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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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...
  23. 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.
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