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  1. So, spent 3 hours fishing the creeks again on a 60F day yesterday and not a person in site!. Catching regularly, then hooked and landed this one. You could see it glowing/golden sheen in the water, unlike the other run of the mill browns and golds. Looking at the face, it looks like a golden ghost to me- the marks are there, but, as opposed to the few light colored ghosts I have caught, the "saddle/human face" markings aren't as dramatic I believe due to the base being darker- thoughts?......Also landed this larger creeker- 16lb, 33" who fought less than the smaller ones.......all great fun on a peaceful, nice day!....Thanks all!......... MO
  2. yes- I paid but there's no access to the leaderboard?
  3. So, I would like to create the "Ten Truths of Carp Fishing". I originally thought of the ten commandments, but in todays age that is too much religious connotation.......so...with that, here's my thoughts- not in any order though........appreciate feedback and submittals! THE TEN TRUTHS OF CARP FISHING 1. You will not catch a carp if you do not fish 2. No matter where you are fishing, the largest carp are on the other side 3. The carp you lost is always larger than if you landed it 4. The weather is always better the day you don't fish 5. There is always one more piece of equipment that you need to catch that 30lbr 6. You always forget that one more piece of equipment you need to catch that 30lbr 7. There is always a bigger fish than the one you catch 8. The picture you take with your fish adds 10lbs to your weight 9. The carp is smarter than you 10. You do have time to carp fish. You have the same amount of time that Einstein and Michelangelo had; you decide what you do with your time! MOCarper..........
  4. there's no updated sign in board........still says 2019
  5. A simpler time that is hard to replicate..................
  6. So, the Kansas City Chiefs won the superbowl!!......I guess I misread the newspaper reports cause I thought it said in celebration fans should go fishing. .... ...... So I did 😆 The weather started very warm-low 60s but within 3 hours it had dropped nearly 20 degrees!. I modified my subtle bite technique by using 15g NGT leads with strawberry pack bait and double fake corn floating hair rig and placed rods on my pods but with no bite alarms- you have to constantly watch the rods but you catch more fish!......I caught these two commons, then hooked a very slow large fish and it was the most beautiful picture when it rose to the surface!!!... My first linear mirror from a creek!- then the fun began as the fish gained power and surged back and forth but eventually wore out and I landed this 13-7 29" beauty!!!.... follow that up with 3 more commons; two which had malformed mouths, one with an old wound to the side- I had had a great celebratory day!. I was surprised there were no other chiefs fans fishing-even though many had taken yesterday off!!????..... Go creekin!- the fish are always there!!.......... 😙 MO
  7. Well done!- always impressed with Dean as a top carp angler and the quality of the NACA!- Congratulations! MO
  8. Excellent!!- I used to make my own boilies, and would like to get back to that, or using it more often- when are the other 2 parts available?..thanks again for all you've done for CAG Iain!!
  9. Well- how many people can say they had the time and freedom to fish on New Years day?..............its' called fishin, not catchin and we are all thankful we can do either!!
  10. Very nice!- do you have a side shot? How big was that beauty? MO
  11. Naw, I think that's a fantasy slam Bill!!- way to go!- is that a creek/river??....some nice fishes there!!!!! MO
  12. MO Carpers New Year's Adventure! (a little tempered with the loss of Frank- I dedicate this to him, his family, friends, colleagues and CAG members all over the world)....... This year's FFF was eagerly anticipated, as there were new rules and no-way could it rain heavily just a few days before like last year-right?....well, that's deeper in the adventure! The FFF was going to have awards for each state the angler participates in. I am right on the border between Missouri and Kansas and registered for both, but it set up a quandry-I wanted to catch the first carp of 2020, but also the first in Missouri and Kansas.....hmmm what to do, what to do. I decided that, since there were 3 anglers fishing Missouri, and none in Kansas, that was my competition and I would fish Missouri at midnight. Then I would alternate between Missouri and Kansas. There were some problems with that though; My go-to creek holes were mostly along the Kansas City Parks trail system, a series of paved paths that parallel several creeks in Kansas City. However, there had been a serial killer along the pathway a couple years ago, exactly where I fish. To expound- he shot several people walking along the trail, and I had seen him several times from a distance. Video surveillance showed him walking past one of my best spots-fortunately the weeds are very tall and you cannot see anyone on the small gravel bar, or I could have been one of his victims-shame, as I still have a lot of fishing to do 😊. During this sad time in the city, roving officers, some in plain clothes, some on ATVs, would routinely ride and walk along the paths, and often saw me fishing, likely wondering but never asking me about where I was at this time or another.....I probably didn't fit the profile, though I am a cereal killer -that's CEREAL, not serial!!!!! , It didn't really cross my mind to stop fishing around there, though family, staff and friends thought I was impaired to continue fishing!!- why wouldn't I with catches like this? Oh sorry- got a little off track there. Anyway, they caught the man and he's in jail, but because of the panic, City Hall and Parks and Recreation implemented a curfew, from midnight to 5:30am (none of the people were killed during these hours-he had to get his sleep I'm thinking ). So, I had to get a permit from Parks and Recreation to fish- I agree its a special event!!!!!.. Permit in hand, I readied for the tournament-pulled into Quik-trip to get gas and...................... OMEN ALERT!!- someone had wantonly killed a bunch of goldfish-right there in the parking lot-simply ran over them without a thought or care............. I was hungry though, so I picked up the rest and ate-em ... I couldn't interpret the omen until after the tournament but I was hopefull! I went to each of my spots late in the afternoon after work. It had rained more than an inch 3 days prior, and like last year, everything flooded!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT?..... I checked the USGS stream flow data charts hourly-high muddy water hunkers the carp down-it was a race against time-was it going to be low and clear enough to fish?....Well, I couldn't do anything about it, other than using the night glow fake corn, so I put that on two poles and my usual one large/one small fake corn on the other hair rigs. I readied my pack baits- the old reliable strawberry panko/sweet corn and a newer lemon pack bait/sweet corn. .....the payday bar is just a product placement promo.... (not really)..... I rarely, if ever use my 9ft stalker rods/bite alarms/hangers in the creeks-tried it a couple times and I think there's just too much pack, the leads are heavy and spook the fish, so I go very light- NGT method leads-15,20, and 24gram_ I just want the slow moving fish to take one bite or so and get hooked rather than sifting through ounces of pack. It does create a problem seeing the lines and pole, so this year I applied glow-paste to the rod tips and wallah!- I could easily see in the pitch black-especially when I activated the pastes with UV light!....(and I did bring along one larger pole to over-ride the current's impact) I arrived at the creek about 11:30pm; though the CFS was higher than normal, the creek had a little bit of clarity,.....BUT WHAT???-there was an adult male otter in the pool!! The upper left photos are the pool during the day-normally there is a small waterfall there, but the water was high). This pool was only about 30 yards long and maybe 10 yards wide and an otter was going to either snag my lines or worse, shut down any movement of the carp.....fortunately, the otter saw me, exploded in the water and disappeared..... You can't see him in this photo, but he's there It was a very cool sight and the culmination of decades of conservation restoration by our Missouri Department of Conservation, who worked diligently to restore river otters to Missouri, and it worked wonderfully!!!!.....and to see this in the middle of urban sprawl was refreshing!...... I set my gear. It was an easily accessible gravel bar within site of the pathway, and no one else was about-checked my watch-11:50pm- I threw and handful of warmed sweet corn just to get the carp moving. I didn't really need to check my watch at midnight to know I could start fishing (though I did ).... The very sad part about the night was the noise- a few fireworks but the vast majority was gunfire-shotguns, semi-automatic fire, and pistols were rampant, and minutes later the wail A HIT!!!!!-ahhhhhhhhh no fish....the creek fish seldom if ever run-just a tap and pull-very hit or miss here and you must constantly watch the poles.......the wail of sirens ended a hundred yards away at an apartment complex to what end I couldn't tell, as I was watching my poles, AND THEN another hit, and this time, I landed one of my smaller carp in the past year, this 4lb 8 oz beauty, which I initially thought could be a catfish, but they hunker down in the mud during the winter and the golden sheen caught my eye- whew!!!!! and at 12:40am!-maybe the first????????? No otter around, so I quickly took the pictures and released it-no ice like two years ago, when the line and the first carp froze to the edges!........ Well, one in the book and my first carp of 2020!!!!....Maybe the local populace was celebrating carpin with me!! I continued fishing, staying away from the turbulence (carp lie the oxygen, but not constantly swimming against the current, especially in the winter) trying to hit slack water next to the current, and WHAM!!!! a good hit and bigger carp. Now I was cookin!!! ......Since I had two on the Missouri side, I drove 8 minutes to my most consistently producing spot in Kansas, and tried a new spot further upstream first-had always seen carp at a bend in the creek but didn't know how deep it was-that's the key to winter creek carpin-the carp move to deep pools to survive. Well, after an hour, there were no carp to be had, so I moved to my favorite spot. The water was high here as well and the most recent flood had taken all but 10 square feet of the gravel bar and the current was on my side now-not good. I reset all my gear, watched the sunrise (got my sunrise picture for FFF) and noted my natural surroundings in peace-gunfire had subsided, birds awakened-the calls of cardinals, woodpeckers, and the clattering call of overwintering belted kingfisher- a common sight now-when I was a kid all the robins and kingfishers migrated to warmer climes but now, global warming has changed things. The footprints of mink, deer and raccoons littered the mud, bringing a sense of peace to the world, free of mankinds impact, at least in this small spot I was sitting on. It was still chilly, so I set up my Missouri bivvy, a simple modification of the higher end European models (basically throw a towel over a Mr Buddy heater, then over your head.....ahhh comfy Finally, just after sunrise, a good hit! and much larger fish. I had tossed to the far side of the current, hooked the fish, which immediately swam into the current, making it difficult to land this nice 13lbr! I did it!- I was thrilled once again at the hit, the fight, and the landing-such a cool fish!!! I had to smile for the camera!! (and no Cannonball, I am not sponsored by the American Dental Association! ). Less than 40 minutes later I had my second carp, a nice 10 lb plus fish- I used the rising sun as a backdrop. After another hour or so, nothing else was happening, so I packed up once again and headed back to Missouri at my Urban Paradise (Discovery Month entry). But, although the sun was shining, the water was high and dingy-not a hit in two hours, so packed up again and walked a couple miles to a spot I had fished in the summer with some success, though this time, to get to it I had a very narrow land bridge (kinda felt like our ancestors crossing the Bering land bridge from Asia to North America ) There is a large pool along a bend in the creek you can barely see in this photo, at the very top where the sheer bank is the far side. It is a perfect summer spot- riffles slowing into the pool and the carp are in the slack water, but again, I was on the wrong side, the current was stronger, so I had to cast over the current, nearly 40 yards into the slack water. Problem is, the current pulls on the line, bowing it and making it less WHAM!!! another fish on- this one was about the average creek size but very strong and it took several minutes to land. what a beauty and the sun was just right to accentuate the colors!!.....there's gold in them there creeks!! It was getting a little later in the day, I hadn't eaten or drank or slept in over 16 hours, so I packed and hiked back, instantly in civilization again with stoplights, traffic, honking horns, strip malls, police, and throngs of people, going about their day, oblivious to the natural world within yards of them. I saw no other people along the creeks. I think it is a benefit that we grow up in city's now-away from and leaving the woods, creeks, and rivers alone-there's lots of wildlife right in the core of the city and I'm glad we leave them alone.... Its a NEW YEAR!, with daylight lengthening, and anticipation building for more fishing adventures! It is such a privilege to be free to fish anywhere, at any time (permit in hand of course). I so appreciate the shift in societal conscience whereby most fish are now released, we are doing a little better keeping our waterways healthy, going green is a thing, and members like you, who make me proud to be part of CAG! Happy New Year to all!!!.....tight or slack lines!- doesn't really matter if you're fishing MO
  13. My deepest sympathies on the loss of our colleague, Frank. Though I didn't know him, and he was on here for such a short time, he was every bit a member as any of us and passed doing what he loved to do..............with deepest respect and sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues............. MO Here's to you Frank......
  14. Kirk Suedmeyer (MOCarper) Kansas Leawood Kansas Creek
  15. Those are some pretty mirrors Todd!- Way to go!!!
  16. Kirk Suedmeyer (MOCarper) 7lbs 2oz 2:08 pm Missouri
  17. Kirk Suedmeyer (MOCarper) 10lb 6 oz 8:10am Kansas
  18. Kirk Suedmeyer (MOCarper) 13lbs 7:40am Kansas
  19. Kirk Suedmeyer (MOCarper) 7lb 10oz 2:31am Missouri
  20. Kirk Suedmeyer (MOCarper) 4lb 8oz 12:40am Missouri
  21. Thanks!- normally everything but the major creeks and rivers are frozen this time of year............but we are now gaining 1-2 minutes of daylight, so..............soon!!!
  22. MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL!! had a couple hours after work this afternoon to go carpin- 60 degrees outside!!.........Landed these three (largest was 10 lbs) and lost another to hook pull......deep creek hole that I had never fished before...........nice self Christmas present!- Christmas carp- subspecies of the everyday carp!!!.....Hope everyone has a great Christmas!!! MO
  23. Ha!- you're funny!.........and no, they don't sponsor me; in fact, I haven't been to a dentist in more than 30 years!!!!..don't floss-just brush well twice daily.........hmmm maybe a little TMI?..........auditioned for the Joker part but didn't have the right smile!!......😊
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