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(MN) chayathecat

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About (MN) chayathecat

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    Tropical fish
    Planted fish tanks
    Fishing-Mainly Carp
    Making bait :-)
    Smoking beef/chicken/fish
    Flying at kite festivals

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  1. First MN carp of 2018

    That's a 42 inch sonic euro net
  2. First MN carp of 2018

    Mike Bold! Hope to see you on the bank this year
  3. First MN carp of 2018

    Finally had a day above 35 degrees but wind was blowing at 20mph. Head out to a warm water discharge on the Mississippi for a few hours. The bass fishermen were out in full force, wading halfway down the river as far as my eyes could see. I found a shallow stretch between 2 groups of wading bass guys and set up. Quickly realized the ground was like quick sand, hence the other angers were avoiding that area. Lost an absolute beast close to shore when it went around a large rock and cut the braid clean. Was able to land this beauty soon afterwards. The length was along the same as my 42" net frame so I would think it weighed around 20lb. Quick pic and release while my boots were stuck in the deep mud.
  4. When can you say you have caught a fish?

    The ghostie I snagged was probably feeding on the loose boilies in the pva mesh when it made a wrong turn. At least it helped me to figure out what they wanted to feed on since the hookbait wasn't really worked.
  5. When can you say you have caught a fish?

    Last weekend I landed a 18+ lb ghostie, only to realize I had snagged it behind the pectoral fin. I honestly felt I was pulling in a flathead catfish in against the current until I netted the carp. The hook popped right out and the fish swam away. I would like to consider that fish as being "caught" .
  6. Minnesota Fish In. July 29

    The jet ski/heavy boat traffic might have kept the bigger girls far away from the bank , into the deeper channels :-). 70 plus fish for 5 anglers each using 1 rod is quite a haul fest. This lake has some monsters and we hope to get some of them during our fall fish in.
  7. Minnesota Fish In. July 29

    Minnesota Fish left some anglers with sore arms :-). 4 adults and 1 child were active anglers, while other friends came just to chat. Over 70 carp caught and released during this 1 rod event. We were plagued by the countless low teens but some nice fish were caught. Newbie (Daud) bagged 24 fish in his prime peg, including a pristine 24 lb fish. He won a 1 yr. CAG membership from me. First time fish in participant (Zee) bagged a fantastic 19 lber. He wrangled about 20 fish. The youngest angler managed to reel in 9 fish, showing that MN carp fishing has a bright future! Daud and Jaffar with a 24 lb carp Zee with a 19lb carp. First cast!
  8. Minnesota Fish In. July 29

    The MN Fish In has been on the calendar for a while. If anyone of you are able to make it, just let me know. Fish in will be in Litchfield MN (July 29) . We plan to start by 7am and can fish into the evening. It's at a private residence (CAG member's cabin) so if you are coming, just call/message/text me me and I can send you the address. It is a free even. If anyone needs to borrow tackle/rods/bait, just let me know. Aniq: 507 269 7732
  9. Fox River

    That's a very nice setup
  10. How to change the 1 rod rule (Minnesota)

    Thank you for the attached doc. I will definitely take a look and share. The fish population ( walleye, bass) is declining due to over fishing/poaching, waters becoming too clear for fish to breed (such as lake mille lacs: zebra mussels ), fertilizer run off etc. DNR is struggling to keep adding new stock of game fish to keep the population high in a state where fishing is a massive revenue earner. The thinking behind the 1 rod rule is: 1. People are already poaching fish. If anglers can use more rods, they can poach more game fish-thus negating the efforts to keep stocking/keeping population high 2. Allowing 2-3 rods for rough fish (true game fish) is not a feasible option since most people fish for game fish. DNR cannot control who is fishing for what species. The common misconception is that carp destroy all breeding structures for native game fish, plus eat all the eggs. It is simpler for DNR to point fingers at carp for dwindling native species population than to target larger issues such as : 1. the massive infestation of zebra mussels, eurasian milfoil and other invasive 2. the massive amount of fertilizer run off into lakes and rivers, causing algae bloom and poor water quality in some major water ways 3. the use of high powered boat engines in shallow lakes. These cause more damage than a head of rooting carp Plus, bowfishing is very popular here. The revenue generation from bowfishing equipment makes it an incentive to follow the money. When a blood thirsty thrill generates so much $/tax $, it is easy to see why dnr and other local authorities will only support those thrill seekers. The question remains: Has anyone on CAG successfully led a campaign to change the rod rule in their state?
  11. I would like to hear from anyone who has successfully overturned the rod rule in their state. What is the proper way to start a petition, which will not be ignored by DNR? 1. I have chatted with quite a few DNR officers on bank. Even they seem surprised that I release carp. They don't seem to want to stop the illegal killing and dumping of carp carcasses in public trash cans since carp are "invasive" and the "devil" 2. I have emailed and called DNR and talked about the proper process for petitioning for a 3 or even 2 rod rule. I have also written to a couple of state officials and also the DNR (via mail). Here is what they have told me: a ) There is NO intention to change the 1 rod rule b ) MN DNR is struggling with declining walleye/bass population. The cost of stocking/restocking panfish is soaring. They fear that allowing more than 1 rod will simply result in people poaching more fish in general, at a time when controlling poaching is a failing effort . What are your thoughts? When it comes to the 1 rod rule, DNR does not care whether you are fishing for game fish or rough fish (true game fish). I am willing to try new methods of trying to state my case. I know of a couple of catfish guys who started a petition a while back, but it was truly ignored. My aim is to allow using at least 2 rods to fish from shore.
  12. Carp Fishing Minnesota

    Val, welcome to the group! First of all, where are you located? There are a few CAG members spread out over MN so am sure you will be able to join us for some carping. We haven't had our fish ins (fishing get together) in MN this year but will probably have them in a month or so. The fishing seems to get better late summer and early fall around here, so we will keep you posted on the events. They are all free and mean to bring carp anglers together for catch and release carp fishing. Once we know whereabouts you are located, am sure a few of us can recommend some spots :-) Aniq
  13. Most unusual catch ever!!!!-

    wait till you start catching those clams :-).
  14. Fishmeal pack

    You must love the cats I wouldn't spend too much time using fishmeal in pack. From what I know, it works great where carp are raised in commercial food containing fish meal. I use it in boilies but in very small quantities