Over 65 anglers turn out for Carp Removal Day

Dan Dauw
These Geneseo Fisherman won top honors at the Ike’s Giant Goose “Carp Day” fishing event.

Carp Day At Giant Goose

Local Izaak Walton League groups held a “Carp Removal Day” at Atkinson’s Giant Goose Lake on Saturday, July 12.  The weather was beautiful with a soft breeze and temperatures in the 70s. Just one little problem.  Someone forgot to notify the carp to bite!  Some obliged to the tune of about a dozen.  I stayed until around 1 p.m. so there may have been more of the “European” game fish caught.  There were over 65 anglers that participated in the all day event.  

I was “hooked” up with a motley pair of fishermen!  After registration at 8:30 a.m., I climbed aboard Larry Dauphin’s super tanker along with his cousin, Doug Brock.  Both are from Geneseo.  The last time I fished with Larry was at Giant Goose’s east lake.  I think we caught four fish at that time.  I enjoyed their company although just before we left shore, they tied the anchor rope around my left ankle.  I told the guys that’s why boats have cleats, but they felt it might make the boat lighter when they throw out the anchor. I “think” I understood, but I almost went overboard a few times when Doug heaved the anchor in the lake.  They said the reason they wore ear plugs was to keep flying bugs from entering their ears.  At first I thought it might be because I talk too much.  I asked them about that, but they couldn’t hear me! I never had anything fly into my ears the whole morning?

We fished just until 11:30 a.m. Larry caught two carp. Doug caught some bluegills and a nice bass, and I caught, well, it would be self-serving to brag plus I tend to be a very modest person. 

The Izaak Walton folks provided a free lunch for all the participants.  Jim Behnkendorf had purchased brats from Weber’s Meat, Geneseo.  Jim also cooked them, and they were really good. It so hurts me to compliment him!

Getting back to the actual fishing, we mostly used mulberries for bait.  There are lots of overhanging mulberry trees on the lake.  Carp love mulberries, but for some reason they just were not hungry for most of the anglers on that day.  I also used my own prepared bait which was a mixture of corn flakes, peanut butter, bread, and cheese.  Some anglers used corn, worms, and commercial carp bait.

All those who caught carp were eligible for four brand new rods ‘n reels that were given away.

The following were winners: Glenn Sigwalt, Jason Larimer, Henry Tarkington, and Larry Dauphin.  In the photo, Henry Tarkington, second from right, isn’t short.  I felt seeing the sign behind him was more important than seeing his face, so I had him slump down.  Besides, the carp he’s holding is so much nicer looking! All-in-all it was a fun day!

Midwest Outdoors

Perhaps just like you, I get a lot of fishing and hunting publications.  One of the best, I think, is Midwest Outdoors.  If you are not aware already, there is also a half hour TV show by the same name on WHBF.  It is shown every Sunday morning from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.  Another great Sunday morning show is the U.S. Farm Report on KWQC.  It is on from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m.  You certainly don’t have to be connected to agriculture to enjoy the many interesting features on the show.   However, it does give one a better understanding of the joys and problems that confront people working in the field of agriculture.

Shot Shells

If you’ve been hunting for any amount of time you know about steel shot.

Most hunters I know don’t care for it, but most of them are also conservationists.

Environmentalists and conservationists have come to realize that lead is deadly to waterfowl and other members of the animal kingdom.  I don’t just mean lead coming out of the end of a shotgun barrel either.  Through the years thousands of ordinary healthy animals have died by ingesting lead shot when feeding.  Personally, I think banning lead shot has been carried a tad too far in some cases, but then I’m no expert, either!

Anyway, it’s here to stay, or at least until a better substitute replaces it at a reasonable cost.  Steel shot is lighter and delivers less energy than that of lead.  There was an interesting article on birdshot in a recent Field & Stream magazine.  I realize the upland game season is a ways away, unless you count squirrel season.  That should start next month. 

Now might be the time to start looking for the hard to find nontoxic shot.  I’m not talking steel shot, but the “easier on the old barrel” Tungsten Matrix from Kent Cartridge, or Hevi-Shot Classic Doubles shot. 

Last year I purchased a 10 round box of Tungsten Matrix at Bass Pro.

Zoweeee, it was over 25 bucks for the little box.  I believe it costs over $30 today, if you can find it.  I just received my 2008 Cabela’s Fall Catalog, and when you see it listed in there, well, you’d better be sitting down.

Still, if you have a favorite oldie, but goodie scattergun, don’t be blowing out the choke with the steel stuff. Old Betsy deserves better!

One last thing, if you are going to use steel shot, use a lower number like two or four size shot instead of five or six when using lead or Tungsten Matrix. 

Remember, I’m talking about hunting upland game.  

It’s Official, 14 Now Read This Column!

Yes, it’s true!  A recent survey conducted by the Chinese firm, “Ya-Wee-Li,” confirmed that 14 individuals, which includes my family members, “do” read “Dan D Outdoors.”  Despite warnings from our government that continued reading of this column has caused a huge decrease in brain cells among mice, and some Maple City Band members, there are “still” humans reading the upper part of page B2 in this Sports Section.

Since I’ve established this sudden rise in readership, I “will” be asking for a raise in my paycheck come January 2009.  I feel it is not important to discuss my high wages in public.  That is strictly between the beautiful, intelligent, charming, foxy, sophisticated, and stylish, Ms. Dee Evans, “the” boss.  I’m sure by next January my readership will have increased to 15, or maybe even 16, as our granddaughter, Lana Rose, will be reading by then.

So get ready, Ms. Evans, I know ‘yer a tough negotiator, but it is difficult to continue on my current seven figure salary.  My chauffer, agent, maids, and accountants are all asking increases in their pay. All that plus the high costs of fuel and maintenance for my jet has added to my begging for a raise. 

I started this column on Jan. 24, 2003, so if my math is right, I’ve been writing this column for 71 years! Since then, I have an entire wall in our house full of awards, trophies, congratulatory letters, and eviction notices.  You should see all the citations I’ve received from Presidents, Prime Ministers, Governors, Congressmen, and the Colona Police.  So, boy, don’t think I won’t have a lot of ammo when I send my “agent” to meet with Ms. Evans.  (I’m scared of her!)

Phantom Of The Opera

I can’t remember exactly, but either 1989 or 90 my wife and I saw the stage musical of this great play in Chicago. 

Fast forwarding to the evening of July 12, my wife and I watched the DVD of the Warner Brothers musical. Lorna checked the DVD out at the Colona Library.  We really enjoyed it.  Towards the end of the movie, I thought the singing and dancing of “Masquerade” was totally awesome.  I had to see that part over and over again.  If you haven’t seen “The Phantom of the Opera” on DVD, check it out, or rent it.  Make sure you have some tissue, or a handkerchief near by.

VHS But Sadly, Not A Tape!

Our nice Illinois Conservation Police Officer, Jamie Posateri, recently sent me some disturbing news I thought I’d pass on to you.  Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS) is a disease of fish caused by an aquatic virus that previously had not been identified here in the Midwest.

The experts say it does not affect humans (what about long term, I ask?), but it has killed a substantial number of fish in Lake Michigan, and throughout the Great Lakes. 

This virus can easily spread to other waters in Illinois. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has implemented new regulations to try and slow down the spread of this dangerous aquatic virus in Illinois. 

All recreational anglers and boaters need to be aware of the following:  1) Eliminate natural water from all equipment when leaving a body of water. 2) Empty and drain all bait buckets, livewells, bilges, etc. that are capable of holding natural waters. 3) Do not remove live VHS-susceptible species from any waters. Anglers may catch and keep VHS-susceptible species, but may not transport those fish live from waters where caught. (“Here, buddy, you can have my fish!”) 4) Use of wild-trapped fishes from within Illinois as bait will be restricted to the waters where legally captured.

For a list of the fish species that are susceptible to the virus you need to go to   www.dnr.state.il.us/pubaffairs/2008/July/vhsvirus.html. Sadly, the list is long!

Another invasive fish I recently read about is the northern snakehead.

It is appearing across our country.  It is one mean looking fish, and can live out of the water for more than a day!  In fact, I had a photo of one in a previous column that was caught in Thailand by Andy Snook, formerly of Geneseo.  We won’t blame Andy for their appearances in our native waters.  He left it over there!!

Speaking of Tape, Mr. Bacon Dork!

There is a Geneseo Izaak Walton member who wraps yellow “Caution” tape or ribbons around fellow Ikes members’ vehicles and boat trailers.  He has done this trick to several unsuspecting guys when they’re out fishing in their boats.  So last Wednesday, Larry Dauphin and I were out fishing on the Mississippi River.  Well, guess what?  This time he struck, but in doing so the “Ribbon Phantom” completely taped the wrong truck and trailer! It was a rig that looked similar to ours.  I think it would have been hilarious if the the owner had pulled into the dock, and caught our friend in the “decorating act!”

Marshall Plumbley

This nice fella from Geneseo, and employed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was our Izaak Walton League guest speaker on July 14. 

Many of you remember Gene and Pat Bolda, formerly of Geneseo.  Marshall is married to their youngest daughter, Valerie.  He married a very nice gal.

I know, I digressed, sorry!  Marshall gave a nice overview of how the Corps of Engineers is working with the IL DNR and many other environmental and conservation groups.  He showed a power-point presentation on the upper Mississippi River, and the work the Corps has done to help our natural resources.  While they work closely with the State of Illinois, they also depend on funds from our state to do much need conservation work.  Well, you know the future on how that is turning out!  Our state is so broke by some characters that spend funds like there is no tomorrow, it has to have a negative impact eventually, if it hasn’t already, on our environment. 

Getting back to Mr. Plumbley, he gave a fine presentation to yet another good crowd of Geneseo Izaak Walton members.

Happy Birthday, Hazelwood Pharaoh!

It’s hard to believe the gentleman is now 65.  Last week we celebrated his birthday with he and his lovely wife, Mary. We went to a local restaurant, and gave him his birthday card at dinner.  That resulted in a net savings of 42 cents for postage.  We also lucked out on the purchase of the card because last year I received it on my birthday, but my relative forgot to sign it.  Lorna found an envelope that fit the card perfectly. Life is good!

Music To Your Ears, Vets!

All you WWII veterans, relatives, and folks like me who grew up in the 1940s, the Maple City Band is going to play some great WWII musical hits on Tuesday, July 29.  The concert in the park will start at 8 p.m.  Not coincidently, the VFW Post 5083 Auxiliary will be providing the ice cream social that evening.  They will also fire a gun salute at the concert in remembrance to all those armed service people, both past and present.

Maestro Alan Kiser did assure me that the gentlemen will not aim their loaded rifles with live rounds at me.  I get shot at enough at home, I don’t need to dodge their bullets, too!  Let’s have a great turnout for this last Maple City Band concert of 2008.