Waders – How to be a Successful Carp Fisher
Carp fishing has become more popular in recent years, especially in the United States, where it was once looked down upon by most sport fishermen. These days carp fishermen have grown to admire the carp, mainly
because of their gutsy personalities, especially of the larger fish, which makes fishing for them a contest for a serious sport fisherman. Catching carp can become a real competition between you and the fish, so it’s imperative to have the proper tackle, methods, and bait for optimum results.
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Carp have eclectic tastes when it comes to what they will eat. They like many different baits. They aren’t nearly as particular as trout, walleye, or other species of fish. Your bait costs will be minimal when you can grab a can of creamed corn from the cupboard and a loaf of bread, or a handful of rabbit food, as you head out the door. One of the best types of bait to use when carp fishing is dough balls. You must remember to be careful not to transfer the scents from your hands onto the bait when you handle it. Use the plastic gloves that food handlers use in restaurants or, at the very least, scrub your hands with a soap that doesn’t have a scent. Carp won’t touch any bait that has a human smell, whether it’s from tobacco, sunscreen, aftershave, or anything else not native to their environment. Experienced carp fishers suggest that you pitch a handful of your bait onto the water before you actually begin to fish. This will bring the carp to you and they also won’t be so wary. Once they start feeding on it, then you can throw in your line and you’ll have a better chance of catching some.
Carp are not native to North America; however you can find many different species in both Canada and America. Common carp, which were planted in North America in the 1800s from Europe and Asia, are the species you will find most populous. They prefer lakes and ponds with warm water, but are very adaptable and can live even in water of poor quality. If you want to see a serious carp fisher get excited, ask him about bighead carp. Sport fishers love these carp because they can weight upwards of 50 pounds or more. We can thank Asia for introducing them to North America. You can also find silver carp and grass carp in the United States, and other countries around the globe, along with other varieties.
Take a little time to observe the carp in your area so you know their habitual activities and inclinations. For one thing, carp are a warm water fish that thrive in water temperatures of between 60F and 70F. Colder waters, such as those below 50F, cause the carp to stop feeding. It’s better to concentrate on fishing for carp in warmer waters. If you look for some type of cover that the carp could hide under – natural, such as brush or fabricated, such as a pier – you may find carp lurking. Good cover for carp include fabricated structures, such as piers and docks, as well as natural vegetation and outcroppings of rocks. Learn as much as possible about the terrain and body of water you will be fishing in and you will stand a better chance of locating the carp. If you’re just starting out with carp fishing, you should remember that it will take some time to develop your abilities. You should learn as much as you can, and not expect instant results. The more you observe the methods and gear of the successful carp fishers at your location, the more successful you will become. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the bait you use, the areas in which you fish, and when you fish. Take note of what gives you the best outcome.