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Jerome

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  1. All my BIG-4 fish are courtesy of Stelian Bogdan and Ryan Munn, without whom I would never have succeeded to spar with those tough Claytons guys... Ryan even sacrificed his net in the process of landing the winning fish and taking pictures! Special shout-out to Chris Colmenero who climbed the rankings to 4th place while we were all starting to put our rods away... And many thanks to Iain and Willem for the logistics. It's always much more complicated to organize such an event than it seems... Iain, please remember my suggestion to add a junior prize next year!
  2. Ken and son, you should contact Barry Shildneck (e.g. on Facebook). He's the state chair for GA. And I believe he lives in the area you're referring to, or close. Very nice guy, always eager to help new carp anglers.
  3. Actually, amusingly enough, a local kid who is a quite dedicated fisherman, called me the other day and asked me the very exact same question. I thought this was a brilliant idea! He went to throw a good chunk in the water, he put some in his mix, and last time I heard he was catching like crazy!
  4. Buford, Georgia => Google Maps => plenty of blue around, Lake Lanier looks impressive! Lake Lanier carp => Google search => carp are there, 30 pounders reported, bow fishing is a pain (but then it is all over southern states). Took me a whole 5 minutes to come up with the following suggestion: go at a camp site on the shore of lake Lanier. Throw a good deal of corn. Set up your rods. Wait from the comfort of your tent. Chat with people. If they bow-fish, try hard to stay polite. If it doesn't work, try the next camp site! Enjoy. PS. there are plenty of carp anglers in GA, either CAG members or former CAG members. A quick search on this forum will give you plenty of names.
  5. Bait really doesn't matter much IMHO. Carp will typically eat anything you throw at them in the fall, it is just common sense, they are not fancy gourmets in a 5-stars restaurant, they need to fatten up for the winter, preferably fast... The most likely explanation is that they moved elsewhere to find natural food. In other words, try new spots... Non-competitive carp fishing is really all about time & location.
  6. Hm. It is a little unfortunate that there is no prize for juniors for this event. It would seem a much better match for juniors than the discovery event (most juniors have limited mobility, e.g. lacking a car!). May I strongly suggest that the BoD considers switching things around next time (adding a junior category to the Big4, and possibly removing it from the Discovery event)?
  7. You can send me the wagers, I'm good with numbers and money... πŸ˜‰ As a side note, besides my little escapade on the Erie canal, I fished most of my time in various areas of PA or very close to it. Bringing the playoff on the Clayton's territory... While they spent 8 days in Tennessee! So we've all been traveling around. PS. I *might* fish a few days in MA if they happen to take the lead again, LOL.
  8. Since Oct 5th (when I caught those 4 30s in one single day!), I have been traveling around and fishing nearly every day. I caught three other 30s from three different locations, but none helped to improve my Big-4. In the mean time, Kody and Sean Clayton crept up on me and went just a few pounds ahead of me, both of them! I kept working on it, working on it. This week was absolutely abysmal, got 4 carp runs total, lost 2 on a snag, nothing big landed. I blanked 3 days in a row. I gave it one last chance this morning, I only had a window of a couple of hours to fish one last time with the talented Ryan Munn. Less than 30 minutes before we had to wrap up, I got a couple of beeps. I grumbled "f*** catfish". It turned out to be a tad bigger. 36 pounds and a half, now guess who is ahead of Sean and Kody? πŸ₯³ Now Sean, if you read this, remember what you said (which I totally agreed with)? NEVER GIVE UP. The ball is in your camp, buddy. Please make my day, change the ranking once again...
  9. That would be cool... No clue if this will happen though.
  10. Just watched in real time my big-4 lead crumble as Kody showed me how it’s done... Me? I kept myself busy catching catfish... πŸ˜‰
  11. Ah! I wish! The stories I tell are about the times when the stars lined up. I stay more discreet on my numerous failures! Like we all do! LOL
  12. I just realized that in just one day, I did better at the Big4 that I ever did in the past. My best showing was 134lb, which secured me the fall 2017 win. And I already have 136-8lb. I just pinched myself and I seem to be awake... Now of course, the Claytons will leave me in the dust, oh well.
  13. I had the most amazing day... Four thirties (up to 38lb)... Three 28lb... Several more mid-20s and a few smaller fish... All thanks to Stelian Bogdan who kindly invited me to an incredible river spot where fish are (nearly!) as thick as they are long... Here is the 38lb.
  14. PS. is this Kody's first 40? (I mean, not counting his 52lb legendary catch)
  15. I had a heck of a day myself and yet, my results pale in comparison... You guys are just on another planet!
  16. Fantastic! What an incredible fish! Very happy for you, Zach. PS. a few years ago, I was the official US record holder for kois with a 24lb pounder. You totally destroyed this record! This being said, going through this process (while doing catch & release) is a royal pain and requires a friendly biologist, no doubt others folks caught a bigger one than mine and didn't report it. Like you just did!
  17. I still have my CCC section win trophy from... oh god... 15 years ago or so? I got lucky at the peg draw, an end swim at the Des Plaines river definitely helped! Good luck to everybody, and many thanks to Chad for organizing the event this year. A seed planted a while ago did work! πŸ˜‰
  18. I don't drink cheap beer... only expensive wine... πŸ˜‰ Will give you tips by PM. For free.
  19. Here is another VERY unusual catch from yesterday... I was exploring a new lake, found a nice spot, I was doing some plumbing with my regular carp rig (3oz inline lead, size 6 hook), I didn't have anything on the hook, I reeled in and I felt a fish... HUH? Turned out to be a small pickerel! It probably went after the lead and somehow found the hook! Now that is a first for me!
  20. Even the fish looks proud of himself! Terrific!! PS. Darn it! You just kicked me out of the top-10... Intolerable!
  21. Ah, June 29th & 30th... I am actually going to Syracuse to help with their kids event (same week-end): https://www.facebook.com/events/1063185713882344/ I wish you luck, you're doing a good thing here. You may want to communicate on Facebook about this, on the CAG page.
  22. Hey Sam, I don't think I'll be able to make it due to other constraints, but very good of you to do so. Just to better understand (and maybe plan for next year), would you mind explaining a bit more what the event is made of? And what you expect the helpers to do?
  23. A brace of 30s? Very cool!
  24. I've seen a few fish like that, and I am pretty sure this is some sort of skin infection. I wouldn't touch such fish with my bare hands, quite frankly.
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