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  1. Are Boilies Overrated

    sorry guys.....I have my moments.....I have been fishing for decades.......I catch a lot of fish...... my goal has always been to be more consistent.......I can catch them....I want to catch them all the time If you want to tell me a thing....be prepared to come show me....or it is all big talk....show me.
  2. Are Boilies Overrated

    What a great challenge..... There is a lake in the western part of our state.....it has brute carp. I have seen them. Beech fork lake..... I challenge anyone to come and show me......I know what it takes to catch them here....but I would love to be schooled and educated on better ways..... I know the lake...I know it's quirks and weirdness......I often use a weighted bobber and a surface bait cause they are conditioned to eat freebies off the surface.....an ajusta-bobber and a dog food pellet can be devastating to these fish..... but hey....I am always open to learn something new.....come and school me......show me why a boilie is going to make a transformational shift in feeding habits.....
  3. Are Boilies Overrated

    Well thanks Brian.... it's like this.... The carp here are not used to eating boilies.....they will eat them....I have proven that. However....they are very suspicious of them. It is a new thing. It' not like in England or the EU where people feed them tons of boilies per year.....that is just not how it is and they are not a natural thing.....we know this....you should know this too. Getting a carp to bite on a boilie here is like getting a bass to bite on a nightcrawler....yes it is within their dietary requirements....but they are not sold on the idea just yet. Use them.....they will work. Will you report back astounding successes?....not likely....but you will catch fish. Anyone that wants to tout that boilies are the best thing since sliced bread have never fished my waters.....that is just not the case.....shal I re-poost the above? It takes time and there are rewards......but it is not magic and it does not happen over night well just because it needs to be re-affirmed.... I have a couple bags of "the Key" stabilized and I have caught fish on them....I generally run a couple handfuls through the "Korda Krusher" and add them to my spomb mixes. Now I will say....I use a lot of small betain HNV pellets in my spod mix....I actually have some 20 mm I sometimes band onto the hook but I have not had any hook ups with that method "yet". They are a fishmeal pellet with betain sugars....it sounds logical to me and logic is what builds my confidence in a bait. My spod mix is generally prepared field corn, crushed boilies, pellet, and some of my "goo"....which is wetted, stale Italian bread and raw bran. When I boil my field corn, I always add in a handful of star anise clusters....my wife hates it when I do that....lol...the house ends up being pretty funky when I cook field corn. I have used halibut pellets but as of yet....have not scored a fish on them....but I have confidence they will work so will continue to use them. I also have a couple jars of HNV betain hookbaits (14mm I think). I also have faith in those....but still have not had the big bite on them. I have a couple bottles of CC Moore feed stim and big bottle of hemp oil that I sometimes use....I also sometimes glug with a liquid corn deer attractant...it's basically like a molasses and has added vitamins and minerals. All of that being said, my biggest fish and my most regular catches....come on a hair rig filled with sweetcorn fished over beds of the above. I give all of them a shot but facts are facts....If I am fishing 3 rods...I am generally fishing 3 different baits and the rod that will always out perform the others is the rod with the sweetcorn on the hair. This is just the facts of my personal experience. do you get it yet?
  4. Are Boilies Overrated

    You guys own stock in Nash or what? It's not that simple....ever....but thanks for the show
  5. Bite indication without an alarm

    I use these on bank sticks https://www.bigcarptackle.com/bite-indication/bite-alarms/alarms/ngt-3pc-transmitter-wireless-alarm-set-black-7530 with these bobbins https://www.bigcarptackle.com/bite-indication/bite-indicators/hangers-clips/ngt-3-piece-chain-indicator-set-original Here is a pic of my set up....(I am a terrible photographer).... a 10'-0, 3# test curve, a 12'-0, 3# test curve and a 13'-0 3.5# test curve. All have Penn SSV 6500LL and 50# spiderwire Camo braid. I use a a weird leader system consisting of 40# Berkley vanish the sinker slides on and a 15# fluorcarbon hooklink or a 40# braided hooklink. It's complicated. My spod rod is leaning on the tackle bag and is a 12'-0 5.5# test curve and has a Penn SSV 7500 LC with 80# spiderwire. The best bite indicator I have is the bobbins....sometimes I don't even use the alarms.....you can use a lot of different things to serve the purpose of a bobbin....
  6. Are Boilies Overrated

    I have a couple bags of "the Key" stabilized and I have caught fish on them....I generally run a couple handfuls through the "Korda Krusher" and add them to my spomb mixes. Now I will say....I use a lot of small betain HNV pellets in my spod mix....I actually have some 20 mm I sometimes band onto the hook but I have not had any hook ups with that method "yet". They are a fishmeal pellet with betain sugars....it sounds logical to me and logic is what builds my confidence in a bait. My spod mix is generally prepared field corn, crushed boilies, pellet, and some of my "goo"....which is wetted, stale Italian bread and raw bran. When I boil my field corn, I always add in a handful of star anise clusters....my wife hates it when I do that....lol...the house ends up being pretty funky when I cook field corn. I have used halibut pellets but as of yet....have not scored a fish on them....but I have confidence they will work so will continue to use them. I also have a couple jars of HNV betain hookbaits (14mm I think). I also have faith in those....but still have not had the big bite on them. I have a couple bottles of CC Moore feed stim and big bottle of hemp oil that I sometimes use....I also sometimes glug with a liquid corn deer attractant...it's basically like a molasses and has added vitamins and minerals. All of that being said, my biggest fish and my most regular catches....come on a hair rig filled with sweetcorn fished over beds of the above. I give all of them a shot but facts are facts....If I am fishing 3 rods...I am generally fishing 3 different baits and the rod that will always out perform the others is the rod with the sweetcorn on the hair. This is just the facts of my personal experience.
  7. Are Boilies Overrated

    Or....there is a recipe online for cornbread boilies Maybe make the best of both worlds.... I haven't tried them, but they at least sound reasonable to use in conjunction with prepared field corn feed/chum
  8. Are Boilies Overrated

    I have had some luck with boilies but all of my best fish came on plain old canned sweetcorn that I usually fish over a bed of cooked and flavored field corn. I guess one advantage to boilies is that small fish can't steal your bait...but as said above, conditioning fish to eat boilies could be an expensive proposition unless there is one venue you consistently fish. I fish a lot of different places and going back regularly to throw in food is not really an option.
  9. March carp

    Lmao....I'm kinda stingy on the secret places! I went back yesterday (self employment does have it's advantages) for about 3 hours and put another dozen + in the freezer. Just using a little 7 foot light weight spinner, 6# test fluoro line, a thill bobber about 2 foot above a number 8 long shank gold hook and tiny pieces of worm.....I did use a 1/64 ounce jig with a bit of worm on it and it did just as well.....till I snagged it on a sunken branch and lost it. The long shank gold eagle claw hooks are way cheaper than the jigs. I generally use the jigs with Berkley Gulp alive "fry" when the gills are super aggressive. I am looking forward to going out there and giving it a full on carper introduction and see what I can get. It is an odd shaped pond....(they call it a lake but to me, it is just a large pond) It's shaped like a kidney....well that's not quite right....more like a reverse "C" shape when viewed on google maps....the "dam" is the top of the "c". If I had to guess cause I can't find much info on it...I'd say it is maybe 2 acres? That's pushing it. I haven't plumbed it for depth officially. Just based on how long it takes an average weight to drop to the bottom near the "dam"...I'd say 10-12 feet tops. It is not maintained....there are tree falls all over the shores....which is absolutely fantastic for catching 'gills for bait. Tree falls = bluegill....always. Kinda hazardous for your rigs but the rigs are super cheap. I am kind of excited to get out there with full on carp kit and go for it. I have not yet seen anything indicating carp but I am willing (and hopeful) that the fellow I met out there wasn't full of BS.
  10. March carp

    I went out and did ok....I put a dozen hand sized bluegills in the freezer for later this summer. Took a little over an hour. I have to confess, I was using pieces of nightcrawlers...it's still pretty cool weather and they are not hard to keep at this time. I went back today and we had just had a frigid night....it got down to 24 degrees. Nothing was biting. But while I was there....I ran into another fisherman...rare on this secluded little gem. We got to talking and I told him I was a carper and I loved to carp fish and he informed me there are carp in the lake and no one ever fishes for them. He said they look to be Koi cause he has seen them cruising the margins but he admitted he has never been able to get them to bite. He said he chums and fishes with canned corn and that he only ever seems to catch channel cats when he does it. That seriously sparked my interest in this little lake/pond. I assumed there wouldn't be anything much in it but sunfish/panfish but he told me there were cats and carp and crappie and some big bass....always good to talk to other fishermen on the waters...
  11. Brief History Of Carp In The Usa

    In all fairness, I do have a 40 pound flathead under my belt....but those are like unicorns....you may go your entire lifetime and never see one
  12. Marchin carp!-BEAUTIFUL MIRROR!!!!

    This is an old picture from late Dec 2015... But I'm still proud of it...26 pound mirror. Below it is a 14 pound common....notice the orientation in the net.....that mirror was a freight train. I am a terrible photographer so I don't take many pics....the joy and memories are all iin my head...but every now and then I'll pop a shot fr posterity and bragging time
  13. Brief History Of Carp In The Usa

    I get skeptical reviews when i talk about carp fishing with other fishermen out on the waters...until I mention the 26 pound mirror and 30 pound common I have caught....then they perk up and want to know more....
  14. March carp

    Where did you buy the big bag of panko? That looks great! I haven't done much carping yet this year. Been doing the trout thing and now that is basically done for me....I am going to be spending some time stocking the freezer with bluegill for catfish bait. Found a new pond that I am going to hit Monday if the weather holds...hoping to make a haul for catfish bait. It's about a 2 acre pond....I went there earlier and I could see a ton of little bluegill...I think it is so underfished they might be stunted...but I am planning on fixing that! I also saw a lot of big snapping turtles...that is NOT good.... The lake I normally carp at is odd....it stocks trout in the spring and they have regulations about a lot of things until May 31st because of that. I do plan on doing some carping on the old Coal river between now and then....my PB comes from the Coal....30 pound common.
  15. Video...carp removal from a Minnesota lake

    I keep hoping (I know, it's a bad idea) that they will introduce Wels catfish or paraiba to the Mississippi river system to control the Asian carp (bighead and silver)... The genie is out of the bottle now...there is no putting it back in. Either you introduce a ravenous predator capable of controlling the invasive species or the destruction of the waters all the way into the great lakes is inevitable...it's only a matter of time if nothing is done at all. Can you imagine Wels or paraiba here in the states? It would be sweet!
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