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  3. Mike was also kind enough to invite me to the "canal swim" fish in not long after. I almost won the pot for biggest fish but got beat right at the end by 3 lbs. I miss those days!
  4. I forgot to mention, fran in that picture. rest in peace.
  5. Iain's link is where I listened to it. I am sure there will be more to come!
  6. Rest in peace neil. I never met him but I spoke to him on this forum back when CAG was poppin. I wish we were able to bring back some of the old members and make it like the old times because you never know what will happen. I hope his family stays strong
  7. heartbroken to hear this news. It seems not that long ago that Neil took the reigns of the ATC and brought it to heights we never imagined. His service to CAG cannot be overstated. He was a true example of kindness and will be sorely missed. I regret not having remained in closer contact over the years, but he was the type of man that if you knew him you called him friend. RIP Neil. Condolences to Jackie and all his loved ones.
  8. This really sucks. I never knew him but his influence he had on others and the entire US Carping community will never be lost or forgotten.
  9. I wish Jackie and Neil's Daughter my condolences. Neil was an awesome guy! I remember him for organizing and running the 1st ATC that Michael Smith and I attended. Neil was truly one of those people that made you feel welcome. He'd make sure the felt at home. That's huge when traveling on your first tournament. Thanks Neil for you dedication!!! Always the best to the mirror man.
  10. Incredible photos! Ive been fishing for a few years now but Ive never bothered to invest my money on a good camera. Maybe I should start looking for one.
  11. Words are escaping me. So I will just post this picture. Which seriously hits me.
  12. R.I.P. Neil. My condolences to his family and many close friends. I thought of Neil just a few days ago thumbing through my file cabinet ...when I stumbled on my CAG welcome packet (circa 2008) that Neil put together for every new member. It really meant alot as it felt genuine as he welcomed me into this big CAG family. I'll have to use one of those +12y.o. Royal Carp boilies in his honor!
  13. Neil was truly one of those rare characters who made life so much better for everyone who knew him. He worked tirelessly in making the ATC a truly great event & helped so many newcomers get into carp fishing. Neil was renowned for boundless energy and generosity. We are hugely grateful for everything Neil did for CAG over many, many years, including his time as CAG Membership Director. On behalf of all our members we extend our condolences to Neil's family.
  14. Thanks everyone for your condolences. Neil will be sorely missed.
  15. I am so sorry to hear of Neil's passing. Carlymoomoo - That is a wonderful eulogy, and no doubt one of the most sincere & heartfelt Neil will have. Great picture story also. I never met Neil in person, but felt I knew him from his frequent contributions on the forum and from our snail mail correspondence. I still have envelopes and manila envelopes with his return address stickers full of 'carp stuff' that he sent me. He always took the time to answer. Neil did a lot for CAG and will be missed. R.I.P. Neil
  16. I didn’t know Neil but wanted to express my condolences on his passing. Sounds like he was a great carp fisherman and a lot of fun to hang with.
  17. RIP Neil so sad to hear this you were family without being blood related and you treated me with a lot of kindness and respect when I was new to carp fishing. I’m hurt I can’t believe this you knew my kids even played with them the few times you seen them. Thank you for all the memories you will be missed. Prayer for you and your family I’ll pray for you guys as well Carl and family. Rip Neil
  18. It is with a heavy heart that I write this. Neil Stern passed away last Thursday from medical complications. He was 73 years young. I first met Neil over 10 years ago when my print shop ran copies for him for an upcoming CAG fishing class he was putting on. I attended the class and the rest is history. We fished together every other weekend religiously for almost 10 years, until his health wouldn't allow it. We slept in folding chairs more times than i can remember. We swapped stories, jokes and ideas. We froze in the winter and fried in the summer. We drove off aggressive raccoons. We almost had a tree fall on us. We spent time on the bank waiting for a tow truck to get us unstuck because he backed too close to the water and buried his truck to the axle. We stood in a torrential downpour while locked out of his truck because ONE OF US left his keys inside. We sat on a bank for hours without catching anything, only to find out the lake we were at had been drained the year before and had literally no fish in it. I netted his PB and he netted mine, although I could never squeeze out that final 8 ounces to beat his. He never did catch a koi, although it wasn't for lack of trying. And his ability to catch mirrors was... well, never mind. We discovered new lakes and new swims. Some panned out, some not so much. I wouldn't trade a single thing for my time spent with him. He was my mentor and best friend to the end. He put on the Austin Team Championship for several years. Only the last couple did he actually get to fish it, as my partner. He really knew how to throw a corn boil. Who else could get away with hiring Hooters Girls to serve the food? Or having two girls hold a CAG banner just to get free hats? The hours he spent putting it together every year gave me a new admiration for those who put tournaments on. Countless hours talking to Austin city officials and coordinating the guys in Austin who helped him tirelessly. He was a loving husband to his wife Jackie, and a devoted father. We will all miss him dearly. Tight lines Neil!
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  20. I caught a 22lb from Galena....and weirdly a 18lb from the raritan canal....that place is stuffed with them. You aren’t from Watford are you?
  21. My husband and I are heading back to Europe and we have several carp fishing books that we can not take with us. If anyone is interested in purchasing these (price is negotiable), please contact me. Book Titles: The history of Yateley - Volume 1 The history of Yateley - Volume 2 Carping Horizons - by Steve Briggs Reeling in the Years - by Harry Haskell All books are in excellent condition.
  22. CAG Membership Drive For over 26 years the Carp Anglers Group (CAG) has been dedicated to introducing anglers in North America to the excitement of catch & release carp fishing as well as the protection of trophy carp. Strength in Numbers: One of the critical factors toward ensuring the protection of trophy carp (especially from indiscriminate bow fishing and unregulated or illegal movement of fish) is the continued growth of our membership base. Simply put - More members equals a greater presence, influence and representation to help grow appreciation and respect for carp and carp fishing in North America! Every $ Counts! CAG is a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers. Every cent of your membership fee goes toward supporting the CAG mission and better outcomes for our favorite sportfish. We need you! We now have almost 4,500 people on the CAG Facebook page. Now is the time to step up and join CAG. It costs only $25 for new members (which includes a New Member Pack) and then just $20 a year for renewals. Please Note: If your CAG Membership has expired or you are a CAG Forum Guest please Log-In with your existing User Name and Password to renew your membership. Please do not create another account. Click on the Link below: www.joincag.com A Special Incentive to join or renew – Now! All fully paid members (excluding CAG Directors and Temporary members) registered at midnight September 30th 2020 will be eligible for the prize draw. The lucky winners will be drawn using an on-line number randomizer. The Prizes! First Prize: Worth $280 Deeper Smart Pro + Castable Sonar plus accessories Second Prize: Worth $200 A Carp Bait USA Session Pack Third Prize: Worth $100 A selection of Carp Bait USA goodies 4th, 5th & 6th Prizes RidgeMonkey VRH300 Rechargeable Headlamp worth $50 7, 8, 9 & 10 Prizes - Worth $25 each Carpology Magazine Digital Subscriptions Our sincere thanks to Deeper, Carp Bait USA, RidgeMonkey & Carpology for their generous & continued support!
  23. It is available to listen here: https://bigcarpnews.podbean.com/ I believe it will also be available on other podcast services such as Spotify etc. Well worth a listen. Mike Dragone is a first class angler and not just for carp. I've been lucky to know Mike for 25 years. Great guy!
  24. Do you listen to the pod cast on YouTube?
  25. Just noticed that the boys at big carp tackle have a pod cast. I heard there first one today. Mike dragone was being interviewed. I really enjoyed listening to it. I met mike dragone in 2006 at a private fish in. class act guy, tremendous angler. Just a nice guy. Joel did a great job with the show. Me and the boys. The guys in this picture which includes mike, speaks for itself. I don't have to explain who is in this pic. Epic.
  26. It is with regret that I announce the cancelation of the 2020 CCC. The uprise of COVID cases has made it increasingly difficult to find venues to hold the event. Many thanks to James Sanders and Jimmy Sneed whom spent a considerable amount of time and effort to get tne event going. We look forward to the CCC in 2021! Please stay tuned to the upcoming Monthly 'Essence of Carping ' photography contest and the Fall Big 4 Tight lines, Amy
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