Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
| Fact File: British Record 61lb 7oz (27.867kg)|
Captor: Mr Lee Jackson
The Carp family were originally introduced to the UK by the Romans, the majority of which were probably caught in the Danube before being transported across Europe. Centuries of selective breeding have produced the present day deep-bellied and high backed Carp that we are most familiar with today. They can be found in ponds, lakes and slow flowing rivers where they have become an icon for today's fisherman, whether it be the specialist or pleasure angler. The larger specimens can be found in long established lakes, often secreted away, containing a good source of natural food. They are often used as a stock fish in privately owned and club owned waters because of their sporting prowess and agility, presenting the captor with a formidable opponent.
Most large Carp have been christened with nicknames by their captors, the most famous of which was Richard Walker's 44lb specimen, Clarissa in 1952. Click the picture on the right to enlarge it.
When using the Emstat type feeder for fishing the Method if you're getting a lot of tip activity but hardly any takes. Try pulling the lead weight out of the end, ,just using the weight of the groundbait to cast out with. This mean's that after ground bait has fallen off you will be freelining, resulting in more takes as the fish feel no resistance & pick the bait up with confidence. If it's still hard try pointing the rod straight at the baited hook, you'll find it often results in a take when the fish are picking up the bait & dropping it when they feel the resistance of the rod tip.
Tip: Some carp are bottom feeders as well as surface. You're best bet is to see if carp are 'cruising' on the surface, jumping out of the water or just taking flies off the surface (which means a dry fly would be best) if you see any of these things its best to use a floating bait if ducks are present then try to fish close to lilies if if there are no ducks then cast mainly anywhere and throw in some floating bait around yours. But if there are no signs of surface carp then either float fish (on bottom if loose feeding) or midwater if using smelly bait or ledgering. Popular carp baits are boilies, worms, maggots, bread (paste,crust,or flake) luncheon,and sweetcorn.
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