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  1. 6 hours ago, magicvega said:

    Yeah we always put carp care first, soak and boil the maize. Hundreds of pounds of boilies.... well maybe not this year haha, I have about 30 LBS. 

    I will update the tractor supply list and add in more cracked corn/maize.

    How were the bugs this year? They were terrible last year, those deer flies tore everyone up lol.


    The 2nd picture you have really looks like a art piece on someones wall lol. 

     The bugs this year were "non existent". I was up there for 10 days and didn't get bit by one Mozzie. This is a first for me, but the hot dry temps obviously were the reason why. I didn't complain one bit. I hope it's the same for you, because I've seen the bad side of it before.


  2. Stepping up the baiting will only increase your chances of catching, and catching well. If possible, boil the maize. Not only is it more attractive to the carp, it's easier for them to process. As you know that time of year is quite weedy, so baiting large amounts of maize will help clear swims from carp feeding aggressively. A sprinkling of boilies will help too. No need for hundreds of pounds of boilies like we had. Ha ha


  3. Thank you for the comments. 

    We were fishing the Waddington area the entire time. As far as chum goes we used cracked/whole maize (25-35 gallons a day) and we did use boilies as chum as well. We used mostly two flavors (pineapple and coconut) everyday and put about 10-15lbs each in. We would throw in 5lbs at night with the chum and steadily add more bait to the swim after every fish totaling the 10-15lbs. The slow and steady approach keeps fish holding a little longer rather than dumping in a ton and them cleaning up and moving on. We specifically used cracked corn for this purpose.

    When fish weren't topping over our swim we wouldn't put much in. If they were clearly feeding on it we would top off and keep it going. You get the picture.  

    I've fished the Larry in July a couple times and it can be tough to find fish. After they spawn they move out and forage until fall when they start stacking back up in the bays for winter. I wish you tight lines and will help anyway I can.

  4. I appreciate the kind words.

    Jerome, I agree with you. Terry would be the one to elaborate on boat fishing, since it is his boat. We've only recently been doing our last two trips strictly from it, and I must say it opens all new dimensions to carp fishing. The options are endless, from feature/fish finding, to chumming, eliminating most snags compared to shore fishing and the list goes on and on. I'll talk to him about it and I'll get back to you privately!

  5. I recently got back from my annual St. Lawrence trip with a my very close friend, Terry Fishlock. Unfortunately the fishing was a bit on the slow side due to a massive cold front a week prior to arriving. It pretty much pushed off the spawn for a week and needless to say, moved the fish into a more scattered state of foraging. Anyone that has fished this massive river knows that if they're scattered they are hard to find, let alone catch. Terry and I baited up a couple spots in different depths and kept the bait piling in for days and days. We eventually decided to keep only the deeper swim going since fish started to show in 20-40' of water. The fish were starting to cooperate when the warmer temps kept coming and the winds were favorable in a SW or WSW state. After a few days of catching some decent fish the winds unfortunately shifted to N and NE which once again, killed our swim. The winds kept in this direction for 3 days and it once again, relocated the fish we were just starting to catch. This brings us to the tail end of our trip. The last four days fished pretty well banking an average of 40 fish a day. That is a lot of fish for two anglers in a day, especially when the upper dbls or low 20's, hang in the current and feel like proper 30's. Every fish, especially the testosterone bound males, fought and felt like at least double their weight. Forearms were hurting, back tightening and legs like jelly all from fighting these hard fighters from the boat, in sometimes very sketchy water with waves crashing over the bow. There's nothing quite like fighting carp from a boat, especially in deep water. I highly recommend it to anyone that has the opportunity. This is our trip in a nutshell and don't want to ramble too much to be honest. All in all I landed the two biggest at 29-3 and 32-5. I was also blessed with two beautiful mirrors that I caught within a couple hours of each other. Terry got into many fish, but to much dismay, did not break the mid 20 area. We both had a fantastic time and formed new memories and experiences with each an every trip. Hopefully the fishing will be a bit better next year. Until then, we reflect on our trip and start to plan and prep for next year. Enjoy the pics everyone. 


    Ps. There will be a few bait lots for sale after this. I usually buy and take too much with me and with my limited fishing time at home, I won't be needed it. Look out later today

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  6. I have to agree with Joe Kalina on Simon being very responsive to any inquiry I have had in the past. I've had nothing but good experiences with him with an exception of one small hiccup, which was made right straight away. I hope your issue is resolved, I've gotten the run around before from a UK company and it's not fun to deal with. Hang in there!

  7. Good story and pictures. I sold my boat about 10 years ago. Too many people on the water here in the SE and they don't know the rules for safe operation.

    I agree with you on the safety of boat operation. We didn't run into that but lack of "boating Etiquette" was our issue. A few "other" species anglers were really cramping our style with endless miles of river to fish everywhere around us. They felt the need to go withing 60 yards of our boat when you couldn't even see another one for miles and miles???

  8. Very cool!

    See for me a huge part of the fun of carp is NOT having to fish out of a boat. I use a boat for 100% of my other angling. It's a process, get the boat ready, make sure you have gas and the batteries are charged. Hook up to the truck. Drive the boat landing. Launch the boat. Then do it all in reverse when you're done fishing. Not to mention the on water boat activities. Driving to your spots. Picking up and putting down the trolling motor. Using the plotter and the fish finders.

    To just grab my gear and a lawn chair, drive to a swim (step out my back door now ) and fish, sitting there in my lawn chair is well.... refreshing and feels very lazy and unstressfull.

    I will admit, fishing from the boat is much more work and it is stressful. We eliminated the launching everyday by renting a slip for the 10 days I was there. It was a matter of loading and unloading the boat daily, which was a pain. All of our swims were on GPS and we incorporated 3d imaging and mapping to really dial in optimal locations for baits to work. In the long run it was better than shore fishing on this particular river. Usually people fish the same 5 or so swims that don't produce like they used to. I don't fish these "popular" swims anymore and do more "pioneering" than sticking with the safe bet. We were "going for broke" if you will. Towards the end of our trip, we were both quite exhausted and the sound of bank fishing did sound refreshing. However the last day was calling for a WSW wind at 15-25mph and solid cloud cover. In that territory, it screams BIG FISH. Low and behold, the biggest fish of the trip was on this particular day. Gotta go with your gut. I do understand where you're coming from though. Now I can say I've done both!

  9. I just got back from my annual St. Lawrence trip with my dear friend Terry F, and it was once again a fantastic trip. We didn't land all the monsters that were seen, but I did top the scales to mid 30's. I've been going there for a decade (14 trips total) and with Terry's extensive knowledge of the river, we were able to catch fish from every swim we fished. We caught from bays to main channel, from shoals to drop offs, and in 2' to 50' foot of water. Many that have fished the Larry know how daunting of a task it is to one, find the fish, and two catch them. The spring time can produce some of the biggest fish you will ever see, but finding them is the key. You need adequate time and diligence to find the fish and to hold them while you catch your share. We fished new swims and which was very unique, fished from the boat the entire time. Fishing from a boat for carp really is the way to go if applicable. You eliminate most snags that you find if you fish from shore. It also gives you countless opportunities to swims you couldn't reach from shore. It was a new strategy for us and it worked out in our favor.

    The weather was an absolute roller-coaster so fish would be cooperative one second and vanish the next. Anyone who has gone there and experienced the Larry, knows one of the most important factor is wind direction. It will literally bring fish to you and push them out all in a matter of seconds. Usually the crappier the weather the better. What you don't want is a calm day with glassy water.

    All in all is was a great trip. It's not always about the fish, but the company that makes it outstanding. Terry and I are a great team and we strategically fish in a unique way. We will be back next spring to hopefully top our PB's and to gain more knowledge of that awesome fishery. Now on to the pics. Enjoy!




















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