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Mike Pike

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About Mike Pike

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  • Birthday 10/03/1959

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  • Interests
    All kinds of fishing, especially carp!

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  • Location
    Hamilton
  • Who Referred you?
    Collin, Hairwig, Simon.
  • Age range
    >50
  • Gender
    Male

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  1. A few days ago, I got up before sunrise to visit a small carp venue and see if I could avenge my 3 straight blanks. Everything looked nice and carpy with some bubbling going on, so I got my bait together and fired it out hoping for the best. I opted to scale down my presentation for the smaller fish in this locale and packed a mesh PVA bag full of a commercial stick n bag mix, krill pellets and corn. Sitting back and waiting( hoping )for a run, it was nice to observe the early morning wildlife activity, including this fly-over! I heard that some Asian cu
  2. A few days ago, I got up before sunrise to visit a small carp venue and see if I could avenge my 3 straight blanks. Everything looked nice and carpy with some bubbling going on, so I got my bait together and fired it out hoping for the best. I opted to scale down my presentation for the smaller fish in this locale and packed a mesh PVA bag full of a commercial stick n bag mix, krill pellets and corn. Sitting back and waiting( hoping )for a run, it was nice to observe the early morning wildlife activity, including this fly-over! I heard that som
  3. When one of my Fox alarms cacked, I went with the Carp Zoom. So far so good.
  4. Mike Pike

    New reel

    With that kind of action, you won't need a gym membership! Great to hear your success stories. I went out yesterday too with quite underwhelming results. Spent the afternoon and evening out in that wind with only a few "bleeps" on the bite alarm to keep me mildly excited.
  5. Mike Pike

    New reel

    Congratulations on another great day, wantabigone! And 28lbs beats my PB so I gotta say, I'm just a tad envious.
  6. Mike Pike

    New reel

    'Course with that new reel, you're gonna need a new rod, eh. lol When's your birthday?
  7. Love the pic! My neck hurts a bit, but I love the pic! Thanks Kool.
  8. Why is it when our lakes are frozen over, you have all kinds of time on your hands. But, as soon as the ice is gone and you're chomping at the bit to get out, you're beset by chores. That's what I find, anyways, and although the ice has been gone for a couple of weeks, yesterday was my first chance to get out after some carp. I thought the best thing to try was shallow water that would warm up earlier than the harbour would, so I packed my stalking rod and traveled light down the fisherman's path. The margins were a carp's dream with lots of roots and branches to take
  9. Mike Pike

    Success!

    Making longer casts to cover more water necessitates the use of a longer rod, especially when casting heavy leads or method feeders. Now, take those situations away and a smaller rod would be more desirable, particularly on smaller waters surrounded by bushes and trees to hinder casting. That's my take, but fishing is all about the enjoyment, so if I have a stick I really like, regardless if it's not specifically built for the task, I use it.
  10. Mike Pike

    Success!

    Nice when it all comes together, eh? Keep ridin' that hot stick wantabigone and thank you for posting.
  11. Why is it when our lakes are frozen over, you have all kinds of time on your hands. But, as soon as the ice is gone and you're chomping at the bit to get out, you're beset by chores. That's what I find, anyways, and although the ice has been gone for a couple of weeks, yesterday was my first chance to get out after some carp. I thought the best thing to try was shallow water that would warm up earlier than the harbour would, so I packed my stalking rod and traveled light down the fisherman's path. The margins were a carp's dream with lots of roots and branches to take
  12. Have you tried accessing the Canada Carp Cup Facebook page for tournament contact info? I think there are only a limited number of pegs for competitors so it's a good thing you're inquiring early. I saw the Fish'n Canada episodes that covered the tournament and really enjoyed 'em. Pretty cool to see a lot of the carp anglers I meet on the banks here in Hamilton competing. It was a real who's who of Canadian carpers.
  13. Just received my North American Carp Angler mag in the mail. What a nice surprise as it also included a nice little commemorative pin celebrating 25 years of CAG, which I've already pinned to my favourite fishing cap. Really enjoying the magazine and the historical account of carp fishing in its infancy in North America, as well as the formation of CAG. I've spent countless hours reading about the history of carp fishing in England and about the great pioneers of our sport, so it's a real treat to read about the the early days of our own carping history. The famous Minnesota fish-i
  14. I'll remember that CB! And ya, have you noticed how break-offs hurt waaaay more when it's because of something YOU do wrong? Like a poorly tied knot. Or your line breaks because you didn't check it after a fish had you snagged. Man, those are tough to get over.
  15. Finally, a break in the weather and, after seeing the fishing friendly forecast, I called up my cousin Dan to see if he wanted to head out for a little morning session. Rather that try one of our harbour spots( as we were still unsure of the blue-green algae situation ), we opted for a smaller venue to enjoy the sun, cigars and Cyprinidae! We didn't feel the need to show up super early because, we reasoned, the fish activity would pick up once the temperatures began to rise after sunrise. That, and I slept in. One of the first things I noticed was that the lu
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