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    The poster formerly known as mcwrestler
  • Birthday 10/19/1986

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  1. Prime Spots In East Tennessee?

    There are grass carp in the Alcoa pond. Large ones at that, but during the summer catching them can be iffy due to poor recovery post release. I have landed a few pushing 20lbs there, I have also lost 1 that I can confirm appeared over 30lbs, and another that never came close to being landed. I have also had a large grass carp from Kefauver before. I can't recall the exact weight, but it was my PB grass carp for a while.
  2. Prime Spots In East Tennessee?

    Welcome to the world of carp fishing in East Tennessee. We have so many prime waters, and so much uncharted areas to add to that. I certainly have slacked off in my angling over the years, but if I ever want to wet a line, there are a number of places I go to. I don't know that it has reopened yet or ever will, but the Ft Loudon dam, lock side was always a place to catch real numbers. Had some 30 + fish days of fish from 5 to 19lbs. Above Fort Loudon near the marina has yielded 1 20lber for myself and lots of others in the smaller range. Watts Bar dam on the lock side can fish great in the fall, but it takes some prebaiting to get the fish there. If you venture out to Knoxville, near the riverboat can bring good top water action. For pond fishing, Alcoa has a duck pond near the school that has produced over the years with decent sized fish for the body of water.
  3. Thanks Dean for continuing the events in such an excellent fashion! Congrats to all the winners!
  4. Oh the shame of it all...

    However I suspect I lost about 3000 possibly. Just one of those things
  5. Oh the shame of it all...

    Shame! Shame! Yeah I think some was lost in the upgrades, how much I do not know. But I think I lost some, how much I do not know myself.

    Some very nice fish showing on here. Now if only I could find one!
  7. RTH3 hooks

    I will take 2 packs of 100, inbox me the details to pay you! Thanks!
  8. Tennessee gained a transplant from Pennsylvania. Thanks all. Was certainly good to be back out.
  9. The grassie was not from Kingston.
  10. I cut my fishing teeth as a child in a city pond near my house, luckily I had parents who did not feel concerned at the prospect of me leaving the vicinity of my house to pursue blue gill, bullheads and whatever would bite. That whatever sometimes included carp. Over the years I would go from bass to catfish, then catfish to carp. If fishing is a addictive, blue gill is the first hit and carp is where I have wound up. So after being reinvigorated to do some fishing by Spoon, I loaded my car a week later to get out and do some fishing. I went somewhere I have never been and had no expecations of what I may find. As I hauled my stuff to the spot, and sat the paylake rods and reels on banksticks with euro alarms (tackle tarts cringe!) and mixed my grits and baited my hairs (forgot the puffs at home that day) I was able to sit and observe. Sitting at this new spot felt familiar in so many ways. Taking me back to days on the small ponds of my original town 20 years ago. As I sit there, I really have no expecation of size or type. I figure a handful of 5 to 10lb carp would make for a busy day of small fish. I was still dealing with the aftermath of a home break in and wasted the morning sorting things out. They took no fishing gear thankfully. After about 35 minutes of daydreaming, it was so rudely interupted by my alarms and the clicker on the Carp Master reel. As I set the hook I could feel I had a decent fish. After a short fight and a wade into thick mud I finally had the carp in the net. Immediately I knew I had an upper teen, maybe even larger. The scales would confirm, the fish was over 20lbs. I cannot recall the exact weight, somewhere between 20 and 22lbs, but that is because it would not be the biggest of the day! After rebaiting and recasting numerous times trying to figure out the water, I finally sat back down to resume taking in the October sunshine. A first fish over 20lbs, that is always good for a new water. The next run I had was nothing like the first. It started with a small drop back. Then a slight tug and nothing. Fast forward about 5 minutes and the reel was absolutely screaming. As soon as I set the hook, I saw a big black tail come out of the water. I thought it was a catfish doing its normal near surface spinning. But then the fish sunk down and tore off with anger. Now I am pacing the bank trying to work an angle on whatever I have hooked into. Finally after much coaxing I get it near the bank to see what I am really encountering is a carp of the grassie kind. Having caught more than my fair share of grass carp I know the longer he fights in the water, the less of a beating I will take on the bank. I also know that regardless, a beating on the bank is going to happen. it always does. I could also tell that this was no small grass carp, it was going to be a PB. I had no idea how big until I had him netted and had to lift it up. Now I haven't hit the gym or rolled on a wrestling mat in a long time, but I know heavy when I feel it, and this fish was heavy. As I get him to the mat I set about weighing and photos. Still sorting out photos with a new phone and fishing solo. Well the dial on the Reubon Heaton scale went past the 6 o'clock position. Coming to a rest at 36lbs 4 oz. There is no true trophy shot as grass carp can kill themselves in a fight, and I had 10 seconds from activating the camera on the phone to kneel, take the carp from my travel sling not made for this huge fish, and strike some sort of a pose without being tale slapped. After that I recasted, I think. Really I don't recall. I was so content with the fish and the day that I was just taking in the moment. It was a great birthday trip. Rest assured, this water has not even come close to seeing the last of me. If on a first trip I catch a 20 and a 36lber, I can't imagine what comes next.
  11. So this last year has been absolutely busy for myself. So many changes have kept me from fishing as much as in the past, if at all. I bought a new house, got a new carp mobile, added a 4 legged friend to hopefully be a carp hound as she ages, landed a new rewarding but demanding job, and met a wonderful woman much smarter and better looking than myself (not that I set a high bar!). In between November of 2014 and this October I had not fished at all. Almost a full year of not touching a carp. I squeezed in small shark fishing on vacation at the beach, but it just isn't the same. So in September when Charlie (Spoon) gave me a call with a desire to fish, I knew fish I must. Which of course began by buying a fishing license, and trying to see if all my gear still worked. In the new house I have an entire office dedicated to my 2 hobbies, brewing beer and catching carp. After gathering the gear I was out the door before the sun thought to rise to see about catching a carp where I first met other CAG members, the Kingston Steam Plant. Not only was I getting out on the water to fish, but the infamous Zoomie would make the drive to fish with myself and Charlie. A reunion on the bank, and a northern transplant carper also made it down. Finally able to meet a person I conversed with online for a long, long time. Old friends and new friends. The day would already be ideal! In a great rarity I beat all other anglers to the bank. I guess I was excited. Even when they did arrive, I also got lines in the water first, another rare occurence. Spoon had been kind enough to bait up a few days and I had high hopes in some carp. To say the morning was foggy would be like saying the sun is hot. Now not 20 minutes after I sunk my first 2 lines in the water, I had 2 fish on at the same time. Always there to help was Spoon on the 2nd rod. A nice double of some acceptable carp. As we are posing with our fish, my long lost carping brother made his appearance and photo bomb, as is his style. The reunion was complete and carp talk began in earnest. Old stories are swapped and fish tales told. Adam was finally able to hear some of the finest stories that Tennessee has to offer bankside as John, Charlie and myself have seen plenty of interesting things over the years. Of course a trip to Kingston without a catfish is not complete and I fulfilled my duty. Zoomie handled the buffalo honors, but pics or it didn't happen is his motto. But I am telling you, it happened. The fish came steady to all anglers. I don't think I have any of Adams but he certainly caught. To keep the post from rambling forever here are some of the shots from the day. Always one to mug for the camera. Something seems wrong with its face, and the carp was weird too! Spoon seems to always find the biggest of the day at Kingston All in all, it was a better day than I ever imagined and the carp bug got me again. Thanks to John, Charlie and Adam for the wonderful time on the bank. Since my dog can finally go a full day unsupervised in the house, fishing is back in the picture. **I also had to venture to a new water in a post to come, but I got a new PB!
  12. A huge thanks to all of our generous sponsors and Willem for his work on the leader board and technical issues. Please thank and support our sponsors!!! This year we had 31 anglers compete and between them 156 fish logged, totaling 1,185lbs 7oz. 18 fish over 30lbs and a whole bunch over 20. This year did not bring the numbers and size of last year, but it certainly had its share of nice fish! A huge thanks to everyone that participated in the event this year and support the club. Without further ado: 1st Place Josh Bergeron, 129lbs 13oz Josh claimed 1st place this year without even catching one of the 3 biggest carp, that says a lot for the average fish size for him! Well done Josh! For finishing in 1st Place, Josh will win: 3 pieces 1 troy oz Silver $50 Fox Tackle package 2nd Place Matt Janiszewski, 127lbs 15oz Matt may have taken 2nd place for overall weight, but he certainly finishes first in the flair category! Another solid year by Matt J! This 2nd place finish nets Matt: 2 pieces 1 troy oz silver light up swingers from carpmart 3rd Place Steven Braddy, 122lbs 13oz Steven has made it a yearly tradition to be on the leaderboard or in the mix, finishing this year with some wonderful fish as always! Stevens appearance on the final leader board lands him: 1 piece 1 troy oz silver 50% pair EV Delkims Big Fish Iain Murray, 36lbs 10oz Iain Murray can talk a big game, especially with Jerome or Big Bird, and this year, he talked the biggest fish of the event to the bank! Well done Iain, sorry Jerome :party0012icon: In addition to big fish bragging rights, Iain has won: 2 pieces 1 troy oz silver $50 K1 certificate Big Mirror Todd Richer, 30lbs 1oz The North East had a great showing this year, and this awesome mirror is one of the highlights! While reflecting upon the super mirror capture, he can also look forward to the following prizes: 2 pieces of 1 Troy oz silver Free entry to 2015 Fall Big 4 For most fish and most total weight, to increase the number of winners, the same person cannot win twice, although you can be assured, that person was Dr Frank Rink with 69 fish for a total of 773lbs 10oz. Most Fish Frank Rink, 69 fish! So many fish to chose from, so here is one of many! There was not a first fish award this year, but Frank made his appearance known! We will look forward to Franks participation in the Fall Big 4, as he has won free entry with his dedication! Highest Total Weight Matt Janiszewski , 520lbs 5oz Making his 2nd appearance on the list this year, is Matt! Over half way to 1,000lbs! Matt has caught 520lbs of carp more than I have in 2015! Keep an eye out for Matt and his flair in the Fall Big 4 as he has won entry into it! In closing, I just want to thank everyone that participated in the event this year. As always, if you have suggestions for tweaks, modifications, or other suggestions related to events, I would love to hear them! Do not forget, this year will be the 2nd annual Fall Big 4! Also, June is Take a Kid Carping month, and the CCC and Discovery Month won't be far behind! ****If you are a winner, please PM me your address if you have won a physical prize (K1 Gift certificate excluded, I will reach out to the winner of that****
  13. More to be added if they come in: Prizes: 1st Place 3 pieces silver $50 Fox Tackle package 2nd Place 2 pieces silver light up swingers from carpmart 3rd Place 1 piece silver 50% pair EV Delkims Big Fish 2 pieces silver $50 K1 certificate Big Mirror 2 pieces silver Free entry to 2015 Fall Big 4 Most Fish Logged Free entry to 2015 Fall Big 4 Most Weight Logged Free entry to 2015 Fall Big 4
  14. Apologies for not seeing the prize question sooner. Thanks Frank and others for weighing in on it, much appreciated. The guaranteed categories are 1st, 2nd, 3rd for Big 4, Big Mirror, and Big Fish. These will be constant any year of the event as long as I'm seeing the event is ran. Other prizes are filled in as donations allow. That can include First Fish, most fish, most total weight, etc. As prizes will come in I will update it. Currently we have silver coins again, free entry into the fall big 4, and a donation from carpmart I will list as I get more commitments. The last minute switch to 2 months and not 1 threw off my usual routine, but I am glad it will be a 2 month event.