May 7, 2005 Clear Lake Redbud Park


A special thanks to Bob Rider of Lakeshore Bait & Tackle for donating the fishing rod for our derby prize.

 

 

 

 

The weather was decent and the carp were biting quite well for some participants but not for all. I thought I was really going to hammer them when I caught the first fish at 7:05 am and the second at 7:35 am but I didn't catch my fourth and final fish until about 1:30 pm.

Keith Thompson from Guerneville had the most action by far, catching 13 carp during the derby hours and he didn't even show up until after 8:00 am. He caught the second biggest carp that I have ever seen come out of Clear Lake, a 24 lb 8 oz'er! He caught all his fish with a hair rig baited with maize and hooked to a PVA bag filled with a secret ground bait. Keith graciously refused the 1st prize fishing rod, saying that he has too many rods already and gave it to 2nd place winner Steve Gibbons.

Everyone seemed to have a great time, even those that didn't catch fish.

Here's the final results:

1st:  Keith Thompson, Guerneville- 80 lbs 12 oz's (heaviest 5 out of 13 caught)

2nd: Steve Gibbons, Rocklin- 59 lbs (heaviest 5 out of 7 caught)

3rd:  Carper Rick, Rohnert Park- 51 lbs 9 ounces (4 fish)

4th:  Ed Nassarre, Nice- 37 lbs 1 oz (4 fish)

5th:  Resident Carp (Vladimir), Clearlake- 26 lbs 14 oz's (2 fish) (sorry, no photo taken)

6th:  Clearlake Art, Clearlake- 10 lbs 12 oz's (1 fish)

7th:  Bass Angler John, Nice- 7 lbs (1 fish)

8th: Carl, Chris, Mary (fishngal) and Franz (Derbingel) all tied for 8th place with 0 fish.

Total carp caught: 32

Total derby weight: 270 lbs

Total weight caught during derby including those that were culled: 344 lbs

Close up of Keith's monster.

1st place winner Keith Thompson with his 24 lb 8 oz.  monster.

2nd place winner Steve Gibbons with a 16 lb 5 oz'er.

2nd place winner Steve Gibbons with a 16 lb 5 oz'er.

3rd place winner Carper Rick with his beautiful 19 lb 12 oz'er.

3rd place winner Carper Rick with his beautiful 19 lb 12 oz'er.

4th place winner Ed (me) with a 12 lb 7 oz'er.

4th place winner Ed (me) with a 12 lb 7 oz'er.

6th place winner Clearlake Art with his 10 lb 12 oz'er.

6th place winner Clearlake Art with his 10 lb 12 oz'er.

7th place winner Bass Angler John with his 7 lb'er

7th place winner Bass Angler John with his 7 lb'er

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Group shot.

Back row from left to right: Bass Angler John, Franz (Derbingel, Vladimir (Resident Carp), Carper Rick.

Front row from left to right: Shantel (Franz's daughter), Vladimir's daughter ?, Jacob Gibbons, Mary Nassarre (fishngal), 
Sean Gibbons, Steve Gibbons, Kathleen Gibbons, Keith Thompson.