Time went on and I kept carp fishing whenever I could, but since I did not know anyone who fished for carp and the books I had did not go into any real detail, progress was slow…
Eventually, I discovered that there were other people who fished for carp via information learned online (I was a charter member of the American Carp Society from 2003, and of course, a Carp Anglers Group member) I finally got some real carp gear with much begging, (try selling your parents on carp gear when you are 13!) and figured out how to catch carp more consistently.
I was also lucky enough to be able to go to the UK and fish for carp there, and quickly discovered the problem of bream in the River Cam which certainly gave me a bit of perspective to bring home.
So, what does someone do in life who wants to do nothing but go fishing?
Of course, different people take different approaches to this, but since as far as I know, I only have one life, I decided it had better be fishing related.
After toying with a few different ideas, it seemed to me that the most clear cut way of making a living was to work as a fisheries scientist and after what seemed like an eternity of school and then some more school, I ended up being able to get a job working with fish.
I fish for carp weekly, even if it’s only for a few hours…it would be a lot more but somewhere along the line I married my best friend, had 3 kids and there are some limits to how long you can fish with small children. We do however go on carping “camping” trips when the weather is good and so I still get some longer sessions even if they are not 100% about fishing.
I look forward to sharing my fisheries knowledge and experience with you via the American Carp Society’s news and social media outlets…
Tight lines all…
American Carp Society Fisheries Biologist