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  1. May17-19 2019 The WMCA are hosting a new event to the Mid-West carp scene. We are hosting a social/Fish-in style event here in Michigan at an amazing campground. The event will be in a camp ground with all modern facilities as well as camp sites or cabins for rent. We hope you can make it and have a good time. The event will be held at Brower Park in Stanwood Michigan. Here is a link to the camp ground: https://www.mecostacountyparks.com/brower-park.html If you plan to attend I would reserve a spot ASAP. Please post in this thread if you will be able to make it. P.S Bring backleads as there may be boat traffic Thanks, Dave People attending: Dave Nathan Chris Carey Kevin Zeh Nick DeWaard
  2. Stuart a guy from my club club is untested in brolly nathan is his name +1 (765) 215-3560
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    Are there any Indiana CAG events coming up?

    Pike, I will be working out the details on some events in W Michigan next spring summer and Fall.
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    Where is everyone?

    Granpi, Andy and I are still around, we have a pretty good group now In west Michigan. we should get together soon and fish!
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    2018 CCC

    Any updates?
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    New Carper here

    Welcome from SW Michigan
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    A quick introduction and my PB carp

    Congrats and welcome to the forum.
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    New to Michigan

    Welcome to Michigan bud, imo it’s one of the best states in the USA for Carp fishing!
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    Is it to early to start talking about next year yet?
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    Paul, Do you have a list of events on that side of the state? I know the WSCC is 5-20 and 5-21. The west side carp anglers get together every Sunday as a club to fish.
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    Rig help

    The hair rig.... and the Blowback rig
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    New guy

    Welcome to the best carping state in the USA. You are dead center between two great groups of carp anglers, one on each side of the state. If you do the FB thing add me Dave Ash, please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have.
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    So It begins!
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    vroom vroooooooom

    Wow Daniel... SMH.
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    vroom vroooooooom

    Daniel is drunk, dont mind him, he does not fish anymore anyway.
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    How about now?
  17. What a difference a week makes! 2 weeks ago CAG and WMCA (West Michigan Carp Anglers) added a new member in Matt. Matt carp fished in the UK, but recently moved to the USA and was lucky enough to move to the best state in the union. He joined us last weekend at the WSCC venue, sadly we were on the tail end of a large cold NW blow and an even larger blank. Fast forward a week, with a bit of chum and warm wind and the result was much different today. 15 fish between 8 rods. The biggest of the fish were in the high teens, but none of the crew were disappointed. If you want to learn more about one often best year around fisheries in Michigan, let me know. #makingCAGgreatagain #Legacy
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    WSCC 2016 May 21-22 2016

    There are not many other things I would rather do than spend time family. The one exception to that is having some of the best social carp anglers from the surrounding states join us on the bank for two days during the Wooden Shoe Carp Classic. The WSCC is a social tournament that started in Michigan in 2012 in Holland Michigan to highlight catch and release carp fishing as well as give members of the Carp Anglers Group a reason to get together on the grassy shores of Lake Macatawa. Lake Macatwa is a 7 mile long lake with every type of substrate a carp fisherman could desire in their dreams. The lake ranges from a few feet to spots reaching over thirty-five feet. The real jewel of the lake is its connection to Lake Michigan which allows massive schools of spawning carp to migrate into the lake to spawn. The WSCC venue happens to be on a feeding area off the main migration route. The WSCC starts on Friday with a social fishing day in the venue. All anglers are welcome to turn up as they see fit and fish any peg they desire. The only expectation is that they do not fish past five in the afternoon so the swims can rest and be at their best the following morning. In the case of this venue, the pre fishing helps the catch rates the following days. We are graced here in Michigan with waters that hold large heads of untouched perfect carp. I personally have observed one school of mid teen fish clean out one hundred pounds of prepared particles in the course of a day. Although I did not make the Friday social, the fishing was good per the reports from those who were enjoying a nice day in the sun. The Trilogy Baits team had a video shoot with a local outdoor sports show promoting catch and release carp fishing. One mid twenty made its way to the mat for Paul Cienciera. One of the highlights of the WSCC is food! Holland Michigan has some of the best restaurants in West Michigan. The Friday social was followed by Pizza dinner at Mario’s restaurant. Once dinner was complete everyone went their own directions with great anticipation for the following morning. After a few adult beverages and a couple hours of sleep it was time to head off to the peg draw. The WSCC is a two day event in which a snake draw is used to pick your peg. If you pick first on day one you will pick last on day two. This allows all anglers to have a shot at a peg that is fishing well during the event. When your name is pulled from the bucket you get your pick of open pegs. Once an angler has chosen their peg, they can head off to chum and rig up, but lines cannot go in the water until 6:45 am. I was lucky enough to have the last pick and chose my personal favorite swim in the venue. Peg 36 which is also known as “ The Cove” is a small cove that connects to the main lake but is boxed in by other anglers. I was confident that I could catch fish in this area, but generally the size is a bit smaller. None the less I was set up and ready to go with some of my close friends in the next pegs over. Met Lika was pegged next to me and he was off straight away into a nice 22 pound fish. This fish was the first of the “contest” and won him a nice set of custom bobbins from Matt Latzo. My day consisted of fishing 20MM Nash Baits Instant Attract Boilies backed up to a snag I knew held fish. 8 runs and 7 fish later my day was over with no fish over 15 pounds. The highlight of my day was a member from a local fishing site took up my offer to try some Euro carp fishing and he put in work on the rods. I packed up 10 minutes early to make sure everything was going well on the other end of the pegs when I received a call that a 40 pound fish had been caught. I made my way over to the other end of the venue to see Tony Lett holding a new WSCC and lake record at 40 pounds 1 oz that came with just minutes left on day one. Just like Friday night the group got together for dinner at Turk’s in for more great food and a few beverages. The conversation were all filled with excitement around the first lake forty as well as trying to strategize for day two at the WSCC. Although Tony Lett’s fish was going to be hard to beat, there were plenty of other prizes to be won. I admittedly stayed up to late making conversation with great friends and had a rough go of getting up at 0500 to get down to the peg draw. I had first pick in the draw and took an old standby peg that had fished well in the past. In retrospect I should have taken one of the corner pegs as we had a nice northwest wind that would be pushing the warm water into each of the corner pegs, hindsight is twenty-twenty I guess. I was pegged next to Pawel Sander from Nash Baits Poland and this may have been detrimental to my fishing as we had a day well spent talking about family and a bit of fishing. I was off the mark early with a 25 pound wild water beauty, needless to say my luck the rest of the day consist of watching Nikki Sprinkle haul fish from two pegs down. The rest of my day was spent netting fish, and keeping an eye on her youngest son Maxx as she did battle with more golden ghosts than I could count. They day passed quickly as rumors started to swirl about who was working their way up the leader board. My day two 25 pound fish was holding steady for my day two prize until Nikki Sprinkle dashed my hopes and dreams and pulled a magnificent 30 pounder late in the day. As the time wound down on the WSCC 2016 it was apparent that it was going to be a close race for first place. As I tallied the score cards Darin Thompson of Detroit pulled together a great score card of 8 fish for 192 pounds. He walked away with one of the coveted wooden shoes as the overall winner. Tony Lett’s day one monster held the top spot for big fish at 40 pounds and he walked away with the honor of the WSCC 16’ big fish. For his effort he also walked away with the other prized wooden shoe. Once again the WSCC was graced with great weather and good fishing. This event would not be what it is without the anglers who attend. Rod Mills has been in attendance every year since the WSCC started. Every year he takes time from his fishing and socializing to cook an amazing lunch on both days. It is safe to say that the food far surpasses the fishing. There may have been many of missed runs because anglers snuck away to get a plate of food from Mr. Mills. The WSCC is and will always be a social with nothing but pride on the line, However many American tackle companies have come forward to donate prizes to be given away for different categories as well as raffle at the end of the event. A thank-you goes to Big Carp Tackle, World Classic Baits, Trilogy Baits, K-1 Baits, Gil Huxley, Matt Latzo, and Carpmart for their generous donations to the event. WSCC 2017 is just around the corner!
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    WSCC 2016 May 21-22 2016

    Hello All the Wooden Shoe 2016 planning has been going well. The dates for the WSCC in 2016 will be May 21-22 at Kollens Park in Holland, Michigan. There will be a few changes to the WSCC this year so please read carefully. First and foremost the entry to the event will begin by private invites going out to those who fished last year. Once the spots are confirmed or declined I will open up the event to anyone that is interested. First priority at that point will go to Michigan anglers followed by anglers whom have fished the event prior. Please state your interest via the CAG website forums. I will also be requiring a deposit this year ($25), to ensure that anglers are committed to coming and I do not find myself trying to fill spots the last two weeks because “random” things come up and people are forced to drop out. If you pay the deposit and then back out your entry is donated the WSCC to help cover costs and expenses. There will be no exception to this. The person whom fills a spot of someone who backed out will still be required to deposit $25 dollars of their own to hold their spot. The money collected will go to pay for a venue for our dinner, lunch each day, as well as the wooden shoes. Any deposits left over will be used to purchase prizes for the event. If you have any questions about this please contact me directly. 1. Dave Ash (Confirmed) 2. Nikki Sprinkle 3. Andy Sprinkle 4. Paul Cienciera 5. Darren (Confirmed) 6. Austin 7. Brendan 8. Nik Williams 9. Amos 10. Paige 11. Jathen 12. Rick S (IN) 13. Denise (IN) 14. Rod Mills 15. Bill W. 16. Tom D. 17. Brian D. 18. Drew N. 19. Dan from Chicago 20. Darin from Michigan 21. (1 spot reserved) 22. Brian P Rules: · Fish count based on owner or rods... example: You let a youngster reel a monster in on your kit it still counts for you! · Once the fish is unhooked and weighed photo and released you need to decide if it counts towards your big 8 score. If you count it, please write it down on your score card and have a "witness" sign off on the weight. · 1 fish you count can be your "bonus" fish in which you double its weight · Once you write a on score card it cannot be changed. · Highest score wins after the 2 days. · There is to be no Pre-fishing prior to the event. All pre fishing must stop no later than Thursday before the event at 11:59 P.M.(This is a change from past years to ensure that the best fishing is during the event. · There is to be no fishing activities after the end of day one the event. This includes no chumming, plumbing, ect. · You must have a Michigan fishing license. · There will be a day 1 prize for the leader at the end of day one. · The event will be a snake draw (With exception to peg location for Rod Mills if he can be bribed into cooking lunch for everyone.) Planned activates. Friday Night- I will set up peg flags Saturday: 6 AM peg draw Please be on time... If your name gets pulled and you are not available to pick your peg, you will get moved to the end of the list to pick, but you will retain your spot in the draft. If your name gets picked 1 first and you’re not there to pick your swim, you will get whatever is left over and pick last on day 2. Fishing starts at 6:45, pre baiting may start as soon as you get to your swim after peg draw Fishing will be from 6:45 till 4 pm Dinner at (TBD) will be from 6pm till ? Sunday: Peg draw again starts at 6 am Fishing starts at 6:45, pre baiting may start as soon as you get to your swim after peg draw Fishing will be from 6:45 till 2pm
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    Pack bait ingredient sources

    Here is the kikoman panko part number at GFS.
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    West Michigan Carp Social

    I tried to upload photos, but it says I I don't have enough room. Any idea?
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    Discovery month Social

    As a side note to al who may attend... I have a bunch of work the next few days contact me directly with any questions.
  23. Good morning everyone, I am sure by now the summer heat has everyone down in the dumps. I would encourage you to not loose hope hope however, as fall is not far away and then the dreaded winter. A few years ago Andy and I did a few hours on a HUGE gravel pit and managed a couple carp, but in all honesty we did not give it a proper go as we fished as close to the car as possible. (Andy is getting old) I am wondering if anyone is interested in doing one last social before the brutal Michigan winter hits. Here is a link in google maps to the location: https://www.google.com/maps/dir//43.022815,-86.0294659/@43.0124041,-86.0157821,4031m/data=!3m1!1e3 Riverside Park Trail, Grand Haven, MI 49417 There are some nice pictures of the venue in google and google maps as well. The venue is just massive, and angers can spread out along the MILES of bank space. The venue is very rustic, and there are no gates so overnight fishing should not be an issue. (I would test this before hand.) I was thinking of doing a prize for biggest fish, but mostly this would be just one last time to get together before the end of the season. I would like this event to be open to ANYONE... far and wide. This includes you Jerome! Please provide me with feedback, If we can get enough interest I will start to put something together.