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Everything posted by pickerd

  1. BIG 4 Fall 2017 - Bragging Thread

    I've been finding some decent success fishing after dark, something I seem to do more and more of as it gets dark earlier and earlier. Here are the two biggest from the last couple of nights at 21 ande 19 lbs. Hope to get some bigger than this in the coming weeks. Man, always tough to get a good night photo.
  2. Most carp fishermen have to learn the art of taking a self photo. You’re alone the bank alone and you catch a good size fish, and you want to get a photo of you holding the fish. How do you do it? The “old” way I used to do it was with a camera. I had a Canon compact camera and I set the timer for the shutter and the number of shots. Then I pressed the shutter button and ran into the camera’s view with the fish while the self timer clicked away. I now generally have a better and more convenient way to get the photo with my smartphone. I should mention that I do not have an expensive smartphone. It is a recently purchased LG Aristo phone that I bought for $100 on sale. But, it has some phenomenal features when it comes to taking pictures. It also takes 13 megapixel photos. The most important feature is something called voice shutter. It’s in the settings and I keep it turned on. This eliminates any self timer. You get into the picture and simply say “smile” or “cheese” and it snaps the picture when you say so. I will hold the fish at different angles and direct the phone when to take the photos. In addition, my phone has photo editing capabilities. I can rotate the photo, crop it, enhance it, etc. right in the phone. It’s a photo editing program built into the phone. Amazing! Here’s what else you need for those self photos with the phone. You will need some type of holder. You could use a tripod, but I prefer to use a bankstick with a mount called a Gardner camera angle (screws into the bankstick). The cell phone will not screw into my camera mount as a camera does so I purchased an adapter called a Vastar Universal Tripod Adapter Cell Phone Holder. This ingenious little tool is a cell phone holder that screws into the Gardner camera angle, and it is adjustable for your size cell phone. I got it at Amazon for about 8 bucks. A real buy! So that’s it. Take a look at the photo I have for an example. All done very easily and conveniently with my smartphone!
  3. 2017 - Dave Pickering

    I want to thank CAG for this honor. It came as a complete surprise. I know there are many other hard working volunteers in this organization that are equally deserving of such an award. Looking back at past winners, I feel honored to be included in such a group of special people whose passion is carp fishing. Thanks again.
  4. CAG Big 4 Rules - Fall 2017

    I don't believe the leaderboard is set up yet.
  5. Self Photos with Your Smartphone

    Ah, technology....it can be a beautiful thing when it all works right. Nice photos!
  6. Are Rod Pods Worth it?

    Depends...I have a great pod set up but rarely use it. I only use it for hard ground or docks and piers where I can't stick in a bank stick. I like the versatility of moving the rods around with bank sticks. It allows me to spread out the rods while with a pod you have to keep everything together. Is the pod set up worth the $500. Only you have to decide. Just my 2 cents.
  7. Fantastic new swim!!, great afternoon!!

    Nice going, Kirk. Thanks for posting. I, too, love finding new locations.
  8. Iain, Thank you for imforming us about this very important proposal to make the CT River trophy carp waters. And, thank you so much for working on this. Everyone in this group should consider supporting this proposal because this could open the door for other states to do the same thing. This could be a landmark proposal that could impact all of us. I sent off a letter to Mr. Foreman. Here is a copy of that letter: Dear Sir, I would like to comment on your proposal #9 which makes the CT River "Trophy Carp Waters". I wholeheartedly support this proposal. While I am a RI resident, I do purchase a CT freshwater fishing license every year just to fish the CT River for carp. The CT River is a world class carp fishing water and passing that proposal would keep it that way. It would also preserve the large trophy fish that so many anglers pursue. I also see this as an economic issue. Many fishermen from NE, the US and even from overseas go to the CT River every year to sample its outstanding carp fishing. These people purchase licenses, buy equipment, stay at hotels and spend money on gas and food. Passing this proposal would assure that this continues. Carp fishing, like every other fishery, can have a fragile future. Yes, they can get fished out with increased pressure. Right now, the river offers the best carp fishing in New England and protecting that fishery will only assure that it will continue to be that way. So, please consider my comments and hopefully pass this important proposal. Dave Pickering
  9. New naca

    It is very well put together. Kudos to Edwin for making this a very professional magazine, and this is his FIRST time at it. Great. great job!
  10. NIce going, guys. You guys always run successful fish-ins.
  11. Minnesota fish!!

    Nice going and some quality fish.
  12. Willem,

    I can't seem to find my password for the Director's Forum. I thought it was automatically saved but I am wrong. Could you resend it to me...thanks.


  13. 2017 CCC

    The by laws state that the minutes of the meeting shall be recorded and then posted. We post them every year for all to see on the Forum. They are also kept in the records. I have the minutes of every plenary meeting from the time the club was formed. They are in the "book" that I possess, and the copy is in the "book" that the Historian (Jerome) now possesses. Jerome should have a copy of the records on hand at the plenary meeting.

    Hey guys...some fantastic fish posted here. Yes, I agree that these should count. You guys have REALLY set the bar high for future tournaments!
  15. CAG BIG 4 SPRING 2017

    Fantastic fish! These guys from RI can really fish!
  16. SPRING BIG4 post your pics

    Here is my biggest one of the tournament and I might add, my most beautiful one! It is my FIRST fantail common that I've ever caught, and it checked in at exactly 29 lbs.
  17. Cag Big 4 Prizes

    Last year the BOD discussed prizes for these tournaments and made a decision to fund these events ourselves rather than relying on sponsors. We set aside a certain amount of money (from entry fees and treasury) to cover gift certificates for places 1-10. Jerome should have the exact figure we set aside. Of course, I applaud your efforts for getting sponsors for this event. However, in the past, the sponsor thing oftentimes did not work out and that is why we made the decision to fund these events ourselves. I think it was a good use of our funds.
  18. SPRING BIG4 post your pics

    Wow, a great fish and congrats on the PB. I guess persistence pays off!
  19. Dead forum

    It is what you make of it, guys. It is your club. Sorry to tell you this but in New England CAG is alive and well, growing and very active in every state. Other places could do the same with a little effort and a little less whining! Sorry, but simply fed up with the negativity.
  20. RI Fish-in Summary

    We held our RI Spring Fish-in on Sat., May 6 at Roger Williams Park in Providence. Five carpers braved wind, rain and cold to attend the event. Attending were Manny Dias and his wife Morgan, Tony Carvalho, MNick Pacelli and myself. We ended up catching six carp in all (actually many more than we usually catch. Like all fish-ins, we talked a lot of fishing and made plans to fish together again in more pleasant conditions. Below are a few of the photos that I took.
  21. Leaderboard

    Another problem with the leaderboard is that some guys are not adding photos. One of our guys from RI had that problem. He said it wouldn't take his photo. My guess is that the size of the photo must be reduced in order to add it. Maybe an explanation of how to add the photo would be in order. Just a suggestion. In the past...no photo, no entry. Is a photo required?
  22. Some really good fishing going on right now in RI. I took out my fancy SLR camera gear and took a number of action shots as I was bringing these fish ashore. These fish were all in the 15- 20 lb. range. Note that I had the rod in one hand and the camera in another as I was alone. Not easy to steady the camera and get a clear shot. Also, many of these shots were taken in the "continuous shooting mode" where the camera zips off multiple shots. When I get them home, I take just the best. Enjoy.
  23. Big 4 2017 prediction

    Ah, you've all forgotten about little RI.....small state but big carp fishing talent. We practically swept the Fall Big 4 and clearly are the favorites to take this one!
  24. NECC Carp Conference - Thanks!

    So, does anyone have any photos of this major event? I saw Edwin taking a bunch, Would be great to post a few here.
  25. Nice going...looked like a great day!