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About TonyCarpBoy

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  1. Folks are right, eat 'em or release 'em but don't just kill 'em. Someone asked about limit. They are continuous with no limit. Eat the mid sized fish, the big ones are full of mercury thanks to the coal industry. Tony
  2. Andy - thanks for the CDC info. I have never known what those dang letters stand for and always forget to ask. I tie a little white or tan craft foam in as well for added floatation. The elm and cottonwood hatches are ON! Tony
  3. Nice pix, good job on teaching your (?) kid about the true nature of fishing, having fun. I am mad though, I have yet to ever catch a mirror. <g> Tony
  4. You should check out the guys at roughfish dot com, there are some expert sucker fishermen there. <g> Is there anywhere near the twin cities that holds them? Tony
  5. I think you should just buy a fly rod. Fly fishing usually outfishes any other method. I have switched completely to fly fishing and I used to be a hard core bait guy. Carp on the fly is the highest form of sport fishing. Tony
  6. Flies - I have had success with a variety of flies. Presentation seems to be very important though. The best one by far is a crayfish-y bead-eye two-toned wooly bugger. (annoying description). If they are spooky, cast a ways past them and strip into view. If they are more aggressive, drop it a foot in front of and to the side of their head. Nymphs of all sizes and types seem to work at some time or another. I have taken 20 inch fish on size 20 and 22 generic nymphs and have had a lot of luck with bead head nymphs. I think a little flash helps get their attention but too much turns them off. Short, slow strips are important usually (not always). They seem to pick up very quickly that a scud cannot swim three feet in a second. <g> Anything buggy works. The absolute best thing is to find a natural chum line like a stream with cottonwood or seeds floating on top. Never let them see you! I have been relearning this daily. lol I used to go near brainerd every few months (dad lived on the whitefish chain) but I don't get up there any more. If we do, I will let you know. I like to learn fishing spots and tricks from other like minded folks. Tony
  7. Hey medicine man - That is cool that you are going to school for such things. I was a biology major at the U of M and spent my last summer semester at the College of Biological Sciences Itasca Field Station. We radio tracked fish and a variety of small mammals, did metabolism work on forest plants and collected/studied herps and mushrooms. It was a great program. I though I wanted to do urban ecology graduate work after that but thought better of it. The season is quickly waning but we should go fishing next spring when the spring madness begins. Tony
  8. There seems to be no room for a centrist view here. I am FOR native species and I fish for obscure or small or rough native fish because it gives me enjoyment. I WISH there were never invasive exotics. I dislike the fact that our waters are so damaged that we have to blame a single species for the problems. Humans are pretty stupid. If you want to hate an exotic or two, hate Brown and Rainbow trout. Oh, did j'yall forget that they are no where NEAR native? They out compete native fish in areas that they are introduced (suckers for example). Wild populations (naturalized fish) will never leave the waters they are in now. I feel bad for the natives that will never have a chance to live. lol If you hate carp, you should hate smallies, brownies, rainbow/steelhead and even walleyes, depending on the water you are on. BTW, I have no bad feelings for anyone here, I just like a good debate. Tony
  9. So many myths... so much blame. lol Carp are seldom the problem, they are simply able to take advantage of a good situation. In areas with healthy 'gamefish' populations, carp are kept in control and simply fill niches not filled by 'native' species. The great lakes are a perfect example. There are GIANT carp in Lake Michigan, the water is clear (thanks to a different exotic - zebra mussles), the native species and game species are thriving and there seems to be a good balance. However, those nutrients that are getting mucked up by the carp were not put there by the carp. They were put there by PEOPLE and their sloppy lives. That tends to get ignored. I am a realist. Carp are here, they are naturalized and they are the best fighting fish around that I can catch a ten pounder or bigger every week if I am clever. I fish for them because they are hard to catch and I feel proud when I catch one. Tony
  10. GREEN SUNFISH are a perfect native species. They are small, eat well in captivity, do well in groups (with enough good hiding spots for those lower on the pecking order) and are quite attractive. They get excited when I come into the room and watch me whenever I am in the room. (Green sunfish are the small sunnies with big mouths - not warmouth - people often think they are hybrids of bass and sunnies) Tony
  11. Check the small creeks. The minnehaha has a few great pools between the falls and the river that usually have a lot of carp in them. I almost always go for small creek carp. They are easier to find (see them) and seem more willing to bite (moving water provides an "eat it now or it will drift away" incentive to the fish) I will share a couple of spots but only via private email. I don't like to advertise my spots. [email protected] Tony
  12. I love carp fishing in general but I have become fully addicted to taking carp with flies. It is great sport as you need to see them to have any level of success. This means that they can see you which leads to a lot of foolish looking crawling up to the water. (If you want to actually catch fish) I will post a few general tips and try to get some pix posted. Tony
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