Are you tired enough with your normal routine of fishing and still looking for some exciting one? Carp fishing is the right choice for you! It is because of carp’s playful din fishing that makes it more challenging to do. Knowing the fish itself, its characteristics and techniques or tactics best done for them are the only keys in making carps fishing successful. So here’s how:
How to Fish Carp with Corn
Carp fishing is sensitive and enjoyable in some ways because of carp’s characteristic of teasing up your baits before gulping or biting. So it really needs enough patience and serenity while fishing. Even so, simple fishing technique may be good enough to succeed. Just add a bit of spice on it like keen sense of observance and intelligence, it will do more actions in fishing.
Carps are freshwater fish that usually go on schools. It needs unique style in fishing that is a bit popular before but recently its name’s making noise and loved by some anglers in the fishing world. They are “corn lover fish” so it is best to use sweet corn kernels as baits. Even if it’s fresh straight from the can; its salty sweet flavor attracts them. The distinctive flavor of corn itself makes it ideal food and baits for carp. Its yellow color makes it more attractive and brings cravings to carps in fishing. But you could still experiment on some other possible bait for them during fishing.
With your corn kernels or with some other baits, you can actually try to add more salt and also spices such as chilies on it to add hot kicks since carps are fascinated with it sometimes for a change. This simple technique is not that expensive to try because these could win the heart of carps too!
Baits must be with the right line, rod and hook for a perfect fish. You must consider also the possible size of the carp when choosing for the right equipment to use. Since carps go on schools, try to weigh what rod you could possibly use with your bait. It’s just a matter of estimation and observation while fishing. Like if you think you encounter schools of smaller ones, better use smaller braided lines too. Aside from braided lines, you can go for a nylon line for best result with corn baits.
Carps are bottom feeders but it’s wise to use floats for them to give you a hint if carps are trying to nibble or play with your corn baits or not. Aside from that, floats help you control your hook or you can have full control over your baits and the fish of course. Carps are sensitive with bigger hooks. They usually tease your baits before going for a bite. They are wise and sensitive with it so better use smaller hooks which they can’t see or be aware of.
Its abundance in fresh waters make them more fun and exciting to fish especially in still waters with covers such as ponds or lakes that have an easy access for them to feed. Even though they are considered as bottom feeders, they sometimes go on shallows to be fed too wherein there are lots of vegetation such as algae and weeds on it. So it is wise to look for some areas of the waters with covers to fish and catch.
Be alert and sensitive while fishing. Carps are so wise sometimes to leave you run out of baits anymore. It is because they tend to run away with your baits without you noticing it; they are sensitive on hooks. They usually avoid it when they’ll see one. So sometimes tricks on fishing best be done for them for a catch.
Tricks can do magic. Anglers sometimes use lines with two or three hooks on it. They try to put bigger hooks on the upper side of the line over one or two smaller hooks on it. It is to lure carps to catch. This trick is called 3 way hook technique.
Pre baiting with corns could be considered too! You can use corn kernels spread all around the area where you cast to let you know if carps are for feeding or not. If not, better leave that area and look for other areas to fish.
Aside from corn baits, you can also use other baits with strong taste and smell on waters such as bread crust, cat or dog biscuits or pellets and even chunks of meat will do.
How to Fish for Carps in a River
When you can come up on areas with schools on rivers, still, it is not advisable for you to just go and cast around it. There is one technique to be used since rivers do flow and carp tends to manage river current while feeding. The best way to do is to cast and go with the flow of the current towards them in order not to scare them away.
On rivers, carp tends to fly on waters while feeding. So you can hear the slurps from them. They usually do this over those floaters on a bush, number of stalks on waters. Mind you guys, be aware of those fish crash because there is a great possibility of having school of carp on it.
Takes can come very quickly on rivers. So better be keen enough to notice a bite. Learn to be watchful along the way and to lessen loss of hooks and baits when in action. Sometimes anglers do use nets on catching and getting carps on hooks and in water just to ensure not to lose the fish away.
Carps sometimes may just be around the corner or just under your feet. Why? It is because some time later during the day, carps tend to go on surfaces trying to get those discarded baits by anglers. In river edges, or bank yard itself. Bigger carp might be caught during this time. Better watch out for these folks.
On flowing waters such as rivers, sometimes it is best to swim out or do boating around it just a sort of patrolling or stalking carps. By doing these, you can come up an area wherein schools of carps could be intact and make it easy for you to fish. Locating and stalking carps are done for big success on river fishing.
Always be reminded that river carps are more active compared on still water carps. It is simply because they are trying to cope and adjust with the current. That’s the reason why it’s more productive to fish on rivers because they tend to feed more for energy. But guys, it is not that so easy for you too because carps are furious and wise too on rivers.
Its unique teasing style of feeding over river current makes it more interesting and adventurous for anglers to fish.
Here, it is not wise to fish on areas where you can see carps flying or jump out of the water. Why? It is simply because you’re not sure if they are still interested on feeding or not. It is still good to fish on areas with vegetation or areas with coverings such as lily pads or as such with plenty of food sources for them to feed.
You can also make use of those man-made shelves for them to stay with plenty of foods such as algae on it where they can gather all together as school for a better fish. You can try also to use snags because it is best to hold food for them to feed on rivers.
During summer, river fishing is best to do because carps are best seen on rivers by this time. And those overhanging bushes or trees in rivers could be the best spot to fish. You can also look for areas wherein river and other water bodies like seas met up. It is because in here, current tries to move and deposit food sources for them to feed.
On shallow parts, it is best to fish on areas with lily pads or weed beds because they try to catch and hold food sources within and in place where carps are tempted to go that makes them easy to fish.
In carp fishing, it is most likely a matter of knowing what areas to fish than knowing how to fish. You can go on for simple corn bait technique or those complicated ones on river for as long as you’re on the right spot or location on it.
Lastly, on river carp fishing, always remember that carps tend to give a good fight so it is best to discover new ways, tactics or tricks for you to win.
How to Fish for Carp in Lakes
Carps are the most invasive fish in Asia and in many countries. Not to mention those gold fishes that invades even our homes as household pets. They are hard to fish on lakes but simple tactics can be made possible to be used for as long as you’re patient and calm enough during fishing. Avoid unnecessary noise along the side of the lakes especially on your scouted spot where to fish.
Always look for covered parts of the lakes with shaded trees or lily pads for more chances of a good catch. You may look also for flock of ducks on lakes because you can surely spot school of carps on that area too.
On still waters such as lakes, avoid using shinny and bigger hooks for them to see. They are so intelligent to notice it and swim away with just your bait. These will trigger them to move away or scared away.
Better choose for the right equipment too not only for the right location for lake fishing. You can try to use an e-glass fishing rod for bigger carp and for smaller ones and of course sweet corn kernels as your bait.
You can also use or go for floats here if you’re on for bottom fishing. It is used to let you know if carp are feasting over your bait or not. Aside from that, you must also feel it silently if there is a bite or not on your line. Be sensitive too and avoid making any unnecessary noise around while fishing in order not to scare them away. This technique also could help you determine and control the depth of your hook. You could also possibly add weights under your float to make sure your hook reach the bottom while doing bottom fishing.
Carps tend to go on shallow areas of lakes to feed on hot seasons and more on bottom during cold seasons.
If you see a school of carp on your spotted area, don’t try to cast your line directly on top of them. This might scare them away. Better use “lift method” to see if carps are just eating away your bait rather than biting. Locating and stalking too can be use in lake fishing. Medium size hooks are much preferred. You could give fish meal based baits a chance to be use too instead of sweet corn kernels. Also, you can try luncheon meat as baits too for a change.
Carps are also known for its fighting ability when fishing. So it is better to use nets with you when fishing and just wait for them to be tired first before taking them out of the lakes. Be watchful all the time when fishing. Carp moves slow on cold still waters such as lakes so you can easily notice if they swim away with your bait or not when feeding. So sometimes “pre feeding” is best done during this times to make sure if carps will go for feeding or not.
Lastly, if you’re out for carp lake fishing, better be reminded always of these 3’R. The right location, right bait, and with right technique in fishing where you can’t go wrong.
How to Fish for Carp in a Pond
How can you definitely fish carp on small waters or ponds this time? Here’s how:
Usually, when you’re talking about ponds with carp, it is associated with well-stocked ponds or water. Always be prepared for a good fight on it. Why? It’s because you can encounter bigger carp here.
Pond fishing could be best done on early evening, but it could also be better to do it at night. Bigger carp usually tend to move on shallows sometimes because they are attracted to those discarded baits that most anglers left behind. On ponds, carp tends to anticipate their time of feeding so pre baiting is best used in here.
Pond fishing is just the same as to river and lake fishing for carp. But the only difference is that its productivity and of course having bigger carp on it and is much easy to fish. Best time to fish is early mornings till dawn.
So guys, if you’re dreaming of fishing those ugly faces carps, Go get it on! You’re now ready and happy fishing!