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  1. I tie all my rigs on the spot, with as few parts, bits, and pieces as possible. Like you I have been working on developing a good hair rig that I can tie right on the mainline. All I use is a single bead as a weight stop, so the sinker can't travel all the way to the hook. (running rig) I am using Braid, in 10 - 20lb test. Try this and see how it works for you. Line from rod tip,(bead & float stop) through sinker, through bead twice. (through the bead, then around and back through the same direction) (btw this lets me adjust distance between hook and sinker on the fly without
  2. What carp doesn't hoover it up and blow it back out? In every underwater video I've seen, carp suck up a handful of sludge, silt, debris, blow it back out, then pick the one piece they wanted out of the pile, and suck it back in. If they are not retaking the bait, I'd look very carefully at anything that could be causing them to drop it and move on. Pardon me if I'm wrong, but I thought the whole point of the hair rig was to catch them as they blew the bait back out? If your not, it seems something is not right.
  3. I'd say the vast majority of my fishing is tightline, be it catfish or carp, or whatever else is in the river and hungry. Somedays I'll even go so far as to "balance" the rod right in front of the foregrip. So if a fish picks it up, the tip goes up alerting me to action. I ussually use a simple running rig, but with the tight line it acts like a bolt rig.
  4. If in doubt, tie up a rig, then grab your scale and test it to destruction. Palomar knot for 90% of my knots, due to ease of tieing and good strength. Double or Triple surgeons knot for loops. Again easy to tie bank side in the wind and strong. If your running at 10lb mainline you want a rig that will at least stick together to at least 7 - 8 lbs. (PS I always just use a nail in the garage, etc and be careful! Swivels, hooks at those pressures can be dangerous.)
  5. WD-40's main ingredients, according to U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet information, are: * 50%: Stoddard solvent (i.e., mineral spirits -- primarily hexane, somewhat similar to kerosene) * 25%: Liquified petroleum gas (presumably as a propellant; carbon dioxide is now used instead to reduce WD-40's considerable flammability) * 15+%: Mineral oil (light lubricating oil) * 10-%: Inert ingredients The German version of the mandatory EU safety sheet lists the following safety relevant ingredients: * 60-80%: Heavy Naphtha (petroleum product), hydrogen treated * 1
  6. Tony, High protein for WHEAT! Semolina is typically in the 16- 18% range. Normal wheat flour is in the 12 - 14% range. Not in the same ballpark as a high protein fishmeal. However all that protein makes gluten when wet, which makes a very good binder with fair nutrition.
  7. Semolina flour is just a high protein flour made mostly from Durum Wheat for making Pasta. I don't see why you couldn't swap for corn flour, or possibly even Soy flour.
  8. Last year Molasses was the hands down winner. This year I'm starting out with Strawberry. Just put up a very nice batch of strawberry steamies. I have maize infusing with several flavors, including strawberry and Molasses. Will also be experimenting with Anise.
  9. Honey, Karo Corn Syrup, Maple Syrup, Molasses. For solid ingredients you might try. Ground dried fruit Dried Molasses Brown sugar (has a hint of that molasses flavor) Cheap frosted breakfast cereal. (Frosted Shredded Wheat is nummy) I'm experimenting with a Corn/Breakfast cereal and homemade Carmel right now. Waiting for warm enough weather to try it. Put together your main mix, then split it 3,4,5 ways. Try small batch's of several things. See what works best. And of course, tell us about it.
  10. The more answers you find the more questions they raise. I think anyone who is interested, and does some basic research can learn a lot about carp thanks to all those who have cleared the path before us. However that does not mean that all is known, or that the mystery is gone. Also things tend to be cyclical in nature, by the time the current bait or technique is dead and gone someone will dig up something that got used in the past and it will explode back onto the scene. As long as we have fish, we will be struggling to get into their heads, or trying to figure out what makes th
  11. Well I've always fished pretty light, tackle wise. But in a river full of rebar, concrete, stumps and snags anything less than 10 lb line with a 6 or 7 foot rod becomes an exercise in futility. Medium action rods in glass or composite will throw 1/4 to 5/8 oz lure weight easily and with pretty good accuarcy to 60 - 75 yards. Match that with a reasonably priced spinning reel with 100 - 150 yards capacity and you have a pretty sweet combo. And if your a good shopper you can do it for 30 - 50$. Which is a pretty reasonable outlay for someone wanting to get into fishing. Lakes & open wat
  12. Lifted from the CAG site http://www.carpanglersgroup.com/doughballstingerrig.html
  13. If your really concerned by lead dissolving, it wouldn't be hard to fix. Dip them in a water based Polyurethane finish, hang them till they get tacky, and give them a shower of sand for camouflage. Hey presto, lead is safely sealed away behind a non toxic plastic finish. And they won't look like everyone else's leads.
  14. 1 part cornmeal 3 parts water, pinch of salt, bring to a boil, stir until its thick and sticky (lower heat or it may scorch). From there you you could add seasonings or sweateners, including Molasses, Maple syrup, Fruit Jam, Peanut Butter, Marshmallow, whatever. Then work in enough flour or cornmeal so that it doesn't stick to your hands. On a new recipe I always like to do a test run on the boil first, to see how they'll come out. So I'll drop like 5 in, and take them out at timed intervals. Line them up, let them cool. See which one remains flexible, yet solid enough to easily bait onto
  15. Most of the Carp I set the hook in take off on blistering runs that screams line off the drag. We joke about them "backing up the hill" to get a run at the bait. Because when they hit it they are going like a freight train. My wife had a big carp hit her rod so hard last summer that it jerked the whole works out of her hand, bounced twice on the shore, and was gone. Channel cats on the other hand are a bit different. Larger ones often take some time to "wake up" they may not scream a lot of line out on any given run. What they will do is sit out there shaking their head arguing with y
  16. Never really been happy with Mustad Hooks. Havn't tried the Gamatsu, they a bit pricey for river fishing. Eagle Claw, yes, very good stuff, from their Kahle wide gaps to a baitholder in straight and bent eye's I've had very few problems with them. The other one that I've tried and liked are the Matzuo they are hvy duty, have a funny bend (more forged, less just bent to shape) Also they come in a down turned eye, instead of an upturned eye. "Matzuo Baitholder Offset Hooks - Black Chrome The unique angular bends of the sickle hook design add exceptional strength, so you can use a
  17. I realize that I'm stepping into sacred water here. But esp for river fishing simpler is better. Ask yourself, how much lead do I really need to reach the distance? In my case, even with running water, 1/2oz is all that is required, I do carry some 5/8's oz sinkers for faster water. 1/2 oz walking sinker on braid with a inexpensive 30$ graphite rod and 15$ reel and my wife can put the sinker on the far bank 3 out of 4 spots we fish. Probably talking 50 - 65 yards. And that is my wife, a chubby 52 yr old 5'2" tall. And arthritis in her hands to boot. In my case, I can do 75 - 90 ya
  18. I hung up my rods 14 years ago when I got married. Was no big deal as I'd had 20+ years with all the fishing & hunting I could handle before that. Last year my wife pushed me into getting back into fishing, before long she wanted to come with. So I started teaching her. Before long our friend Sheila had to join us. So now we are a threesome. Sometimes I go weekdays to go by myself, but frankly I can't imagine any better fishing partners. They put up with my foul temper, bait their own hooks, tie their own rigs. And mostly take their own fish off, although I'm quick to help if I'm n
  19. Great post buzzbomb, very informative and educational. Probably not my cup of tea, but then I have a river half a mile from my house. I can win the carp lotto without having to buy a ticket.
  20. Well I don't know how fussy or pressured your fish are, but it looks to me like you could come up with half a dozen potential winners there. Personally I've had very good luck over here across the pond with Molasses as a flavoring. Usually in a simple cooked cornmeal mush base with some flour to thicken. Or as an after boiling surface dressing followed by a quick roll in cornmeal or other powder to make them less sticky to bait. Another thing is to don't forget the breakfast cereal. Wife gave me a box of some kind of frosted shredded wheat mini's. These sprayed with hot water and d
  21. Moorsey I'm curious, how are they hooking up that deep into the fishes mouth that the line is actually cutting into the fish? Granted I'm a bit new to how you guys do things, but every fish I've caught had the hook eye sticking out the corner of its mouth. WARNING the following contains material that some of you will no doubt consider HERESY, continue at your own risk! http://www.332nd.org/dogs/Ghosth/Finished.jpg Ok first off I can't afford to throw expensive tackle into a wild river. All too often it doesn't come back out again, and my fishing budget for the year is less than m
  22. Hard to beat Palomar knot for most things. But when I'm tie loops I use a triple not a double. Makes a significant difference, but don't take my word for it. Test it for yourself, be scientific, and methodical about it.
  23. I used spiderwire and another cheap spectra braid last year with very good success. Extremely limp, excellent strength to size, and fair abrasion resistance. (Better than mono IMO) I eventually developed a super simple 2 hook modified hair rig, and a sliding sinker. Lowest hook holds the bait, 2nd one just above it catch's the carp. (and sometimes the bottom hook catch's me a nice catfish) If anyone is interested I could probably do pictures.
  24. Follow the directions on the cornmeal for cooking up some corn meal mush. Into that add flavoring (molasses is my best to date) Start working flour into it, until it gets too stiff to stir with a spoon. At that point dump it onto a countertop (well floured, or use plastic cutting board, etc) start kneeding a bit more flour into it. Once you have it stiff enough that your happy roll into balls, drop them into boiling water for 1 -3 minutes. I'll say here that best to experiment at this point. Different mixes will give diffferent results. So drop 3 - 5 balls in, at 1 min fish one ou
  25. Red River of the north, from the Canadian Border to Lake Winnipeg, is quickly becoming known as a world class carp fishery. I'm across the boarder down in Fargo ND, and its certainly full of fish here. Biggest landed last year was aprox 15lbs. (didn't have a good scale yet) I lost at least 2 that were over 20 lbs to snags, logs, etc.
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