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  1. Hey all. I've been fishing for carp up In Mchenry off of Hiawatha trail. I live in Chicago. Now that the weather is getting colder there isn't as many that come through. Was wondering what other spots I could fish that will still produce some good size carp this time of year. Ponds/streams/etc.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Tonights fish

    Sometimes, just one nice, hard-fighting carp is all ya need!!........ 12lb 13oz creek fish........water was chocolate and high and I only had an hour or so to fish, and caught this nice channel cat, (note my youthful excitement at catching yet another catfish). Fishing was very, very slow, until this beautiful fish hit- up and down the creek, close to snags, then back, exploded at the net, etc..(now notice my youthful excitement at catching another quality carp!!)..........I've caught over 700 carp in my first year of carpin, and for whatever reason, I'll remember this one!!!
  5. Hello all!!. Weeeelllllll, we had all-time historic flooding in KC so it put the clamp on creek fishing, so I had no choice but to fish flooded ponds and focused on tying more hair-rigs, which I just hadn't refined and been successful on ( I've caught a total of 3, yes 3! carp on hair rigs in the past year and have been very disheartened, but this week has been different!.....One afternoon I caught 6 carp,(ranging from 2-6lbs) this 2lb 15oz goldfish, 2 snapping turtles, and 3 channel catfish, -one half on a hair rig, and the others on the subtle bit technique including 2 doubles! (cat/carp and goldfish/carp)......then, yesterday caught this lone 2lb 13oz carp on a hair, and today, finally, this last pic of a nice carp- 14-1, (with a squared tail) on the hair, plus one catfish and one smaller carp (~2lbs) that I didn't get a picture of........the method was the same- 30g ribbed method feeder packed with a combo of panko, sweetcorn, sweetcorn juice, and strawberry jello, with a very short (3-4") hook link, a piece of fake corn with a piece of sweetcorn and the eye buried in the pack...........worked well and gave me some confidence as I shift to nighttime lake fishing!!.......appreciate the forums and advice -it all helps!!!!
  6. 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
  7. todays fish

    Had some time this afternoon to fish with my son, and we caught 2 channel cats, two turtles, and 5 carp, 6-4, 6-14, 7-7, 8-0, 4-6, the latter of which was the chunkiest carp we've ever caught and a great golden color- almost a goldfish!- all fish fought very hard, apparently recuperating from the flooding, these are the most beautiful fish we've caught from any swim!- no specific explanation why.....,the 7lbr had a damaged mouth, and the 8lbr has a paired split barbell, which we find commonly...................
  8. So....just before the rain ( again!) I fished my new swim- caught 4 channels up to 4lbs, lost a carp in a snag-hook pull, then caught this 12-14, but as I walked to the creek I found one pond had been flooded with carp- dozens at the surface gulping.......near dark I went to the pond and caught another channel immediately, landed this 7-4 and lost TWO more carp to straight hook pulls!.....Hadn't had that many carp in a session get away!!.........I usually change line ties every 3rd fish and hooks when they dull but these seemed ok...............waiting for the rains to stop- no creek fishing for a bit- switching to lakes!........
  9. Unusual double!!

    What an unusual evening!!!........I have a creek two minutes by drive, from the house, with one nice pool at a bend in the creek,.......hooked this 5lbr, and had 2 other poles out. To avoid tangling I reel in the other rods, and this time, WHAM, something hit the corn I was reeling in, so I played both fish-landed this long nosed gar first-put it in the sling, then netted the carp!.....I focused on gar a couple years ago using rope lures, and have caught short and long nosed gar which are common here, but its one of my most unusual doubles!- usually a green sunfish hits the other rod(s) I'm reeling.........2 more carp (1-5 and 6-4), a soft-shell turtle and a red eared slider turtle was also caught.........that's why ya love fishing-you just never know!!.....
  10. Another swim

    ..............well, had another opportunity to explore some swims this afternoon, and before long, albeit a little slow, caught these 4 commons, three channel catfish and one turtle; all in 2 and one half hours of fishing, just before the rains moved in.....seem to be mostly same age-class fish, as they were all very close in size and weight; one fish much longer than the rest though.............always looking!!! o
  11. Went to find some new swims, hoping the historic flooding in KC placed carp in some nearby ponds; some creeks had obviously flooded the ponds but cant find the fish............so, I found a new creek swim and WOW, in just a few hours, I caught 5 carp; 8-11, 11-3, 4-12, 15-11 and a great 17-0!!, some of the prettiest carp I've ever seen-great gold and red color, though none fought as hard as usual-I'm thinking they were fatigued from fighting the flood currents........saw dozens in this swim, which is maybe 100yards long and 20 yards across, but only 6-7 feet deep...........subtle bite technique...........trying to keep the same face.....
  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. todays fish

    Tried a local lake very early this morning with no hits, then went to a local creek and was 5 for 5, anywhere from 8-17lbs, the latter of which had a broken hair rig with shrink tubing and 3 pieces of fake corn-my hook was right next to it!!!!.. couldn't tell how long the fish had it; I've never seen other fisherman here at all, so maybe the fish come from upstream, but it's be a ways-no good pools for a mile or so.......Soooo, I gained tackle today instead of losing a rig!!....
  14. 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
  15. Came across this reading my issue of International Angler, published by the IGFA- so there is recognition of the common carp as a sport fish on an International level!!!!.....with conventional tackle!!!!!.....maybe one of us should enter-eh?...................
  16. Back to carpin!!

    Here we go!..........90 minutes to fish and caught a nice 8lb 12ozer, then this channel cat that literally leapt 2 feet straight into the air!!!............It is heavier than any individual we caught last week in Minnesota!!!!....
  17. Minnesota fish!!

    Hello all!! Well...after an exhausting CAG Big 4 I had to take a break and go fishing, so we went with my two brothers and two of my sons to Minnesota and caught some quality fish!!......in 7 days, we caught 80-90 pike (I was able to catch 42),.. several walleye, a dozen or more largemouth and a large smallmouth, plus two Master Angler Rock bass!..............however, even the largest fish didn't come close to our average carp!!.....back to carpin this week!......
  18. Hey guys! I just started getting into carp fishing and I am looking for some new spots in north carolina to fish. I know of paylakes of course but I have never fished in those. A week or so ago I caught a 14.5 common carp out of the haw river, and I am looking for some tips to be able to catch more of them when I go, but also during the day because they do not bite much then. I caught this fish around 7:00 to 7:30 with a panko, instant grits, R&W strawberry butternut juice, and cream corn pack bait with a hair rig with a fake piece of pop-up corn. Thanks for reading! Leave any tips or ideas you have for how to catch more and where I can go for that. - Jack
  19. 1,000lbr!!

    If all the fish are "approved", then it makes this 95th, 13-14lbr my 1,000lb carp for the CAG BIG FOUR Spring 2017!!.....so thankful for CAG members support and advice!!!....can't compete with the big boys in terms of massive fish, but I like catchin many!!.............
  20. So.........this afternoons session included a channel cat of about 3lbs, and then this fantailed goldfish.......very pretty and obviously a pretty smart fish to survive!!....too bad it doesn't count in CAG Big Four!!!
  21. Fishing today added four more carp and MY PERSONAL BEST MIRROR!!!!!......although I've only caught 4 since starting carpin last summer.....appreciate all the tips and support of CAG members!!!
  22. HELP ME FIND CARP!

    Hello everyone. I am an avid fly fisherman along with my 11 year old son. We recently carp fished for the first time on the Wye River and we are COMPLETELY hooked. I've fished for species all over the east coast and abroad, and we had more fun with theses dirty little devils. I fully understand that fisherman are a clammy bunch when it comes to sharing locations, but could anyone offer us some potential spots to target carp in Maryland? Willing to travel, but preferably on the Eastern Shore and AA County. Thanks so much for your help.
  23. Finally able to fish after an international trip, flooding, rain, rain, rain, cold temps, and 2 straight nights without so much as a hit!!!!! very frustrating but today it was sunny, and the creek was clear....within 15 minutes had two carp and less than 30 minutes later, another, then 2 more at the end of the day!!.....total 4/8, 13/0, 12/8, 11/0, 10/0.....nice when you can run a stretch over 10lbs!!.......though can't get a stretch over 20s!!!
  24. Finally able to fish after an international trip, flooding, rain, rain, rain, cold temps, and 2 straight nights without so much as a hit!!!!! very frustrating but today it was sunny, and the creek was clear....within 15 minutes had two carp and less than 30 minutes later, another, then 2 more at the end of the day!!.....total 4/8, 13/0, 12/8, 11/0, 10/0.....nice when you can run a stretch over 10lbs!!.......though can't get a stretch over 20s!!!
  25. 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
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