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  1. 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 !
  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. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Well carp fans, though it's been a while, hopefully the wait will be worth it. Time to grab a bucket of coffee sit back and enjoy our latest episode, a single cup just won't be enough ! In this week’s episode of CarpQuest we only had time for a very short afternoon session. Aided by a Deeper Smart Sonar Plus we quickly found the fish. The next four hours were incredible, with a dozen carp landed, including four twenties, five mirror carp and a new PB mirror carp for me. Hope you enjoy !
  8. 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
  9. Are you ready? Saturday April 8th will be the first ever Carp Angling Conference to be held in North America! Learn all about Fishing for Carp! Doors Open 10am and event runs till 6pm Venue: Elks Lodge, 44 Maynard, RD, Middletown, CT Entry on the Day: $20 ($15 CAG member) - Under 16's admitted Free when accompanied by an adult - • TAG Sale – Bring along your carp gear to sell or swap! • Rig, Bait & Beginner Clinics • Tackle & Bait Vendors • Expert Panel Q&A – We are planning a live video link with one of the UKs top carp anglers! • Guest Speakers – talks from top level carp anglers. • Door Prizes / Raffle – Over $5000 worth of top tackle prizes! • Food & Beverages on sale during day www.facebook.com/NECarpConference
  10. 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
  11. In this weeks episode we get in a late fall session with Jeremy Romero from Born to Fish Media. Our mission for the day, to see if we could help him catch a few late fall fish, always a challenging time for carp fishing here in Colorado. Hope you Enjoy! Tight-Lines, John
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. You know you're addicted when; A pile of maple leaves you're raking looks just like the panko/oat/strawberry jello pack bait you just made..
  15. Tactics For Night TIme

    I have fished at night time a lot and have never caught one ever. How do you guys do it? Do they go into deeper water at dark or more shallow water? Do they feed as much as in day time?
  16. Hello folks. Saturday, September 10th 2016 marks the first annual Carp, Trout and Salmon derby for "Lure for a Cure". This is a charity fishing event with prizes, food and drink. I am the secretary for the Genesee Charter Boat Association here in Rochester NY. I am an avid carp angler and would love to make this event bigger and better every year. We have FishUSA and Northport Nailers as sponsors this year. The basics: Prizes for largest carp, trout and salmon along with the smallest in each category. Fishing is on and offshore of the Genesee River. The main swims are The Summerville Pier located at Silk O'Loughlin's http://www.silkoloughlins.com/ The fish will be carefully weighed in slings and released. This swim is very productive and has not been fished much at all over the past weeks. My biggest of this swim was a beauty 32 lber caught on hemp soaked feed corn. Anise is a favorite on this swim too. Weigh in's begin at 6 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Food, drink, raffles etc will taking place all day. This is a charity for The American Cancer Society. I'm not sure if I posted this in the right spot, and I am eager to contribute positively as much as I can. Truly, Captain Larry Hammond Lure For A Cure Updated.pdf
  17. 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
  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. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
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