Contact: John Finney
The Carp Anglers Group was started in 1993 as a small newsletter with a circulation of 30 anglers. The (then) American Fishing Association published the first ad in their newsletter and the CAG was off to the races. Word of mouth and lots of help from EuroTackle and CarpSense helped sell the idea. We are a non-profit organization led by a president, with state and provincial district chairperson volunteers. Our magazine, The North American Carp Angler, is published quarterly and is filled with fishing tips, club news, big-fish reports, book and product reviews, etc. We hold numerous regional events at sites around the USA and Canada each year and also sponsor a few national events, including the Chicago Carp Classic – the competition for the title of North American Carp Champion.
Another service we provide is a list of devoted carp fanatics, some of whom may live near you. We hope CAG members will teach each other about carp fishing and form local clubs to spread the word. Believe it or not, there are carp clubs all over the country that were formed for the singular purpose of catching old “bugle-mouth.” It turns out that carp are a popular fish, but most anglers thought they were the only ones catching carp. We hope to change all that forever.
Goals of the Group:
A) To gain acceptance of the carp as an exciting and challenging sport-fish.
B) To become better carp anglers, assist others and encourage them to join us.
C) To treat the carp with respect, promote the release of trophy-size carp and encourage others to do the same.
D) To provide both members and non-members with the opportunity to meet, socialize and enjoy fishing for carp in a group atmosphere.