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  1. The Big Worm

    2018 CCC

    Who's "THEY" . . . ? I don't recall anyone asking for my help . . . I here they asked everyone but me though . . . Funny how that works out sometime . . .
  2. The Big Worm

    "A FISHY STORY"

    ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ "A FISHY STORY" ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ ●●●●WARNING●●●● THE STORY YOUR ABOUT TO READ IS "A FISH'N STORY" AND CONTAINS SOME TRUTH, A FEW EMBELISHMENT AND LIES, EXPLATIVES, FISH PICTURES LIKE ALL GOOD FISHING STORYS SHOULD, A BAD VISUAL REINACTMENT WITH PROPS, A REALLY COOL CAR THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORY AND A VERY ANGRY "EMOJI" ●●●● As you sip your morning coffee and contemplate what your going to do with the rest of your Holiday weekend, let me spin you a yarn . . . Or should I say cast you a line . . . And share with you the events of my 2 hour Holiday adventure yesterday.. As you know or don't know....last year I caught a would be State Record Rock Bass out on Three Oaks, the on time I have been on a boat there....mostly do to the Shops schedule and the short season they rent boats there. A friend, TC, and I had talked about going out on several times but rarely do the stars align that I can go and he is free during a week day but Friday we found the time and went out... TC showed up in his "FISHIN' WAGON", and as he put his stuff In my truck (no sense in paying to park Two cars there). And I threw the last of my stuff in the truck including my cooler with the crawlers and the net. And we headed out to Three Oaks where I explained the do's and don'ts of fishing Three Oaks and responded to TC's curious questions as to the sense of some of them . . . At some point I had to agree to disagree cause it wasn't going to change the facts . . . Three Oaks has ALOT, I MEAN AAAALLLLOTTT of rules and a schedule that really isn't Fisherman/Fisherwoman friendly for best results. . . We paid to enter . . . Then paid for the boat . . . And we're given "Lucky 23" and proceeded to putt-putt out in the head wind to the far end on the lake. It was windy . . .but off we went . . . We got to the spot after maybe 12 minutes and set up crawlers for a drift. TC was getting taps pretty quick . . . at the end of the drift It was nuthin' and nuthin', so I motored up for another drift. TC was on the bow pointing out Smallmouth on beds and fish he saw: drum, carp, more smallies, rock bass and catfish. Quick into the second drift TC had a Smallmouth . . . 15-16" range. Into the third he had what appeared at first to be another but ended up a 16" Largemouth. I was getting a little frustrated moving the drop shot weight up and down and changing crawlers to fresh ones . . . On the next pass TC hit a 13" Rock Bass in the range of our current State Record but he put It back without weighing as he was planning to beat that number quickly . . . As I was taking his picture . . . My rod finally took a bend and I handed him the camera and landed a Pretty nice Smallie. We were picking up fish in one spot so I shortened the drift and followed the Smallie with a Big Largemouth . . . TC continued to catch as well but nothing he felt was Picture worthy.... Abut an hour and a quarter in, the Patrol boat was heading toward us . . . I said "I bet there coming to tell us to go in" . . . And the Patrol Boat captain told us of the storm they picked up on radar In Rockford . . . The conversation from the truck ride started over like it had never ended but now we had had a third . . . and the Kid in the Patrol boat won this round and we grudgingly agreed to go in just as TC's rod bent . . . Another smallie . . . As he was fighting his fish I commented "I'd be fine with going in if I had . . . " and before I could say "another" my rod took and other deep bend and took off to the left it wasn't fast, but it wasn't moving for me then the other way.....after a bit there was was a tall flash deep, and I said "It's the Sheepshead I bet..." We drew a dirty look from the Patrol Boat Captain because weren't packed up yet . . . "hey, wasn't our fault... blame the fish". Then the fish came up . . .it was a crappie . . . IT WAS A MF#% $% BIG @55 CRAPPIE!!!! Big enough that it stopped the Patrol Boat from moving off and got a WHOOOH! out of TC. "Where's the net " TC asked.......and I did a quick look down and to my suprise ... "......... in the truck. ......." I mutterd... "That's a good place for It . . ." TC smiled... Four grabs at It but not being able to get the lip or my hand around the tail I started to get a good real "HANDS ON" idea of how big it was . . .(Would be the biggest of my life) . . . But the hole Isn't the mouth was getting bigger with every turn . . . And then . . . ●A side note ● At this point I want to remind you about the storm they said was coming . . . The one that never did . . . But if you heard Thunder Yesterday about 3:30 in the afternoon . . . it wasn't thunder . . . It was an explitive. ● And then . . . just one word . . . ! ! ! " F=<K " ! ! ! And we packed up the stuff and headed in . . . With me knowing I can't get back out till long after the weekend is over cause I am here at the shop . . . And what worse is I hate FLOPPY HATS but that Jimmy's Master Baiter's hat has been pretty lucky the last two trips out and now I gotta wear it . . . THE LESSON OF THIS STORY . . . So do what I can't , get up and get out there and go fishing cause there is a monster Crappie waiting for you ! ! OH YEAH . . . BRING THE NET ! ! !
  3. An open letter to Iain, First I would like to thank Iain Sorrell for his Desire to be CAG President, applaud the members who voted for taking the time and effort to choose a direction for CAG, and congratulate and wish Iain well in his Presidency. I hope that those who have put their stamp to Iain's Presidency will follow through by helping him and CAG regain the trust of the membership and create a direction for the club that will be worthy of those who have donated time before. As a stats kind of guy I have to warn folks of over exuberance and celebratory happiness as only the leader has been picked....a victory for CAG is still to be determined and far in the future and folks should mediate their enthusiasm and use that energy to make what Iain is proposing a reality. In 2012, 185 people out of a membership of about 514 voted for a presidential cantidate. (39.9%) Just now 82 out of 371 voted. (22.1%) So not only did we loose 30% of the membership, but statistically of those folks that are still here, 39% less participated in the election ... That means 5 out of every 6 members are still disconnected from what goes on here either by choice, by omission or by neglect. I hope that Iain, and those that work with him will take the time and listen and learn from the last 3 years of their behind the scene experience to correct that... Good Luck Iain in your presidency, and to CAG. Larry Kirchner aka "The Big Worm
  4. The Big Worm

    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    We couldn't have order better weather for the Dixon Carp Derby for 2017. The consistent reps in the low 70's f and we lower water helped to kind of soothe the river and turn some of the less fished spots into real Hot Spots...
  5. The Big Worm

    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ DIXON CARP DERBY FINAL THOUGHTS ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ This is the conclusion of the eighth Dixon Carp Derby that I have run... and every year about a week before I wonder why the heck I'm doing it, and during the event I'm stretched about as this as could be..and at the end I am always in awe of the experience, the friendships and the memories that happen at this event...as well as the thanks I get from those who participate, all 53 anglers. This year we got to see what the event would be like relying on itself and by participant donations instead of the City/Tourism Prize Money, and I am confident based on what we saw that we can we repeat It because everyone had a great time and was willing to help, .....if willing well be back for another year.... in Dixon, ....and if not, well find somewhere because it really does bring out the Best of Dixon with its social aspect, camaraderie and local pride in participating that you just don't see in concert or blockfest. To all who came out, to all who donated, and to all who fished....I tip my "FISHING CAP" in respect and say as I have in the past... Thanks and see you next year!!! Thanks to the City of Dixon for their continued support, the Mayors office , the Tourism Group for the Porto-Potty, Ray at Bunnies bait and tackle, Mike and Michael Kresanek for prizes, Arthur Duga for Prizes, the Bait Shanty for Prizes, the Carp Anglers Group for prizes and Free Handouts, Wacker Baits for handouts and a tackle prize, World Classic baits for several gifts, Cloro and DHL for cleaning supplied for the event, and to my stewards Roy, Todd and his son, Nicole and her son Samuel....and last to Deb Carey and the Dixon Park District for always providing a fine, and well maintained venue to have this wonderful event at. Thank you all! SPECIAL THANKS!!! To Regina Bohmann for her help as a weigh steward and as the event Photographer. She really captured the beauty and fun of this event.... ☆☆ Thank you Gina!!!! ☆☆
  6. The Big Worm

    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    AND EVEN MORE....!
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    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    MORE STUFF....!!!!
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    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    The World's Most perfect Carp Fishing / Weigh Steward Vehicle piloted by Todd Carlander, Weigh Steward/Net Man/All around Good Guy... Wow, I just noticed his last name ... Ooooowww Freeekie....! Talk about living up to your name..
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    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    MORE CARP PICS...
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    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    COOL STORY OF THE DERBY About 11am on Saturday a young man came to register to fish the derby, and asked he had enough to fish and handed me his $5.00 allowance he had saved, I signed him up and gave him a hook and bait kit donated by a sponsor, and watched as he looked through all the carp stuff on the table....then I gave him his $5.00 back cause this year we made the event free...he was suprised...but took the money back and looked to his aunt who also wasn't sure what to do...she thought it was going to cost more than the $5 and was hoping she could afford to make up the difference for him. I smiled and told them both no...it's free this year.. He was excited to fish grabbed his aunt's hand and dragged her off. I offered to sign her up to but she didn't have a licence and didn't want to take the focus from her nephew... Off they went.... The fishing had been tough and the only fish brought in by kids were ones sent with their dad's fish to weigh cause the bite was slow... So I was suprised to see this young boy carrying a 5 gallon bucket full of water running almost 7 blocks with a fish hanging 2/3rd of the way out as fast as he could with his aunt barely able to keep up. I was suprised...it was a good fish...but at first glance it looked like a buffalo, grey with a big head and hump....but the eyes had the gold iris if a carp... I didn't want to disappoint him although my inclination was that I was looking at a buffalo and it wouldn't count. We weighed it 13-9, and he asked to put it back in the water cause it was his first fish ever and wanted it to have a chance to get bigger...I smiled and he went to put it back in the Rock River. As he did that a I discussed the fish with his aunt and my concern and she said it wouldn't matter he was so excited to catch it all by himself, and with the free entry and gifts it wouldn't matter...and she thanked me and the two went back to see if he could get another. I put an asterisk on the carp to remind me and spent the next 12 hours contemplating making a big buffalo prize cause quite frankly it was a great fish, and the kids spirit and heart where in the right place....i was going to have to give him something. The next morning the same boy sent his mom in this time (she had to work the day before) and wanted to buy some carp bait...I asked if he needed another kit and she said no...he just wanted to get something else cause he wanted to help us out...she spent the $5.00 on some corn and soft bait. I was touched, his mom showed me several pictures from him catching the fish and upon showing them to Ray at bunnies bait, to a couple hard core capers and to a friend in fisheries we came to the conclusion that the fish was indeed a carp... Sort of... The color was throwing me off and so was the shape and lack of spike on the dorsal....and the dark grey brows around the eyes But the Rock is known for carp-koi-goldfish hybrids and has a huge fan tail carp population due to a lot of koi farms along the fiver. Upon closer examination there are barbels (but short) and the grey is not grey but lack of pigment. And the mouth anus and other details including the gold in the eyes make it a carp.. Most likely a several generation wild koi/carp hybrid with a little bit of goldfish in their too (look at the tail) Maybe it's the eyes, maybe it's age but this was a noodle scratcher for me because it was the big fish and I just wanted to be right... Congrats Zack Bellows on your first fish, your first carp, and a really cool fish.!!! And for becoming a catch and release carp angler.
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    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    More Adult anglers..
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    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    ADULT DIVISION WINNERS Congrats to Beau Schneider of Cary Illinois on his win and thanks to Wacker Bait for the Winners gift basket of bait. And a big thumbs up to all the anglers who made it out to participate.
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    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    BOYS DIVISION WINNERS As competitive and as fun as can get with the biggest and most unusual carp caught but a boy... (That story later...)
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    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    GIRLS DIVISION WINNERS Although we had 5 girls 13 and under only one landed a carp...several of the regular girls winners moved on to the adult division this year... Congrats Danijo!
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    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY - RESULTS

    ADVANCED DIVISION WINNERS Was a nail biter down till the end even pitied friend against friends as in the case of 1st and 2nd place, and father against son for 5th and 6th place. (In the case of a tie in the big three the higher award.is given to the angler with the biggest fish)
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    The "NEW" 2017 DIXON CARP DERBY

    And a Big THANK YOU to Cory Bohmann for getting Clorox and DHL Logistics to provide some prizes to hand out...THANKS!!! And thank you and your wife for her offer to help steward this weekend it will be nice to finally meat her. ( I apologize for not addressing her by name as I do not have it yet)
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    The "NEW" 2017 DIXON CARP DERBY

    ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ DIXON CARP DERBY UPDATE. 9/2/2017 ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ We are a week away from the DIXON CARP DERBY Which will be held along the Rock River In Downtown Dixon and At Page Park. Sign in starts at 6 am on Saturday 9/9 and Sunday 9/10 and run throughout the day. FISHING STARTS AT 8 AM EACH DAY AND FISHING WILL BE CAN CAUGHT AND REGISTERED ONLY IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED AND SIGNED THE RELEASE AND REGISTERED YOUR FISH IN THE APPROVED TIMES BELOW. From Saturday 9/9/17. 8 am till 3 pm From Sunday 9/10/17 8 am till noon (All fish must be registered prior to the end of the fishing on both days) COST FOR THE AMATEUR EVENT: FREE (Prize Donations will be accepted) And there will be prizes for the top 10 biggest carp for the Amateurs and First Second and Third Prize for the Top three Boys and top three girls 13 and under (One Winner per person on big fish) As well as random giveaways and free bait kits till we run out. ●●| Anyone who would like to donate a prize in their name or in the name of a friend, let us know and we would be happy to give you a mention at the award ceremony...and we will add to the already guaranteed prizes. ●●● FOR THOSE WHO WANT A MORE SERIOUS CHALLENGE THERE WILL BE A TOURNAMENT EVENT FOR ADVANCED ANGLERS with 100% of the entry going to the top Five ANGLERS Biggest 3 Carp ENTRY IS $45.00 to enter and pays out.... 40% To First 30% To Second 20% To Third 10% To Fourth 10% To Fifth (Advanced anglers should demonstrate good care and have sacks, slings and mats.) There will be several Weight Stations and anglers will need to be aware of their location and fish should be weighed immediately when caught and MUST NOT BE STRINGERED, THIS IS A CATCH AND RELEASE EVENT. Rubbermaid bins with water/aerator and knit laundry sacks to keep fish fresh in the water would be best for handling fish to the weight station. If we have enough volenteers, we will have roving stewards with scales as in the past that will weigh your fish as caught but ask that folks come prepared to keep their fish alive and in good health. Awards and free raffles will be on Sunday 9/10/2017 at 1:30 PM by the Page Park Pavillion in Page Park, Dixon Illinois (You must be present to receive your prize, RULES Available at sign up...and anglers should take notice of the following NO TREBLE HOOKS NO BOATS (This is a shore event) DO NOT ENTRY THE WATER AT ANY TIME ALL FISH MUST BE CAUGHT BY LEGAL METHODS DURING THE HOURS OF THE EVENT IN THE APPROVED AREAS, BE ALIVE AND IN GOODS CONDITION AT WEIGH IN AND RELEASE UNHARMED ALONG WITH ANY GAME FISH CAUGHT DURING THE EVENT. ANGLERS UNDER 16 MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT SPORTSMANSHIP AND FAIRPLAY AREAS EXPECTED FROM ALL. AS WELL AS TOLERANCE AND SETTING A GOODS EXAMPLE FOR NEW ANGLERS AND THOSE UNFAMILIAR WITH CATCH AND RELEASE CARP FISHING. More updates to come, and we hope you will come out and give the New DIXON CARP DERBY a fish and we'll see you all on September 9th, 2017. ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ SEE YOU ALL THERE ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
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    The "NEW" 2017 DIXON CARP DERBY

    Would like to send out another thanks to Arthur Dugafor donating three prizes for the Boys and Girls Prizes! And offering to come out and help!
  19. Willem, I was posting on an old thread that I started in an effort to get folks to continue posting on it and noticed after I submitted the reply....the pages that were missing repopulated and the content restored. I tried it on other threads that were from the time frame affected by the upgrade/content loss that I knew had a lot more posts than were showing and had the same thing happen and the missing content re-populated. I noticed I could do it with a single letter post then delete my post and the re-populated content remained. Is it just me, and the content was there and some setting hid it on my end....or does this actually work and is there a faster way to do this to all the threads?
  20. The Big Worm

    The "NEW" 2017 DIXON CARP DERBY

    SPECIAL THANKS TO MIKE KRESANEK, local Dixon angler and all around Nice Guy! For donating Three Fishing Combos for Derby Prizes, He asked you not tell his wife...LOL OOOPPPS!
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    The "NEW" 2017 DIXON CARP DERBY

    Thanks to Corey and Lina at Wacker Bait and Tackle for offering to donate 90+ Bait and Tackle Kits to hand out for the kids and New Anglers. No entry free and you get Free Stuff?! If I want runnin' I'd be fishing it for sure...! Thanks Again to Corey and Lina
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    The "NEW" 2017 DIXON CARP DERBY

    Thanks to BARRY and THE CARP ANGLERS GROUP for sending A ROD POD, A FREE MEMBERSHIP and BUNCH of FREE NACA'S to hand out....let's hope we can inspire some new Carp Anglers!
  23. The Big Worm

    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY

    If you are still planning going to come we have some room for camping near the pavillion. And will fish most of the weekend weather permitting. The Carp Anglers Group has donated a nice prize and a free membership and Wacker Bait and Tackle has offered up a little Bait kit to hand out to the first 90 or so folks that come out for this fishing social. We will still have some big prizes ...and so excited fun stuff ... no different than previous years...and no extend an invitation to anyone (and do long as your well behaved to come out and fish.... With the permit pulled we will have a side pot buddy weight prize pool for those willing to enter....or just bring the kids for some fun...! THIS WILL BE A FREE EVENT !!! (but make sure you stop by to register before fishing...thanks!)
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    2017 DIXON CARP DERBY

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE It is with great sadness I am having to announce that this year's DIXON CARP DERBY will not be held in the same manor on September 9th and 10th. A emergency health issue of a close family member, combined with the timing of this year's event had made it impossible to run the event in the manor and to the level of detail that we have over the last seven years. This unfortunate situation was sudden and not something that could be planned for and although it was my desire to put on the event to a level I am known for and to a level you deserve as loyal anglers, my family situation requires the focus of my effort, and time that normally I could focus on the Dixon Carp Derby and the days leading up to it. In speaking with Becky Reilly, my contact with the City and Tourism, it was agreed that it would be best to not proceed with the event as planned and without the level of prize support that has normally been part of this event and allowed for the multiple divisions and large cash prizes. I share the sadness many will have for having to change plans and hope that you all understand. The permits are still active and a number of my volenteers and I have offered to come out and hand out donated prizes and the already secured tackle prizes, and run a more fun friendly "Social" derby to help keep the torch alive for next year....and to offer moral support those who decide to still come out and fish that weekend. We hope you will still come out and fish this FREE event. Think of it more of a "POT-LUCK" CARP DERBY and any donated items (even homemade) would be used to make up the prizes for the big fish...but mostly to have fun and for everyone to get together and see each other once again and hopefully to find some folks to work to bring the event back bigger than ever next year. Discussion will take place in the near future on the continuation of a Dixon Carp Derby for 2018, and We will keep you all informed. Again, thank you for your understanding and hope that you take the time to continue enjoying the fishing with your families and friends on the beautiful Rock River Riverfront in Downtown Dixon Illinois. Larry Kirchner
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