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  1. Yeah, same goes for me.. over here in New Jersey I have some OK waters about 20 minutes away, but my favorite swim is 35 minutes away and a real pain to prebait...
  2. I know I recommended two swims on Lake Erie (in Cleveland), but if you are concerned about the size of the water then there are much better alternatives for you. After all, the most important part of carp fishing is your confidence, not the bait you use or the gear you have. The swims I recommended aren't inherently bad for fishing, but since they are directly on the main lake with little structure to hold the fish naturally, they would simply require a gargantuan amount of chum to hold the fish. If you are OK with following MoCarp's suggestion (boiling 50 pounds of maize and driving an hour to chum 10 days in a row seems a bit time consuming), then those swims will produce unimaginable numbers of carp over 30 pounds. However, since you're travelling to see a friend in another state I doubt either of you would be able to prebait anything in advance. Prebaiting is still going to be an advantage no matter where you choose to fish, but finding an area with lots of structure where the fish feed naturally may allow you to catch fish without chumming at all. Such a place is the marina on East 55th street. Carp are not shy of human activity, like their Euro cousins across the pond. In fact, over in the United States it is quite the opposite. A marina will likely have people around, and people mean bread for the ducks (and carp)! Additionally, the boat docks provide cover for the carp and bait fish they occasionally eat. As well as that, the marina is sheltered from the swift currents and winds of the main lake from a row of trees on the opposite bank from the boat docks.. that is where you should fish. Alternatively, if you'd like to try a little tributary fishing you should visit Wendy Park. It sits directly at the confluence of the Cuyahoga river and Lake Erie, meaning any carp entering or exiting the mighty Cuyahoga must pass in front of Wendy Park. No matter where you choose to fish, prebaiting would certainly increase the numbers of carp that you catch, but you may be able to land a few fish without prebaiting, if you fish at either Wendy Park or the East 55th street marina.
  3. Fishing rod holders for vehicles

    I just use the trunk
  4. What are Some Good Carp Waters in Ohio?

    I've never fished in Ohio, but I do know that Lake Erie produces some of the largest carp in North America, some fish topping 40 pounds on a regular basis. If you're willing to drive an hour to get there, there is a fishing area on the lake on East 72nd street in Cleveland, and a pier called Edgewater pier, also in Cleveland. Again I'm from out of state so take what I say with a grain of salt, but I would put my money on Lake Erie. The fish will move in to the shallows during the next few weeks making them accessible from shore. Hope this helped! -Lizard
  5. South New Jersey Carp?

    Another vote for the Delaware river, specifically the Burlington Bristol bridge or palmyra cove nature park
  6. Carping In Nj

    The tidal Delaware river has the best potential for fishing, in terms of size and numbers. The tidal raritan isn't far behind.
  7. Poll: Where would you fish this swim?

    I never have any crab problems, but maybe it's just because my favorite hookbait is the Korda Fake Food plastic corn... the crabs probably are avoiding it; it is plastic, after all.. I would try your boilie recipe, but in my year of fishing this spot I have never had a single take when fishing a boilie, even after introducing the fish to them for several weeks. They seem to prefer corn a lot more.. even the fish on my profile picture (my PB) was caught at location c on fake corn. I've made an updated chumming plan based on your suggestion, tell me what you think: I plan to chum over a 4 day period, once a day at 5:00 PM. I will leave a maize trail from spot a to c, and put a mixed particle of corn, oats, peanuts and chickpeas at spot c. Schedule below: Day 1: 6 cups maize trail, 5 gallons mixed particle Day 2: 6 cups maize trail, 5 gallons mixed particle Day 3: 3 cups maize trail, 3 gallons mixed particle Day 4: 3 cups maize trail, 3 gallons mixed particle Day 5&6: Fish! Thoughts?
  8. Poll: Where would you fish this swim?

    The water I'm fishing is tidal, so the flow and direction of the current will change by the hour. Regardless of tides, there is a strong current entering the "b" Channel from the main river, pushing all bait from spot a, through spot b and into the C cove. Basically, all chum I put at b ends up at c, which is a completely slack eddy perfect for holding bait. Do you think carp would add this spot to their daily patrol routes if I chum enough?
  9. Poll: Where would you fish this swim?

    Where should I make the trail, at spot A? Or maybe from a-c and make them hold at c with a more diverse particle? And when you say chum where the current takes it- that is between b and c. The current completely stops at the point and all food going down the b channel ends up there. Should I leave a trail from the main channel to inbetween b and c?
  10. Hello fellow carpers! I've been extremely exited for a session I'll be doing next weekend, but just a bit curious as to where I should go. The place I normally fish has access to the main portion of the delaware river, with a bay/cove and a small "creek" connecting the two. The first image I attached has a satellite view of the location, and the 3 spots I'm thinking about fishing. I normally fish in the spot marked "C" in the back cove, because it has almost no current, and a drop off down to about 10 feet off the point. My only concern is that there will be less fish in the cove, because they would have to swim out of their way and all the way back into the bay from the main river, and less fish would end up there. They would have to "exit" the highway that is the flow of the main river. Spot "B" is OK, but an incredible amount of snags and current make it virtually unfishable. Spot "A" has a mild current, and otherwise is OK except that is completely lacking any features whatsoever - it's just a flat sand bed about 5' deep. Any thoughts?
  11. Hair Rigs - The best way to fish them?

    There are some definite steps to improve your hookup ratio, but it depends on where you're fishing. For example, what's the average size of the carp in your swim? If it's around 8-10 pounds a size 6 or 4 hook should work fine. If the fish are larger and average 20+ pounds, a size 2 or even a size 1 hook can work. Remember that a 20lb Carp has a mouth about 3" wide, so a 2" hook should fit fine in there. Carp hooks are made so small because most of the market is in Europe, where the fish are most pressured and smaller hooks are required to land them. While on the topic of pressured fish, if you are fishing a smaller lake or anywhere the fish are likely to have been caught more than once, shorten your hair and hook length. The fish could cautiously be slurping the bait, and any hair longer than 1/2" could miss the hookset, and they are likely moving slowly between baits so a short hooklength/leader will set the hook sooner, reducing the odds of an ejection. on the other hand, if you're fishing a large river with a nonstop swarm of hungry, voracious carp (Delaware, Raritan, Potomac) you want the opposite: long hairs and long hook lengths. In these rivers the average size is often well over 20lbs, and as I previously mentioned most fish have a mouth over 4" wide, so a 2" hair is not going to miss the hookup. Also, because the fish are so unpressurized you can use a longer hooklength, because the fish are likely moving quickly between baits and feeding areas so competition is reduced. Finally, one tip I can make reguardless of where you're fishing is to use a blowback rig. A small ring is placed along the shank of the hook, and tied to the hair.When a fish attempts to eject the bait, the ring slides up the hook forcing the fish to blow the bait out slightly further to eject it. It might also be in your best interest to add a rig kicker to your hook. It pivots the hook angle about 15 degrees, so that you get the benefits of a circle hook on an extremely sturdy, j carp hook. hope this helped, and good luck! Lizardman529
  12. Leader problems...

    I don't need one really, I just remembered hearing somewhere that 1oz = 10lb line, etc. I'm going to stick to just my 30lb braid mainline and see how that goes.
  13. Leader problems...

    Thanks for the responses everyone. I think I'll try the hollow 80# braid, and splice it. Will an FG knot work for braid to braid knots?
  14. Leader problems...

    Thanks so much! Guess I don't need a leader after all!
  15. Leader problems...

    Hello everyone, please excuse my many questions in this post; I've been having way to many problems with my leaders lately. Let me explain: Almost all of my fishing spots require a 5 ounce lead to hold current. And I don't know if this is true, but I've heard for every ounce of lead, you need 10 pounds of line pound test to not snap off on the cast. However, I am only using a 30lb braided mainline. My idea to work around this was tying about 20 feet of 80 pound braid from my rig to my mainline, using a uni knot. It hasn't been working as well as I'd thought it would.. it seems that whenever I cast, the bulky line-to-line knot bumps the top eye of my rod, sometimes causing it to tangle. Just today, in fact, upon casting not just my rig but my rod tip went flying into the water, because my leader tangled around the top eye and snapped the line. Which brings me to why I'm writing this. Apparently, I need a leader with at least 50 pounds breaking strain, and I would prefer it to be braid, if possible. I've looked at Korda tapered leaders and such, but most are mono and do not have 50 pound test. Alternatively, is there some less bulky knot, with shorter tag ends, I could use to tie the two lines together? If you are still alive after reading this, thank you!