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  1. Yes, you got that right...fished the Hiwassee in TN a couple of days ago and got "bitted" to death. After two carp-less days and loads of sunfish! it was a relief to get back on the Chattahoochee where, for some strange reason right now, a bite on worm/corn cocktail will be a carp.
  2. As per usual, I have fished right through the winter months but, of course, living in GA that is a darn site easier than it would be further north. Having said that I have "frozen my butt off" on several occasions. What I would like to pass on is that in previous years the #1 successful bait for me was worm. This year however a worm/corn cocktail has proven to be far more effective, not only in terms of getting bites but also in terms of the average size of carp caught. Of course I have no idea why! Bread and spam have been nigh on useless this winter and corn has been little better. It is about now that I switch from worm to corn and I had my first corn carp of 2017 last weekend, BUT in that session, all the corn caught carp were in the 6-8lb range and all the cocktail carp were over 10lb. It is not that I haven't tried the cocktail in previous years because I have. Back in Europe I have fished waters where the carp seemed to go through a cycle of preferred baits. So you would go from seafood to berry to seed and then back to seafood boilies. So maybe that is what is going on here. What I prefer to think is that i have a double attractant...the visibility of corn + the movement of the worm. Most of us are familiar with the fact that twitching a bait can often induce a bite. It would be worth pointing out that for reasons that are not clear to me, where I fish in winter I never get pestered with small fish, other than the odd sucker. Last weekends 3 hour session for example yielded 13 carp and not a sniff of any other type of fish and I fish 2 grains of corn or a small redworm + 1 grain of corn on a size 10hook. So I thought I would pass this on in the hope that it may prove useful to somebody out there.
  3. Your details say Atlanta, which is where I live. If this is so, you might want to save some gas and fish around here. If you need help on where to fish for carp in the Atlanta area I am happy to give you details on where I go. Cheers Tony
  4. I have never fished West Point, but I do fish a lot of other GA" lakes"...or to be more precise the rivers that enter or leave said lake. Typically they leave the lake to spawn in Feb/March/April and so this is a good time to try these rivers. For me, this is when I am most likely to catch a GA twenty. I know quite a few GA carp anglers go south, just into Fla and catch large carp in the Appalachicola and so that must not be so great a drive for you. I think they regularly catch them to over 30lb, but I myself have never fished it Having said that, I much prefer to fish a river and so I am biased. Accepting that the # of large carp will be kept low by bowfishermen on the lake, I would assume that this is typically not so great a problem on a river. Cheers Tony
  5. Alex, I live in Atlanta and I have not found any shop in GA that carries even the basic carp fishing gear. So I get my gear from the vendors on the CAG website or I order direct from the UK. If you do the latter, then obviously shipping costs can be exorbitant. Quite often on line UK sites refuse to ship to the US and if that is the case, get in touch with me as I have a friendly shop..in fact the shop I have used for most of my fishing for the last 50 years. Bass pro shops are a waste of time with the possible exception of okuma reels and they dont sell a hook I would want to use! However, having said all that and as cannonball pointed out, there are not many carp anglers here in GA. So the carp are pretty naive. Thus you can fish for them with pretty basic stuff if you want. For every carp I get on a boilie, I probably get 100 on simple baits...corn or worm. Maybe as they wise up, I will need the hair rig/boilie approach. GA carp are typically not big. I thought it was just me being not very good when I was unable to crack the 25lb barrier, but far better carp anglers than I struggle to catch "wild" twenties as well. Pay lakes might give you a better chance of a 25lb+ carp. Lots of lakes here are devoid of carp and so make sure of where you fish. Most of the rivers in contrast do hold carp...and it is possible to catch quite a lot of them. If you need help with potential fishing spots, just ask. There are not many GA carpers, but I dont think any of us have secret venues that we will not reveal to other serious carp anglers. Cheers Tony PS: It would be a very rare weekend when I am not out there somewhere trying to catch a carp or two!
  6. This was my first FFF and I was there at dawn in driving rain and temps below 40C...and my fellow GA CAG members were presumably still in bed, having decided that conditions were too tough... the wimps. Things were so bad that I admit that I only put one rod out for carp. The other was for "anything with fins" and I kept my interest going by catching some suckers. Without those fish, I doubt if I would have hung about long enough to catch a carp. But catch a carp I did....photographing it and me was impossible in the rain, and so as the last thing I wanted to do was harm the carp, I returned it. I then entered my two photos..one of the fish and one of me and a tail and disqualified myself ( Not following the rules of entry) Then I packed up because I was cold and soaked through and the forecast was rain all day. And on the way back to the car it stopped raining and stayed "not raining" for the rest of the day. For those concerned about the big question...is there a God or not? ...Well I am an agnostic and so there is your proof. So I will be out there Jan 1st 2018 come rain hail snow wind or tornado... Thanks for those who organized this, as despite what is written above I had a blast...a cold blast it has to be said, but if conditions are the same next year I will do it again...but I may get myself some waterproofs! Cheers Tony
  7. Fished alone in driving rain and, armed only with a cell phone camera I could either get me or the carp in one shot. So I will disqualify myself for that failure, but trying to hold one fighting slippery fish and trying to get a shot of it was endangering the fish and that is not on! Caught out of the Chattahoochee, Roswell, GA Tony Locke 13lb 12oz 10:02 AM
  8. Your name: Tony Locke Your CAG forum name:??? I assume Tony Locke Your state or province of residence: Georgia The weather forecast is "bloody awful" for GA on 1/1/17 with heavy rain apparently. But no problem as I have two large fishing umbrellas....one in Rugby , England and the other in Frankfurt, Germany! However skin is waterproof and I shall remain optimistic as December has been particularly kind to me...... Good luck to everyone! Tony
  9. Hi "Carperama" According to your info that I can see, you live in or near Atlanta. So for me there are two stretches of the 'Hooch. There is what I call the lower 'Hooch, which runs from Bull Sluice Lake down to High Point Lake. On that stretch, where admittedly I have only fished the area around Atlanta, I have never had a twenty...I have come very close with a 19.75lb fish and in my early years here I did have one that was weighed by an angler who had a set of scales and it went 21lb BUT looking back, I really doubt it and dont count it...I bet it was no more than 15lb. I bet I haven't had more than half a dozen "upper doubles from the Lower Hooch. The upper 'Hooch ( for me) is from Bull Sluice lake up to Lanier and that is where my twenties come from and almost all have come from water under 3feet deep in Spring and especially when the river is the color of coffee. On one memorable day I had nine fish all 20lb +/-1 in the space of 3 hours. My big fish come on worm or spam usually, but I have a lot of faith in sweetcorn. I have given up on boilies and hair rigs! Cheers Tony
  10. Generally here in GA I find that my success on the rivers starts hotting up in late February, reaches peak in March and then progressively deteriorates as the year progresses until September when it peaks for a few weeks before tailing off again. For some reason this year has been a little different in that the first peak was in April and September was a bit of a disaster. This September, my diaries show 3 or 4 runs per 3 hour session from carp in the 5-9lb range, which is small even by GA standards. Now as October is well underway I am getting 12-15 runs per 3 hour session with quite a smattering of doubles gracing the net. I assume the reason for this is the hotter and drier than normal late summer, but whatever the reason, I hope it lasts into November. I took a friend who is a novice angler and certainly novice with respect to carp..and here he is with an 11.5lb carp caught over the weekend Roll on next weekend is all I can say!
  11. What interests me is what is causing the weed to decay in the first place. Certainly as water warms up, oxygen levels fall and this can be particularly bad in deeper water. Years ago I used to fish in Canada and one day went to try at the base of a high dam, where water was exiting from the base of the structure... it absolutely stank. I assume low oxygen+ lots of fertilizer were the cause as upstream was very agricultural. At this lake, shallow water should result in good plant growth not stinky weed. So I suggest 2 potential causes: a) Maybe agriculturally polluted water entering from a creek nearby or (b) carp anglers...if we pile in the bait and the fish population do not ingest it, then it will cause massive bacterial growth on the bottom and as a result, oxygen levels will plummet and the weed will decay.
  12. I struggled to summon up the enthusiasm to go fishing last Saturday. Maybe I was fed up with the fact my favorite fishing hole now holds a mega snag and I got fed up of losing terminal tackle to it. Whatever the reason, I was sorely tempted to stay in bed Saturday morning and it was only the cat demanding to be fed that finally got me moving. I just chucked every rod I possess that is used for a different style of fishing in the car and was about to grab the usual couple of cans of sweetcorn when I decided that I would try frozen peas instead. Back to the freezer for the bag of peas and a small pot of frozen hempseed and off I went to Rome to fish the Coosa. Normally I would be fishing at dawn, but it was nearly 9:00AM before I was ready to cast out. From the get-go I was catching carp...I started off with a British style float called a stickfloat, which is attached top and bottom and designed to fish at less than the speed of the current. I had two peas attached to a size 12 hook and was loose feeding hemp and peas. 2nd cast I had a small carp and had another soon after that. I took the float off and free-lined two peas and had another small carp. I then tried a waggler float, which is fished attached at the base only and is fished at the speed of the current...and had another couple of carp. I also had quite a nice striped bass take the peas when I was retrieving. I had a little bit of "method" ground bait and so I got out the method feeder and fished with a 4 inch hooklength and had some incredibly strong pulls and managed a couple of carp in the 8lb range. Finally I just fished a straight lead and continued to catch carp. Essentially whatever method I tried I caught carp. In the end I had about 15 carp, 2 small mouthed buffalo, a channel cat and the striped bass in a 3 hour session. I also caught 2 turtles....I had hopes that I would avoid these things, but no...they eat anything and everything! Are peas the new wonder bait? I doubt it. Sometimes the fish are just there and you will catch on virtually anything. However I shall be trying peas on the 'Hooch this weekend. If you do want to give them a try, then use frozen peas as they generally tend to stay on the hook better and dont let the peas dry out otherwise they tend to float!
  13. Tony is worried! What was once considered a "one off" is now clearly more than that...this is getting serious! Give me half an opportunity and I am out there somewhere fishing...not always for carp it has to be said, but usually they are the target species. Like most of you, i work all week and I fish all weekend. My diary records where I fished and what I caught and every week for the last 12 months and more there are 2 entries or more, until this month. That is until mid- August. Last Sunday I just couldn't be bothered and that was weird because the rivers were perfect, fining down after a flood. I had fished the Saturday and the river was heavily colored which normally means a good chance of a large carp ( OK we are talking Georgia here are so we are only talking of twenties). It didn't happen, although I did catch a nice blue cat and a flathead cat, which is fine by me. Now we come to this weekend and I really could not summon up any enthusiasm at all. Normally I spend time during the week planning...where am I going, what am I going to do different? Then by Friday night, the gear is sorted , the fresh bait prepared and no need for an alarm clock, because I am always well awake before I need to be...often I am at the chosen place before dawn- it is pitch black and I have to wait until it is light enough to make the first cast. Not this Saturday- the gear was just chucked in the car and then I was about to put the normal few cans of sweetcorn in..and well that is boring so on the spur of the moment I decided to put the corn back and just took a bag of frozen peas. Of course any "normal" person would have taken a back up bait..corn, bollies, bread... I mean they could just stay in the car. I was so optimistic I even took a good book! So it was that I travelled the 65 miles to Rome GA to fish the Coosa river with peas. Now if you have never tried peas, then you need to understand this is not quite as mad as it might appear. They are a seed bait like any other and, while I had never fished with them in America before, I had had success in Germany...admittedly that was because I mistakenly took a can of peas instead of corn! This mistake was certainly better than the time I took a can of creamed corn, but that is another story. Seeing as I had all my gear with me I fished "the works" ...I used a waggler float down the middle of the river, a stick float down the inside line, I free-lined peas and I tried peas nailed to the bottom and I "method" fished them. The only thing I didn't try was hair rigged peas, as that was getting a bit silly. And how did I do? I had carp on EVERY method I tried. In the end I had about 15 carp in 3 hours...and OK they weren't big...OK, they were small, around 5lb with just a couple pushing double figures( but not close enough to warrant the use of scales). I had a channel cat on free lined peas and the biggest shock of all, a 5lb striper that took two free-lined peas on the retrieve! You would think that with, what by my standards, was a successful outing, that on Sunday I would be raring to go again, but no! I had spotted some rot in the exterior woodwork of the house. I told myself, fix that and then if you have time, you can go fishing. 3:00PM and I was done with the repair job, but rather than get out fishing, I opted to sit in the hot tub and read the book that I didn't have time to yesterday. What is wrong with Tony?...2 weekends in a row now have seen me not prepared to fish both days. This is serious...I need to check on my medical insurance and up the life insurance!
  14. Me too! Not sure why I set the boundaries I do, but to me this would be cheating...like using depth finders, fish locators. Maybe this is why I have yet to get a GA or TN carp over 25lb. BUT wouldn't it be great to use it to see if there were cruising big carp out there!
  15. No ...getting a drone to go and put floating crust out where the carp are! Not that I am serious...but the possibility of spotting and then getting a bait out where the carp are using a drone ...well I bet somebody has done it or will try it soon!