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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Nice day!- went to new swim which produced a 17 lbr a couple weeks ago behind a snag, but then floods moved in and no more snag......still, caught 5 carp today, 13-8, 10-3, 7-8, 5-7, and the last fish a 10-4oz mirror!...beautiful fish with symmetrical pattern--these still remain the prettiest carp I've caught anywhere-not sure why that is.....thanks for looking!!
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. ghost carp?

    Hi all!! My last fish of yesterday was this beautiful, very light colored carp. I am not sure the definition of ghost carp, or is it just a color variant, as I have seen with others-some darker some golden, some reddened, etc.....thoughts?.......thanks all!!
  8. 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 !
  9. 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
  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. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. In this weeks new episode of CarpQuest, Andrew Holt and I host an impromptu Carp Anglers Group - Colorado fish-in at Andrew's local lake, the Fairgrounds in Adams County. Though we are the only 2 full CAG members here in Colorado, we fly the flag and do our best to promote catch & release carp fishing to the local masses, spreading the word. The fish-in proved to be remarkable, with almost 20 carp banked between the two of us, including a couple of nice twenties and four carp pushing 18 lb's. Hopefully this video demonstrates that carp truly are the "Worlds Greatest Sportsfish" and that we have some amazing mile-high carping available here in Colorado. We certainly do have some beautiful wild specimens here in our state. If you are ever interested in getting in a session here in our State, just drop us note and hopefully help to get you onto some fish. Tight-Lines, John
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. In this episode I returned again to Chatfield Reservoir, Kingfisher, following the previous session which was ended abruptly by bad weather. The afternoons fishing was dominated by the crayfish eating every bait I cast out. Finally I switched over to a harder bait, the creamed tiger nuts, hoping these would withstand the crayfish longer. Within a few minutes, it was carp on and a mirror, then a common, were soon landed. Colorado's diverse wildlife never ceases to amaze. The session ended with me watching a black bear cub, swimming across the lake. Hope you enjoy!John
  25. 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
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