I have many memories of going to Utah Lake during the spawning season and the carp would be all over in the rushes around the edges of the lake. They would also be in the rivers feeding the lake and sometime so thick you could almost walk across on their backs.
Utah Lake is pretty consistent in the level that is maintained in the lake. There has been a time or two, though, when the level dropped very low and also the opposite has happened and the level of the lake has risen sometimes to overflowing.
Such was the case in 1985, we had a very good winter with an overabundance of water came and Utah Lake expanded. Many of the fields bordering the lake especially on the north end were under water and when the carp started to spawn that spring they were all over the pastures. Maybe I should call them pasture ponds.
Now I have had my go at carp with a bow and arrow a time or two and it is good sport, but when my boys said let's go get some carp and then showed up with baseball bats I was not sure what to think, but I went anyway.
Out to the pastures we went, or I should say ponds. Oops! pasture ponds. The water was about 12-14 inches deep and wouldn't you know the bottoms of the pasture ponds were muddy. So off we went after the carp.
That has got to be one of the most ridiculous things I have ever done. But it was an absolute hoot! With a capital 'H'. Between the muddy bottom and the depth of the water it was not that easy to move around but the carp go like a bat out of you know where.
And so here we are a bunch of grown men (boys) flailing around in those pasture ponds trying to smack some carp zipping by with a baseball bat. I couldn't have gotten wetter if I had laid down and rolled in the water.
I have wondered a time or two, since, if the water came back, and the chance was there would I go again at my age, but then I remember, we took my father-in-law with us that day and he was 78 at the time and he had the time of his life.
You may get old, but you don't have to grow up, and you definitely do not want to stop having fun. (and being a little crazy helps)! OKAY, a whole lot crazy!