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Had a good fishing year this year, lots of bass caught unfortunately nothing over 4lbs. Caught my most trophy fish of other species though! Including an award winning carp, pike, bass and walleye! Not to mention my first ever coho salmon. Can't wait for next year.. hopefully it starts off with some ice action!

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Yeah, carp is one species I'd love to catch next summer just for the fun of it...do you need a super strong rod or anything fancy to catch 'em?  :-[

As for my year..hmm. I'm only a teenager and I can't drive so I'm rather limitied. I do get out a fair bit though...

Let's go chronologically.

February went up to north bay for some ice fishing..didn't get much but it was fun experience. Hoping to get a handful this year!

April did some ocean fishing in Florida. Nothing special..caught some little graying I think they're called off a pier and some small river catfish..good way to start looking forward to when we went up north back home in Canada.

The May/June/July/August/September/October we did fishing at our lake up north. The lake has REALLY lost its lunkers in recent years, quite sad to see. We had a few productive days where we caught a handful of bass in the 2 lbs ballpark, also one day we caught a 5 pound bass..handful of pike in there too.

We also got up to north bay again for some pickeral and perch fishing, that was very fun. They were very good eating.

This summer I am going to fish off the shore of lake Ontario, I know theres some areas with pike, bass, catfish etc...nothing special sizewise as far as I know but definitely something fun to do during the days thats nearby. I also wanna fish the Credit River, which has a lot of trout and salmon which should be fun to catch!

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SirKevin what part of Ontario are you from?? Perhaps next spring we could do some carp fishing? I know a lot of good carp areas in Ontario. And no special equipment is needed, thats why I love them so much!! Most times I use my ultra light, just for the heck of getting a huge fish on light tackle. I also made up a special carping rod which is really a fly reel with 20lb test on a 6' spinning rod. You wouldn't believe the fight you get with this outfit!!

njvbass I most often use corn or worms for carp. Don't like bread it doesn't seem to stay on the hook. When I get really serious for big carp I use french fries. They are HOT!! That big carp in the pic was caught on a five diamonds spoon while fishing for trout, on my ultra light. I saw him come up and inhale it - it was insane! He must have been hungry. It was buried in his throat, but I managed to get it out with relatively little harm to the fish before releasing him.

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My year started off pretty slow. I was working two jobs most of spring and summer so I was lucky if I got on the water twice a month.  By mid summer I was down to one job so I got to do more fishing.  My goals this summer was to put everything that I had learned from this website and others to the test and see if they could work for me.  One of my goals was to learn how to fish a carolina rig.  I did catch my fist bass this summer on one so I was satisfied; and it was a carolina rigged lizard which was also a first for me.  Another goal was to get better at crankbaits, which so far I am still no good at but I'm working at it. :-/  I also wanted to stop just fshing and actually go after some big fish this fall and so far I've been havig a really good fall catching alot of 4lbs+ fish which is good for the areas I fish.  So for the year as a whole I would have to say it has been a really good year for me, although I didn't get on the water as much as I would have liked I did learn alot this year and I think I made myself a better fisherman.  This January I will be moving to Kentucky and I am hoping that with all the things I've learned in the  past year I can enter some local bass tounaments on Rough River and maybe some on Kentucky Lake just to get a feel for tounament fishing(also something I've never done).

 My New Year's resolution this year is going to be to improve my overall fishing everything from equipment to attitude.  If I can do that I think come next year this time I should be able to answer some questions on this site instead of just asking them. :P

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njvbass It's kinda tricky but you kinda just strip out the amount of line you want to cast and keep hold of the line in your other hand, then just cast it out and it freelines out to where you want. Hard to explain lol but you're pretty much throwing your bait out.

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SirKevin,

You ever heard of a company called Plastikote (it's in Mississauga)?

The company that I work for owns Plastikote and I do paperwork to send stuff to them about 3 times a week.

JT Bagwell

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