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    Obsessed Carper
  • Birthday 01/20/1949

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    Fishing, majority of time spent with carp; hunting, archery, white water & flat water canoeing; hiking and camping

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  1. Hey Tyler, Welcome to the group. From your photos it looks like you are an ole hand at this game. Keep us posted. Ken <:///><
  2. Ken

    Perfect morning

    Nice fish and a good morning. The weather is getting nice here too. It's a great time of the year to be out.
  3. I have good luck with sweet corn on hair rigs with pack bait. My usual method is to have the hair about an inch long and bait it with two fat, solid kernels from the can. Too long of a hair is counter productive. I push the hook in the pack leaving my two kernels on the hair on the outside of the pack. I'm not a believer in leaving the line in the water "for hours". I get suspicious after 30 - 45 minutes, especially if I've twitches on the line, or decent activity earlier in the session, and will check to see if the corn in still on. Sometimes it is, sometimes it's not. I don't mind recasting like that, because every time I send another ball of pack out, I figure It is some more chum out there. After you get to know your water, you generally get to know a sweet spot and keep casting to that spot. Have a certain target, a tree or house or whatever on the other side that you aim at, so your rig goes out to the same small area each time. Those little plastic bait stops for the hairs were a pain for me when I started using hairs. I hated them. I tried a few things and finally came up with the idea of using grass. Cut the round grass (about a foot or so) that has the little one inch tassels on the top that are around half the diameter of a toothpick. Cut the tassel off and let them dry. Of course you can use them 'green' too. When baiting up just push the piece of grass through the hair, push the bait (corn) up against it, lightly hold the hair to keep a little pressure on the bait, pull the grass back to the edge of the corn, then snip the long end of the grass off against the corn with toenail/fingernail clippers. Simple, easy, and quick. Even with cold fingers. There's always a dozen or so stems of grass in my tackle box all the time. After a bit you'll get good at holding on to the long end of the grass when clipping it, because if you don't it will take off, never to be found again. And those toenail clippers are a handy item to always have along. They are a god-send for snipping tag ends off fishing line when tying knots or cutting line. For mono line anyway. 'Better have a sharp knife along for braid. Ken <:////><
  4. Welcome back in the game Dave. I've found it just doesn't pay to get rid of your gear. I tend to hold on to everything (much to the dismay of the Mrs.) because it seems, as soon as you sell it, you need it.
  5. What are your thoughts on the pros and cons of boiled and soaked cracked corn vs boiled and soaked whole kernel corn?
  6. Does anyone have any carp fishing experience on Great Sacandaga Lake they would share?
  7. Ken

    Its been a while.

    Corndog, I, too, have just made a comeback after a bit of time off the water. Feels good to be at it again, doesn't it? Your story reminded me of my experience of having a rod snap during a fight. I was using a 7 foot rod and it snapped at the middle ferrule. I remember watching the top half of my pole sliding down the taut line towards the carp on the other end. I also had a happy ending to that one, landing the carp with just a 3 foot stub. I also had a memorable "double catch" this past weekend. I was fishing two rods and had the close one go out. I set the hook into what seemed a large, spirited fish. I was enjoying the fight when the other pole's reel started singing. Great! I started horsing the first fish in as hard and quickly as I dared. The bait runner continued to stream out line on the second reel. The first fish finially showed up close enough to try to net. It turned out to be an 8 1/2 pound cat, which gave an excellent account of itself. I thought it was a bigger fish. Trying to do everything too fast, it took several attempts to get the cat in the net. The cat, net, and first rod were unceremoniously dragged up in the weeds and abandonned. The bait runner was looking uncomfortably empty, with the line still pouring out heading for the other side when I locked the reel and started on the second fish. With all that line out to start with coupled with the current of the river, I had a battle to remember, trying to get the fish back in. I was thinking I was definately getting my moneys worth on this one. What made it especially rewarding, in addition to the fish avoiding the snags out there and the line avoiding all the zebra mussels on the rocks, the fish turned out to be a 13-5 mirror. What more could I ask for? Ken
  8. I have experienced broken lines a hundred-fold here in upstate NY in the last few years. At first I was blaming everything but the real culprit--zebra mussels. The mussels are about everywhere now, and they cut the lines like a knife. When there is a fish on, and the line goes across a rock with mussels on it, it is an instant-game-over. Many times the line will be cut just attempting to set the hook. The lines have to be constantly looked at, and changed quite often, because of horrible fraying and chafing from the mussels. The braided lines stand up to the chafing a little better, but they are anything but impervious. I'm afraid now that these mussels are so numerous, changing line is now a continual and expensive way of life. Ken
  9. Hey Jason, 'Glad to see you made it to CAG. This place will do nothing but make the fever worse. -Ken
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