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Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby crackehelmet » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:43 pm

It's sad how many photos have been lost to this board because of the changes to photo bucket, so I'ma add one I think is cool. This is one of my favorite pictures, despite me looking like a goofy kid. This was taken in the final week of my deployment to Iraq in 2008 on Victory base complex (LSA Liberty West). Our mission was already handed over and we weren't even supposed to be there anymore, but flight kept getting grounded in Kuwait because of sandstorms.The fish was caught out of "Z" lake. I caught it on a chunk of apple cinnamon muffin formed around a treble hook with stacked squares of cut up Styrofoam coffee cup pinched between split shots as a float.

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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby Bonecrusher101 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:58 pm

That's awesome! A lot of soldiers have deployed to Iraq but you are the only one I've ever known to have been successfully fishing. Congrats!
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby crackehelmet » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:58 pm

Bonecrusher101 wrote:That's awesome! A lot of soldiers have deployed to Iraq but you are the only one I've ever known to have been successfully fishing. Congrats!


There wasn't a lot of time to do it, but every once in a while we'd get some down time for one reason or another and I'd throw a line into a canal for an hour or so. I hit it hard that that last week when we didn't have a mission and it paid off well with this guy.
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby dan » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:22 pm

8-)
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby Hodag Hunter » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:15 pm

Great picture, ugly looking fish.
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby Hatchet Jack » Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:24 am

Thats pretty cool. At FOB Blessing in Afghanistan we were on the Pesh river and i always wanted to fish it. Fast flowing river with lots of hydraulics, wouldve been tough fishing but wouldve been nice to see what it was holding.
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Postby EdC » Thu Jan 11, 2018 3:20 am

8-) 8-) 8-) 8-) 8-)
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby Edcyclopedia » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:10 am

No towel.. :P
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby Dewey » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:07 am

How did it taste? :L:
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby Edcyclopedia » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:26 am

Dewey wrote:How did it taste? :L:

Oily? :whistle:
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby Dewey » Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:53 am

Edcyclopedia wrote:
Dewey wrote:How did it taste? :L:

Oily? :whistle:

I kinda looks like Sadaam. :o
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby Boogieman1 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:05 am

:clap: Thank you for your service! I was there in 2003, just so happened my duties kept me where I belong. In the rear with the gear!
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby crackehelmet » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:38 pm

Hatchet Jack wrote:Thats pretty cool. At FOB Blessing in Afghanistan we were on the Pesh river and i always wanted to fish it. Fast flowing river with lots of hydraulics, wouldve been tough fishing but wouldve been nice to see what it was holding.


I feel you there. VBC was one of Saddam's old palace complexes so we had lakes and canals all over the place. Still it took forever to get my hands on any kind of fishing gear. Eventually traded for some from a TCN.

Hodag Hunter wrote:Great picture, ugly looking fish.


Looked pretty darn good to me on the end of my line :D

Dewey wrote:How did it taste? :L:


Dunno, with the end of my deployment at hand I wasn't willing to risk eating an unfamiliar fish from unfamiliar water.
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby riverrat bbq » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:17 pm

I worked there as a contractor in 2010-11. I tried fishing some of the canals around VBC. I could see a lot of fish from the bridges. I was after what looked like catfish. I only got out for a couple hours one afternoon, no luck. I had to get my gear online.we got most of our stuff that way over there. lol. I was just hand lining with hook and sinker. Having a rod would have been fun, but like you say not a lot of free time.
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Re: Iraq Carp (2008)

Postby Crazinamatese » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:23 pm

Cool! I was at Liberty west in 09-10. I wish I had a pic but one of our guys ran over and killed a huge bobcat looking critter with a bongo bus near antenna hill. Some one said it was one of saddam's escaped pets. ?? Kinda freaky since I used to run laps every night around antenna hill. We also shot some gnarly looking wild pigs on our FOB in 2004-05.
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