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  1. Mike Pike

    Port Pier & Eels

    Couldn't agree more Smerch!
  2. Mike Pike

    Port Pier & Eels

    It sounds like the 'endangered species' label well suits the American eel then Dave. That's a long time between catches.
  3. Mike Pike

    Port Pier & Eels

    Wow, look at the size of that eel! Holy smokes Dave, I think she caught a trophy! Your daughter has had better luck than the research scientists have had, so far!
  4. Mike Pike

    Port Pier & Eels

    From the Sargasso Sea to the Welland River( and bigugli's hook ). Pretty amazing.
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    Personal Best on the Fly

    Looks like a freshwater Bonefish! Way to go, Derek. I've only caught a carp once on the fly and that was while I was fishing a woolybugger for bass. It wasn't as big as yours, but a blast to catch on my fly gear. Congratz on the PB.
  6. Mike Pike

    Martindale morning.

    Sounds like a good time, even with the loses. Plus you discovered carp love orange jello! Thanks for the report.
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    Argh!

    Good luck. I can't imagine what it would be like hooking into a big girl in a kayak. Maybe like the ol' Nantucket sleigh ride!
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    You Never Know....

    So that's the secret to catching carp. Fish for crappie! Way to go Drifter.
  9. Mike Pike

    Argh!

    Blanking is frustrating but blanking on showing fish is even more frustrating. Hard to figure why they don't just get their heads down some days. .
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    Spring sessions at Hammy Harbour

    Thank you Red. As to your question, Smerch, it's pretty obvious that "Dudes" were novices if they sit next to a fellow carper and complain he's chumming too much. Hogging the water? Please. In the Hammer, if we're at a popular swim, before I plop myself even remotely close to someone, I'll always ask if he's cool with me settling in next to him. Also I'll watch the movement of the line of any fish being played and if it's kiting over to my line, I just reel in. PS...Sounds like you let the long casting carp guy catch all the fish and that was very generous of you. lol
  11. Mike Pike

    Berlin Germany

    Safe travels Tyler. Soak in as much as you can. You're going to experience stuff many of us won't.
  12. Mike Pike

    Spring sessions at Hammy Harbour

    Good luck Smerch. Gonna do chores tomorrow and then head out on Monday as well. Good hunting!
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    Spring sessions at Hammy Harbour

    You know Smerch, I think you throw enough stuff into your method mix and there's gonna be SOMETHING in there they like! lol
  14. A FEW WEEKS AGO... I made a return to Hammy Harbour in an attempt to avenge a season opening blank in March. After scouting around and having a good look about, I discovered carp jumping clear out of the water in a shallow bay and thought to myself; "That'll do!" I returned early the next morning with hopes high. I fired out my offering of maize on a hair and a method feeder packed with a nice ball of 'secret mix.' ( Secret because I can't remember what the heck I mixed in! ) Then, I just sat back to enjoy the sunrise. Well, I had line bumps all morning and single beeps a plenty on the bite alarm, but not one run. So, it was time for a walk about, and that's when I spotted this fellow a courtin'. "Hey Ladies!" Then, this couple who had already made the 'love connection.' It was also nice to chat with the birders and photographers who frequent the area in spring. Thanks to one of the photographers, I was finally able to identify all the diving ducks and birds I was seeing, including the little black and white Buffleheads, as well as this Horned Grebe. So, did I break out of an early season slump? Nope. But, I did see one carp caught by the fisherman right next to me who was fishing a worm and sinker for catfish. Yup, there is noooo justice! FAST FORWARD TO TONIGHT... Well, little did I know that it would be weeks before my next outing. Work, family, getting hit from behind and dealing with insurance, all conspired to deny me adequate fishing time. So, I took off a bit early from work this afternoon and went to a spot on the north shore that produced for me in the past and I hoped would again. Upon arriving, I watched the water for several minutes and saw a fish head and shoulder off in the distance. Good enough for me and I set up shop, ever hopeful again. Although I couldn't cast my ball of method out as far as the fish were showing, I got as close as I could and it would have to do. This sheltered spot also offered a little relief from those bitter NE winds today and, combined with my large carpin' umbrella, I was nicely protected from the elements and hunkered down for the session. I was encouraged by the bite alarm sporadically signalling activity around my offering, but twice I jumped to grab the rod only to reel in a slack line and nada. I feared that my optimism may have been the result of catfish playing with my bait and dearly hoped that they would move along. After re-baiting and re-casting repeatedly, the sun began setting and the air temps started to drop, but I was finally rewarded with the one-toner I was hoping for. The fish took a substantial amount of line, as they do, and then proceeded to kite left and right. A couple of anglers nearby offered to help with the netting and I told them; 'sure,' but not to hurry as it was going to take a while. Finally in the net, this lovely 24.75 lbs carp was hoisted onto the landing mat. Actually a PB for me. Now, the only thing left to do tonight is to celebrate with an adult beverage and write this report! I will sleep well.
  15. Mike Pike

    Rod setup for carp.

    Holy Smerch, you were on fire! Nice to have a day like that, eh? Not that I would know...
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