What are the Best Ways of Catching Carp?
The angling community is slowly beginning to appreciate the unique challenges provided by carp fishing. Carp and bass share many common characteristics and can put the skills of the most veteran anglers to the test. Whether you’re new to the art of fishing or a seasoned fisherman looking for a fresh challenge, there are some useful tips to familiarise yourself with before casting for your first carp.
Carp tends to prefer murky water to clear and are more often found in warmer waters, so be sure to choose your location accordingly. The best time to spot them is early morning so be watchful around murky waters during this period.
For bait, remember that carp are omnivorous and will react best to insects, plankton and larvae, tender plant stems and river weeds. But their overall favourite are boilies as their scent sends carp crazy. If you need a cheaper and easier bait, opt for sweet corn. It has the perfect blend of sweet and salty that most carp find irresistible.
When choosing a hook to fix to the end of your rod avoid shiny hooks, since carp have excellent eyesight and a shiny hook’s glare can deter them from taking the bait. Camouflaged or dark hooks are more advantageous when it comes to carp fishing.
Carp are easily spooked and they have a tendency to hesitate while feeding. Slight movements and tremors along the line can scare them away. To prevent this, use a rod pod to minimise the movement in the line. Rod pods hold the line at the precise angle needed and the line will unspool seamlessly. Some pods can hold more than one rod, allowing you to set up several lines and increase your chances of a catch.
Finally, be sure to use the time-honoured way of catching carp that is chumming the water. The simplest way of doing this is to throw a few handfuls of the substance you use as bait on to the water to provide an appetizer for the carp.
Following these hints will increase the likelihood of your fishing trip proving to be a success. Happy fishing!
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