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  1. simply rising/falling pressure seems to effect some species (carp & cats, less so)

    not enough for me to pay attention, or even own a barometer

    really sharp drastic changes in pressure (the kind you feel in your own sinuses/ears) seem to shut down EVERYTHING

    ...but not long enough to pack up, unless you were leaving soon, anyway

  2. bass & crappie are sight/motion-oriented predators w/ poor sense of taste/smell: can't see -- can't eat (as well)...  anything w/ barbels can feed blind

    one reason chocolate bite can be slower, is that all the stirred-up natural goodies are competing w/ your bait...  try closer to the bank (margins), feeder stream inlets, etc...  worms & other natural meat can work well, when they're not immediately attacked by dink bass & panfish

  3. 3 hours ago, (TN) Cannonball said:

    ...go through the exercise area to keep in shape. Round is a shape!

    I love exercise -- I could sit & watch it for hours

  4. On 5/4/2019 at 9:39 PM, Nanook said:

    I’m not a fan of 90 degree sunshine and humidity, but I’ll be trying my luck on cooler, cloudy days.

    fishin's the opposite of work, LOL

    5-9AM quickies (or just, NIGHT) works best for me, when daytime even approaches 90*F

    ...actually, 5AM is too late -- you should be cast out & sitting comfortably, waiting for a bite, at 1st hint of dawn

    (set up w/ a headlamp)

  5. I've seen that when they're surface-feeding on a hatch, or post-mating insect die-off...  the only way I could get action, was to put a bait within 6" of the surface, well ahead of their predicted path

    seems a bit early for that, unless you were a few States south of NJ

  6. slightly spoiled, by human standards, is just fine for carp...  or, even, desired

    some intentionally long-soak dry corn/grains/legumes until rancid

    go ahead & use yours (or even freeze it), but bring other "fresh"  bait options, in case that day...

  7. On 3/9/2019 at 2:56 AM, (CT) Lee said:

    ...most of the anglers on here love carp as much as there mum and dad , i know i do...

    so, you "lovingly" punch a steel bolt through mum's/dad's cheek; "lovingly" torture mum/dad for 10-20 min.; "lovingly" drag them underwater (or, other lethal environment) for an extended egocentric netting/matting/measuring/weigh-in/photo-op; then, magnanimously release them back into their living room ???

    all you 100% C&R guys torture living creatures for your own entertainment -- ADMIT IT & LIVE WITH IT!!!   At least, I can tell myself I'm 90% honing my hunter/gatherer skills, for a 10% harvest.   Admittedly, anglers' ASTRONOMICAL financial impact heavily contributes to the protection/maintenance of said living creatures' habitats (so they have a place to thrive, to begin with) -- that's enough to assuage anyone's guilt & I'll get off my Devil's Advocate soapbox, before I get started on the laughable notions of "carp care"

    ...back to table-worthiness:

    ALL the cypriniformes I've tasted (dozens & dozens of species) had sweet, mild, flaky, white meat riddled w/ intramuscular bones -- too inconvenient for most prissy, spoiled Westerners; excellent table fare for the rest of the World.  Carp are no different, but they are among the biggest, most voracious & long-living omnivores, so they will taste like their environment (progressively more so, w/ size).  It may be tough to find unpolluted waters where the mud they root in & vegetation they eat has no strong/unpleasant odor/flavor.  An excellent indicator of good "eatin' waters", is a large healthy crayfish population.

    red muscle; aka, grey meat; aka, blood line; aka, lateral line, is essentially a sensory organ w/ much more blood flow, nerve endings & oil -- it's a softer, more delicate, stronger-flavored meat.  I rather like it in smaller fish, well-stored & cooked soon after capture, but it spoils MUCH faster then the rest of the fish (hence, the fishy reputation) -- best to cut it out of bigger fish, stored longer (esp., for grinding/fishcakes)

    for all the "bone-dissolving" techniques/recipes (scoring/frying, canning, baking), research what Mid-Westerners do w/ suckers -- plenty info. out there...  works fine for carp <10# (pref., <5#)

  8. are you trying to give your pet fish "the munchies", LOL?

    the seeds don't have any/enough of the psychoactive/medicinal cannabinoid compounds that affect humans

    carp anglers use hemp & other seeds for their oily, protein/vitamin-rich nutrition goodness

    as fish-food, they're good for any omnivore w/ pharyngeal teeth/plates, esp. Cypriniformes

  9. start out w/ smaller carp in smaller streams: it really helps to actually see the fish; know that they're there & not likely to leave a somewhat confined area until the water levels rise; and observe their behavior...  then, set up upstream from them, chum, & wait for them to find YOU...  after you gain a little experience & confidence in your choice of baits/rigging, move to bigger water

  10. yellow split peas are my absolute favorite dry legume for carp (and many other Cypriniformes...  any F/W omnivore, really)

    great for any application that requires a dry/soaked/cooked legume, processed into paste or particles -- rather than in-the-can convenience

    even though the protein content isn't the highest, there's still plenty & every other category ROCKS: color, flavor, aroma, cost, availability, etc...  

  11. 8 hours ago, Lizardman529 said:

    ...I know they are extremely rare, but have you ever seen one in the lower river at all, in your years of carping? Or should I give up on my dream of catching a mirror entirely?

    extremely rare in Lower Delaware R. Basin (I'd guess far, far below 1%) -- aware of a few caught, but honestly don't remember seeing one, in person...  smaller lakes/ponds with koi & goldfish/hybrids may improve your odds...  couple hrs. drive West to Susquehanna R. Basin, would DEFINITELY improve your odds

  12. location, location, location...

    I'm in Philly & can't remember the last mirror I saw anywhere in my area...  out of many hundreds caught over many years (maybe even thousands observed/caught over decades)

    pretty sure that mirrors are a tiny fraction of 1% in the Lower Delaware R. Basin, unless there are isolated lakes/ponds with higher concentrations, that I don't know about

  13. using boats/yaks to get to a pristine bank spot works great :D  ...otherwise, not really that ideal as fishing platforms for carp-specific tackle/techniques/paraphernalia

    • can't use long rods -- even 8'-9' is cumbersome on a small boat (esp., if not alone)
    • can't keep the "rod end" of your set-ups still
    • basically, can't use 90% of your "carpiest toys" :lol:


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