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Mike Pike

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About Mike Pike

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  • Birthday 10/03/1959

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    All kinds of fishing, especially carp!

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    Hamilton
  • Who Referred you?
    Collin, Hairwig, Simon.
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    >50
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  1. When one of my Fox alarms cacked, I went with the Carp Zoom. So far so good.
  2. Mike Pike

    New reel

    With that kind of action, you won't need a gym membership! Great to hear your success stories. I went out yesterday too with quite underwhelming results. Spent the afternoon and evening out in that wind with only a few "bleeps" on the bite alarm to keep me mildly excited.
  3. Mike Pike

    New reel

    Congratulations on another great day, wantabigone! And 28lbs beats my PB so I gotta say, I'm just a tad envious.
  4. Mike Pike

    New reel

    'Course with that new reel, you're gonna need a new rod, eh. lol When's your birthday?
  5. Love the pic! My neck hurts a bit, but I love the pic! Thanks Kool.
  6. Why is it when our lakes are frozen over, you have all kinds of time on your hands. But, as soon as the ice is gone and you're chomping at the bit to get out, you're beset by chores. That's what I find, anyways, and although the ice has been gone for a couple of weeks, yesterday was my first chance to get out after some carp. I thought the best thing to try was shallow water that would warm up earlier than the harbour would, so I packed my stalking rod and traveled light down the fisherman's path. The margins were a carp's dream with lots of roots and branches to take refuge in and to use to their advantage during a fight. It was neat to see all the wildlife waking up, too. Lots of finches and nuthatches flittering about the trees. Ducks and geese all paired up. And here's Momma, blending in with her surroundings, quietly sitting on her eggs. Anyhoo, I kept the presentation small using only a couple of pieces of corn on the hair, along with a small PVA bag of particles hooked on to help the fish zero in on my offering. It was pretty quiet early on, so I chummed out a small handful of corn hoping that would create a wider zone of attraction and it wasn't before I noticed some bubbling around my bait. This went on and off for quite a while but with no result, impatiently, I went to my rod to check my bait. Just before touching the rod, off it went( Isn't that always the way? )! Fortunately, other then running my line under a nasty old floating branch, most of the fight was in the open, and I brought this spring fatty into the net. Just a gorgeously proportioned fish with a little yellow and red around the anal and caudal fin. Shortly after releasing her and re-baiting I heard a splash and saw the rings in the water on the opposite bank. As well, there was bubbling everywhere and I thought; "Now they're having it!" But things quieted down after a while and I had no other action. Once the sun disappeared behind the trees, the chill reminded me it was still April, and I packed up, pretty happy with my first outing of the season. 
  7. Mike Pike

    Success!

    Making longer casts to cover more water necessitates the use of a longer rod, especially when casting heavy leads or method feeders. Now, take those situations away and a smaller rod would be more desirable, particularly on smaller waters surrounded by bushes and trees to hinder casting. That's my take, but fishing is all about the enjoyment, so if I have a stick I really like, regardless if it's not specifically built for the task, I use it.
  8. Mike Pike

    Success!

    Nice when it all comes together, eh? Keep ridin' that hot stick wantabigone and thank you for posting.
  9. Why is it when our lakes are frozen over, you have all kinds of time on your hands. But, as soon as the ice is gone and you're chomping at the bit to get out, you're beset by chores. That's what I find, anyways, and although the ice has been gone for a couple of weeks, yesterday was my first chance to get out after some carp. I thought the best thing to try was shallow water that would warm up earlier than the harbour would, so I packed my stalking rod and traveled light down the fisherman's path. The margins were a carp's dream with lots of roots and branches to take refuge in and to use to their advantage during a fight. It was neat to see all the wildlife waking up, too. Lots of finches and nuthatches flittering about the trees. Ducks and geese all paired up. And here's Momma, blending in with her surroundings, quietly sitting on her eggs. Anyhoo, I kept the presentation small using only a couple of pieces of corn on the hair, along with a small PVA bag of particles hooked on to help the fish zero in on my offering. It was pretty quiet early on, so I chummed out a small handful of corn hoping that would create a wider zone of attraction and it wasn't before I noticed some bubbling around my bait. This went on and off for quite a while but with no result, impatiently, I went to my rod to check my bait. Just before touching the rod, off it went( Isn't that always the way? )! Fortunately, other then running my line under a nasty old floating branch, most of the fight was in the open, and I brought this spring fatty into the net. Just a gorgeously proportioned fish with a little yellow and red around the anal and caudal fin. Shortly after releasing her and re-baiting I heard a splash and saw the rings in the water on the opposite bank. As well, there was bubbling everywhere and I thought; "Now they're having it!" But things quieted down after a while and I had no other action. Once the sun disappeared behind the trees, the chill reminded me it was still April, and I packed up, pretty happy with my first outing of the season. .
  10. Have you tried accessing the Canada Carp Cup Facebook page for tournament contact info? I think there are only a limited number of pegs for competitors so it's a good thing you're inquiring early. I saw the Fish'n Canada episodes that covered the tournament and really enjoyed 'em. Pretty cool to see a lot of the carp anglers I meet on the banks here in Hamilton competing. It was a real who's who of Canadian carpers.
  11. Just received my North American Carp Angler mag in the mail. What a nice surprise as it also included a nice little commemorative pin celebrating 25 years of CAG, which I've already pinned to my favourite fishing cap. Really enjoying the magazine and the historical account of carp fishing in its infancy in North America, as well as the formation of CAG. I've spent countless hours reading about the history of carp fishing in England and about the great pioneers of our sport, so it's a real treat to read about the the early days of our own carping history. The famous Minnesota fish-in with Doug Stange, editor of In Fisherman Magazine, was amazing. The fact that this get-together helped to spawn the 1995 In Fisherman carp fishing article titled "The World's Greatest Sport-Fish" blew me away! I remember reading that article all those years ago!!! At the time, I was like most young Canadian fisherman, targeting bass, pike and walleye. As I recall, this controversial article suggested the resilient carp would become the sport fish of the future in North America. Who could forget that! Anyhoo, I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the magazine and 'thank you' to all the volunteers who put it together for our enjoyment.
  12. I'll remember that CB! And ya, have you noticed how break-offs hurt waaaay more when it's because of something YOU do wrong? Like a poorly tied knot. Or your line breaks because you didn't check it after a fish had you snagged. Man, those are tough to get over.
  13. Finally, a break in the weather and, after seeing the fishing friendly forecast, I called up my cousin Dan to see if he wanted to head out for a little morning session. Rather that try one of our harbour spots( as we were still unsure of the blue-green algae situation ), we opted for a smaller venue to enjoy the sun, cigars and Cyprinidae! We didn't feel the need to show up super early because, we reasoned, the fish activity would pick up once the temperatures began to rise after sunrise. That, and I slept in. One of the first things I noticed was that the lush vegetation and overgrown banks of the summer were gone now. However, the downed foliage and 'openness" of the area in the fall still had its charm. Even with the cooler temps, we spotted some 'V' wakes and bubbling, and I felt like we had a shot with the little bit of fish activity that we saw on display. The east wind kept whipping up, though, and it was hard to tell whether we were getting line bumps or if it was just the wind. Oh well, at least we weren't bothered by false alarms on the bite indicator! It wasn't until I heard the rapid clicking of my bait-runner that I knew I was in! Gotta think the little PVA bag o' goodies added to the presentation helped the fish zero in on my bait. The first thing I noticed during the fight was how frayed the old line was on my stalking rod( Wow, need to change that! ), so I loosened the drag and the fight lasted longer than it should have with this little fellow. Certainly not bragging size, but I was happy to have caught it. Thanks for the taking the pic, Dan( and for the cigar ). Nice to finally be able to get some bank time in after all the recent autumn wind and rain. And with luck, a lot more sessions to enjoy before winter's icy grip takes hold.
  14. Well, I dusted off the ol' stalking rod today and went off to dodge the rain showers and get a little fishing in. The confined, intimate little water was a nice change from the open expanse of the harbour and I was pretty excited at the prospect of battling fish at such close quarters. I haven't done the stalking thing in some time, and my little 9-foot Greys was probably feeling a little neglected. I downsized my hooks, line, etc, as I knew the carp here would be on the smaller size, then sent out my hook bait of maize and a floater kernel onto a tight little chum bed of maize. Surprising, I began to get line bumps right away, but unfortunately no runs. Then, down came the rain, but I packed my umbrella for just such an emergency. Here is the view from my little shelter. The line bumps stopped and things became quiet, so it was time to move in search of the nomadic fellows. I moved further down the bank, once the rain showers allowed, and noticed a nice splash not 10 feet away in the margins. That 'll do! I set up and once again, line bumps told me fish were honing in on my bait. But still no runs. I considered my hookbait and thought that maybe I should downsize some more, and so I removed the floater and kept only 2 small kernels of maize on the hair. Dang! The next 'line bump' was a take and a real belter of a run! Off it went straight into the marginal snags and I held my breath. I coax him away and back out into the main channel. Whew!!! Netting the fish proved to be a problem as I brought a smaller net with me thinking the carp here would be nowhere near doubles. But this was a good 'un and after a little drama, I finally brought it onto the bank. I was immediately struck by the bright yellow on the lower flanks near the tail. The rain kept up and, despite my shelter, I was pretty soaked through by this point so I packed up with a big smile on my face and headed home to dry off and type this report. A most awesome time on golden pond.
  15. Signs read "Water Polluted with Blue-Green Algae" at my chosen fishing spot at Hamilton Harbour. I didn't even know there was a big algae bloom out there until the sun came up and I could see what I was fishing in! lol I read a recent Spec article that said the Great Lakes are about 2 or 3 degrees warmer than average and how it was globally related, and there wasn't much that could be done about it. So me thinks this is going to be the norm every summer. Too bad because I hate fishing in the stuff. Besides the health risks, it discolours your line and is pretty gross looking. Well, time to look for 'cleaner' venues, until the colder temps dissipate the algae. The bite will pick up too, so better days ahead!
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