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  1. Yeah every time I think I've seen the strongest wind and waves Minnesota surprises me.

    Where the hinges to the ramp screwed into the decking of the dock the deck boards actually ripped free of the dock.

    Not a lot of damage and it would be an easy fix if the water wasn't so cold. I gotta fix it tomorrow since Sunday we are doing Thanksgiving with the GF's family. Hope to avoid going in the water if I can.

  2. So got home from work today to see my once proud dock no longer sticking out into the lake :( It broke and is now perpendicular to the shore. We had been enjoying great fishing up until last weekend ( still got 6 fish between the 3 of us all in the teens or 20's ) that I've been loathe to get it ready for winter since it would be unusable for fishing after that.

    Not a lot of damage just a giant PITA with the water being about 35 degrees.


  3. So got home from work today to see my once proud dock no longer sticking out into the lake :( It broke and is now perpendicular to the shore. We had been enjoying great fishing up until last weekend ( still got 6 fish between the 3 of us all in the teens or 20's ) that I've been loathe to get it ready for winter since it would be unusable for fishing after that.

    Not a lot of damage just a giant PITA with the water being about 35 degrees.


  4. The most popular flavor is the flavor you pre baited with.

    Welcome to the club. I have a brand new boat sitting in the garage and tons of bass and pike gear, flyfishing stuff. Guess how many times I used anything but my carp gear going carp fishing this season? Once!

    It is an addiction.

  5. Was another amazing day off fishing with good company!

    Nothing better than sitting with friends on the bank, hauling in giant fish, and listening to my beloved Pats beat the hated Jets!

    Not sure if Minnesota's weather will give us another weekend or not? But we'll see....

    Gotta say I love this fall fishing! You don't get all sweaty hauling and setting up your gear. No bugs! Best of all the biggest biggest fish of the year!

  6. Consider making chum blocks check out my fish in and last weeks fishing pics. Every time I use them we have crazy good fishing. I started with Buckeye Bobs recipe but really the key is to include some of the bait you are fishing with. If its corn or fake corn put corn in it if its boilies put them in there. Then use a carpy mix like you do in a method mix then use corn syrup to bind it together. Make blocks. Then you put the oven on low and leave them in there to dry out and get hard.

    I abhor spodding and spombing but I have used them. But honestly I have had way better luck with chum blocks.

  7. Well I guess I'm fishing this weekend after all so I think this may be the last hurrah. I kind used most everything up last weekend so I went to the grocery store then dug wayyyy back in the tackle closet to create Kitchen Sink part Duh!

    So oats, marshmallow cereal, corn, corn syrup, chick peas, crushed pineapple, bird seed, salt, pineapple jello, peach jello, powdered milk, a quarter pan of stuffing left over from last weeks BBQ. I found a couple small baggies of boilies. Mixed it all together made loaves. The first batch is in the oven hardening up this is the 2nd waiting to go in.


    I'll go out around midnight and sling some out around the dock and do the rest first thing in the AM. Hopefully we'll have carp feeding when we start fishing later in the day.

  8. I'm pretty sure this will be the last fishing day of the season. Definetely the last where I invite a bunch of people to fish and have BBQ. I was psyched when I got to the cabin late afternoon last night to see carp breaching. I was worried that after 6 nights in the low 40's to mid 30's that the water might have gotten too cold already.

    3 days ago I took everything that was left for carp bait and method mix and saving just enough boilies for today I mixed it all together and made chum blocks. I love making these cuz I'm lazy. I find Spombing and spodding to be too much work. I make these mini loaves and they fit in my Fox baiting spoon and I can easily huck them 50' or so. Add that to the 48' my dock juts out into the water and I can bait up a large area in about 30 seconds. And FYI EVERY time I use them we catch loads of carp!

    I call these the Kitchen Sink since these blocks have everything but the kitchen sink in them:


    Bread crumbs

    Jafar's left over method mix from last weekend

    About 2lbs of different color, size, flavor boilies

    Pineapple flavored sweet corn 3\4 of a jar

    1\2 lb of this method type mix a CAG member sent me to try that is supposed to go in mixes put in PVA, never got around to using it so in it went

    3\4 of a Jar of NGT tiger nuts

    3\4 bag of tiger nut flour

    1\2 bottle of tutti frutti flavor

    Packet of peach jello

    1 large bottle of corn syrup

    2 cans cream corn

    All the little packs of free samples I've acquired in a year of online carp gear buying.

    I'm sure I'm missing some stuff but you get the idea. After it was all in and mixed together it was a large bait bucket of chum mix. Probably 4 gallons worth. I needed to head to work pretty quick so I filled the oven with mini loaves and set the temp to 500. While the oven heated up I loafed up the remaining chum and put it in the freezer. I was only able to leave the stove on for 15 mins or so before I had to leave. So I turned off the oven and left them in there to dry for a couple days. They looked like this:


    So arriving at the cabin just before dark last night I was overjoyed to see carp breaching all over the place. I went down to the dock and threw out the freezer loafs.

    So its 5am now and 35F and pitch dark here. I got up to put the meat on the smoker for the BBQ today. After that was done I grabbed 6 more mini loaves of chum out of the oven and a flashlight and walked out onto the dock to chuck them in the lake. After blowing down towards the public fishing area for 4 days the wind has changed blowing right at our shoreline. Perfect. Even better I still hear carp breaching all around me. I think it's gonna be a great of day of Carping! Which is good cuz I got 4 non believers coming to fish and have BBQ. They are going to try and walleye fish. How many big carp do you think I'll haul in before they abandon that and join me?

    More to follow......

    P.S. If you are in MN or from anywhere and want to come down and join us the more the merrier! PM me here or look up my last fish in for directions.

  9. When I fish with a method feeder and use fake corn I use a really short hair the corn just about touches the bend of the hook. Saw it done this way in a video and it seems to work well.

    Tried it that way with boilies and I seemed to have fish pulling the hook.

    Fished with a longer suppler hair tonight and had better results. No pulled hooks.

  10. It may not seem like a very "sane" anology and I don't mean to offend anybody but I liken the way the government in Minnesota treats carp to how the Germans treated the Jews and World War 2. The German government, the Nazis specifically touted the Jews as the root of all evil in their country. The only way to garner public support for their nefarious deeds.

    Basically that's what they do in Minnesota with carp. They blame carp for everything, low gamefish numbers, algae blooms, murky polututed lakes that can only support carp.

    Yet when I point out to people that there are plenty of lakes in Minnesota that are clean and clear with plenty of fish but they have carp in them also I get these stunned looks of confusion.

    I watch these videos from the DNR that even show biologist saying that carp for the reason that these lakes are murky and algae ridden because the carp stir up the bottom in there feeding habits and that they "crowd out" the gamefish.

    I live on a lake in Minnesota I know for a fact that the carp have nothing to do with the algae and the murky water. Or the loss of "gamefish" It has to do with the 10 sometimes more speed boats pulling tubers and water skiers and not to mention the jet skiers around the lake. The average depth is probably five or six feet the deepest being 15'. Most of the "wake" action happens in less than 10 feet deep. The prop wash on those machines affects the bottom far more than any carp.

    Then their is the farm run off. Their fields all abut my lake. The farm runoff causes the algae blooms not the lake.

    But don't forget the "overfishing" early in the season I watched fisherman haul in walleye. Guess how many I saw returned to the lake? That's right ZERO.

    But carp fisherman don't buy $40,000 walleye and bass boats. Carp don't vote or pay taxes. Carp fisherman equal less than 1% of the fishing population here in Minnesota.

    So the Minnesota DNR has cooked up the carp as the big bad guy to shut everybody up so that people won't complain about farm run off. Or the overfishing of gamefish, specifically walleye.

    Farmers and the government don't want to put buffer zones around lakes to protect a lakes eco system. Which is what they need. They don't want to have "no wake zones" on shallow lakes that are really too small to support that kind of boat traffic. They don't want people to fish for carp because we don't need to spend the kind of money to fish for them that other fishermen spend on their "gamefish".

    Its all about money. Period. Carp are the easy target. There just aren't enough of us to make a difference.

    Luckily carp thrive despite all attempts otherwise.

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