Carp Fishing Basics ? The Fundamentals


Carp is a collective name of the fishes found in fresh waters. These fishes are natives of Europe & Asia. Lately they have been introduced to various locations around the world, though with mixed results. Carp fishes can be of various types, these are:


Common Carp: Also known as European carp and is found in Asia & Eastern Europe.
Silver Carp: These fishes are filter feeder and are difficult to catch on typical hook and line gear. Special methods have been developed for these fishes.
Bighead Carp: These are of large sizes and are equally filter feeders as the silver carps. These are also known as bighead carp and can be captured through suspension method.
Grass Carp: These fishes grow in small lakes and backwaters that provide an abundant supply of fresh water vegetation. Grass carp are strong fighters on a rod and reel, because of their vegetarian habits and their wariness.
Crucian Carp: These fishes are mostly found in lakes, ponds, and slow-moving rivers throughout Europe and Asia. These are basically a hybrid species & thus are basically regarded as a threat to other native aquatic animals.

Lately carp fishing is becoming increasingly popular in the UK and Europe and surprisingly each week hundreds or maybe thousands of new anglers experience the pleasure of catching big carp. As the crap fishing is gaining some popularity, the industry is also growing very fast. Accordingly, many top tackle manufacturers are consistently improving products and developing new ideas to provide new methods to make carp fishing a hassle free job. Manufactures have been successful to incorporate latest technologies in fishing lines, bait and rig presentation.


Interestingly, carp fish possess a natural instinct to learn and adapt to various dangers in order to survive. Carp quickly learns the most common angling tactics used by carp fishermen. As the fish learn by association they start to recognize various baiting situations as dangerous and some may start to avoid an angler’s bait altogether! That’s why anglers are always in to inventing newer techniques to catch a carp and a little intelligent thinking is necessary to make a crap compelled to hook in to the bait.

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