4 foot down.
 

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The increased speed is quite impressive compared to fiberglass arrows. But I just stick to the white arrows for carp, because most of my shots are at fish within 15 feet and no deeper down than the length of the arrow.
 

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Looks like a sweet set up you got. How bout penetration on those carbon arrows? I would think they would loose speed quicker and you would have a hard time in deeper water
Not sure Matt. I only shoot into depths no deeper than 3 feet so any deeper I couldn't tell you how a carbon arrow would behave. I wasn't complaining but the carp was protesting. I'll just continue to test & trial different gear but so far what I have is performing beyond my expectations
 

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I think i had a carbon arrow once and only got to shoot it like twice. I fell outta the boat when we were changing an arrow :growl:. Glad you found some fish. Im sure it will just be heating up for you. I went saturday and almost froze. The temp. was only 50's but gosh I was cold. We got 40 fish with 3.5 shooters. The .5 is because on guy was new and had a bucket reel so I dont count him.lol But the water is finally clearing up for me, less boats on the water to stir things up. Well good luck this season and keep posting picts. I would love to see some carp while im sitting on the ice.lol
 
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