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Brookesy

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About Brookesy

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    NACA Editor In Chief
  • Birthday 09/15/1973

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    Northborough, Massachusetts
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    BC Tackle
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    35-50
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  1. Sharp hooks??

    If you purchase hooks from a well know carp company (Fox, Nash, Gardener, Korda etc) you'll find they are chemically sharpened and will be decent straight out of the packet. One other factor will be the pattern of hook. Straight point hooks are generally much easier to sharpen whereas beak points need more 'love'. I own a couple of different files; a cheap Bass Pro file, which does the initial work and then two different grades from Jag. I used diamond eye sharpeners for years which you can get from most hunting/fishing shops. In terms of tests, it really depends on how sharp you want the hooks. I'd never go to the extremes some use in England (Jim Shelley has youtube video's detailing how he sharpens the hooks to almost a needle point) as our American carp fight much harder and are usually in rivers with current, weed, snags etc. However, I do sharpen my hooks on EVERY cast and will replace them if they don't come up to standard. The typical test is to drag the hook slowly down a thumb nail and if it catches then it's sharp. However, I prefer to sharpen the hooks until when I put them on my thumb they are 'sticky'. Sometimes this takes the use of an eye glass to check the points but in most cases 5-10 strokes on each side of the hook will do the job.
  2. NTrap vs. Coated Braid

    Coated braid offers a few advantages, depending on the type of fishing you are doing. It's not a supple material which means it's less likely to tangle on the cast. Also, you can strip off a section of the material and tie your knotless knot hair rig and have an inch or more supple section next to the hook. This creates an easy version of the combi-rig. In some cases I use the coated hook-link as it resets better when you have lots of activity. If Powerpro is working for you, I'd suggest you keep using it
  3. Guys, Looking for any pictures, stories and history from the last 25 years of CAG. I'm looking to put together a large article for the next NACA and would like as much as possible. Please post any pictures (with a small description), stories, fish-ins, events etc that you think would be good to include. I'm trying to highlight the last 25 years of CAG so anything you have will be appreciated. Please post on this thread. Thanks in advance. Dean
  4. NACA - 2018 Special 25 Year Anniversary Edition

    If you can get me any material (article or pictures) for January 15th I'll consider it for the next edition. I plan to have the printed edition out prior to the spring and then a follow-up online edition by May. Dean
  5. Although it's not been announced officially, I will be stepping back into the role as Editor of NACA. Iain Sorrell is working on an online Edition at the moment but I will also be working on a 'Special Printed Edition' to mark CAG's 25 Year Anniversary. I would like to include a section on the history of CAG so will be looking for the following: Years 1 -5 - Stories, pictures and any other information on the first few years of CAG's history Years 5-10, Years 10-15, Years 15-20, Years 20-25 - Stories, pictures, history of any and all of these years. Please reach out to me with stories (could be fish-in's, competitions, etc), pictures, and any information, large or small as I'd really like this to be comprehensive and not miss anyone out. I'll be reaching out to some of the long term members specifically, but if anyone has any of the above please send to: naca@carpanglersgroup.com Thanks for everyone's help. Dean
  6. As your new President - Thank you!

    Congratulations Iain. Really looking forward to seeing what we can ALL do to move CAG forward
  7. Nice fish but I think you'll find fish have been caught and released out of Champlain over 10lbs bigger and over 15lb's bigger elsewhere in Vermont Great to see a kid with such an impressive fish though.
  8. Tidal river carping

    You can be successful in tidal rivers fishing flats that are dry land at low tide. I typically don't worry too much about the depth, but look for the weed line and drop off areas and fish just off them. Structure is also good. The key is finding the feeding behavior of the carp as sometimes they will be feeding hard on a specific tide (incoming, outgoing, high, low etc). Bait wise, particles work well, as long as they don't wash away! Maize is always effective and I've caught plenty on chick peas. Due to the tidal nature I tend to add oils or powders to my baits to create a scent trail. Remember to take into account the flow as where you bait is not necessarily where the bait will end up. Up your line/braid (15lb mono or 50lb braid is good) add a leader (leadcore or 30lb mono) and up your end tackle with bigger hooks as the fish fight a lot harder than lake carp! Good luck.
  9. SPRING BIG4 post your pics

    That's a monster fantail Dave!!! Awesome
  10. SPRING BIG4 post your pics

    Guys, just a reminder that for your fish to qualify: YOU MUST POST A PHOTO OF THE FISH (WITH BIG FOUR LOGO AND SCALES) ONTO THE LEADERBOARD. With 3 days left I see a few fish that are posted, but no picture is uploaded. I'd hate to see them miss out on prizes due to missing the picture. Good luck to everyone competing.
  11. Cag Big 4 Prizes

    The last couple of Big 4's were financed by CAG. We set aside $500 as prize money and I also added as prizes; CAG merchandise, membership extensions and also articles in NACA. With around 40 entries a $500 prize pool will only cost us $100 extra and maybe a little more if we add some of the other things. I think it's great we have extra sponsor prizes but I still think we should have the $500 prize pool and some of the other extra's.
  12. Leaderboard

    David, without a picture posted the fish are not valid. They could also start a thread in the Big 4 section and post pictures there as file size won't be a problem
  13. NECC Carp Conference - Thanks!

    Be great to see pictures and videos. I believe Edwin also taped all of the talks?
  14. NACA 2017 Printed Edition

    Magazines are printed and have been mailed. Sometimes takes longer to reach certain areas of the country but keep a look out in the mail over the next 2 weeks. Hope everyone enjoys the edition. Dean
  15. NACA 2017 Printed Edition

    COMING SOON!! This years printed edition is on it's way and hoping to have it in the mail in the next week or so. Please make sure you update your membership mailing address if it has changed as once I get the list from Willem this is what I will be working off. Thanks, Dean
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