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  1. In this week’s new special episode of CarpQuest we travel 5000 miles back to the UK for a summer vacation. I took with me all the tackle I could pack so I could take my niece out fishing whilst there. The Quest, to help Stephanie catch her first ever fish, a carp. Could we get it done? Hope you enjoy ! Tight-Lines, John
  2. What an epic days fishing at Chatfield with my friends, Ron and Bob. Both landed their new PB common carp, Ron with a 24 lb'er and Bob with a 22.5 lb'er. I added a few more to our days tally including a nice mirror towards the end of the session. Hope you Enjoy !
  3. Crazy hot weather and carp fishing action on Memorial Day weekend. I pushed the scales close to 30 lb's a couple of times with some mighty Chatfield Reservoir common carp. Scopex Squid doing the job paired with Trokar Magnum curved shank hooks. An insane session with over twenty carp landed. A new PB mirror was landed for Bob Crook and an almost twenty pound common for James. Hope you enjoy our latest episode! Tight-Lines, John CarpQuest
  4. Multiple mugs of coffee cannot prepare you for this insane session from a few weeks ago. With my usual spots taken I setup on the east shore of the main reservoir facing out into the wide open water. What a crazy session followed, with four carp in the 20's landed, a handful of fish in the mid teens and finally a new PB mirror. What a great afternoon's carp fishing! Hope you enjoy. <teaser: the new PB mirror carp only lasted a week, landed an even bigger one the next session!> Hope you Enjoy ! John CarpQuest
  5. (CO) JohnFinney

    Are Boilies Overrated

    I have had success with the microwave method. Perhaps you may just need to blast them for a bit longer ? i did find that the very buoyant ones increased in size quite a bit after microwaving, just be careful not to burn the bait. Other options, Make your own cork ball pop'ups, cork balls are commercially available and you basically wrap the ball with your boilie mix. Or take a piece of cork, a knife, and make your own. Use a commercial pop-up mix in your base boilie mix Use cork dust/fine powder in your base boilie mix (if you save lots of corks from wine, you can grind these down into a powder/dust) Take a bait 6mm drill, drill out a hole most of the way through the boilie, insert a cork stick, commercially available, or take a piece of cork, a knife and make your own. You may simply be not using enough cork to counter balance the weight of the ingredients in your mix ? Best of luck ! John
  6. The carp and coffee gods just continued to show me favor this spring; the coffee just kept on flowing ! With thunderstorms forecast we returned to Chatfield Reservoir for an afternoon session with Bob and Ron. By mid afternoon the storms blew through and the fish started to show. Our efforts were rewarded late afternoon with another new PB mirror for me and the first ever carp for Ron. For just a short session, great results. Hope you Enjoy. John CarpQuest
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    2018 CAG Ohio - Cowan Lake Results

    Wow, great day had by all !
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    New (New) PB Grasser again!

    Huuuggee ! Congrats
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    PB Grasser!

    Excellent !
  10. (CO) JohnFinney

    CAG Big Four Day 1

    A great days fishing ! with or without your scales in the picture !
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    My NEW PB at 37 pounds 7 ounces

    Congrats !
  12. (CO) JohnFinney

    Carp Fishing the 'vine Round 2

    Excellent job ! some great captures !
  13. Colorado 2017 - Master Angler Awards and year end report. The "Highs" 2017 was a challenging year for carp fishing here in Colorado. Old venues that produced consistently were tough challenges for the majority of anglers. It was a wet and cooler year, windy, though we did not experience the crazy flooding we saw back in 2016. Late spring and summer produced the best catch rates and larger fish on average. MA stats dwindled somewhat, with 21 commons being reported (compared to 41 in 2015). However there was an uptick in grass carp catches and reports, 20 fish logged, albeit two anglers caught nearly all of them from the same private water (compared to 5 in 2015). The increase in grass carp catches could be a result of stocking programs for pond cleanup and weed/algae removal. I usually only submit a couple of fish per year to this program (common and grass carp), else the stats/page would be a wee bit skewed. I did manage to equal the best common of the year and topped the grass carp list; though my fish was not officially submitted within the time limits; out of respect for the angler whom invited me to fish that lake. Fly carping remains the showcase for carp in our state. A strong contingent of fly anglers target these fish year long and the "Trout Unlimited" Carp Slam event on the South Platte river for charity remains popular (albeit very expensive entrance fees and requirements). The gold medal consistent water for carp in Colorado remains "Chatfield Reservoir". This venue holds carp in excess of 30 lb's, both mirrors and commons. It faces substantial angling pressure and recreational activity. CPW patrol on a regular basis and are very "watchful" of all behaviors of carp anglers, especially from afar with their binoculars! Tightline Outdoors, a local outfitter, hosted 2 Catch & Release Carp Tournaments during 2017. Attendance peaked at just over 30 anglers. For Team CarpQuest I managed to WIN the day/night event at Chatfield Reservoir with my partner James. For me, it was a huge highlight, my 6th tournament entered and 1st individual win. Team CarpQuest also won the 2016 day/night tournament, this time James taking 1st with me as his partner. It would appear Team CarpQuest fishes well in the blackness of night. The tournament at Lake Arbor was won by a new angler to carp fishing, Bleu Patino and his partner Ryan Quist; I had previously met Ryan and Bleu a month before to provide some encouragement and advice on carp fishing tackle & tactics. They certainly learned fast! CAG membership wise, we remain steady at "2" We lost a member in 2017 and gained a new one. The challenges we face with regards to CPWs view of the sport, the tactics and the species as a whole, present a serious uphill climb here in Colorado. Next to Utah, Colorado is arguably 2nd on the list of carp hating states. Oh well ! The "Low's" Whilst 2017 saw an increase in the local anglers targeting carp, this also brought increased attention from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Many angers were being "enthusiastic" about their use of packbaits, especially with regards to Colorado laws requiring the bait be attached and with packbaits, inside of the pack. This resulted in numerous tickets being issued to anglers. Though CPW realizes carp angling is becoming popular here; they are still no fans of the species. Individual wildlife officers can be openly negative. Bow Fishing for carp continues at all venues where shooting is legal; however their endeavors are rarely posted in a social media context; all but driven underground here locally. Catch & Release has become the new "trendy" behavior for Trophy fish of all species. On a personal note, my own carp fishing adventures during 2017 were seriously curtailed (my trips out were reduced by 75%); mainly due to personal health and family reasons. I am hopeful 2018 will be a great new year with some excellent carp fishing during the season. Closing 2018 is set to be another great year here for carp fishing in Colorado. With the mild winter there should be an early ice-off and a great season ahead. Colorado has stunning wild carp, both commons and mirrors, with many venues holding 20s and some with a very rare 30s. Our fish are typically slender and powerful fighters. If you are looking for an opportunity to wet your line and hold a stunning wild mile-high carp in your hands, then Colorado should be on your list of places to visit. By all means drop me a PM, or message if you are looking to come to Colorado to fish for carp, I can certainly provide assistance, local information and advice, especially with regards to our draconian regulations with regards to bait use.
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    Colorado MA Carp 2017.jpg

    From the album: My Images

    Colorado Master Angler Awards for Carp 2017
  15. (CO) JohnFinney

    Georgia Carp USA

    Great video !
  16. (CO) JohnFinney

    Big carp tackle

    Zach is always lurking the forums, yet, with his monumental beard now, nobody recognizes him anymore!
  17. Carp fishing in fall can be both challenging and very rewarding. In this weeks new episode of CarpQuest we fish an afternoon session at the fairgrounds and land several great looking common carp. I also discuss the important difference between "Victory Coffee" and "Proactive Victory Coffee". One tastes better than the other, but both will do in a pinch. Hope you enjoy !
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    Possum & Dunkel Fall Fantastic

    Top stuff !
  19. Congratulations to Iain ! As for the low turn out, it must have been the Russian hackers that worked against Larry Seriously, thankyou to both Iain and Larry for stepping up and having some constructive dialogue in the Q & A.
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    Epic Vacation Session!

    Dang, great session ! #victorycoffee !
  21. Well, it's been a long tough fall, the victory coffee could not keep me from being sick for a month and out of work. Finally back on my feet and found the time to put together a new episode of CarpQuest. So, it's time to break out your java, heat up the water, grab a huge mug, sit back and enjoy our latest episode. In this session I travel up to northern Colorado and fished with two anglers new to carp fishing, Ryan and Bleu. It's one of the things I love about CarpQuest, the opportunity it provides me to meet so many passionate anglers. It was a great day, good conversation, lots of commons in the net and finally a new PB grass carp for me landed. What an amazing session. Both Ryan and Bleu continued with their carp fishing, with Bleu winning the TLO Carp Tournament at the end of this year, and Ryan placing in the previous one. What a great couple of guys, passionate and dedicated to their fishing. Hope you enjoy ! John CarpQuest
  22. (CO) JohnFinney

    Mirror Carp..?

    Perhaps 5% here in Colorado on the lakes we fish are mirror, perhaps higher depending on location. On one lake, over 4 yrs, and 100+ fish, not a single mirror, then a couple in a few sessions. When i fished a lake in UT, it was nothing but small mirrors it seemed. That's the joy of carp fishing, never know whats on the end of your line!
  23. Sure was a mighty battle against a mile high beauty.
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