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  1. Hi all!! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!!.......I am shifting from creeks (no carp) and local lake (tougher and tougher to catch fish-colder) to the big river- Missouri, which I have never fished....Frank gave me some initial tips, but I have attached 5 annotated images-a birds-eye view, then 4 numbered slides ...where would you suggest, and with what?- is 109ft too far out for river fishing?- I assume not, but the next closest piers are 400 ft in the middle of the river at least....haven't been there yet so some of this may change in real life.....not the safest area so likely no night fishing...some areas may not be accessible.....I would rather fish the opposite shore but the entire length is levee and not accessible from the other side.....and I have no boat........really appreciate any thoughts.....some image are from the river angle of the other "birds-eye views"...please refer to either the slide # or, the very first slide.......thanks all!! Kirk Slide 1 is overall view of barge lift, downstream bridge and water intakes Slide 2 is upstream from slide one and the only bridge with a close pillar....also has an intriguing platform just 10 ft above water line-fish here? Slide 3 is the barge lift Slide 4 is a more detailed view of the shoreline of slide 3............
  2. Watch our video and be sure to like and subscribe! If there are any carp anglers in the VA/NC area that would like to fish with us and be in one of our videos, contact us! Many more session/tutorial videos to come!
  3. Everybody knows that it can be difficult to target the elusive Buffalo. Does anybody want to share some tips, techniques, rigs, baits etc. to give anglers a better chance at landing more Buffalo?
  4. First post here :-). I'm from the Minneapolis area and love fishing for carp. Catch and release of course. Fished one of my spots on the Mississippi river last night. Hooked 7, landed 5 in 2 hours. Didn't weigh them but I would think they were all between 8-22 lbs. When your landing net breaks, you know the carp has some serious torque behind it :-) Always up for hearing about carp tournaments, fishing meetups in the area. Am fishing a small carp contest weekend in a lake-not happy that all fish caught will be disposed off, but I guess they have their reasons for controlling population in a lake. Cheeers... Chaya the Cat.. weltravelled@yahoo.com
  5. Each year the Carp Anglers Group puts on an event to "Take a Kid Carping". I truly believe that the youth of today are the anglers of tomorrow. Helping them get started when they are young, teaching them the basics, not just in techniques but also covering topics such as angling etiquette, pickup up their trash and consideration for others, conservation and the environment. No matter how busy my schedule, work, or otherwise, I always make the time each year to Take a Kid Carping ! This year I decided to take James's 10 yr old daughter Olivia, out on a session to Chatfield Reservoir, Kingfisher. Olivia has been fishing for carp for a couple of years at local venues. She really wanted a chance to catch a "big" carp. Her personal best stood at 6 lb's, a 24" common carp from Quail Lake in Colorado Springs. So, that was the CarpQuest. Could we help Olivia catch a big carp ? Within an hour of setting up, her rod went screaming off with a blistering run. With a "little" help from James to get the fish initially under control, she steered the fish expertly into the net. A minute later it was in the cradle and her hands. A glorious 30.5", 16 lb 2 oz common carp. Olivia had not only caught her first ever Colorado Master Angler carp but she had also landed her new Personal Best - Fins-UP ! It was Job Done. Much victory coffee for James and I, alas Olivia's a wee bit too young for the coffee. A CarpQuest video of this session will be released later this year along with a full "in-session" write-up. Tight-Lines, John
  6. It was the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year. A great carp fishing session at the Fairgrounds resulted in a trio of twenty pound common carp and some good mid to upper teens ! Hope you Enjoy ! John
  7. I had thought this was posted earlier in the year, alas, either I didn't post it, or it vaporized, so here it is again ! Colorado 2015 - Master Angler Awards and year end report. The "Highs" 2015 was another good year for catch and release carp fishing here in Colorado. With the aid of the "CAG Colorado Challenge 2015" event, we had a good number of anglers across the state submitting proudly their photo's of carp, released, to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife MA program. Stats remained flat year on year, from 2014 to 2015, with 46 carp being submitted, 41 commons, 5 grass carp for a total of 46 fish. The uptick was in 2015, NO carp were submitted for the "Kept" category - hopefully a great step in the right direction. I usually only submit a couple of fish per year to this program (common and grass carp), else the stats/page would be a wee bit skewed ! "Mile High" carp fishing continues to be very popular with the fly fishermen, whom again hosted their "Trout Unlimited" Carp Slam event on the South Platte river last year for charity. The number of bank anglers for carp steadily increases as does the positive dialogue on local fishing forums. The South Platte River, in Denver, remains the "golden mile" for urban fly fishing. The big three reservoirs remain popular for carp and produced a steady stream of captures, Chatfield, Pueblo and Cherry Creek. A 30 lb'er was caught at Chatfield last year, and released. Tightline Outdoors, a local outfitter, hosted Colorado's first Catch & Release Carp Tournament at Lake Arbor in fall. The event was attended by over 20 anglers. It was won by a young 15 yr old lad, whom had never fished for carp before. He was very pleased to go home $1000 the richer. Though I did manage to blank during the event it was great to meet and talk to other anglers interested in carp fishing. TLO will be hosting the event again this year, on July 9th, again at Lake Arbor. The permit was a nightmare for them to obtain so there was only a couple of weeks notice for anglers to sign up and attend. Fingers crossed, it will be another good turn-out. Membership wise, we remain steady at "2". We lost a member in 2015 and gained a new one. I hope to encourage a few more anglers to sign-up, this is still a work in progress. We did have an impromptu CAG member local fish-in, with myself and Andrew Holt. We banked a ton of carp and had a great time. If only we could grow the membership then others would come to realize just how much more fun it is to share the bank with other like minded individuals; we could then start hosting events with a far greater turnout and audience to the locals. The "Low's" During 2015 we had record rain and flooding across the state. Many of the usual big water and big fish venues suffered badly. Hopefully 2016 the weather will be more stable and these venues will again return to their full potential with regards to carp fishing. Late Summer through Fall in 2015 was excellent for fishing with 80%+ of the big fish captures coming in the months of Aug thru Oct. Catch and kill hunting/fishing for carp remains a staple for many in Colorado. There are still plenty of Colorado State Parks and local communities that sponsor and support kill tournaments, either with bow, or rod & line. There were 5 state sanctioned bow fishing tournaments in Colorado last year and the plan is for 5 further events throughout 2016. One particular venue (Barr State Park) had over 1 ton of carp removed during an additional "round-up" event, with the majority of the fish being very small. The officials at this park have even gone so far to announce in 2016 they will be obtaining a number of "carp" shaped targets to add to their collection of archery targets used in their training and education programs for youth archery ! Chumming remains illegal in the state of Colorado though many carp anglers are using packbaits - this keeps the bait "on the line/hool when cast" and thus meets the letter of the wording of the law. Debate and confusion continues on the use of PVA - so anglers, beware! Colorado has a 2-rod limit (with the purchase of a 2nd rod stamp). I have submitted a couple of "Citizen" petitions (one in 2014 and one in 2015) to have the rod limit raised to 3, however these have gone nowhere. Closing 2016 is set to be another great year here for carp fishing in Colorado. We have some stunning fish, both commons and mirrors, with many venues holding 20s and some with very rare 30s. If you are looking for a Mile-High opportunity to wet your line and hold a stunning wild fish in your hands, then Colorado should be on your list of places to visit ! By all means drop me a PM, or message if you are looking to come to Colorado to fish for carp, I can certainly provide assistance, local information and advice. MA Awards For 2015: (angler, size in ", venue)
  8. In this weeks new episode of Carpquest we fish a new spot at a favorite venue. The move turned out great, as we landed almost half a dozen good commons including a pair of 20 lb'ers ! Victory Coffee Time ! Hope you Enjoy! John
  9. TightLine Outdoor's, "Don't Bash the Trash" Carp Fishing tournament is a GO for Saturday, July 9th at Lake Arbor in Colorado 2016. This again took tremendous effort from TLO to even get a permit for the event. Honestly, I thought the event would be cancelled. However, permit in hand, the event is a GO, albeit with very little notice for anyone to be able to attend. FINS-UP to TLO and to the local authorities for again making this happen. This is a CATCH & RELEASE carp fishing tournament. It is a $40 entry fee per angler (+ $2 booking free). Payout will be dependent on #s of anglers that take part. This certainly is not your usual carp tournament, it is a total length event, for all carp caught by each angler. The contest takes place over 2 x 4 hr sessions, during the day, morning and afternoon. There is NO peg draw, there is a quadrant draw. The lake is split into 4 quadrants and you get a draw to see which quadrant you will be fishing in during the morning and the afternoon. Once you know which quadrant you are in it is literally a "scramble" to get there and get setup. From last years experience, the anglers in each quadrant were very considerate and did not fish on top of each other! I will be participating again this year, hopefully I can improve on 2015's performance and actually catch a fish ! For details of the event, registration details and event specific rules can be found on the TLO website. If you have any questions about the event, you should direct these to TLO. www.tightlineoutdoors.com I will be there and will endeavor to again advocate for catch & release carp fishing. I appreciate the format of the event isn't what we are all used to, however, I can only stress again, it is a "CATCH and RELEASE" carp fishing tournament in Colorado, so for that, I raise my coffee mug to the organizers for putting it on at all. Tight-Lines, John
  10. In this weeks episode, on a bright sunny afternoon my wife and I made the drive up to the fairgrounds for a picnic. I got the rods out, the lines in and was rewarded with several nice common carp up to 21 lb's. Is there a better way to spend an afternoon with family ? Tight-Lines, John
  11. Following the previous days session with five 20s from the venue we returned again with Ron to see if we could repeat the success. The weather was insane, with 40+ sustained winds. In the late afternoon the carp bite was ON again and Ron landed a great 20 lb'er! Hope you enjoy! John
  12. Over the past year we had been experimenting with the WaterWolf underwater camera system. This year we acquired the "bottom kit" for it, which allows it to be used in a more carp-safe manner, much like a lead safety clip (be warned, replacement weights are not easy to come by and cost a pretty penny!). After multiple sessions, lots of trial and error, we finally managed to get some carp on film and wanted to share it with you all. Here are Parts 1 & 2 (yes, we have yet more footage to edit and more recorded every few sessions). In part 1, we see a trout ninja the bait soon after the cast, moving it a good foot away from the pack and perhaps costing us a bite. In part 2, we see a good example of poor hook link line lay, our bait being buried beneath the silt, a school of shad and yet more trout pecking away at the baits. I'm working on part 3, where we watch the carp constantly sucking in, then sickeningly, spitting right back out, a pop-up ! (Yes, we did finally get a run on film, will be out in either part 3, or 4). Hope you Enjoy ! Tight-Lines, John
  13. On a very windy day we returned to the Fairgrounds in search of some big pre-spawn females. As the wind died down in the afternoon the carp bite was on. We ended up landing five 20 lb commons between us including a new PB for James at 25 lbs! Alas, all these captures came just a bit too soon for the CAG Spring Big-4, arg ! Hope you enjoy ! Tight-Lines, John
  14. Catching a carp on the skinny stick is one of the things I have on the "To-Do" list for this year. I happened to look at the good forum for tying flies and noticed a carp fly on Fly Tying Forum. Had a pattern on the website but couldn't copy-and-paste to make a link. I think it was called Carp Fruit- colored deer hair pattern. Couldn't find it on the FTF forum. It was a picture at the top of the home page with some other flies.
  15. Following a few sessions that ended without even a single beep on the Delkim's, I returned to the lake at Chatfield, Kingfisher once again. With storms forecast for later in the day, could I finally get a few beeps on the alarms and a carp in the net ? Hope you enjoy the episode ! Tight-Lines, John
  16. In this weeks new episode Ron and I returned again to Chatfield for an afternoon session. Though I lost a fish early, due to the knot failing at the hook link, both Ron and I were redeemed landing a couple of common carp each later in the day ! Hope you Enjoy! John
  17. A new CarpQuest episode has been released. It's time to break out your mugs, fill them with java, sit back and enjoy the show. It was an early spring sunny morning when I returned to Chatfield to fish my favorite big open water reservoir. I had never caught a carp this early in the season from the main reservoir. With water temps in the 40s, a cold wind gusting in the afternoon, it was going to be a challenge to find the carp, let alone catch one ! Tight-Lines, John
  18. In this weeks episode of CarpQuest we met up with my friends, James, Ron and his son, Jordan. With water temps cold I decided to go back to basics and fish simple rigs with a range of CC Moore Hellraiser pop-ups. For those that have often asked, who want the "how-to", hopefully this episode shows you a bit more of the rigs I use in action. Hope you enjoy! Tight-Lines, John
  19. Here are the registered teams, up to date. We will be posting new registrations, as they come in. Let us know if you have any questions, and PM Chad ( djkleen02 ) if there are any edits needed.
  20. The final episode of CarpQuest from 2015 sees Andrew, Ron, Jordan and I all meet up for an end of the season session at the Fairgrounds. We all banked a few good carp before the day was done including a beautiful 20 lb'er for me and a new PB for young Jordan. It was a frosty and cold start to the morning. As the temperatures warmed up so did the bite. Overall the 2015 season was not a bad, even though we lost more than half of it the volatile Colorado weather, with record flooding and weeks of powerful storms. The fall fishing certainly made up for the earlier difficult conditions with 80% of the carp caught coming during the months of September and October. I am certainly looking forwards to the 2016 season ahead, hoping to meet many new anglers, introduce more people to the passion of carp fishing and hopefully, fish some new venues. Tight-Lines, John
  21. For some light holiday humor, and in honor of the release of Star Wars the Force Awakens, I was fortunate to get the very latest item from Next Generation Tackle's development department as an early Xmas present - the NGT Lightsaber! I think it will even be available in a carpy green. Available in stores in 3015, plenty of time to get a pre-order in now. Wonder if Big Carp Tackle will stock them in future ? Tight Lines and Happy Holidays Everyone, Hope you Enjoy! John
  22. In this weeks new episode of CarpQuest we see Ron and I get in a late fall session at the Fairgrounds. The weather was great, as was the carping, with Ron banking 3 twenty pound common carp. I did bank several mid to upper doubles for me. This is the penultimate episode of CarpQuest for 2015, will release the final video next week in time for Xmas. Tight-Lines and Hope you enjoy ! John
  23. Though it may feel like winter, the carp gods giveth with some sunny footage of a couple of sessions, filmed this fall, with my next door neighbor, Roland. He is always fun to be out on the bank with and really doesn't care if he catches a fish or not. It's all about the company, the conversation, a couple of German beers and being outdoors in beautiful Colorado! Hope you enjoy! Tight-Lines, John
  24. In this weeks episode of CarpQuest, Ron and I are again fishing at Chatfield Reservoir, Kingfisher. We tried a new location at the venue, but after a morning without any signs of carp, we moved back to the usual spot. Ron banked a couple of nice commons and a big crayfish. I finally manage to land one, at the end of session, to avoid the blank. The crayfish at Kingfisher have been insane in numbers this year, and size - a likely boost in their population due to the flooding experienced here earlier in the year. Hope you Enjoy! John
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