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  1. Could someone please post the Second Quarter Financials for 2018 in the Financial Section. Don't know if they were posted in the News Letter, but noticed they were missing from where they have always been. On the positive note, I really Like the suggested changes to the Business Supporter Program specifications, fees with options, and spelling out the perks so there is no confusion were nice to see after all these years . . . Nice Job.
  2. Who's "THEY" . . . ? I don't recall anyone asking for my help . . . I here they asked everyone but me though . . . Funny how that works out sometime . . .
  3. ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ "A FISHY STORY" ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ ●●●●WARNING●●●● THE STORY YOUR ABOUT TO READ IS "A FISH'N STORY" AND CONTAINS SOME TRUTH, A FEW EMBELISHMENT AND LIES, EXPLATIVES, FISH PICTURES LIKE ALL GOOD FISHING STORYS SHOULD, A BAD VISUAL REINACTMENT WITH PROPS, A REALLY COOL CAR THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE STORY AND A VERY ANGRY "EMOJI" ●●●● As you sip your morning coffee and contemplate what your going to do with the rest of your Holiday weekend, let me spin you a yarn . . . Or should I say cast you a line . . . And share with you the events of my 2 hour Holiday adventure yesterday.. As you know or don't know....last year I caught a would be State Record Rock Bass out on Three Oaks, the on time I have been on a boat there....mostly do to the Shops schedule and the short season they rent boats there. A friend, TC, and I had talked about going out on several times but rarely do the stars align that I can go and he is free during a week day but Friday we found the time and went out... TC showed up in his "FISHIN' WAGON", and as he put his stuff In my truck (no sense in paying to park Two cars there). And I threw the last of my stuff in the truck including my cooler with the crawlers and the net. And we headed out to Three Oaks where I explained the do's and don'ts of fishing Three Oaks and responded to TC's curious questions as to the sense of some of them . . . At some point I had to agree to disagree cause it wasn't going to change the facts . . . Three Oaks has ALOT, I MEAN AAAALLLLOTTT of rules and a schedule that really isn't Fisherman/Fisherwoman friendly for best results. . . We paid to enter . . . Then paid for the boat . . . And we're given "Lucky 23" and proceeded to putt-putt out in the head wind to the far end on the lake. It was windy . . .but off we went . . . We got to the spot after maybe 12 minutes and set up crawlers for a drift. TC was getting taps pretty quick . . . at the end of the drift It was nuthin' and nuthin', so I motored up for another drift. TC was on the bow pointing out Smallmouth on beds and fish he saw: drum, carp, more smallies, rock bass and catfish. Quick into the second drift TC had a Smallmouth . . . 15-16" range. Into the third he had what appeared at first to be another but ended up a 16" Largemouth. I was getting a little frustrated moving the drop shot weight up and down and changing crawlers to fresh ones . . . On the next pass TC hit a 13" Rock Bass in the range of our current State Record but he put It back without weighing as he was planning to beat that number quickly . . . As I was taking his picture . . . My rod finally took a bend and I handed him the camera and landed a Pretty nice Smallie. We were picking up fish in one spot so I shortened the drift and followed the Smallie with a Big Largemouth . . . TC continued to catch as well but nothing he felt was Picture worthy.... Abut an hour and a quarter in, the Patrol boat was heading toward us . . . I said "I bet there coming to tell us to go in" . . . And the Patrol Boat captain told us of the storm they picked up on radar In Rockford . . . The conversation from the truck ride started over like it had never ended but now we had had a third . . . and the Kid in the Patrol boat won this round and we grudgingly agreed to go in just as TC's rod bent . . . Another smallie . . . As he was fighting his fish I commented "I'd be fine with going in if I had . . . " and before I could say "another" my rod took and other deep bend and took off to the left it wasn't fast, but it wasn't moving for me then the other way.....after a bit there was was a tall flash deep, and I said "It's the Sheepshead I bet..." We drew a dirty look from the Patrol Boat Captain because weren't packed up yet . . . "hey, wasn't our fault... blame the fish". Then the fish came up . . .it was a crappie . . . IT WAS A MF#% $% BIG @55 CRAPPIE!!!! Big enough that it stopped the Patrol Boat from moving off and got a WHOOOH! out of TC. "Where's the net " TC asked.......and I did a quick look down and to my suprise ... "......... in the truck. ......." I mutterd... "That's a good place for It . . ." TC smiled... Four grabs at It but not being able to get the lip or my hand around the tail I started to get a good real "HANDS ON" idea of how big it was . . .(Would be the biggest of my life) . . . But the hole Isn't the mouth was getting bigger with every turn . . . And then . . . ●A side note ● At this point I want to remind you about the storm they said was coming . . . The one that never did . . . But if you heard Thunder Yesterday about 3:30 in the afternoon . . . it wasn't thunder . . . It was an explitive. ● And then . . . just one word . . . ! ! ! " F=<K " ! ! ! And we packed up the stuff and headed in . . . With me knowing I can't get back out till long after the weekend is over cause I am here at the shop . . . And what worse is I hate FLOPPY HATS but that Jimmy's Master Baiter's hat has been pretty lucky the last two trips out and now I gotta wear it . . . THE LESSON OF THIS STORY . . . So do what I can't , get up and get out there and go fishing cause there is a monster Crappie waiting for you ! ! OH YEAH . . . BRING THE NET ! ! !
  4. An open letter to Iain, First I would like to thank Iain Sorrell for his Desire to be CAG President, applaud the members who voted for taking the time and effort to choose a direction for CAG, and congratulate and wish Iain well in his Presidency. I hope that those who have put their stamp to Iain's Presidency will follow through by helping him and CAG regain the trust of the membership and create a direction for the club that will be worthy of those who have donated time before. As a stats kind of guy I have to warn folks of over exuberance and celebratory happiness as only the leader has been picked....a victory for CAG is still to be determined and far in the future and folks should mediate their enthusiasm and use that energy to make what Iain is proposing a reality. In 2012, 185 people out of a membership of about 514 voted for a presidential cantidate. (39.9%) Just now 82 out of 371 voted. (22.1%) So not only did we loose 30% of the membership, but statistically of those folks that are still here, 39% less participated in the election ... That means 5 out of every 6 members are still disconnected from what goes on here either by choice, by omission or by neglect. I hope that Iain, and those that work with him will take the time and listen and learn from the last 3 years of their behind the scene experience to correct that... Good Luck Iain in your presidency, and to CAG. Larry Kirchner aka "The Big Worm
  5. ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ DIXON CARP DERBY FINAL THOUGHTS ☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆☆ This is the conclusion of the eighth Dixon Carp Derby that I have run... and every year about a week before I wonder why the heck I'm doing it, and during the event I'm stretched about as this as could be..and at the end I am always in awe of the experience, the friendships and the memories that happen at this event...as well as the thanks I get from those who participate, all 53 anglers. This year we got to see what the event would be like relying on itself and by participant donations instead of the City/Tourism Prize Money, and I am confident based on what we saw that we can we repeat It because everyone had a great time and was willing to help, .....if willing well be back for another year.... in Dixon, ....and if not, well find somewhere because it really does bring out the Best of Dixon with its social aspect, camaraderie and local pride in participating that you just don't see in concert or blockfest. To all who came out, to all who donated, and to all who fished....I tip my "FISHING CAP" in respect and say as I have in the past... Thanks and see you next year!!! Thanks to the City of Dixon for their continued support, the Mayors office , the Tourism Group for the Porto-Potty, Ray at Bunnies bait and tackle, Mike and Michael Kresanek for prizes, Arthur Duga for Prizes, the Bait Shanty for Prizes, the Carp Anglers Group for prizes and Free Handouts, Wacker Baits for handouts and a tackle prize, World Classic baits for several gifts, Cloro and DHL for cleaning supplied for the event, and to my stewards Roy, Todd and his son, Nicole and her son Samuel....and last to Deb Carey and the Dixon Park District for always providing a fine, and well maintained venue to have this wonderful event at. Thank you all! SPECIAL THANKS!!! To Regina Bohmann for her help as a weigh steward and as the event Photographer. She really captured the beauty and fun of this event.... ☆☆ Thank you Gina!!!! ☆☆
  6. The World's Most perfect Carp Fishing / Weigh Steward Vehicle piloted by Todd Carlander, Weigh Steward/Net Man/All around Good Guy... Wow, I just noticed his last name ... Ooooowww Freeekie....! Talk about living up to your name..
  7. COOL STORY OF THE DERBY About 11am on Saturday a young man came to register to fish the derby, and asked he had enough to fish and handed me his $5.00 allowance he had saved, I signed him up and gave him a hook and bait kit donated by a sponsor, and watched as he looked through all the carp stuff on the table....then I gave him his $5.00 back cause this year we made the event free...he was suprised...but took the money back and looked to his aunt who also wasn't sure what to do...she thought it was going to cost more than the $5 and was hoping she could afford to make up the difference for him. I smiled and told them both no...it's free this year.. He was excited to fish grabbed his aunt's hand and dragged her off. I offered to sign her up to but she didn't have a licence and didn't want to take the focus from her nephew... Off they went.... The fishing had been tough and the only fish brought in by kids were ones sent with their dad's fish to weigh cause the bite was slow... So I was suprised to see this young boy carrying a 5 gallon bucket full of water running almost 7 blocks with a fish hanging 2/3rd of the way out as fast as he could with his aunt barely able to keep up. I was suprised...it was a good fish...but at first glance it looked like a buffalo, grey with a big head and hump....but the eyes had the gold iris if a carp... I didn't want to disappoint him although my inclination was that I was looking at a buffalo and it wouldn't count. We weighed it 13-9, and he asked to put it back in the water cause it was his first fish ever and wanted it to have a chance to get bigger...I smiled and he went to put it back in the Rock River. As he did that a I discussed the fish with his aunt and my concern and she said it wouldn't matter he was so excited to catch it all by himself, and with the free entry and gifts it wouldn't matter...and she thanked me and the two went back to see if he could get another. I put an asterisk on the carp to remind me and spent the next 12 hours contemplating making a big buffalo prize cause quite frankly it was a great fish, and the kids spirit and heart where in the right place....i was going to have to give him something. The next morning the same boy sent his mom in this time (she had to work the day before) and wanted to buy some carp bait...I asked if he needed another kit and she said no...he just wanted to get something else cause he wanted to help us out...she spent the $5.00 on some corn and soft bait. I was touched, his mom showed me several pictures from him catching the fish and upon showing them to Ray at bunnies bait, to a couple hard core capers and to a friend in fisheries we came to the conclusion that the fish was indeed a carp... Sort of... The color was throwing me off and so was the shape and lack of spike on the dorsal....and the dark grey brows around the eyes But the Rock is known for carp-koi-goldfish hybrids and has a huge fan tail carp population due to a lot of koi farms along the fiver. Upon closer examination there are barbels (but short) and the grey is not grey but lack of pigment. And the mouth anus and other details including the gold in the eyes make it a carp.. Most likely a several generation wild koi/carp hybrid with a little bit of goldfish in their too (look at the tail) Maybe it's the eyes, maybe it's age but this was a noodle scratcher for me because it was the big fish and I just wanted to be right... Congrats Zack Bellows on your first fish, your first carp, and a really cool fish.!!! And for becoming a catch and release carp angler.
  8. ADULT DIVISION WINNERS Congrats to Beau Schneider of Cary Illinois on his win and thanks to Wacker Bait for the Winners gift basket of bait. And a big thumbs up to all the anglers who made it out to participate.
  9. BOYS DIVISION WINNERS As competitive and as fun as can get with the biggest and most unusual carp caught but a boy... (That story later...)
  10. GIRLS DIVISION WINNERS Although we had 5 girls 13 and under only one landed a carp...several of the regular girls winners moved on to the adult division this year... Congrats Danijo!
  11. ADVANCED DIVISION WINNERS Was a nail biter down till the end even pitied friend against friends as in the case of 1st and 2nd place, and father against son for 5th and 6th place. (In the case of a tie in the big three the higher award.is given to the angler with the biggest fish)
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