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    2 hours ago, clay516 said:

    Congrats to everyone that placed!  Shout out to Jerome!   Wtg !  You’re certainly some stiff competition!  Can’t wait till spring! And thank you CAG for making this possible!  

    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. 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!


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


  5. 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)?


  6. 1 minute ago, Ken said:

    I'm thinking this Massachusetts - Pennsylvania playoff is more interesting than the world series.  And Jerome is outnumbered 2 to 1!  (Now that sports betting has been legalized, are there any wagers as to the outcome of this event?)

    You can send me the wagers, I'm good with numbers and money... 😉

    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.


  7. 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? 🥳

    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...

     

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  8. 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!


  9. 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! 😉


  10. 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!

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