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DeanoB

Jumping Carp

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What is the deal with the carp on Lake Zumbro? Are these carp jumping to eat bugs, or are they the Jumping Asian sort? Last saturday we saw at least 30 jumping around the shore lines. I thought they were eating, but what bug would make a 5 lb+ carp explode through the surface like that? I want to catch one on the flyrod. I snagged one with a jig on saturday that musta went 8+ lbs, fought him for a while, then he got off, I had 1 scale on the hook. It was a big scale.

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That's a good question Dean. I've asked the same thing before. Almost sure they aint the Asian's though.

One of the replies I got was they just want to look around and see what's up there. Another reply had something to do with getting something off their skin? Something like that. Can't really remember.

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i have wondered why the carp on the zum jump so much. i have almost become numb to fish jumping due to the zum. There are a ton in there. i am 90% sure they are not asian carp however. it would be good to know why they are jumping though. i would love some 9lb top water action. ike

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talked to my uncle, he claims since carp are bottom feeders they get debris caught in the gill rakers, and they jump so when they re enter it sort of back flushes that debris out.

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sounds reasonable to me.

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