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  1. Each year CAG members step up and volunteer their time to Take a Kid Carping. This is a great event and one that I am very passionate about. A few years ago I was fortunate to be able to take a work colleague, Patrick, and his son Dante carp fishing. Last year it was Casey, Brittany and their young son Brayden. This year it was the turn of Lance and Colin. Filmed during sunny mid-September, I took Lance and his young son Colin out carping for a session at Kingfisher, Chatfield Reservoir. Lance had taken his son, an avid CarpQuest fan, out a few times previously in search of carp - yet the fish were proving to be elusive. He had written to me earlier this year and asked if I could help. I receive a LOT of requests to take people fishing each year, but this one was stood out. Colin's dad had tried, and tried, to help his son bank a carp already at a few venues I knew held some good fish. Once I got them setup, Colin turned out to be a highly passionate and talented young angler, who soon had his first ever carp on the bank, a 11 lb 4 oz common. His dad, Lance, also joined in the fun and landed his first carp, a scrappy 12 lb 2 oz common. I also managed to land a mirror and a couple of commons. A GREAT days fishing was had by all ! Colin was involved in all aspects of the captures, from baiting his hair-rig, casting out, setting up the alarms, playing the fish in, netting the fish, carp care and handling, weighing and measuring the fish. He even got involved with filming some of the footage in this video - what a great young man ! The video highlights the importance of involving anglers at an early age in the sport, not only learning the correct techniques but also appropriate fish care and handling for the species. I would highly recommend taking the time out of your busy schedule to Take a Kid carping with you. For me, this session with Lance and Colin ranks as one of my favorite for the year; not for the fish we caught but for the passion and enthusiasm of such a young angler for his fishing. Tight-Lines, hope you enjoy ! John
  2. Over the past 4 years, I have worked hard to promote carp fishing here locally in Colorado. The most challenging vs. attitudes, yet positive and productive efforts, have been through the most popular local fishing forum, FishExplorer.COM. The Carp Anglers Group had a presence, though quiet voice, on FXR even before I became the State Chair. I wanted to note my thanks to the owners and moderators of that forum for having the vision, wisdom and "balls" for their of support catch & release carp fishing in our state, especially given the initial hailstorm of negativism I received with my first carp posts. Wind the clock forwards some 4 years now, after hundreds of posts, articles, shared videos, we have a thriving and passionate group of anglers in Colorado that enjoy the sport. Hopefully in the future we will see a few more join CAG's ranks as members. As a thanks to it's members each year, FXR hosts a Winter GiveAway, where popular/notable local anglers from the media, vendors and local outfitters, give back something back to the membership for FREE, be that tackle items or a free "guided" trip for a particular species. It's a VERY popular event and is run on the basis of all individual members having a "point" they can spend each day throughout December, to vote on a particular trip, or prize, they would love to receive. Each prize goes to the member whom submitted the most "points" for it during the month. It's a secret ballot/vote with the winners announced early in January. I was asked back in 2013 if I would offer up a carp fishing trip with CarpQuest - I readily agreed, honestly not really expecting many people to "vote" for carp fishing as a prize. I was wrong, and a number of anglers submitted their "daily" votes in a feeding frenzy for a day out with CarpQuest. The 2013 GiveAway was won by Ron Altman, who I took out in 2014. He later joined CAG after succumbing to the carp fishing addiction - we have become very good friends and the dynamic duo of carping in Colorado throughout this year. Again, towards the end of 2014, I was asked if I would host a day's fishing with CarpQuest, as a Winter GiveAway prize. Hell yes, I quickly agreed. This time the winner was a popular, and very well known local walleye fisherman, James, nicknamed, "MileHighNightStalker". The challenge for me was that James usually only fished at night, thus he requested a "night session with CarpQuest" as his prize. Given the miserable and chaotic weather this year in Colorado, we finally got around to scheduling his trip in September. It turned out to be a great evening spent with him, talking about carp, walleye and how we both got into the sport. It was a real honor to spend the night on the bank side with him. He eventually landed a couple of great carp, which also turned out to be his largest captures so far this year! He left, a VERY happy man with a new found understanding and respect for carp and carp fishing. Perhaps one day he may take up the Quest on his own and another carp angler is born. Perhaps mine is an extreme version of promoting carp fishing locally, but it seems to work, especially the one-on-one approach. It get people out there and hopefully, a carp in their hands at the end of the day with a beaming smile upon their faces. I highly recommend to everyone, try to take the time in 2016 to take someone new to carp fishing out with you on a session. I put together a short CarpQuest video of our adventure that evening, mainly for the winner James, which you can view here. If I get asked again this year for my CarpQuest to be a "prize", I certainly hope to be able to get it done. Perhaps I could giving away a FREE years membership to CAG, along with the session and video production, as a prize to the winner - a real "package" for passionate future carper in Colorado ? Tight-Lines, John
  3. In this weeks episode we fish a local venue, Kingfisher at Chatfield Reservoir, endure some strong storms, get soaking wet, have a friends drone buzz our swim and bank a lot of carp ! Hope you enjoy! Ironically (not surprisingly), this episode has stir'd up at lot of comment on the local fishing forums, regarding drone use and personal privacy - an interesting topic for debate ! What's your thoughts on the drone topic ? Tight-Lines, John
  4. Colorado, as do many other states here in the USA, have a Master Angler Award program. The goal of these programs is promote fishing in the state, the catch and release of trophy sports species and to recognize anglers for their achievements. In Colorado, their are two MA categories. By length for catch and release and by weight for fish which are kept. Given I am only interested in the C&R category, carp need to be 30" or greater to qualify. Once an angler catches a MA trophy sized fish, they take a picture, fill out a form with information, witness verification and send these both off to Colorado Parks & Wildlife for confirmation. The whole process takes about 4 weeks after sending in the entry. Once verified the anglers name appears on the Colorado Master Angler Award program website and the angler receives a sew-on badge (only one badge per year) and certificate for their efforts. <link to Colorado's Master Angler Award Program website> http://cpw.state.co.us/learn/pages/masterangler.aspx I highly recommend you check with your local Department of Wildlife to see what programs are available in your state. The more anglers that submit their C&R carp captures to these programs, the more awareness these local departments will receive that US anglers really do love catch & release carp fishing! It takes but a few minutes to submit an entry - lets ALL get involved - do your bit for the promotion of catch & release carp fishing in the USA. In this weeks episode Ron and I have a great session at Kingfisher, Chatfield Reservoir and land 6 MA carp between us ! Hope you enjoy ! Records are kept and currently the State Record, by length in Colorado stands at 42". Best I have caught, since my return to fishing is but 37". One day, perhaps ? By weight, the Colorado State record is 35 lb's 5 oz. Best I have caught is 37 lb 5 oz, however given the weight category requires the fish to perish in Colorado, not a record I think I will ever care to have my name in the books for. I do know of a stunning 38" common was caught just recently in Colorado and released - that fish topped the scales at over 30 lb's. Perhaps one day, the requirements for record by weight will change and allow for witness verification with certified scales, rather than having to take & hand over the fish to CPW for verification? Tight-Lines, John
  5. New CarpQuest Episode Released, Season 3, Episode 11. In this weeks episode James and I fish the Fairgrounds in Adams County. We did not anticipate the "big hit" carp madness that was to descend upon James. A great session, with almost 20 fish landed, carp and some catfish - WOW - almost ran us out of Victory Coffee ! Hope you enjoy the video ! Tight-Lines, John CarpQuest
  6. For this episode, we get in a quick session at Chatfield Reservoir, Kingfisher. Wildlife in Colorado is always beautiful and this day a stunning Mountain garter snake visited the swim for a while. In the few short hours, before the incoming storms, Ron lands 3 nice commons. The mountain garter snake, a member of the terrestrial garter snake family, is particularly adept at constriction for it's prey. Tight-Lines & Happy Labor Day Weekend ! John CarpQuest
  7. A new episode of CarpQuest has been released, S3E8 - Catfish and Carp For this episode, we survive the scorching heat at the Fairgrounds and land a good common carp and channel catfish. Daris (Mr. "Cat" Fishrangler himself) and Kelly (Led2Zep), from FishExplorer.COM, stopped by to chat, always good to get time on the bank with friends, old and new. It was great to spend some time with Daris, chatting on the bank - we shared stories, rig information and had a great few hours together. One of these days I am sure to get a line out there, deliberately in search of a monster cat ! As I have said many times before, it's the friends I spend time on the bank with, whether I catch fish, they catch, or we blank, that is important for me in my fishing. It's not the MA captures, the state records, it's that shared time with friends or family, that stays in my memory the longest... Hope you enjoy the episode... Tight-Lines,John
  8. Last weekend I had non stop action in the river (carp and cats). Last night I fished a small lake for 4-5 hours . Carp could be seen everywhere. I always fish rivers and have never actually caught a lake carp intentionally. I knew my chum was working since I could see carp activity in my targeted spots. I tried everything, not nothing worked. Sometime small was chewing up my boilies (small turtles?) so I switched to flavored puffs and sweet corn. I finally foul hooked a 1lb carp. Other than that, no action. I knew they were feeding heavily on my small area of chum and the bite alarm beeped constantly with minor bumps. I switched to a shorter hair rig and smaller bait presentation, thinking it might get a smaller carp to pick up the bait but ..nothing. What's working for you guys. It's in the mid 80's out here and carp are surfacing all over but not taking bait. Are any specific flavors working? Is a heavier scent or lighter scent working for these fish? Am always up for learning more about lake carp...
  9. Happiness is: 1. Spending time with the grandsons before school takes up a lot of their time plus their school sports. 2. Watching them react to the twitching rod tip and a buzzing alarm. 3. Watching them listen how to play the fish and get it to the net. 4. Hearing them say that they want to fish again this Friday after school. What more could a grandfather want? I had to help Brody as a 12 ft. Euro rod is a bit for him to handle. Brody got the second fish, a common, but lost it. The score for the day was: Me- common; Cooper- Buffalo; Brody- Buffalo. I spodded with raspberry cracked corn and discovered that I left the rubber rice packbait at home. Just before we left, I remembered that I had put a bucket of mixed grits and creamed corn in the van but it was up front and not with the rest of the carping gear. Brody commented that we didn't need it! Hookbait was canned sweetcorn soaked in raspberry flavoring. When I spodded, I kept it in a small space and I think that it kept the carp close to the hookbaits. I also baited one rod at first with a CC Moore Live Action boilie; when I reeled in the line it was gone. Turtle? First picture is Cooper's buff and the other is Brody's buff. You can say that is their first buff and their PB buff. Edit: We were going to wait a while so Brody could get a fish before we left. I was planning on leaving about 11:30. At 11:20, Brody got the run! Sounds like needmotime2fish as he always waits until the last minute.
  10. Just joined the site last week. I'm in the north west suburbs of Minneapolis (Champlin/Brooklyn Park area). Have been carping for year years and am loving it. While most guys are trying to catch walleyes in this state, I prefer my canvas chair and a good book, while waiting for my reels to start screaming. Am always up for meeting new carp fishermen/women. I normally fish the Mississippi (north suburbs, saint paul etc). Near really had good luck fishing the lakes for carp. I also enjoy fishing for large catfish, bowfin, northern's etc. Pretty much anything that put's up a good fight. Fish like me because they get to go back home and watch tv after I release them.....
  11. Created this section so that I can move some posts from another tread. The topic of disagreement is all about those European fatties that claim world records. All this sparked by the latest world record from Hungary.... 101lbs [media=]
  12. In this weeks episode we returned again to Chatfield reservoir in the hopes of banking that first mirror carp of the season. I had blanked the previous session when fishing with Ron, his son Jordan, and James - well, I did catch a small catfish - but deleted that horror from my mind. Ron and I only had a few short hours to fish the windy afternoon. The lines were out fast, and Ron was rewarded with a couple of nice quick commons. Would I finally get that mirror ? Or would Canadian once again finish the session with a huge grin on his face as I made the walk of "shame" back to the car ? Hope you enjoy! Tight-Lines,John
  13. Here we go carp fans, it's coffee time again, a new episode of CarpQuest has been released. In this episode we are carp fishing at Chatfield with old friends, Ron and James, and one of my youngest fans, Jordan - what a great smart young kid. Ron and James once again were into the fish with James banking a real nice 17 lb MA common - well done James ! Hope you enjoy the episode as much as I did spending time with friends, albeit on a very windy afternoon. Tight-Lines, John
  14. We are officially up and running for CarpQuest Season 3. After many blank sessions this year, in the snow, ice, wind and sleet at Chatfield Reservoir, we finally got a couple of carp in the net, on the cradle and on film. Victory Coffee was consumed ! Hope you Enjoy ! Tight-Lines, John
  15. CALL TO ACTION: The State of Colorado has begun the review process for fishing regulations. NOW is the time for you to complete the survey and put in a good word for Carp Fishing in our state. Whether you would like to see our rod limit increased from 2 to 3, changes in laws regarding the use of PVA bags/mesh, would like to see slot limit and creel limit protection for carp, the formation of "designated trophy carp fisheries at Chatfield, Pueblo and Cherry Creek reservoirs". NOW is the time to make your voice HEARD. So, please take a few minutes from your day to complete the survey (link https://www.research.net/s/5yearfishing) and give carp fishing in Colorado a Fins-UP! Thanks! John
  16. I've been pretty inactive on the forum this past winter as I usually am every winter, but I thought I'd share some picture from my last session out. I've never fished for carp in February here in Michigan but since it was around 40 degrees this past Sunday I decided to get out and try to catch a carp or two. When I showed up to the spot I wasn't to confident I'd catch because of the huge ice piles that had built up from the wind blowing in ice chunks off the main lake, but Kyle and I decided to fish anyway. We had to set up our rods on top of all the ice because the shoreline was non existent anymore. Any way I did end up catching 5 fish up to 21lbs which I was extremely happy to just be catching some fish as spring is still some time away up here. So here are the pictures, I though the ice and stuff made for some cool photos! The rods on top of all the ice! First fish! Biggest if the session at 21lb 8oz! Kyle on top of all the ice
  17. A bonus episode of CarpQuest has been released. In this episode we demonstrate what happens when you take a beautiful spring morning, a favorite carp swim, a squadron of National Guard helicopters practicing fire suppression and add them all together. End result - a blank, but with some great footage! People always want to blame the weather for their carping failures, I usually do, but I do feel like I had a valid excuse at least this one time ! Tight-Lines, John CarpQuest
  18. Living in Massachusetts, almost all ponds and lakes freeze over. I ice fish for bass, pike, and sunfish and perch during the winter, but this year I am looking to get into some carp. I have some questions for anybody who has tried this - Is prebaiting a good idea? How do I keep my rods from getting pulled through the hole? What sort of rigs work? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
  19. I will use this thread to share my experiences when I fish alongside some of the MasterMinds of the sport of Carp Fishing.
  20. After many questions and encouragement from eager carpers, I am happy to announce the unveiling of a new CAG event. Following in the foot steps of the very successful CAG May Big 4, we have now opened up registration for the Fall version. Prizes will be announced shortly. If you thought about packing in the rods for the winter, you may want to hold off, because the fishing and competition will be heating up. So sign up, talk some smack to fellow anglers, and encourage others to sign up and compete as well. Registration is open till November 5th due to the expedited nature of the announcement. All fish caught in November will qualify as per usual big 4 rules. SIGN UP HERE Questions about the leaderboard? They should be covered HERE
  21. 6 weeks of working with DELL to fix/replace my old video editing system that melted down... almost literally... but, the system is fixed, the s/w re-installed, and CarpQuest is BACK in production! So, finally, here we go... CarpQuest Episode Released - Season 2, Episode 14 9/14/14 - Colorado, south of Pueblo In this episode of CarpQuest we take a family picnic down south to a lake near Pueblo. Would the rumors of grass carp at this venue prove true ? Tight-Lines,John
  22. A beauty from my last session (was targeting Channel Cats off of a sandy beach at Wisconsin River's bend) my nephew was there for the net job (eager learner) ;-) Enjoy!
  23. Decided to share on YouTube my easy and cheap alternative to expensive pack bait coils. Stopped by my local Dollar Tree and picked up two packs of Curling Hair Coils (2 colors and sizes 18 pieces total) and One Pack of 100 Color Cable Ties (Also Great For Tagging Fish (Check your local Regs)) total cost $3.17 There are inner cylinder and outer "half-pipe" so from each two shells there is one additional Pack Coil for a total of 10+5+8+4=27 Feeders. Then I used a plain Gold Long-shank wire panfish hook to make a baiting needle. Enjoy! ________________________________
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