The carp is a widely known fish and it is a prey of many anglers. Now carp fishing is rapidly spinning up. It is considered to be an elite type of sport fishing because of thrilling actions on the one hand, and due to the high cost of equipment and tackle for carp fishing on the other hand.
Habitat of the carp
The fish inhabits almost all waters. It tries to find deep and wide areas with stillwater or weak flow, with a moderately silty or soft clay bottom. Carp also escapes solid bottom only if it is not rocky. This fish loves warm water and prefers to stay at depth.
In summer, when the water warms up well, the carp goes out in shallow water and on sections with river course. It considers suitable almost all big and small valley waters, old channels and flooded sand and gravel pits, deep holes and ponds. You must seek it in backwater with backflow, in shallow water or in deep overgrown deadwater. You need to catch the fish in lowland reservoirs where it will look for food and find itself. In the past, flooded meadows and fields were its most favorite habitat.
In small rivulets the fish can often live under bridges where it may be deep between piles.In ponds and lakes, it mostly keeps aquatic vegetation. Until the age of three, the fish lives in the bays and river stretches choosing the places with much reed.
Tackle for the carp fishing
The carp can be successfully caught both on the buoyant tackle and on the leger rig.
Float fishing gear include carp rods of three types:
1. With parabolic structure. Such rods can be bent along the entire length of a rod.
2. Rods of medium structure (can be bent only in the upper half of a rod).
3. Rods of hard structure (can be bent in the upper part of a rod).
According to their design features, these rods are usually divided into pluggable and telescopic rods.
From a wide variety of leger rigs for carp fishing, we would like to emphasize a feeder. All other tackle parts have virtually the same principle of operation, but they are not so comfortable for casting and habituating the it.
Carp fishing tips and tactics
If you aim to catch the big one, you’d better buy special equipment as sometimes it can be just irreplaceable.
For carp fishing, especially large, the ideal solution would be baitrunner. It does not allow you to tighten friction clutch too hard and will help have a good hooking. The reel should have a metal bobbin, hold up to 300 m of fishing line and endure much effort when habituating.
For carp fishing, you need a rod that is 3.6 to 3.9 m long and with the test of 2,5 – 3 lb. The carp rod should have 7 large-diameter rings made of wear-resistant materials such as aluminum oxide or silicon carbide. The rod must necessarily be two-handed, i.e. the distance between the bottom section of the rod and reel holder should not be less than 40 cm.
The line should have a test on a break of at least 7 kg, not be thicker than 0.3 mm, and be moderately stretchable.
It is recommended to use carp electronic indicators with LEDs.
We recommend different types of hooks which are produced by Japanese firms such as Gamakatsu, Owner and Hayabusa.
For carp fishing without feeders in usual places, they use non-sliding plummets weighing from 50 to 80 g or sliding with weight of 30-50 g when fishing with feeders.
For the large one makes hooklinks of dark soft nylon.
Baiting is an essential part of carp fishing. You need to throw the bait as far as possible from the shore, and focus it at the place where the bait will be located.
If you want to catch much fish, then you’d better do baiting in several places. This allows fishermen to move from one place to another one if biting is inactive.
As for baiting, the plant bait is widely used (it can be used both in cooked form and in its natural form). In the first case, they prepare bread or cereal, and in the second case the bait is different grains. Whole grains of rye and oats are the basic bait, and, consequently, they are not particularly effective.
To catch good fish, anglers use steamed peas, pearl barley or rice, millcake or corn. Professional sport anglers use a soluble fishing line on which the bait is strung.