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rgfixit

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #45 on: Jun 06, 2021, 02:42 PM »
Got the new reel today. It’s a big bugger.


First impression is it’s smooth as bee’s knee. No detectable backlash, the bait runner and drag seem to work very well. The main drag seems very smooth as well. Big, comfortable handle. Plenty of leverage. Came in a nice bag with a spare spool and extra fiber washers for the drag system.
I spooled it up with 30 lib spiderwire EZ braid. Couldn’t find any of the Stealth Smooth.

Looking forward to tomorrow morning…..early…..probably be done by 7:30 am.

Have my eye on a 9’ ugly stick medium action rod for playing with these beasts.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #46 on: Jun 06, 2021, 02:59 PM »
I saw a bunch of them spawning on my walk this morning. A couple real beasts, too.
This was in the marina and main lake.
Good luck with the new rig tomorrow!

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #47 on: Jun 06, 2021, 03:07 PM »
I’ve been getting mostly males the past few trips. Man they fight.

Must be getting wound up.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #48 on: Jun 07, 2021, 07:18 AM »
Got out early this morning, around 4:30. Put out some pack bait and corn and set up. Went 1 for 3 and that was that. They’re going into spawn now. They were thrashing around and cruising the shorelines.


I’ll probably try one more time tomorrow, but it’s most likely going to shut down for a few weeks.

On another note, the new reel is a dream. Baitrunner worked great, drag was super smooth and it’s got some serious winching power. I’ll give it another few outings and probably buy another. Pretty remarkable reel for just under $70.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #49 on: Jun 07, 2021, 08:11 AM »
Got the new reel today. It’s a big bugger.


First impression is it’s smooth as bee’s knee. No detectable backlash, the bait runner and drag seem to work very well. The main drag seems very smooth as well. Big, comfortable handle. Plenty of leverage. Came in a nice bag with a spare spool and extra fiber washers for the drag system.
I spooled it up with 30 lib spiderwire EZ braid. Couldn’t find any of the Stealth Smooth.

Looking forward to tomorrow morning…..early…..probably be done by 7:30 am.

Have my eye on a 9’ ugly stick medium action rod for playing with these beasts.

Rg
I've been using Kastking braids for a while with no complaints too

rgfixit

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #50 on: Jun 07, 2021, 08:39 AM »
I’ll have to look into those braids. The spiderwire is certainly strong, but I think it’s too abrasive. I want to find something that’s fused.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #51 on: Jun 07, 2021, 11:49 AM »
There were two fully equipped carp shooting boats on the lake when we got there at sun up yesterday...
Sometimes we live no particular way but our own.....<br />Strangers stopping strangers just to shake there hand...<br />\"Dying is the easy part. Learning how to live is the hard part....\"

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #52 on: Jun 07, 2021, 01:19 PM »
Well, it’s legal. I have no problem with it I guess. To each his own.
 Been doing a bit of research on Keuka for carp. We have a cottage there for our 50th. There’s some big carp in that lake. I’ve seen pics of 37 to 50 lb fish. Lucky for me, my Bride is just fine with me fishing while we’re there.

Gotta love that girl. Think I’ll marry her all over again.
Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #53 on: Jun 09, 2021, 02:25 PM »
Did some recon today. Fished a few spots this morning just casting poppers for bass. Did manage one good largemouth. Main objective was carp observation.

Didn’t see any spawning carp anywhere. So, I’m back at it tomorrow morning. It’ll be nice and cool and none of this ridiculous humidity.

Nice!

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #54 on: Jun 10, 2021, 08:29 AM »
Fished from 5:00 till 9:00. Went 4 for 5 this morning.




Phone was dying so I only got 2 pics. The one I lost I simply could not control at all. Never saw it except for a few swirls on the surface. It finally took me into the rocks and the hook pulled.

The bottom one was the last fish I caught. It was big! Saw it porpoise in front of me and I considered pulling up stakes. But I waited about 15 minutes anyway and it hit…….like a freight train. The new reel is just plain awesome. I highly recommend it for carp and cats.

My first fish this morning was a channel cat. That’s something new for me.

I gotta get a bigger net!
 Really nice morning to be out.
Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #55 on: Jun 10, 2021, 11:19 AM »
Another good morning..👍
Sometimes we live no particular way but our own.....<br />Strangers stopping strangers just to shake there hand...<br />\"Dying is the easy part. Learning how to live is the hard part....\"

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #56 on: Jun 10, 2021, 05:08 PM »
Went to my spot and shot out about 1/2 lb of boiled field corn soaked with some vanilla. Going first thing tomorrow morning.

I was thinking about it and I probably rushed the one that I lost. Need to take my time I guess.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #57 on: Jun 10, 2021, 05:14 PM »

 RG we sometimes rush , but sometimes they just get away , it’s called fate

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #58 on: Jun 10, 2021, 06:08 PM »
Well, I’m pretty sure it was “operator error”. …or a huge carp. I’m hoping it was a huge carp.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #59 on: Jun 11, 2021, 06:58 AM »
Went 4 for 6 this morning. Probably could have stayed all day. Had a lot of fish around.









Tried an alteration to my pack bait recipe. It’s been just Panko, strawberry jello and creamed corn. I added some cheap bran flakes (ground up) and some Walmart brand coffee creamer. I looked for dried milk but couldn’t find it so I went with the creamer.

I tested the breakdown rate yesterday and it took about 10 minutes to turn from a packed ball into particles. It put out lots of cloud and particles. Worked great this morning. Fish were all over it.

Rg
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