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(CO) JohnFinney

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  • Birthday 07/04/1968

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    Carping Tackle & Tactics, Sci-Fi, ITIL/ITSM, Video Production, Coin and Trading Card Collecting

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  1. Farigrounds action should pickup now as we head into fall providing a good opportunity to get into some of those big females as they fatten up for the winter ! Best of luck out there ! John
  2. Alas, nothing in life is free. Usually "Free Shipping" is paid for through the pricing of a companies products in conjunction with various volume discounts through the shipping companies. I noticed you were a fan of saltwater aquariums, here is a picture of my old 180g LR one, 2003-2009. Sadly had to dismantle and part with it all when I moved to GA for a year. Would love to see a picture of your aquarium, I am always fond of seeing saltwater setups ! Tight-Lines, John
  3. Boilies v Corn, now that's an age old discussion. I have caught more fish here over the years on corn/maize, especially corn with plastic. When fishing with partners using corn, boilies v. corn, the corn usually puts the most fish in the net. However, averaging out the weights on those sessions, the boilies have put the larger fish in my hands overall. For the carp tournaments here over the past 4 years here, we are now in the 5th season, it's usually the guys using using corn/maize that have taken the win's - us boilie users have chalked up a few "W"s but ... the darn delmote more often than
  4. Steve, As Chatfield is so heavily fished from boaters there are many navigation and depth charts out there online; can prove very helpful. I do confess that I usually use a Deeper Sonar to map out new areas I haven't fished to get a better idea of what's down there. Reminds me, I need to use it more often when things aren't going to plan to help find the fish ! For many years I used to CC Moore baits, did some real damage with them, especially Live System. CC Moore was really the first boilie style baits I switched to when I made the transition from sweetcorn -> Tiger Nuts -> Boilie
  5. Had some success this earlier year from Eagle Cove in one of the TLO Tournaments for Carp, this used to be a solid area for producing the fish. Tried a bit later Catfish Flats, that didn't go so well, should be renamed "No Fish Flats". I know a few folks tried around Masey Draw with a little success. Fox Run and other locations up the West side used to be good, haven't fished them in a while. The most success we had last year was from the East Bank, down to the south, from the North Marina. Alas now, with all the construction, getting to those spots can be challenging; they certainly didn't im
  6. Way to go Steve ! I love fishing Chatfield, arguably one of the best trophy carp fisheries in Colorado. So thankful the road/bridge is now open down by Kingfisher for access from West to East side. Looking forwards to them finally opening up Roxborough Cove and the new area by Plum Creek. Place can be a bit of a "zoo" though, I am amazed to see a picture without paddle boarders, kayaks of folks swimming in the background !
  7. Steve, certainly been a WILD spring here in Colorado, that's for sure ! 😃
  8. The Quest to catch some big pre-spawn commons at the Fairgrounds was proving difficult. In this episode we try a different section of the lake after using a Deeper Sonar to find the fish. Our efforts were rewarded with Andrew landing a couple of good commons. Hope you Enjoy ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rp5HuSisYNA
  9. After a spring of fishing we finally got some footage edited, the coffee pot filled and a mug ready for some victory action ! Our first trip of the new season took us to Adams County Fairgrounds. The calm morning quickly turned into a cold, blustery afternoon. Our efforts were rewarded towards the end of the session with a with a nice low double common. We were lucky and shot some footage of a magnificent bald eagle flying over the lake. A very short video from a very cold few hours on the bankside! Hope you enjoy this teaser of the season to come! Best Regards Jo
  10. The Fairgrounds can be a harsh mistress. Super congrats on your catches there, top stuff ! We have found, over the many years fishing there, location is everything. Just 5-10 yards off the "spot" they chose to feed makes all the difference. Crazy place, yet, the rewards are worth the effort ! Well done ! Many carp at the Fairgrounds were spawning about 2 weeks ago, though some have still yet to finish up. I spent yesterday there, fishing and with my brother over from the UK doing some wildlife photography. 3 of us fished the point most of the day, results were varied, with most catches
  11. I do find any type of high fish meal content certainly can attract the catfish, or worse, crayfish, caught a few nice cats over the years. Ironically I have done well lately with some baits infused with krill. Sometimes I add a tin of tuna to the pack as well. Endless possibilities!
  12. Milk replacement, I just use dried milk powder from the big box stores, SamsClub here, I'm sure Costo also has its. When I am feeling flush with $$$ I actually use condensed or evaporated milk in my pack, creates a bit of a cloud. When I use molasses its liquid form, from the grocery aisle, that or dark karo syrup.
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