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About RedRiverJay

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    Fishing: Fishing the Red River of the North for channel cats and carp.
  1. If you have about 15 minutes to kill, here is a video of carp removal from a Minnesota lake. It involved a net hundreds of feet long, and submarines,,,,through ice!! From an ecological point of view, can carp over-run a lake to a point that such drastic measures are needed? That was the question going through my mind. https://archive.org/details/Carp_Harvest
  2. I just use an old insulated lunch box, and a frozen "blue ice" block as a tackle box. I never go fishing for very long, maybe an hour at a time, and the river is only about a block from my place. I take about six corn-cicles and that's enough of an outing for me. But yeah, keeping them frozen for a day-long trip would be a challenge. My current recipe: a hook baited with canned sweet corn, in a 30 mL cup with about another teaspoon of corn on top of it, and filled to the top of the corn with a mixture of the juice from the sweet corn can and some beet molasses that I get from a local factory. Both carp and channel cats hit on it pretty well.
  3. I have had really good luck catching carp with what I call "corn-cicles"...sort-of popcicles made with corn. I take a hook (with leader), and put a few kernels of canned sweet corn on it. Then, I put a teaspoon of canned sweet corn in a 30 mL (one ounce) plastic cup (one could use a unit of an ice cube tray). I lay the baited hook on top of the corn in the cup, and then pour about a teaspoon of the juice from the canned corn to cover everything. Then, I freeze the unit. I cast the frozen corn-cicle about 20 feet upstream from some logs in my local river, with enough weight to keep the unit on the bottom. It never fails to hook a fish within 10 minutes. Usually carp, but sometimes a channel cat. I make up six corn-cicles at a time, and seldom come home with less than 3 fish. For the record, I'm not a strict C/R fisherman. Anything less than 24 inches (carp or channel cat), I keep and eat, or put up for winter. Anything longer than 24 inches, I release.
  4. Chay, I would be there, from Fargo, but I've got a family reunion in South Dakota to attend. Best of luck to all of you. BTW...the carp are hitting hard in the Red River, so definitely the water is warm enough. You guys are going to have a great time.
  5. I live about 100 yards from the Red River, so I walked over with a pole and four corn-sicles*, and did some fishing for about 30 minutes before work. Landed a nice 3-pound channel cat, and a nice 4-pound carp, both perfect size for eating. So, a good start for 2016. *I bait up about 4-5 pieces of sweet corn on a carp hook with a leader, put the hook in an ice cube tray, add about a teaspoon of blenderized sweet corn (and the liquid that comes in the can) and freeze it.
  6. Is this going to be fishing from shore? Bullheads caught in April in good water can be pretty tasty.
  7. These are all great suggestions! Thanks!
  8. The ice is breaking up on the Red River, so it's time to start tying some hair rigs. There are several great videos on the subject, but almost none of them give a recommendation with regards to hook type or size. So, I'm writing for some opinions. I'll be using mostly natural bait on the hair (boiled field corn, etc.), and am fishing for smaller carp and channel cats (anything bigger than 22-24 inches gets released). Thanks to all who would reply.
  9. Great Taste! Less Filling!
  10. These area great pictures, thanks for posting them. As a newcomer to this forum, about how many pounds were the fish shown in pictures 5, 8, 9, 10, and 11 of this photo array?
  11. Yeah, I found it worked to cast way past where I thought the trout would be, and then reel the fly into and through the area I was interested in. You can cast a long ways, because these bobbers are pretty heavy when half-filled with water.
  12. In the early 1970's, I worked a couple summers in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I had reasonably good luck catching rainbow trout in small lakes and using a cheap Zebco rod and reel, a bubble float a little less than half-filled with water, about a 2' leader, and a fly. You can cast a long distance, and slowly bring the fly back to you, floating the fly on the surface. I was just curious if that might be an alternative to conventional fly fishing technique for carp. Has anyone tried it? The bubble floats I used were clear, and if you search for Rainbow bubble float, you'll see pictures. Jay