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  1. Hope you enjoy a few highlights from a couple of carp fishing socials we hosted this year for Team CarpQuest. The first, at the Fairgrounds, was tough with only a couple of carp caught. The second, at Chatfield Reservoir, was total madness. Over twenty carp were landed, including new PB mirror for CAG's Mark Caldwell ! CAG"s Mark Demrovsky also appears in this episode. John CarpQuest
  2. After another month of computer issues, editing s/w updates, corrupted templates, I was FINALLY able to get another episode edited and released. So, it's time to sit back, grab an extra HUGE mug of java and watch the show. https://youtu.be/nv1CQwVaGnI An overnight session at Chatfield Reservoir resulted in many common and mirror carp for me, including a great mid 20s mirror just after midnight. James caught consistently throughout the night with some good fish banked. Hope you Enjoy! John CarpQuest
  3. What an epic days fishing at Chatfield with my friends, Ron and Bob. Both landed their new PB common carp, Ron with a 24 lb'er and Bob with a 22.5 lb'er. I added a few more to our days tally including a nice mirror towards the end of the session. Hope you Enjoy !
  4. Crazy hot weather and carp fishing action on Memorial Day weekend. I pushed the scales close to 30 lb's a couple of times with some mighty Chatfield Reservoir common carp. Scopex Squid doing the job paired with Trokar Magnum curved shank hooks. An insane session with over twenty carp landed. A new PB mirror was landed for Bob Crook and an almost twenty pound common for James. Hope you enjoy our latest episode! Tight-Lines, John CarpQuest
  5. Multiple mugs of coffee cannot prepare you for this insane session from a few weeks ago. With my usual spots taken I setup on the east shore of the main reservoir facing out into the wide open water. What a crazy session followed, with four carp in the 20's landed, a handful of fish in the mid teens and finally a new PB mirror. What a great afternoon's carp fishing! Hope you enjoy. <teaser: the new PB mirror carp only lasted a week, landed an even bigger one the next session!> Hope you Enjoy ! John CarpQuest
  6. The carp and coffee gods just continued to show me favor this spring; the coffee just kept on flowing ! With thunderstorms forecast we returned to Chatfield Reservoir for an afternoon session with Bob and Ron. By mid afternoon the storms blew through and the fish started to show. Our efforts were rewarded late afternoon with another new PB mirror for me and the first ever carp for Ron. For just a short session, great results. Hope you Enjoy. John CarpQuest
  7. Colorado 2017 - Master Angler Awards and year end report. The "Highs" 2017 was a challenging year for carp fishing here in Colorado. Old venues that produced consistently were tough challenges for the majority of anglers. It was a wet and cooler year, windy, though we did not experience the crazy flooding we saw back in 2016. Late spring and summer produced the best catch rates and larger fish on average. MA stats dwindled somewhat, with 21 commons being reported (compared to 41 in 2015). However there was an uptick in grass carp catches and reports, 20 fish logged, albeit two anglers caught nearly all of them from the same private water (compared to 5 in 2015). The increase in grass carp catches could be a result of stocking programs for pond cleanup and weed/algae removal. 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. I did manage to equal the best common of the year and topped the grass carp list; though my fish was not officially submitted within the time limits; out of respect for the angler whom invited me to fish that lake. Fly carping remains the showcase for carp in our state. A strong contingent of fly anglers target these fish year long and the "Trout Unlimited" Carp Slam event on the South Platte river for charity remains popular (albeit very expensive entrance fees and requirements). The gold medal consistent water for carp in Colorado remains "Chatfield Reservoir". This venue holds carp in excess of 30 lb's, both mirrors and commons. It faces substantial angling pressure and recreational activity. CPW patrol on a regular basis and are very "watchful" of all behaviors of carp anglers, especially from afar with their binoculars! Tightline Outdoors, a local outfitter, hosted 2 Catch & Release Carp Tournaments during 2017. Attendance peaked at just over 30 anglers. For Team CarpQuest I managed to WIN the day/night event at Chatfield Reservoir with my partner James. For me, it was a huge highlight, my 6th tournament entered and 1st individual win. Team CarpQuest also won the 2016 day/night tournament, this time James taking 1st with me as his partner. It would appear Team CarpQuest fishes well in the blackness of night. The tournament at Lake Arbor was won by a new angler to carp fishing, Bleu Patino and his partner Ryan Quist; I had previously met Ryan and Bleu a month before to provide some encouragement and advice on carp fishing tackle & tactics. They certainly learned fast! CAG membership wise, we remain steady at "2" We lost a member in 2017 and gained a new one. The challenges we face with regards to CPWs view of the sport, the tactics and the species as a whole, present a serious uphill climb here in Colorado. Next to Utah, Colorado is arguably 2nd on the list of carp hating states. Oh well ! The "Low's" Whilst 2017 saw an increase in the local anglers targeting carp, this also brought increased attention from Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Many angers were being "enthusiastic" about their use of packbaits, especially with regards to Colorado laws requiring the bait be attached and with packbaits, inside of the pack. This resulted in numerous tickets being issued to anglers. Though CPW realizes carp angling is becoming popular here; they are still no fans of the species. Individual wildlife officers can be openly negative. Bow Fishing for carp continues at all venues where shooting is legal; however their endeavors are rarely posted in a social media context; all but driven underground here locally. Catch & Release has become the new "trendy" behavior for Trophy fish of all species. On a personal note, my own carp fishing adventures during 2017 were seriously curtailed (my trips out were reduced by 75%); mainly due to personal health and family reasons. I am hopeful 2018 will be a great new year with some excellent carp fishing during the season. Closing 2018 is set to be another great year here for carp fishing in Colorado. With the mild winter there should be an early ice-off and a great season ahead. Colorado has stunning wild carp, both commons and mirrors, with many venues holding 20s and some with a very rare 30s. Our fish are typically slender and powerful fighters. If you are looking for an opportunity to wet your line and hold a stunning wild mile-high carp 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, especially with regards to our draconian regulations with regards to bait use.
  8. Carp fishing in fall can be both challenging and very rewarding. In this weeks new episode of CarpQuest we fish an afternoon session at the fairgrounds and land several great looking common carp. I also discuss the important difference between "Victory Coffee" and "Proactive Victory Coffee". One tastes better than the other, but both will do in a pinch. Hope you enjoy !
  9. Well, it's been a long tough fall, the victory coffee could not keep me from being sick for a month and out of work. Finally back on my feet and found the time to put together a new episode of CarpQuest. So, it's time to break out your java, heat up the water, grab a huge mug, sit back and enjoy our latest episode. In this session I travel up to northern Colorado and fished with two anglers new to carp fishing, Ryan and Bleu. It's one of the things I love about CarpQuest, the opportunity it provides me to meet so many passionate anglers. It was a great day, good conversation, lots of commons in the net and finally a new PB grass carp for me landed. What an amazing session. Both Ryan and Bleu continued with their carp fishing, with Bleu winning the TLO Carp Tournament at the end of this year, and Ryan placing in the previous one. What a great couple of guys, passionate and dedicated to their fishing. Hope you enjoy ! John CarpQuest
  10. With only a few day's to go until Colorado's final carp tournament of the year, at Lake Arbor, 1st Oct it's time to sit back, drink some java and enjoy our latest episode of CarpQuest. A great day's carp fishing on the banks of a favorite venue with friends. Andrew lands a handful on his Nash Sawn Off Scope's, myself and James each land a fish before a strong thunderstorm moved in and we had to depart of the day. Hope you enjoy ! John
  11. Just in time for the eclipse, before the world's end, it's time to refill your mug, put up your feet, sit back and enjoy our latest episode ! A busy work schedule had too long kept me from the water. Finally we managed to get out and put in a couple of sessions at the Fairgrounds. With the clear skies, burning temperatures, it was always going to be tough fishing. Yet we stuck it out and managed to land a few nice fish. Victory Coffee, tastes as good ever ! Hope you Enjoy ! John
  12. Well, it's not been too long, your coffee pot is likely still warm, so sit back, pour yourself a hot mug of java and enjoy our latest episode. With our recent success fishing overnight we returned to Chatfield for another session. Over confident from our previous trip we setup in the rain and wind, anticipating many catches. A few catfish graced the net, including a big fat channel cat. We did land some baby carp and finally a few nice low doubles. Tough night, but still fun. Victory Coffee is not just for carp, any great catch is worthy of a mug! Hope you enjoy ! Tight-Lines, John CarpQuest
  13. Well carp fans, it's been way too long with the mug sat empty. So it's time once again to put on the coffee pot, rinse off the mug and prepare to watch another episode. In this week’s new episode of CarpQuest we fish an overnight session at Chatfield Reservoir. With daytime temps pushing 100F, the bite slow, this could be our best change to get some fish on the mat. Hope you enjoy ! John CarpQuest
  14. Our first full session of the new season takes us back to Adams County Fairgrounds in Colorado. With only a few fish showing I made the switch to Nashbaits The Key and was rewarded with my first carp of the year. Much victory coffee was consumed. Hope you enjoy the session ! Tight-Lines, John CarpQuest
  15. HERE WE GO AGAIN ! Season 5 is off and running ... Get your coffee cups out (this is a two cup session), fill with hot java, and sit back and watch the show ! In this weeks opening episode of CarpQuest Season 5, we look back at the great time I spent with my brother when he visited last summer. We had some excellent carp fishing adventures, a dawn sunrise at the top of Pikes Peak and some night photography. We hope you enjoy! Tight-Lines, John CarpQuest
  16. In this weeks new episode of CarpQuest a short session at a favorite venue produced a huge surprise capture, a new PB grass carp for me. Yet this capture was bitter sweet. A few months later the lake was all but totally drained to repair an inlet. As the lake was being refilled a local angler spotted the corpses of a dozen or more big carp in the shallows. Such a sad end to so many beautiful fish that had called this water home for over a decade. Before the work commenced some of the lakes inhabitants, hopefully including a few of the big carp, were relocated by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to another lake in the city. We were only aware of a pod of around 30 or so carp that once lived here. We will return to the lake in Spring of 2017 to see if even just a couple of these majestic fish may have survived. Nature is always full of surprises ! Hope you enjoy. John
  17. It's been many weeks since I had some free time. Always work, or another household project, to get done before video editing. As we approach the holidays, I was finally able to get down infront of the computer and finish up a CarpQuest session video. Still got a couple of video's left to edit, there is hope I may be able to get them done before years end ! So, in this weeks new episode we fish the Fairgrounds on Labor Day. Joined by Andrew and James, it turned out to be a great hot summer session. The carp were heads down and feeding as we landed over a dozen fish ! Hope you enjoy.
  18. 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
  19. Last week I was invited to be the featured guest on the Local Fishing Knowledge show, broadcast live on Facebook from the Bass Pro Stores in Denver. I wanted to thank everyone that showed up on the live stream and showed their support, appreciate it was very short notice ! Carp fishing in Colorado is still growing in popularity, even though we may have some of the most strict rules regarding the sport, especially with regards to chumming. Though I do appreciate BPS is not everyone's favorite place, the store here in Denver has supported the last 3 catch & release carp tournaments in the state, offering up $$$$s in gift cards as prizes. I am planning to take the General Manager of the local store out carp fishing in the future, showing him our passion for the sport, giving him the opportunity to battle the species with rod & reel, the tackle and gear we use. Though I doubt any of us can change attitudes overnight, or even in the next few years, each little bit we each can do to be advocates for the sport ,and the species, is a step in the right direction. You can listen to an audio replay of the show here, LFK Podcast. If you have facebook, you can always watch the video the show on Born to Fish Media page, Again, thanks guys, you made this a great event ! Tight-Lines, John
  20. 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)
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
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