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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.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

28 pounds 3 ounce Common Carp

Here is a video of the release for a nice sized carp I caught last weekend.

This fish weighed 28 pounds 3 ounces.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

It's Not a Carp, It's a Pike

Five years ago I was carp fishing on the Saginaw River and caught a pike while fishing for carp.

This pike took pineapple flavored corn during the retrieve.

In nearly the exact same spot on the river 5 years later I caught another one.

This pike took corn on a hair rig.

The corn was flavor was Cherry Berry from Trilogy.

Final Results and Pictures at the 2018 Carp Anglers Group Midwest Regionals

After a great weekend fishing at the 2018 CAG  Midwest Regionals, I'm now back at work.

Over the course of the 3 day event, I caught some fantastic carp and even a pike.

My largest two fish were 33# 2 oz. and 28# 2 oz. I caught 12 common carp and 2 catfish.

Thanks to World Classic Baits for sponsoring the Big Common trophy and also Trilogy Carp Baits for providing a bait package.

All of my fish were caught on Trilogy Tournament Corn as hook baits and I used World Classic Baits anise flavored boilies in all my ground/packbait mixes.

Here are a few highlight pictures from the weekend.

33 pounds 2 ounces

My favorite carp photo

The 33# fish early in the morning
prior to the official weigh in

Big Common Trophy from World Classic Baits
and bait package from Trilogy Carp Baits

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Day 1: 2018 Carp Anglers Group Midwest Regionals

On March 4th, 5th and 6th, we attended the Carp Anglers Group Midwest Regional Tournament in Bay City Michigan on the Saginaw River.

Friday afternoon had wind gusts up to 65 mph and sustained winds at 35 mph. Practice and prebaiting was not really possible. You could have surfed some of the waves on the river.

Saturday morning provided fantastic conditions on the river. It was glass smooth for the first hour or so.

I was fortunate enough to catch a common carp tipping the scales at 33 pounds 2 ounces. It's the largest fish I've caught on the Saginaw River and 2nd biggest carp I've ever landed. Here are some pictures.

33 pounds 2 ounces

I love this picture.

Here are some other fish I caught on Saturday.

We only weighed fish at 20 pounds or bigger.  I had one at 19 pounds 10 ounce and another at 18 pounds 9 ounces. If they had only eaten a little more last week those fish might have made the cut. :-)