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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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  1. Yeah, there may have been just a tad bit of luck in netting that fish. Just a wrong touch of the net on the line could have spelled total disaster. I have caught cold water carp that fought like the proverbial sack of potatoes, but I could always at least tell I had a fish on the line. That poor fish must have laying in an ice water spring on the bottom of the cold river water. And then there are the times when you are good, but not so lucky. Last summer I was on the river, not exactly having a stellar day, with both uncooperative fish and snags, and had an experience completely opposite of yours. I had a decent take which stopped, and turned into another not- so- uncommon- Hudson River bottom bite: another snag. It felt like a log buried in the mud, not moving an inch. After letting the river god know how I felt about getting hung up again, I started the walking up and down the shore routine, hoping for a new angle in which the hook would magically pull loose. It didn't. But it did start moving off on its own, heading upriver, and at a pretty good clip. It was quickly and steadily taking a lot of line, non stop, in spite of my thumbing the spool harder and harder. I was nervous enough now that I had started running up the shoreline, dragging my landing net clamped in my armpit, trying to regain some line. I definitely had that tight jawed, adrenaline fed feeling that I'd G. D. better not loose this fish. And then the hook pulled. Yup, the river gods took some pretty heavy punishment that day. So, hoping that fish are fairly territorial, I will be back there putting in some time come spring, and hoping for a little more luck. <:///><
  2. I've easily resisted Facebook so far myself. Seeing my wife going through her Facebook, it takes her like forever every day. It seems every time someone cooks a hamburger or scratches their butt, they have to take a picture and post it on Facebook . (Well, of the hamburger anyway).
  3. Hmmm..........I'm ice fishing here in NY and you are fishing in Canada in open water as far as the eye can see. Am I missing something or just going senile?
  4. Truth #1 is absolute gospel! It is the one etched in stone. Truth #9 unfortunately, can be true at times. Especially when you are showing someone "the ropes" and attempting to impress them with your fishing know-how. Truth #10 is generally true, except at crunch time at the house, when a lot of those jobs on the honey-do list are already way overdue (because of Truth #10). And you'd better not be even thinking of going fishing today. The rest of Mo's truths are right on, and just come with the territory. <:///><
  5. Amy, Congratulations and thank you.
  6. Nice fishing for February. In fact, that was a good day for the summer!! The mirror is impressive; it looks like it has a black X marked on its side. You have some real torpedoes down there. I went fishing this morning myself, but walked down my creek on the ice to get out on the reservoir. And didn't have the luck you did, although I was trying for perch. <:///><
  7. You've got that right! I'm already getting cabin fever for the open water. My ice fishing takes the edge off, but I'm definitely more of a fan of the sound of waves, hot sun, and warm breezes.
  8. Do you have open water, and can you catch carp this time of year on Long Island?
  9. Wow, that's a lot of rod! It must be tough netting a carp with a rod that long when you are by yourself.
  10. Ah, Geritol is the answer my friend. (Apologies to you youngsters. If you don't remember Lawrence Welk, you won't remember Geritol). Your local senior center has bulk sales several times a year. No need to worry, though, until adult Pampers are on the horizon. <:///><
  11. I agree with Alan. They do feel different. And they are noisy - the one I have creaks when playing a fish, which always makes me nervous. I'm never sure how much creaking it's going to take before something lets go. I've also had the tip section "re-telescope" while playing a fish. My opinion is they might be fine for regular fishing, but not for carp.
  12. I'll second that! This is interesting. I gave boilies a fair try years ago and in addition to finding them a nuisance to make or expensive to buy, I caught few fish on them. So I've stuck with my dough baits and corn and done well. Mario's article is rekindling my interest in boilies and I will give them another shot come spring. <:///><
  13. Congratulations to all the members who got out there on the first, and actually caught some fish. There were some real beauties. I enjoyed the pictures of the commons, koi, mirrors, and Amy's striking virtual ghost carp. But all of us weren't as lucky, and here's a thread where we can check in and say we at least went out and tried our best. Not to mention getting to record our first Blank of 2020. I went to two spots and found them completely iced in, in spite of several days of above freezing temperatures and rain. The third spot was open and looked good from the road, so I parked and carried all my stuff down to the edge of the bank. When I looked over the guard rail I saw I had a four foot strip of ice extending out from shore. I had gone this far, and figured I could somehow get a fish in my net, so I went down and set up. But I didn't have to worry about netting any fish. After several hours of sitting on a pail, trying some different baits and distances, and emptying my thermos of coffee, I decided to call it a day, and go home and check in here to see who was actually able to catch a carp on New Years. And even though I forgot my hot seat for the pail, it was a fun session, and I'm glad I went.
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