Carp Fishing Tips
Fishing rod medium action rods 6′ long are preferred. The longer the rod, the easier it will
be to land a big fish. Reel spinning or spin casting reels with a good drag and capable of holding 120 yards of 12 pound test line are most popular. Hooks size 2 to 6 are best.
Line 8-12 lb test. Use stronger line in weedy waters for better control of the carp. Bobbers in most cases they are a bad idea. When they are used, a pencil bobber is the best choice. Avoid using large round bobbers since carp tend to drop a bait at the slightest resistance.
Sinkers small split shot, slip sinkers, and egg sinkers are most commonly used. When using a lot of weight, use a slip or egg sinker so the carp will not feel resistance
when it takes the bait.
Strike indicator cut a small slit in a piece of styrofoam and attach it to your line between the reel and the first guide. Leave the reel open so a fish can take free line out. When the Styrofoam piece hits the first guide, it will pop off indicating a strike. If you tie a piece of line between the rod holder and the piece of Styrofoam, you won’t litter. commercial products, canned corn, worms, and bread dough are good baits. The following recipe is for home made bread dough:
Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 2 cups white flour, and 3 cups cornmeal. Mix the ingredients in a large bowl. Slowly add water and mix to the desired consistency. If the dough needs stiffening, add more flour and cornmeal. To thin it, add more water. Flatten the ball, wrap it in a cloth bag, and place it in boiling water for 20 minutes. Cool the dough, then put it in a plastic bag and refrigerate. To add other fillers, blend them in before cooking. For scents,
knead them in after cooking, once the mixture cools enough to handle.
Three ways of mounting hooks and sinkers on carp-fishing lines.
Bait your hook with one of the selected baits and cast out your line. Leave the bail of the reel open and place your rod in a double mounted set up as shown on the facing page. If the rod tip is lower than the reel, the carp will fee less resistance. Attach the strike indicator as shown and wait for the action to begin!
Remember to leave your reel bail open. Carp take long runs. If the bail is closed, a carp
might pull your rod into the water before you can get to it.
Carp and Contaminants
Due to the long life span, feeding habits, and fat content of carp, they are more likely to take up and accumulate environmental contaminants than other species. This is particularly of concern in urban and suburban areas. As a precaution, it is recommended that an individual not eat more than one meal (1/2 lb.) of carp per week from any freshwater in the U.S. On certain waters, investigations have detected elevated contaminant levels, resulting in more restrictive advisories.