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  1. I live about 35 miles northeast of Atlanta, and am looking for places to carp fish nearby. Of course I know there are carp in Lake Lanier, in the lake at Fort Yargo State Park, and in the watershed lake near Commerce. But are there any other places to catch "wild" carp (not pay lake fish) any place close? Also, I'm referring to commons, not grass carp. We have quite a few local parks and subdivisions with small lakes that are stocked with grassers. And yes, I realize that there are carp in almost all the major reservoirs -- Allatoona, Jackson, Sinclair, Oconee, West Point, Hartwell, Russell, etc. But many of those are either far away, have limited (private) bank access, or are subject to significant fluctuations in water level. ALL suggestions (lakes, ponds, rivers and streams) would be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. I have a minimum of background for that area -- I live in GA, northeast of Atlanta. But I did fish a few hours last fall at Laurel & Hardy Lakes, not too far from Travelers Rest, SC. They have a nice bait shop there with a decent array of bait flavors. They have both a carp lake and a catfish lake. Speaking of flavors, while I was in the area, I bought a number of flavors at a tackle shop named Calyx Outdoors, just off I-85 south of Greenville. Nice people, and they carry LOTS of bait flavors and other supplies. Both Laurel & Hardy and Calyx can be found using Google.
  3. Many/most of the guys I fish with use baitrunners. But I started - many years ago - using baitcasters, and then switched to spinning tackle. Since that was before baitrunners were avaiable, I learned to set my drags light before I anchored my rods, and then adjust (tighten) the drag each time I hooked a carp. That has worked well for me for over 50 years. For a while, I used Shimano 4000 rear drag reels (priced below $15), but recently switched to similar Bass Pro reels (on sale about $15) because they come with two spools. I usually fight my fish with a fairly light drag setting (just tight enough not to slip when I'm reeling, but light enough for a fish to easily take line). When necessary, I just feather the spool with my index finger, if I want to tighten down a bit (similar to thumbing the spool on the old "knuckle buster" baitcasters. It takes a while to get the right "feel", but I have been fishing for more than 60 years. I hope I got it right by now - LOL.
  4. Do you use syrup in your oats and grits, or do you mix them with cream style corn? I never had a problem with grits breaking - even in cold water - as long as I used cream style corn. But anything mixed with syrup will take a LONG time to break in cold water. Try a 2-to-1 ratio of Instant Grits and Quick Grits, plus the proper amount of creamed corn. It should cast like a rock but break quickly, even in cold water. If you flavor your bait, for best results add dry flavors to the grits and mix well before you add the corn, but add liquid flavors to the corn before mixing it with the grits. Cover the grits tightly for 15 minutes or more after mixing in the corn, and it should be ready to fish. Great instructions available online -- try a Google search for "Grits from Tom Brooks" for starters (it's very similar to the way I make mine).
  5. I prefer a flat sinker because it doesn't roll or get hung on the bottom as much as egg sinkers or other rounder-shaped sinkers. I usually make my own. I melt old tire weights in a melting pot, and pour the lead into an old cheap teaspoon. Obviously, you can pour more or less lead into the spoon to make heavier or lighter sinkers. After they cool, I drill holes in them. If I want to use them with pack bait, I'll drill several holes (to help hold the pack bait), and if not, I drill just one hole near the end for a line tie. I use wire leader material, twisted to make a small loop of wire, and to attach it to the hole in the sinker. I can then use the sinker tied off with a light line test dropper, or I can rig it as a sliding weight. Note: You can save the small pieces of lead you drill out and re-melt them when you make more sinkers.
  6. I've been fishing a 260 acre lake in a state park in Georgia (USA), and catching quite a few carp -- but I have yet to catch one larger than about 3 pounds (some were barely a pound). I don't get constant action, so I don't believe the lake is overcrowded. The lake seems to be fertile enough, and I see empty mussel shells in the water, so I also believe that a lack of food is not the problem. In past years (10-15 years ago), the lake has given up carp weighing in the high teens and low 20's, which leads me to believe the problem isn't one of poor genetics. Very few people fish for carp in this lake. Most people fish for croppie, or bass, and to a lesser extent for catfish. Maybe there aren't enough predator fish to thin out the young carp, and therefore that's all I've caught so far? Any other ideas??? Thanks!
  7. Hi! I'm a recently retired USA carp fisherman. I caught my first carp more than 50 years ago and have been fishing for them ever since. I'll probably never get to the UK, but hope to learn more about European fishing methods from the forum, so I can try them myself, locally.
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