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rgfixit

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Big Carp Chronicles
« on: May 15, 2021, 08:38 AM »
Thought Iíd share some carp pics. Iíve been learning Euro style carping the past few years and Iím finally having some success.
Yesterday from the boat.





Last night I put out a pound or so of boiled feed corn in an area of the canal with really nice bank access. Went down at 5:am this morning. Shot out some pack bait and  canned sweet corn. ( I made a bait launching sling shot that works great)
A nice 10-12 lb.


This one was probably my PB. I had a devil of a time lifting it out of the water. Had to be 25+ ( Iím buying a scale and weighing sling)


Another in the 15 lb range.


Iím using a pack bait made from Panko, whole corn and strawberry Jello with the liquid from the corn and a little water to make a nice packable mix.On a hair rig I put 2 kernels of boiled field corn and 1   Silicone imitation kernel. The boiled corn is soaked in pure vanilla and water. I also add a smear of ProCure Gel Corn scent.

I caught all three fish on the same bait. Meaning I didnít change or add to that bait at all for 3 big fish. The little fish kept nibbling on the hair rig but couldnít get anything off of it.

Iím using bank sticks I made with Lixada bite alarms and I bought myself a super comfy bank chair from Wally World.





The rod Iím using is an Ugly Stick 8í heavy catfish rod. The reel is a reasonably priced Quantum Optix Qx 40 with about 200 yds of 30 lb Spyder Wire Easy Braid.

Never thought Iíd need anything this heavy but these fish are brutes. Iím sure Iím going to tear up the reel and have my eye on a Penn salt water bait runner reel.

For weight Iím using 20-66 gram method feeders. Theyíre a sliding weight that I can fill with pack bait above the hair rig.  The hair rig caught all 3 fish in the lower right corner of the lip. I canít explain why it was always the right side, but it was.

Itís taken me some time to get this style of fishing down and Iíve had many a skeptical day. But done right it works like nothing else Iíve ever attempted for big carp.

If anyone wants any info just let me know. Until then Iíll keep posting my successes and failures.

Carpe diem !

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2021, 08:55 AM »
i learned how to battle big fish when i was a kid with carp.  gramps set me up with Wheaties baits and rod holders.  he would set and laugh at us kids wrestling them pigs. lol nice catches man :thumbup_smilie:  we used to have some great carp waters with many 20 somethings swimming around.  then the bow fishers got popular and they all went to millions of runts now.
some fishermen tell lies,  this one doesnt need to

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2021, 10:24 AM »
Yeah, I never did understand just shooting them. What a waste.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2021, 07:49 AM »
Another fine morning carpiní













6 in 3 hours. Couple pretty big ones and the rest are average .....I guess. There was one piece of log I was trying to pull in with a rope and some weight but I couldnít get ahold of it. The first carp took care of it for me. It went straight for it and wrapped it up. Got the carp and the log all at once. Thank heavens for 30 lb braid.

Iíve decided to go buy a collapsible cart. Iím getting too old to carry all the stuff Iím using. Used to be able to drive right to the area Iím fishing, but the town did a major  clearing along the shoreline and now prohibit any motor vehicles.

Just as well anyway. They did a really nice job and the local rednecks used to tear up the grass doing doughnuts. The slobs used to trash the place with litter too. Donít see any of that now either.

Rg

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2021, 09:04 AM »
Didnít take long to find a nice cart.






Should work out well. Iíll find out in the morning.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2021, 10:49 AM »
I like the cart and the carp!

Where did you get the cart? It looks slick.

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2021, 12:22 PM »
Walmart. They have two or  three types. This one has the wide wheels and is the biggest. $70.  Couldnít  build one for that.

Made an attachment for the rod and bite alarm. Everything is in the car for the morning. Wonít be able to fish this spot for much longer. The weeds will take over and Iíll move back to the boat or some other shore spots.

The fish are a riot. My arms are a bit sore.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2021, 06:36 AM »
Good, bad and ugly today.
The good!👍
Managed one football of a carp.



The cart worked great.



The Bad!🤬
The rod holder looked great but didnít work well. Too short and presented too much tension on a bite. Had 4 dropped bites. Back to the bank sticks for now.

The ugly👎
Then I had a good run and set the hook only to snap off my whole rig. Had a pretty good hang up yesterday and forgot to re-tie the rig.

Canít win them all.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2021, 07:09 AM »
Decent morning carpiní. Tried a couple different rigs that were suggested on YouTube. Nothing worked as well as my original setup.
  Couple of male torpedos.



Another football female.


The males were really hard fighters. Took off like freight trains. Ordered some hooks and setup materials to make my own hair rigs. Iím using some store bought right now.

Bank sticks worked way better that the rod holder I tried for the cart. Iíll end up with a rod pod of some sort eventually. Theyíll get into the spawn pretty soon. The females are bursting with eggs. When that happens Iíll switch over to catfish again.

Fun morning anyway.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2021, 07:40 AM »
great info   thanks for  posts, i love carpinn in spring and summer with grandkids cant beat it for sure , theyve lost quite a few poles over the years. lol when they really get rippin i put a run away chunk of clothes line from their pole to their chair, cause they seem to have a tendency to loose interest , and when the bite happens gives em a few seconds to get there without loosing equipment. ..   once again thanks for post , goodluck and enjoy the CARP,,, nothin like it.

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2021, 03:36 PM »
Just a short attention span. Great way to teach kids what a big fish feels like.

Good Grandpa!!

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2021, 04:42 PM »
Yeah, I never did understand just shooting them. What a waste.

Rg

It was initially because some "geniuses" thought they were invasive and destructive.
Well, they may not be true "native" fish, but they are far less destructive than any other non-native fish or aquatic transplants (plant, fish, crustacean or shellfish).
No offense to bow anglers, but to me it looks more like what someone who can't fish would do.
Carp fishing, if nothing else, teaches you what patience in fishing is like......and then you get a strike and you get that rush!
"God is playing to an audience that's afraid to laugh" (George Burns from "Oh, GOD")

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2021, 04:43 PM »
Way to go Bob.   👍👍
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....\"

rgfixit

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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2021, 05:40 PM »
Theyíre a terrific game fish that take a good bit of learning to catch consistently. Well worth the effort for me anyway.

Rg
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Re: Big Carp Chronicles
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2021, 05:45 PM »
Nice catching RG, looks like fun, I'll have to give it a go one of these days with my grandson.   

 



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