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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 03-22-2019, 06:36 AM
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Here in the williamsport area we would punch a hole large enough to run a cord on a wire through the two holes (NO LITTERING our waterways)in a can o' Green Giant canned corn, and throw the contents of a couple more out in the water and have morning coffee whilst waitin' for 'em to show up. We'd take the results back to my place and I'd run 'em through the compost shredder and feed the gardens with 'em. In those days we didn't know anybody with a flat bottom boat, so we'd make a platform for between two of our canoes. Worked fairly well. Also went fairly wrong moron a couple times We'll be introducing our 10 year old grandson to bowfishing this summer, most likely for blue cats. For some reason he doesn't like killing something he won't eat. He won't eat carp. He tried 'em, but says he'll stick with bluegills and perch
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"He tried 'em, but says he'll stick with bluegills and perch" - Now, there's a lad with good taste.
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We live up close to Lake Wallenpaupack and back up by Ledgedale the carp come in close to shore so hunting from a boat or along the bank a fella can get some good shots. Yeah, I think I'll give it try soon the ice goes out and it warms up some.
Wait til they spawn, they will swim right up to the bank and flop around on the edge.
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this all makes me smile a lot. With regard to my grandson, ya'll should see him filet fish with a blue glass knife I knapped for him. That makes me smile also As of late I also donate some of those carp to the eagles seem have taken up permanent residence here close by. Keeps from catching some of trout and one of co-instructors for the seminars we do has gotten quite good at spearing carp from his canoe,while standing up in it. Hand made primitive cordage wrist lanyard, handmade primitive fish point. Lotta fun to watch from my kayak. Those we chop up, put in a big zip-lock bag in the sun all day, and catch catfish all night with some downright stinky carp chunks Life is very very Good!
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FWIW, when you can get them legally!! Sturgeon scales make superb arrow points
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Yep, my dad and I used to shoot them in Lake Ontelaunee near Reading. Memorial Day time frame, into june depending on weather, is when they spawn. They'll find the mucky/weedy shallows and come up at the surface in great numbers. It's something to see.

After a morning of shooting carp, we'd wind up covered in mud, carp slime, carp blood, and carp eggs. We'd have to hose off to get in the house to shower...ha!

We did get permission to hunt a few Amish/Mennonite farms by giving them a literal pile of carp. More than once I was dragging back a rope full of carp that weighed more than some deer I've shot.

I used a 35# recurve. You can stick it in the mud when dealing with a fish, then shake off the mud and go back to shooting. High poundage is counterproductive...you don't want the arrow to pass through completely, just get the fish head out the back side of the fish. A full passthrough is a real pain to undo.

I would like to someday go bowfishing for rays down at Chincoteague. That sounds fun, and the rays have to be better to eat than carp!
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TDD, ya snuck a post in twixt mine. I love your post! Sharing IS the gate to unlimited outdoor opportunity!!!The Amish Lads what built our present home were invited on a late season deer hunt with us. One of our guys shot a very larger mature buck on some of the steepest terrain in northern PA. Ever see six young Amish men haul a 200 lb animal straight up 600 ft w/o stopping? Laughing all the way. You get back to me in the next month, I'll get to work seeing if I can't hook you up with a guy I know would happily take you on yer stingray hunt
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and they do taste like scallops if you do'em up right
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