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#122753 06/23/08 10:45 AM
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Any suggestions on how to reduce the GC in my 2 acre pond? I caught 3 in one cast with a cast net as they were eating the pellets at my feeder, but I want to catch some more.

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I found that mine really love(d) balls of gummy white bread -- like Wonder Bread. I'd form a ball around a #1 hook -- no bobber, no sinker, nothing but the breadball and hook. I'd throw it out into the middle of the pellets, and a grass carp would soon be pulling on the other end.


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No experience in angling for grass carp other than snagging them by accident while fishing for bass. I re-call a story I read in a magazine that they like cherry tomatoes. Should be easy to rig one on a hook and give it a try.


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You might try ambushing them by hand feeding near a shooting location on a dock. That ought to be good for one more (or, rather, less) at least.


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I would shoot them with my bow. It's easy, especially around a feeder or a small pond.

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Bread works great as bait. I catch them when I am fishing for bream.

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I catch carp on feed corn with on a hook on the bottom. Although, with corn prices, bread balls may be cheaper.


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Last night I used Bill Cody's pellet technique to soften some pellets by putting a little water in a jar with some pellets. When I got home from work tonight, I threw in a piece of stale bread before I changed my clothes and started my chores.

By the time it was time to feed the fish, I had some very moist pellets and some very moist bread. I mixed my concoction with a small putty knife. It was the consistency of gritty modeling clay.

When I went down to feed, I took a rig that had a #2 hook and 4# test line. I covered the hook. As soon as the hook hit the water a 15-16 inch catfish grabbed it. Second cast and a very fat little 12-13 inch LMB grabbed it. Third cast and my grass carp friend "688" (named after the 688 class submarines) unfortunately grabbed it. He (she? alternate? -- how do we classify triploids??) is now well over 40 inches. I got 688 to the bank and tried to unhook the hook but my long nose pliers unfortunately hit the line, so off went my buddy with a hook in his lip. I tied on one more hook and quickly caught a 10-inch female bluegill.

That was enough excitement for the evening.

Anyway, a little bread, mixed with a some softened pellets, sure seems to tempt most anything in my pond.

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Ken,
That is one part I left out of my PBoss article about softening high protein pellets. If one softens 32% protein pellets the dough will not stay on the hook very long. The softened dough-like mixture of high protein pellets will hold its form well when molded on a hook and it can make good bait for pellet feeding fish. The main disadvantage to this is it teaches pellet feeding fish to be hesitant when feeding on pellets thus I rarely use the technique. Getting hooked and being jerked around by the jaw is pretty strong negative reinforcement.

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Bill...

It would be an acceptable technique if you keep what you catch wouldn't it?


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