Later on after dropping Cleo off, I drove down to Lake Michigan with my 9wt to catch some warmwater fish or whatever else. There were a few bass, some pike, many very small hatchery trout, and schools of very large carp. I went for the carp.
I had a hit early on, but most casts toward the schooling carp went unnoticed. The hit was enough to let me know I was on the right track though, so I kept at it. Eventually I put my fly right in front of a carp. As it sank, he dove for it like I had just thrown in a piece of chocolate cake. I set the hook.
My 9wt held up to the fight perfectly but I lost the fish at the shore trying to land it without a net. It counts, right? a long distance release? I caught a little video right before I tried to land the fish.