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ShwaCarper

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  1. Due to a few twists of fate, I find myself in Kingston Ontario for the foreseeable future. I'm wondering if there is anybody familiar with the local area that might have any information they may wish to share. I've heard stories of big carp in the St Lawrence but finding any specific info is difficult. Now that we've had a few nice sunny days, I'm thinking the big fish will be starting to get a little hungry... Take care and happy fishing!
  2. I started poking around google and came across Lake Lanier. Two things struck me about it: 1. There's carp in it (very important), and 2. I came across a video of somebody hauling a carp out at a camp site. What I think I'm going to do is set up a base camp at a camp site, start baiting a couple of spots near the camp site that I can access from the shore then go from there. If I can have one or two spots to set up for overnights as well as do some stalking, etc, I'll be tickled. I'd also like to try some river fishing, so if there's a nice river nearby, all the better. I'm going to reach out to a couple of campsites and see if they take 3-4 week (or greater) guests. Given that it'll be in Feb/March it shouldn't be a problem. I don't have any time constraints so it can be mid Feb for 4 weeks/late Jan for 8 weeks/mid March for 5 weeks/whatever. As long as I'm catching fish, I'll stick around. It's -13 degrees celsius ( +8 F) here today by the way..... The key driver for me is the behavior of the carp at that time of year so any insights anybody has on that would be extremely helpful. Thanks in advance! Rick
  3. Thanks for getting back... I'm more interested in the lakes and rivers etc. The pay lake is more of a curiosity. I'm not sure how the fish behave that far south in the winter. Up here, in Feb carp are buried under the ice, not eating at all. My mother has a koi pond and she stops feeding them when the ice forms on the surface. How's thecarp fishing there in Feb? Is there a dormant period where there's no point in fishing?
  4. I'm thinking of heading down to Georgia over the winter to get away from the GTA (Toronto) winter hell. I've poked around online and there seems to be a few decent looking lakes, rivers etc but I don't know about the time of year. There's also pay lakes, which I've never done and they look fun. I'm thinking of going late January/early February for 4-5 weeks, if the action's there. Anybody got anything? Any intelligence is better than what I have now. I'm not looking for anybody's favorite spots etc, just some experiences on carp fishing in Georgia in February. But, if you insist on providing GPS coordinates, I mean, who am I to say no, right? Why Georgia? Why not? Thanks! Rick
  5. Thanks for the welcome. It turns out that the northern shore of Lake Ontario is an amazing carp fishery, as other forum members will attest. Within a 30 minute drive of where I live are the tributaries of 5 large creeks, each the home to large carp populations. It's funny because salmon are running up the streams right now and people are standing elbow to elbow trying to hook one. Meanwhile, I can go to my spot, pop open my lawn chair and sit undisturbed for 4-5 hours and land some really nice fish. I'm on a 3 day run, with 14 fish ranging from 12 to 22 lbs. I've got 2 more days to go so I'm hoping to get to 20 by the end of Saturday.
  6. I thought I would introduce myself to the forum by giving a quick recount of my adventures the last month. I recently joined the forum, after being inspired by an idea for a bait by a member of this forum. I fished a lot as a kid but then spent the next 30 years on the West Coast. Moved back to Ontario and picked it up again this year. I got onto carp by running into an older (late 60's/early 70's) Hungarian couple carping away one day. I asked what they were fishing for, got the lowdown and away I went. Since July 31, I've been fortunate enough to land 20+ carp, with the biggest being somewhere in the 20 lb range. I've only had 2 blanks, one being my own fault. I've fished through some of the hottest, most humid days this summer and have been rewarded handsomely for my patience. Without sounding too new-agey, there's a zen to carp fishing I really enjoy. I've also introduced my son to the sport as well. He, too, is hooked. He was up for two days last week where we landed 7 and lost 3 (my fault. rookie mistake. crappy hooks...). All in all, one of the best months of August I've had in a long time. And, not a 30 minute drive from my home!
  7. I thought I would introduce myself to the forum by giving a quick recount of my adventures the last month. I recently joined the forum, after being inspired by an idea for a bait by a member of this forum. I fished a lot as a kid but then spent the next 30 years on the West Coast. Moved back to Ontario and picked it up again this year. I got onto carp by running into an older (late 60's/early 70's) Hungarian couple carping away one day. I asked what they were fishing for, got the lowdown and away I went. Since July 31, I've been fortunate enough to land 20+ carp, with the biggest being somewhere in the 20 lb range. I've only had 2 blanks, one being my own fault. I've fished through some of the hottest, most humid days this summer and have been rewarded handsomely for my patience. Without sounding too new-agey, there's a zen to carp fishing I really enjoy. I've also introduced my son to the sport as well. He, too, is hooked. He was up for two days last week where we landed 7 and lost 3 (my fault. rookie mistake. crappy hooks...). All in all, one of the best months of August I've had in a long time. And, not a 30 minute drive from my home!
  8. I know this is an old post but i started fishing carp for real this summer. I read this post last week and prepared a batch of these beans (much to the delight and derision of certain members of my family. There were a few humus jokes etc) . I didn't have koolaid, so I subbed in strawberry jello. Also, tossed in a beef cube some salt and away i went. Went out this morning and my usual combo of banana cream boilies with an oatmeal corn pack bait just wasn't cutting it. After about 3 hours of not much of anything, I texted my son that, f*&k it, I was going all in on the garbanzo beans. I made a pack bait of oatmeal and about 8 or 9 beans plus some of the liquid the beans soaked in, put 3 on a hair rig and away I went. After about 40 minutes, I pulled in about a 15 lber. Beautiful fish, fought like snot for about 20 minutes, just made my day. About an hour later, I got my second. I hike in to my spot so one of the sacrifices I make is the landing net. It's either the chair or the net and the chair wins every time. This one fought for about 40 minutes, with about 10 of that me trying to tire it out so I could land it. Alas, it was not to be. I got a great look at it and it was a beast. I figure 36-38 inches and close to, if not over, 20 lbs. So, thanks for the tip! I heartily recommend this simple method of preparing these beans.
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