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About Ken

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    Obsessed Carper
  • Birthday 01/20/1949

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    Fishing, majority of time spent with carp; hunting, archery, white water & flat water canoeing; hiking and camping

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    Upstate NY
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  1. There! See? That indicates there are still some enlightened people out there that realize the usefulness of those "old" cameras.
  2. "Retired photographer said he had some film cameras that he couldn't give away" You could always give him my address.
  3. Actually, my son did upgrade me a few years and gave me a digital camera. On the plus side, I can see immediately if I like the picture I just took. On the down side, all of a sudden I had 300 plus pictures in the camera that took a little longer than forever and a day to click through to find the one I was looking for. Then quickly pass the camera to the waiting person to view the picture very fast, before the camera shut itself off in four seconds. And, I for one, find it annoying to look at other peoples pictures when the pictures are on their 'devices' being waved around in my face. Or sent via email where they get buried or deleted. I know you will now say I can have hard copies made. True, but that means waiting in line at the kiosk, fighting with the kiosk, then having to go back and pick up the copies anyway. So, I stick with the antique film where I can put my pics in an album and sit in an easy chair and look at them when I want to without having to 'go on line'. And I can give out copies to family and friends for refrigerator material. Now you all know I'm an old dog, and you know that old saying about old dogs and new tricks........................ Welcome to CAG John Castellese, and thanks for joining. <:///><
  4. It was a common. Egads, a mirror that size would still have me in a state of shock, mumbling, and drooling on myself. Pictures you ask? Yes, of course I took pictures. Even took a couple selfies (I hope). But the trouble is, when I take pictures my camera still goes 'JJJJJJJJJJ' as the 35mm film winds. If any of my fellow anglers here would really like a copy, send me your snail mail address, and I'll get a copy out, post haste. As soon as I get the pictures back. As soon as the picture developing place opens back up. <:///><
  5. Today was a nice one here: Sunny, to 60 degrees, and calm. I went down to the river and set up a little before 3 PM. Nothing at all happened for over 2 hours, so before throwing in the towel again I tried something different. I rebaited with just corn on the hook and a split shot and cast out only 20 - 25 feet. As far as I could throw a handful of corn. In 10 minutes I had a couple nudges, then a take, and had one on. In spite of the cold water the fish was giving a good account of itself, taking a bit of line. When I started getting it back in, it broke the surface a couple times, waving its tail at me, and I said, "That's a nice fish". When I got it in to the net I said, "Wow, that's a big fish!". It started playing that maddening game where, every time I had it to the net it, it would take off again and strip 8 or 10 feet of line off the reel. Over and over. I was starting to get nervous. I finally did net it and knew I had a dandy. When I first lifted it up on the scales, the scale quickly bounced to over 30 lb, and I thought " this is unreal". It was. But then the scale did settle down on 29lb - 1 oz, so after 6 blanks this year, and this being the first and only carp so far this year, I am more than happy with it. <:///><
  6. Another fine day for you. And you're fishing in shirtsleeves already. Impressive on both counts. It's another cloudy day here in the 40's and windy. We re getting there though--all the snow is gone except where the plows piled it up, the grass is trying to turn green, and the wife's daffodils are up. (But no flowers yet.) That one carp has interesting markings. I've never seen one like that. Sort of a mulatto (I think I can still say that.) I've been out a few times and only a couple cats have been hungry. Usually, in one more week they'll start hitting here in Covid-Central, USA.
  7. Mo, You are unstoppable!! At this point it is safe to say you are a carpaholic with a career problem. <:///><
  8. I am certainly 100% in favor of doing anything that will slow down the spread of corona, ....but don't go fishing?? I can't think of any activity that is more self isolating. You aren't even near your family members. I hope to get time out fishing in the next month, or however long. It may be the only activity I can do where I can have absolutely no contact with anyone, or, god forbid, endanger anyone else. Not to mention keeping some sanity & calm in the midst of all this.
  9. That's a great picture of intense anticipation Smiff. Green leaves, no wind, and obviously nice and warm! <:///><
  10. That is a fishing trip they'll remember forever. I'm glad they each caught a fish, and nice ones at that: It made for a happier ride home, lol. Keep up the good work and keep the kids out there. 'One of the best things you can do for them! <:///><
  11. Nice fish, but, hey, that trout is totally unfair, lol,; you downstaters can fish all year and we have to wait for April 1st up here. That's a nice bluegill too. I did good a few times through the ice on bluegills, and think they easily equal trout on the table. But that trout does look delicious! <:///><
  12. Today was the first day in a while that the wind wasn't trying to blow your hat off, and it was sunny and up to 50 degrees to boot. I probably should have been fishing, but instead was walking the beagle along the locks on the Erie Canal in Waterford. There are 5 locks here, and they raise the canal 170 feet, the highest lift in that distance anywhere in the world (for you trivia hounds). The state drains the water between these locks every winter for maintenance, leaving pools of water (some like small ponds) here and there. I was on the concrete in front of the gates of a lock and could look down 20 feet into one of these canal wide ponds that looked to be around 2 feet deep and crystal clear. There were three schools of carp, one with about 40 fish, and the other two with a couple dozen or so. They were all laying there motionless, obviously enjoying the sun without a thought of feeding. Every so often, one or two would move a few feet and stop, but for the most part they all were staying put. Interestingly, all the fish in all three schools were pointing in the same direction. None of the fish were big, probably all in the 5 to 10 pound range. A hundred feet closer to the gates there were 8 - 10 cats laying on the bottom doing the same thing-nothing. I wasn't too excited about running the 9 miles back to the house for my fishing gear because whenever I've seen carp exhibiting this behavior in the past, they won't bite on anything, even later on when the water is warm. In the summer, the carp will bask in the sun in weed beds and under the edges of lily pads, as well as the shallows. Sometimes you will paddle up to a school of these sunning fish, which will all spook at once, erupting the surface in a shower of noisy, splashing swirls. When in shallow water they will sometimes give the canoe a good bump when they run into it. So, while I haven't caught any yet this year, I got to see a bunch today! <:///><
  13. That is a Corona boilie. Be sure to use with hand sanitizer glug.
  14. This week started by changing the clocks. Has a full moon. And ends with Friday the 13th. So don't forget to wash your hands.
  15. I'm onboard with this 100%. In fact I have practiced social distancing in my fishing, to one degree or another, for years. It tends to help keep my favorite spots open, keeps trash out of my favorite spots, and now it will contribute to my health and well being. Stay healthy my friends, and stop buying all the toilet paper.
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