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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
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    Collin, Hairwig, Simon.
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  1. A few days ago, I got up before sunrise to visit a small carp venue and see if I could avenge my 3 straight blanks. Everything looked nice and carpy with some bubbling going on, so I got my bait together and fired it out hoping for the best. I opted to scale down my presentation for the smaller fish in this locale and packed a mesh PVA bag full of a commercial stick n bag mix, krill pellets and corn. Sitting back and waiting( hoping )for a run, it was nice to observe the early morning wildlife activity, including this fly-over! I heard that some Asian cultures believe that a heron is a signal of good luck so I considered it a good sign. Staying light and mobile, I never had my carp pod and electronics with me so I had to concetrate on watching my line. Finally, my rod tip started to bounce slightly and it wasn't long before I got the long awaited run. After a few tense moments, this silvery little beauty graced my mat. Although she couldn't have been more than 6lbs, it was my first fish in 3 outings so I was happy to have had her! Shortly after re-baiting and re-casting, my rod tip began to dance again. Then, I observed my line moving sloooowly to the left and stop. While I wondered whether to set the hook or not, I saw, rising to the surface like a submarine, a huge snapping turtle in the same area that my line had moved to. As the turtle moved on, I brought in my line to see that the hair was neatly stripped of its' two corn kernels. I was done in by the turtle. After re-baiting and re-casting again, the rod began it's little dance once more, and again, my line began slowly moving. This time, I set the hook emmidiately and I began a very slow and prolonged battle with, yup, the snapping turtle! Fortunately, it released my bait and everything flew back at me, with the corn neatly stripped from the hair again like it had never been there. Time to move. Even though the visability was only 8-inces at best, I could see some carp cruising about at this new location but nothing even came close to 'taking the bait.' As the morning drew to a close, I had to be happy with my one fish( and snapping turtle )on this fine summer day.
  2. A few days ago, I got up before sunrise to visit a small carp venue and see if I could avenge my 3 straight blanks. Everything looked nice and carpy with some bubbling going on, so I got my bait together and fired it out hoping for the best. I opted to scale down my presentation for the smaller fish in this locale and packed a mesh PVA bag full of a commercial stick n bag mix, krill pellets and corn. Sitting back and waiting( hoping )for a run, it was nice to observe the early morning wildlife activity, including this fly-over! I heard that some Asian cultures believe that a heron is a signal of good luck so I considered it a good sign. Staying light and mobile, I never had my carp pod and electronics with me so I had to concetrate on watching my line. Finally, my rod tip started to bounce slightly and it wasn't long before I got the long awaited run. After a few tense moments, this silvery little beauty graced my mat. Although she couldn't have been more than 6lbs, it was my first fish in 3 outings so I was happy to have had her! Shortly after re-baiting and re-casting, my rod tip began to dance again. Then, I observed my line moving sloooowly to the left and stop. While I wondered whether to set the hook or not, I saw, rising to the surface like a submarine, a huge snapping turtle in the same area that my line had moved to. As the turtle moved on, I brought in my line to see that the hair was neatly stripped of its' two corn kernels. I was done in by the turtle. After re-baiting and re-casting again, the rod began it's little dance once more, and again, my line began slowly moving. This time, I set the hook emmidiately and I began a very slow and prolonged battle with, yup, the snapping turtle! Fortunately, it released my bait and everything flew back at me, with the corn neatly stripped from the hair again like it had never been there. Time to move. Even though the visability was only 8-inces at best, I could see some carp cruising about at this new location but nothing even came close to 'taking the bait.' As the morning drew to a close, I had to be happy with my one fish( and snapping turtle )on this fine summer day.
  3. When one of my Fox alarms cacked, I went with the Carp Zoom. So far so good.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Mike Pike

    New reel

    'Course with that new reel, you're gonna need a new rod, eh. lol When's your birthday?
  7. Love the pic! My neck hurts a bit, but I love the pic! Thanks Kool.
  8. 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. 
  9. 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.
  10. Mike Pike

    Success!

    Nice when it all comes together, eh? Keep ridin' that hot stick wantabigone and thank you for posting.
  11. 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. .
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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