Sorry to take so long in answering you question. I have not be on forum for ages. I used Biosource treated ground bait, and Biosource treated corn, flavoured with pineapple. Fishing was slow, and there were snow flurries around, but had a few small catfish and just 1 carp.
Yesterday I went and fished the I&M canal at Morris.
Fishing with biostim mixed into my ground bait, and using biosource infused corn for hook baits.
Started fishing at 9.15, after a cold night 34F I cupped in a small ball of groundbait and fished corn over the top, then topping up every 8-10 minutes using the toss pot, and changing hook bait every time to ensure plenty of flavor and additive remain with the bait.
After 25 minutes I got my first bite, missed it, re dropped the bait back in and I was rewarded with an instant take, a carp of about 3lbs. Then waited about 10 minutes before another bite, which I had on for sometime, but alas it got into some weeds and came off.
Things then started to pickup with bites coming regularly, a small catfish, a larger carp of about 7lbs followed by regular bites. I lost 8 fish, 2 rigs under a huge mat of floating weed, but managed to land 12 carp and 2 catfish for a bag weighing 84lbs. I fished until 1.45 total 4 1/2 hours fishing. I would have fished longer, but the wind had got up, and holding the pole at 11.5 metres had become difficult.
Braidwood cooling lake opens for fishing on the 1st March. Pat and myself will be there weather permitting on Sunday 4th Anyone wishing to join us are welcome, and we look forward to seeing people again, that we have not seen for a while.
Cannot wait to be on the bank again!!!! Hope you all feel the same.
Pat and myself had an early start and ventured out to the Hennepin Canal, near Sheffield IL on Saturday. It is well worth a visit, with some very nice carp caught. They look and fight like river carp, very long fish with huge powerful tails that really put a good bend in our rods. I have to confess I was well and truly beaten on the day, but I still had a great day out and would certainly go there again.
Hi all. Pat and myself are of to Volkening Lake, in Schaumburg tomorrow Saturday 11th June. Will will be testing the latest version of Biosource out. This is an exciting place to test out new products, due the to fairness of the venue. We will both be fishing the pole at the same distance, and using the same feeding routines, with similar rigs etc. We like testing here due to the high volume of small fish, which gives an extremely good and accurate result for the bait being tested.
Talk about roll on summer......... Will it ever warm up here in Illinois. I see back home in England the temps are nicely in the 70's at the moment, and here we are today, not even reaching 40F Brrrrrrrrrr
I did get out Sunday, and use the new under water camcorder. I have not watched it all yet, but most of it is probably garbage. I did see a couple of interesting things, one being fish coming up in the water to look at the camera.
It does need a little tweaking I think to get some better shots, and Braidwood last weekend the water was very green, and a lot of the image is just of a green screen.
Clearer water would be nice, but I will play around and see if I can improve things.
Pat and myself work very closely with the JJC fishing club, and I am going to attempt this weekend to use a new piece of kit to obtain some new video images, from the worlds smallest camcorder. From the prospective of looking down from above to the hook bait.
The device in question weighs only 22 grams. It will record for up to 2 hours.
I have made up a pole rig in 3 sections.
The first section is using a 25 gram Tubertini pole float. This I have 16lb fluorocarbon line running through to a a double overhand loop knot both ends. One to attach to the pole and the bottom end to attach to the camera section.
The second section contains the camera. This I have attached using a piece of heat shrink tubing to a 10" length of stiff rig tubing. through the rig tubing I have run also 16lb fluorocarbon, with a snap swivel attached to both ends, with the lower one having a small rubber bead above it, to ensure it dose not pull through the rig tubing, or split it.
The bottom section is just a 3' length of 5.5lb mono, tied to a size 14 PR28 hook, with a double overhand loop knot at the other end for attaching to the camera section. This section has been made 3 feet long, as the camera has a 3 foot focal length. It has much lighter line than the rest of the rig, in case of snagging or snapping, we really need this part to be the weak section, as do not wish to risk losing the camera.
If I get any good shots, I will add them on here to the video section.