Recently I took a little trip through the New England area to visit some old friends who are also CAG members and try and catch a few fish on the new to be released CC Moore Equinox Bait Range. While visiting one area with Dean Brookes I landed a new PB mirror so I was pretty happy about that. Unfortunately Dean had to head back home for work and I’d decided to stay in the spot for a couple of more days because I thought it would probably offer a chance of better fish as time went by.
A few hours after Dean had left, I was entering all the recent captures information on my Big Carp iPhone App and I look up to see yet another old friend and longtime CAG member, Miguel Angelo. What a surprise! I hadn’t spoke to Miguel in years, but he was just driving by checking out a potential swim. Luckily it happened to be the same place I was set up! So within minutes he was set up next to me and we were stoked to get some fishing time in and catch up.
Val Grimley, Miguel’s regular fishing partner was driving in the next day and I hadn’t seen Val in years either. So for a weekend session we were going to have 3 different states represented, New York, New Jersey and Oklahoma. We were all long time CAG Members which just makes me appreciate what CAG has given me, besides the knowledge base to go catch fish, friends for life. On day two mid morning I told Miguel to watch my rods I was going to grab a few supplies for us. I wasn’t gone 15 minutes and when I arrive I see Miguel with a rod in his hand and a nice bend in it! But hold on a second it’s my rod? I netted the fish and we realized it was a good one. 34lbs 9oz mirror! Miguel and I had a good laugh and were excited to see such an awesome beast on the bank.
Val arrived a bit later and was set up fairly quickly. What may have turned out to be the highlight was breakfast? Between all of us we had the ingredients for some fantastic bacon & egg sandwiches! They were without a doubt some of the best bank side breakfast sandwiches I’d ever had. As usual these sessions go WAY TOO FAST! Val ended up with a few good ones and Miguel ended up with a few including a new mirror PB at 30lb on the button.
Once in a while people mention, “What has CAG done for me?” Maybe they need to look at the carp anglers around them, without CAG chances are many of those people may not be there. No doubt in my mind without many of the CAG folks carp angling would not be moving forward.