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Gardner Pro Line

Gardner Pro Line

There are so many lines on the market – and so many make fantastic claims about their abilities. So what about Gardner’s Pro line? It is a fairly limp line and behaves it’s self very well. There are so many claims about line being limp and tough and this line comes as close as any...
Blowback Rig and Splicing Leadcore

Blowback Rig and Splicing Leadcore

In this video I do a step-by-step of creating a blowback rig and a leadcore leader to attach it to. This set up has put a tonĀ of my fish of the past few years on the bank (including the one in the picture) and is my go to rig for pop-ups and balanced baits.
The Century C2-D Spod Rod

The Century C2-D Spod Rod

The C2-D Spod rod from Century is, if not the best spod rod in the world, certainly in the top 3 (it's likely the #1).
When do carp spawn? (The short answer)

When do carp spawn? (The short answer)

The short answer is: when the water temps are somewhere between 62 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit...give or take. But that is not the only factor...
ATT Alarms (thoughts after some use)

ATT Alarms (thoughts after some use)

There are lots of bait alarms on the market and I have tried some of them. While I started off wanting all the knobs and buttons and adjustments, I realized that none of these things really matter as much as reliability. Having the ability to change the sensitivity of the alarm on the fly means...
Targeting Grass Carp

Targeting Grass Carp

Some love them and others…well, they love them a lot less. Whatever your thoughts of grass carp are, there is no denying that they achieve some very impressive proportions and can be found over much of the United States. They have been stocked in many waters for weed control and even small ponds can have...
Review: Gardner's Deluxe Pencil Marker Float

Review: Gardner’s Deluxe Pencil Marker Float

Gardner has a few different marker floats on the market, and each has a slightly different set of benefits. The Deluxe Marker float is a classic take on the marker float: balsa wood construction and the “pencil” design. It is available in two sizes, with the smaller size being well suited to most conditions and...
Review: Gardner's GT80+ Main Line

Review: Gardner’s GT80+ Main Line

I am fussy about my line and have used a lot of different brands and types over the years. There are a lot of lines that will catch fish, but some are much more pleasant to use than others. Gardner’s GT80+ is one of the latter. For example, some lines seem to be more difficult...
Tournament Thoughts

Tournament Thoughts

Preparation is a huge part of any tournament, and as the saying goes luck favors the prepared...and those that can remember which bag has the weights!
Could probiotics help carp?

Could probiotics help carp?

From a "health" stand point, the studies done on incorporating bacteria into carp food have been generally found boosted food conversion (how well much of the food turns into fish), promoted faster growth, and in some cases helped to support the immune response.
Review: Gardner's Mugga Hooks

Review: Gardner’s Mugga Hooks

The Gardner Mugga Hooks are an example of a hook that has gotten it right in just about every way. The metallurgy is spot on, the finish is great, and most importantly they are really, really sharp.
Evan Cartabiano Year in Review 2015

Evan Cartabiano Year in Review 2015

Some years are easy and others are more difficult. 2015 started off easy, and then got harder as things like moving twice, getting a new job, and 2x small kids took up time that would have been more pleasantly spent on the bank. Nonetheless it was a productive year and I was able to catch...