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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Yep, my dad and I used to shoot them in Lake Ontelaunee near Reading. Memorial Day time frame, into june depending on weather, is when they spawn. They'll find the mucky/weedy shallows and come up at the surface in great numbers. It's something to see.
After a morning of shooting carp, we'd wind up covered in mud, carp slime, carp blood, and carp eggs. We'd have to hose off to get in the house to shower...ha!
We did get permission to hunt a few Amish/Mennonite farms by giving them a literal pile of carp. More than once I was dragging back a rope full of carp that weighed more than some deer I've shot.
I used a 35# recurve. You can stick it in the mud when dealing with a fish, then shake off the mud and go back to shooting. High poundage is counterproductive...you don't want the arrow to pass through completely, just get the fish head out the back side of the fish. A full passthrough is a real pain to undo.
I would like to someday go bowfishing for rays down at Chincoteague. That sounds fun, and the rays have to be better to eat than carp!