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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Local Carp Venues Hidden Possibilities

There is a lake venue 5 minutes from my home that I seldom fish. It has a reputation as a lake with smaller carp that range below 12 pounds. As a result of that reputation, it doesn't get a lot of love from carp fishermen. In the interest of full disclosure I do know someone who caught a 20 pound carp a while back, but that is very rare in this lake.

Earlier this week I prebaited a spot that we fished and it produced results. We ended up with 8 or 9 carp today. The picture below represents the typical size fish you can expect at this venue.

This fish was caught in 15 feet of water

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Want to cast farther? Get new reels.

I blanked today but I did learn / confirm something.

I used Sonik 6000 reels for 4 years on 12 ft Hurricane rods. I switched to Sonik 8000 reels when they were on clearance and use the same rods.


I can easily cast 30 to 40 yards farther with the bigger reels.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Dancing Carp

Getting the right pose for a picture takes a few "tries" if you want to make a good picture of the fish.

Here's a funny animation of the process.


River Carping

I really enjoy catching carp from rivers. Lakes are fine too, but there is something about the carp in rivers that make it more rewarding.

It could be the expanse of the river making it all the more challenging, but likely it's the current in rivers that make the carp stronger pound for pound and very unpredictable.

I didn't have any luck today, but I did take this interesting picture of my spot.

This river runs into Lake Erie. The spawn is at its peak this weekend so fishing is pretty tough going right now.
This picture is from a few years ago, but it's still one of my all-time favorites.


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

My New Sonik Quickdrag Reels

I used my new Sonik Tournos 8000 QD reels last weekend for the first time and caught my first carp on the new reels.

I still need to get used to them, but I like them so far.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wooden Shoe Carp Classic 2018 - Day 2

After alot of catfish on Day 1, I finally got into some carp on Day 2 and ended with 6 carp and 10 catfish. My largest was 21 pounds with a 19 and 17 as honorable mentions.

Here are some pictures.

I love these animations







I would like to thank the event organizer, Dave Ash, Wacker Baits for Zu Method Mix, World Classic Baits Method Mix, and Blood Run Tacke Company for the 16 lb monofilament.

Dave Ash organized a great raffle for the event as well.






Saturday, May 19, 2018

Friday, May 18, 2018

Wooden Shoe Carp Classic Holland Michigan

Here some pictures from Friday's prefishing activities.

 Pere Marquette
I did a lot of baiting
but no catching.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Why You Should Learn to Use Photo Filters

Here's a before and after photo filter example:

28# fish straight from my phone camera.

28# fish using a filter correcting exposure / focus
We work very hard to catch high quality carp and it makes sense to show them the respect they deserve by doing what we can to show them in the best light possible.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I'm Humbled

My first PB aka "personal best" from 5 years ago.
I was able to break that PB two more times that day.
I started this blog about 5 years ago with big ambitions. I had just discovered carp fishing and that the real possibility existed to catch 15-20 pound fish on a consistent basis from my local waters with no boat required.

As a kid who grew up on a farm catching bluegill, bass and crappie with a float bobber, I was sure that sharing my discovery with the world would result in more than a few admirers.

It hasn't turned out that way, but I have continued to update this carp fishing blog for my own enjoyment and with the hope that seeing my pictures and stories will inspire others (maybe even you) to try catching a few carp. It's a great stress relief after a week of work, it's a good way to spend some time outside and it's a nice way to get some exercise.

Visitors to this blog broken down by country

The graphic above is provided by Google as an insight for bloggers so they can see the types of visitors viewing these web pages. By no means is this considered "great" or even "good", but for a farm kid from Missouri who grew up digging red wigglers and fishing in a 1/2 acre "cow pond" for whatever would bite the hook, knowing that people from around the U.S. and around the world have taken some interest, albeit a very small interest, in my fishing exploits helps make it just a little more worthwhile and provides the motivation to continue doing it. Thank you all.

A Carp Fishing Tale (or should I say tail?)

Before traveling to the 2018 Carp Anglers Group Midwest Regional event this year I followed the weather forecast closely for several days. With 2018 being my 5th annual trip to the event, it's something I look forward to for several months. But nothing could have prepared me for the 65 mph wind gusts and 2-3 foot waves rivaling the Gulf of Mexico in Bay City, Michigan on Friday during the afternoon "pre-fish" portion of the event.

I prepared two kinds of homemade boilies, flavored corn and birdseed with intentions of using it to pre-bait heavily on Friday in preparation for the Saturday morning starting time. I planned to pre-bait again on Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m. in preparation for the Sunday morning starting time.With the winds on Friday and the heavy boat traffic on Saturday afternoon/evening I changed plans; and there would be not pre-baiting. With the conditions on the river at the time, I considered it a waste of time, energy and resources.

Saturday's weather was nearly perfect to start and the river conditions correlated closely behind. The water had barely a ripple anywhere and as close to a "mirror" that a river likely ever gets in springtime. The wind and waves were only a memory.

I set-up and cast 3 rods at short distance. I noticed a small carp surface at first to the right side of my swim and a little while later I noticed my left rod was flickering. Experience told me that a carp or possibly a catfish was bumping my pack bait, which is a promising indicator of feeding carp and a reliable predictor of a future bite and a high probability of catching a fish in the near future.

The indicator would rise a little bit, and then fall. It was moving very slowly, but very deliberately. I kept watching and within a few minutes, I had a fish on the line.

I've noticed a trend locally that larger fish sometimes end up being lazy fish. As an example, my recent 37 pound personal best from a local lake made a couple of bob's and weave's at first when hooked, but ultimately gave up the fight early and was "dead weight" on 90% of the retrieve. But this river carp had other plans.

This fish made several runs straight away, but tired and I gained some line. Then as it neared the shoreline it darted hard to the right and after a while darted hard back to the left and toward the bank. There was a bunch of fallen tree limbs and submerged roots nearby. Ultimately, my adherence to patience and persistence corralled the 33 pound fish in the net with some assistance from Vinny in the swim to my left. (Thanks Vinny.)


33 pounds 2 ounces
I love it when careful planning, experience and luck join forces and result in catching fish. It's even better when the fish is the second largest fish you have ever caught.

In another "first" for me this year, this fish bent a size 4 hook at a 45 degree angle. In the end I was fortunate that I did not loose her to a hook pull. I've bent hooks on snags before, but never on a fish.

Friday, May 11, 2018

19 pounds 8 ounces

I weighed this fish 3 times and with two different scales hoping it would weigh 20 pounds and count for total weight at the tournament, but no luck. It weighed just under the mark.

If only he'd eaten a little more the week before! LOL


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Casting Packbait

My wife took this video of my cast on Sunday morning.

I used a 12' rod, 50# braid and 4 oz. inline lead in this video. The cast landed about 60 yards from shore.


33 pounds 2 ounce Common Carp

Here is a video of the release of my 33 pounds 2 ounce common carp from last weekend.