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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
  16. Well, I dusted off the ol' stalking rod today and went off to dodge the rain showers and get a little fishing in. The confined, intimate little water was a nice change from the open expanse of the harbour and I was pretty excited at the prospect of battling fish at such close quarters. I haven't done the stalking thing in some time, and my little 9-foot Greys was probably feeling a little neglected. I downsized my hooks, line, etc, as I knew the carp here would be on the smaller size, then sent out my hook bait of maize and a floater kernel onto a ti
  17. Signs read "Water Polluted with Blue-Green Algae" at my chosen fishing spot at Hamilton Harbour. I didn't even know there was a big algae bloom out there until the sun came up and I could see what I was fishing in! lol I read a recent Spec article that said the Great Lakes are about 2 or 3 degrees warmer than average and how it was globally related, and there wasn't much that could be done about it. So me thinks this is going to be the norm every summer. Too bad because I hate fishing in the stuff. Besides the health risks, it discolours your line and is pretty gross looking. We
  18. SATURDAY My cousin Dan and I planned to hit Hamilton Harbour Saturday morning and start our Labour Day Weekend with a bang. He hadn't fished for over a year and was pretty stoked to feel a bend in the rod. I told him how I like to be set up, with rods out and coffee in hand, by 6:00 am because if we don't end up catching any fish, at least we can enjoy a sweet sunrise. I think you have to be from da Hammer, though, to really appreciate the beauty of a sunrise over the steel mills. With very little wind, the bay was flat calm and hazy. I saw one nice fish head
  19. Ah yes, salmon fishing shoulder to shoulder in my younger days! I remember it too, Wantabigone! I've never fished Fanshaw( London? )myself, but it looks like a nice, accessible lake to do a little carping, especially with your young son. Sounds like your doing things right, bait wise, so I'm betting you'll have your share of belters before long. Nice that you had a few fishies to bend your rod, anyway, even though they weren't the species you were after. Cheers!
  20. Congratulations to you and your partner, LeGrand. I know you were up against a lot of very exceptional carper anglers. I met a couple of fellows a few days prior to this year's Championship and they were pretty pumped to be participating. Thanks for posting and for the backgrounder on the event and its history. And good luck to our fellows in France and in Italy!
  21. Welcome to the Board, Reckless1. Nice going on Erie. Sounds like your addition of a PVA bag made the difference and helped 'em zero in on your bait. I have secret mixes too but it's only secret because I can never remember what I've mixed in. lol Although it can be uncomfortable fishing a windblown shoreline( especially when it's cold ), I find the actual fishing is usually better.
  22. I know what you mean Fang. I've been getting these erratic beeps on my alarm. Like a single beep...pause...double beep...pause...then a series of beeps that gets me out of my chair, but by the time I reach my rod, it stops. I dunno if that's the kinda thing you're referring to, but my theory is catfish. This happened on one session last year and I actually ended up catching a couple of cats. Fortunately, that session I also caught a carp so at the very least I know that carp will mix in with them,.
  23. I popped over to the fish-in this afternoon for a visit( Unfortunately, I wasn't able to fish it either ). I was glad to have met Lorne's family and they were very appreciative of what was done in Lorne's memory. CAG donated prizes for the day's Big Fish winner and raffle draws, which was nice. I think something like 6 fish came out today and big bish was 19lbs. I heard that one of the carp caught today was tagged before being released. The tag reads; "Lorne." So anyone who catches this fish will now know the story.
  24. A FEW WEEKS AGO... I made a return to Hammy Harbour in an attempt to avenge a season opening blank in March. After scouting around and having a good look about, I discovered carp jumping clear out of the water in a shallow bay and thought to myself; "That'll do!" I returned early the next morning with hopes high. I fired out my offering of maize on a hair and a method feeder packed with a nice ball of 'secret mix.' ( Secret because I can't remember what the heck I mixed in! ) Then, I just sat back to enjoy the sunrise. Well, I had line bumps all morning and sing
  25. Well, the weather finally turned this weekend, eh Fang. After all that wind, snow and ice pellets last week I thought spring would never come. The carp were also celebrating the end of winter and jumping out in the harbour yesterday, believe it or not. So I thought I give it a go today. No luck for me, but the angler right next to me targeting catfish( and doing quite well )caught a beauty carp! Dang, so close....
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