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  1. When preparing hookbaits (canned corn, maize, chickpeas), I usually flavor them with either vanilla or anise.  When preparing spod mix (usually a mix of deer corn and cracked corn), I typically add some cinnamon.  However, for packbaits, anything is fair game -- drink mixes, Jello, kitchen flavors, carp flavors (R&W, Superior, Fisherman's Fantasy), blackstrap molasses, and ice cream syrups.  The same goes for boilies -- (see packbait list, plus canned tuna or salmon, and even fishy flavored cat food).

  2. I plan to hold another fish-in at Salacoa Creek Park in May, before the fish turn off when the weather gets too warm.

    I haven't decided on a date yet, but it will be either May 14th or May 21st.  I'll take a poll of some of the guys who usually attend to see which date would likely produce the best turnout.

    Meanwhile, I'll post both dates on the CAG Calendar, and note them as "Tentative", until I make a firm decision.


  3. This is an old post, but it's one that's worth bumping up on a regular basis.

    For Georgia, the 2016 Free Fishing Days are June 4 and June 11 (during National Fishing and Boating Week), and September 24 (National Hunting & Fishing Day).

    The GA DNR website says that on those days "state residents between the ages of 16 and 64" can fish free (GA residents younger than 16 and those older than 64 can fish free anyway).  But that statement also seems to suggest that non-residents would still be required to have a license to fish -- even on those "free" days.

    Ref:  http://www.georgiawildlife.org/Fishing/FreeFishingDays

    I will check with the state DNR to clarify that point.  I rather suspect that they wouldn't be checking licenses (or residence) on those days anyway, but I'd be really upset to learn that a visitor was ticketed for fishing illegally after I encouraged them to come here to fish.


  4. Maybe the guys at the Post Office are reading mine. At least I hope so. I really wouldn't mind the delay if I knew somebody was reading it.

    But I've had past issues with my mail delivery here in Lawrenceville, GA -- I just hope it gets here eventually.

    The USPS came through -- mine arrived today !!!

    I'd like to commend all who were involved for an excellent job. Even the (minimal) advertising was done tastefully.


  5. I don't think they were included in the members' package when I joined, and I never bought one.

    I've had to rely on my own memory to keep track of my catches all these years, but I assure you, my mind like a steel trap -- no matter what my wife says. :glare:

    Besides, if it's not written down, it's much easier to stretch the truth when I'm talking about how many I caught or how big they were.


  6. A few years ago I had a good contact at a fast food restaurant, and they saved a number of their one-gallon milkshake flavor buckets for me. I still have about a dozen, which I use for spod mix and packbait.

    Check with restaurants and grocery stores. They often get ingredients in one or two gallon buckets. They might give you a couple of their empties.

  7. Gonna try chumming with prepared field corn.

    50 lbs are $7.99 at my Menards.

    Question is, how long does it last once you soak and boil it?

    This will give me an idea of how much to make at a time.

    Thanks in advance.

    How long your prepared corn will keep depends on a number of factors. First, it will spoil (turn sour and/or get moldy) a lot faster in warm weather. Second, if you add spices and/or salt when you prepare it, that will delay spoilage to some degree. Third, refrigerating (after preparation) will delay spoilage, and in fact, some guys even freeze it after they prepare it.

    Of course, there are a few guys (who apparently have a really strong stomach) who intentionally allow it to spoil to a point where it smells really bad. They call the stuff "vomit corn" for obvious reasons, but they swear that it works even better that way.

    If you dig around, I'm sure you can find some old posts with recipes and ideas for preparing your corn. Good luck.

  8. John, your "Cast and Blast" comment brings back some old memories.

    A long time ago when I was in my late teens and living in southern PA :Old: we fished for suckers and carp in the Conococheague Creek, not too many miles upstream from where it flows into the Potomac River at Williamsport, MD. We often saw deer along the creek, and occasionally even saw them in the creek, swimming. In the fall, we usually carried a shotgun because of all the small game. I remember one time when my Dad shot a ringneck pheasant that flew by while he was waiting for a bite.

    I suspect that with a little "baiting" in the right places with the Sweet Corn Crush liquid, a guy could attract both deer AND carp, and just might need John's "red wagon" to haul a buck back to the car!

  9. This definitely looked interesting, so I researched it on the Dick's Sporting Goods website. It's sold as a deer attractant for hunters.

    But for anyone interested in using it as a carp bait flavor, below are the "product info" and "features" as they appear on the DSG website:


    Sweet Corn Crush™ Juiced is a simple and powerful deer attractant that creates an instant mineral lick. This liquid gel attractant pours on the ground or on a stump and soaks in quickly. The intense aroma brings in deer for up to 3 weeks, and the sweet corn flavor provides a sugary and salty treat for your game. Wildgame Innovations® Sweet Corn Crush Juiced Deer Attractant is Glo-Cote UV enhanced and comes in a pourable 1-gal. bottle.


    • Liquid deer attractant
    • Sweet corn flavored mineral mixture
    • Minerals soak into trail or stump quickly
    • Emits an intense aroma for up to 3 weeks
    • Glo-Cote UV enhanced
    • Ideal for placing in front of a trail camera
    • Easy pour 1 gal. bottle
    • Model: FG-00411
    • Wildgame Innovations

    From the above info, it appears that it has a very strong corn scent, plus salt and sweetener (maybe it's just the natural sugar from processing the corn, or maybe there's some added sugar?). You might keep in mind that many bait recipes (especially pack baits) use agged salt and sugar. If using this as flavor, you might need to adjust the amount of salt & sugar you add (depending on how much of the flavor you use).

    It appears that it's only available in 1-gallon jugs (price $11.99). Considering that most bait flavors are sold in 6 ounce bottles, and that we seldom use more than a couple capfuls when making bait, a whole gallon is probably a lot more than most of us will ever need. Unless you plan to use it yourself for deer hunting, you might want to divvy it up with a few other guys.

    I had another thought. IF the scent proves to be even somewhat as long-lasting in the water as it's claimed to be on land, it might be useful for long-term baiting programs, especially for those swims you're baiting that you can only get to once every few days.

    This sounds promising in several ways. PLEASE, let us know if you try it.

  10. I still have a Mitchell 300, as well. When I first joined CAG in 2008, I had never seen nor heard of European carp tackle, so all my carping was done with the baitcasting and spinning gear I already owned. I remember that I used my old Mitchell 300 at my first fish-in.

    I bought that reel -- it came with a spare spool -- for less than $15 in the early 1960's. I caught a lot of carp on it through the years, mostly on 6-foot rods. It was from using that reel that I learned the "trick" of loosening the drag while waiting for a run. That's why I still use that trick, instead of using baitrunners, although these days I use rear drag reels for convenience.

    Thinking about my old Mitchell 300 brings back lots of good memories. But I agree with Tony about the bail spring. With mine, the bail would stay in whatever position I last used it. It wouldn't flip closed when I cranked the handle after making a cast. After many years, I just got used to automatically checking the position of the bail, and to "help", by flipping it to the closed position when necessary.

    BTW, I also still have my Dad's Mitchell 301 (right hand retrieve), and two model 306 Mitchell reels. Maybe I'll break those out again someday.

  11. Well, maybe use it frozen... Break in chunks, throw them in the water as is... They will sink right away, and thaw quickly at the bottom of the water. I never tried that, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

    Jerome, have you tried this? Are you certain that it will sink when it's still frozen? Ice floats, so I was wondering whether frozen corn might also float.

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