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Some of my work with local groups in Colorado to promote c&r carp


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Over the past 4 years, I have worked hard to promote carp fishing here locally in Colorado. The most challenging vs. attitudes, yet positive and productive efforts, have been through the most popular local fishing forum, FishExplorer.COM. The Carp Anglers Group had a presence, though quiet voice, on FXR even before I became the State Chair.

I wanted to note my thanks to the owners and moderators of that forum for having the vision, wisdom and "balls" for their of support catch & release carp fishing in our state, especially given the initial hailstorm of negativism I received with my first carp posts. Wind the clock forwards some 4 years now, after hundreds of posts, articles, shared videos, we have a thriving and passionate group of anglers in Colorado that enjoy the sport. Hopefully in the future we will see a few more join CAG's ranks as members.

As a thanks to it's members each year, FXR hosts a Winter GiveAway, where popular/notable local anglers from the media, vendors and local outfitters, give back something back to the membership for FREE, be that tackle items or a free "guided" trip for a particular species. It's a VERY popular event and is run on the basis of all individual members having a "point" they can spend each day throughout December, to vote on a particular trip, or prize, they would love to receive. Each prize goes to the member whom submitted the most "points" for it during the month. It's a secret ballot/vote with the winners announced early in January.

I was asked back in 2013 if I would offer up a carp fishing trip with CarpQuest - I readily agreed, honestly not really expecting many people to "vote" for carp fishing as a prize. I was wrong, and a number of anglers submitted their "daily" votes in a feeding frenzy for a day out with CarpQuest. The 2013 GiveAway was won by Ron Altman, who I took out in 2014. He later joined CAG after succumbing to the carp fishing addiction - we have become very good friends and the dynamic duo of carping in Colorado throughout this year.

Again, towards the end of 2014, I was asked if I would host a day's fishing with CarpQuest, as a Winter GiveAway prize. Hell yes, I quickly agreed.

This time the winner was a popular, and very well known local walleye fisherman, James, nicknamed, "MileHighNightStalker". The challenge for me was that James usually only fished at night, thus he requested a "night session with CarpQuest" as his prize. Given the miserable and chaotic weather this year in Colorado, we finally got around to scheduling his trip in September.

It turned out to be a great evening spent with him, talking about carp, walleye and how we both got into the sport. It was a real honor to spend the night on the bank side with him. He eventually landed a couple of great carp, which also turned out to be his largest captures so far this year! He left, a VERY happy man with a new found understanding and respect for carp and carp fishing. Perhaps one day he may take up the Quest on his own and another carp angler is born.

Perhaps mine is an extreme version of promoting carp fishing locally, but it seems to work, especially the one-on-one approach. It get people out there and hopefully, a carp in their hands at the end of the day with a beaming smile upon their faces.

I highly recommend to everyone, try to take the time in 2016 to take someone new to carp fishing out with you on a session. I put together a short CarpQuest video of our adventure that evening, mainly for the winner James, which you can view here.

If I get asked again this year for my CarpQuest to be a "prize", I certainly hope to be able to get it done. Perhaps I could giving away a FREE years membership to CAG, along with the session and video production, as a prize to the winner - a real "package" for passionate future carper in Colorado ?

Tight-Lines,

John

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Over the past 4 years, I have worked hard to promote carp fishing here locally in Colorado. The most challenging vs. attitudes, yet positive and productive efforts, have been through the most popular local fishing forum, FishExplorer.COM. The Carp Anglers Group had a presence, though quiet voice, on FXR even before I became the State Chair. [...]

If I get asked again this year for my CarpQuest to be a "prize", I certainly hope to be able to get it done. Perhaps I could giving away a FREE years membership to CAG, along with the session and video production, as a prize to the winner - a real "package" for passionate future carper in Colorado ?

Terrific story and amazing promotional work. As to the free membership, you got it! (just remind me when times come)

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Thanks Jerome ! I really hope to be able to do this again in 2016 ... hey, it' only takes time....... and for people that don't find communication or education via. forums the way forwards, that one-on-one interaction with them helps tremendously. You can share so much in but a few hours with a new angler. Helps if you can help them catch a fish as well, which is often NOT so easy. I *try* do host trips a year for new Colorado carp anglers, the FXR WinterGiveAway, the CAG/TAKC (the one I perhaps enjoy the most) and the CAG/CarpQuest Colorado Challenge Winner's trip. One of these days, if/when we can get more (>1) members locally, I hope to host a few official CAG fish-in's - though at present, could be said I have a 100% attendance rate of local CAG members for trips, e.g. myself +1 on multiple trips throughout during the year!

Tight-lines,

John

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Wow, great story, and thanks for all your hard work and effort promoting carp fishing in CO.

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John, great work! This falls into line with what I was thinking today. Forgive me if this is off topic, but I don't think so. I helped a friend with a Hunter Education class today. You might have seen Kevin's picture connected with the thread by needmotime2fish recently. Kevin was showing the class some pictures of deer in his back yard and some others. He was quick to show his picture with a buff and a common carp. He made the comment, "Man, they fight hard." :yes: Anyway, Kevin and I do about 6 or 7 classes each year. I would like to have some CAG cards, my card, and some CAG brochures to reinforce the idea of carp as a great sport fish. Who do I contact for these? I have a few but not enough for next year's classes.

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I would like to have some CAG cards, my card, and some CAG brochures to reinforce the idea of carp as a great sport fish. Who do I contact for these? I have a few but not enough for next year's classes.

You could always contact the State Chair for TN (I think that's where you are) to see if they have some you could have - though I don't actually see a State Chair for TN listed. Hmmm, this could be an opportunity for you to step up, and fly the CAG banner in your state ! All it takes it for one person to stand up, help and educate others, and you will find the number of anglers locally, with a positive attitude towards carp, increases over time.

You could also drop the BOD a note and request the items you need, I am pretty sure they would send you some...

John

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