My friends really bad at carp fishing, so I’ve written this little guide for him, hopefully it can help someone else as well! ( Hey Jim !)
I love fishing for carp more than almost any other species. They’re lake or pond dwellers, which makes their habits a bit different from the more active species, and also especially adaptable to home pond environments. They have large amounts of tasty, plump white flesh that adapts well to any cuisine. However, because they are a fish that stores vast amounts of fat in their system—a part of what makes them delicious—they also store any environmental toxins they encounter. Therefore, it’s incredibly important to know as much as possible about the health of the body of water in which you choose to fish. If you aren’t sure, put in a call to your local Health Department. They will have statistics and advisories relating to the nearby waterways and lakes.
• Make sure you have a medium length rod or longer; six feet or more will make it easier to land the bigger customers that take the bate on your hook.
• Size 2 to 6 usually work best.
• Your reel should be a spinning or spin casting reel with a good drag and a holding capacity of 120 yards of 12 pound test line.
• While you’ll want a stronger line in weedy waters, for better control of the fish, an 8 to 12 pound test line is preferable.
• Avoid using bobbers, since carp hate resistance when taking bait and will quickly move on.
• Slip or egg sinkers work best when using a lot of weight. This keeps the carp from feeling resistance when they take the bait.
Generally speaking, it’s best to set your rod on a stable stand, with the reel tip lower than the reel. This way the carp will feel less resistance when it takes the bait. As well, be sure to leave your reel bail open. Because carp tend to take long runs after securing the bait, leaving your bail closed may result in the carp pulling the entire assembly into the water. You can be pretty sure that rod, stand, and the resultant splash will not only cause the fish on your hook to drop the bait, but will also startle any other fish in the area.
It doesn’t take years to master the perfect techniques for carp fishing. In fact, it’s a pretty laid back form of sport fishing, and just requires the right tools, the right bait, and a little patience.