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Carp Fishing – Using a Bait Boat



John Bramley of K-1 Baits using the Hi-Sport Bait Boat (Watch for the take literally seconds after dropping the bait) Enjoy…

rc fish finder bait boat


rc fishing boat
Image taken on 2009-04-25 08:55:57 by befiitter.

radio controlled bait boat with fish finder option


rc fishing boat
Image taken on 2009-04-25 08:56:00 by befiitter.

Before you buy a bait boat read this


A hobby fisherman you can call me. I like go fishing with the kids, wer’e fortunate to have our own pond out back stocked with bluegills and bass and catfish. I came across the idea of trying one of those remote control boats to catch fish and was about to try to make my own out of an rc boat. It looks easy since all I want it to do is take my fishing line out from my pole and steer the boat to where the fish are. Well, needless to say I scrapped the idea and went on the hunt for a fishing remote boat. I told my son about it and he sure got a kick out of the idea of this unconventional way of fishing, I haven’t seen him that excited since he wanted the xbox, which if you know anyone that wants one I have one cheap, he used it only a couple of months! Wasn’t a minute after searching for it on the internet before I was overwhelmed with choices. Whoa, wait a minute, this new project is going to be a little more than I thought. I’ll tell you, these days kids are smarter than us, my 14 year old says look at this, it’s called a Radio Ranger RC Fishing Boat.
Given the choice, for a first timer these rc fishing boats are more practical than the more expensive bait boats.

We haven’t had this much fun in a long time together, it’s funny how simple things make people happy, like fishing. The thing that gets me is while hunting for our bait boat thing all I could find were what I would call overkill. Heck, I can buy 10 of these Radio Rangers for the price of one of those bait boats.

I like how my kid laughs when he uses the radio ranger to pull in the fish. He puts a cork on the line, and hook an the back of the boat, drives it out and waits for a fish to strike, then drives the fish in with the boat. He’s full of smiles, he caught a few catfish too! I like how I can attach the line from my fishing rod to the boat and drive it out a few hundred feet and release it, right on top of the fish.

So if you’re looking for a some real fun then check these out, I recommend them to anyone with or without kids for the ultimate fishing experience! Read More..

Float Fishing for Carp

So many carp anglers use static setups these days that you could be forgiven for thinking that float fishing for big carp is a lost art, amazing really as it can be one of the most adrenalin filled methods for targeting big fish at close quarters there has ever been!


I have heard of many a carp angler who is become bored with the current trend for fishing static set-ups at extreme distances in some cases not even casting a rod but using a bait boat to ship out a lead and hookbait to some distant location – no wonder the heart has stopped pumping – that alone would be enough to make me fall asleep! All I would say to such anglers is break out a float rod and have some fun!


As methods go, they do not get much simpler – all you need is a float and a hook! Forget your bite alarms, rod pods, swingers and suchlike – this is proper fishing designed to put your heart in your mouth every time the float twitches! My standard float fishing set up for big carp consists of a light action carp rod of around 1.5lb to 2lb test curve, which provides exciting sport when playing fish at close quarters, twinned with a lightweight coarse reel – there is no need for big pit reels or baitrunners – so long as it has a drag facility which allows you to adjust the tension during the battle it will do just fine. Spool it up with a quality monofilament line, my personal choice is Daiwa Sensor. The breaking strain will depend on the water you are fishing; if it is free of snags, weed and other submerged obstructions you can use a lower diameter, say between 8lb and 10lb, or increase it up towards 12lb or more if conditions dictate.


Again, on a personal level I like to keep things light as this increases the enjoyment factor when playing fish close in, so most of the time I will use 10lb or below. There are countless floats available for carp fishing, but to be honest I only have about five different types in my tackle box which I find cover me for all eventualities. To fish a standard float set up I like to use a self weighted carp float, not only does this save time when setting up but it means you can swap and change easily when faced with a different distance rather than having to take off or apply different shots to the line each time you want to change distance and depth.


As most of my float fishing for carp is carried out stalking fashion I am never going to be casting huge distances more likely just dropping the float out to marginal features like weedbeds, lily pads or reedmace in the margins. As such I only need enough weight to cast the float a few yards so a pre-weighted float is perfect for flicking out the hookbait. If I want to attract carp on the drop or if I am fishing for spooky carp I won’t attach any shot to the line at all, but if I want to get the bait on the lake bed quickly I will add a small shot or a chunk of rig-putty about three inches from the hookbait to help it reach bottom quickly.


Hook size is critical as you need to match the hook to the size of hookbait. Too many anglers think you need huge hooks to bank carp, which is simply not the case. Most of my stalking and surface fishing for carp is carried out using hooks between size 12 and 16 and rarely do I lose a fish due to the hook pulling! You don’t really need hair-rigs, just mount your bait on the hook and away you go! Just remember to carry an unhooking mat so you can deal with a big fish safely on the bank.


Try to fish to obvious features where carp might visit and keep trickling in loosefeed on a “little and often” basis in order to grab their attention when they do come along. My personal preference for bait is something that moves, something that stops the carp in its tracks when it passes by – and as such I usually favour maggots or worms.


It really is as simple as that, the adrenalin rush on seeing the float slide away before having the rod bend double just can’t be beaten and I can assure you you’ll never be bored again! I have bagged countless lumps recently on the methods and tactics described above. So why don’t you get out there and do the same.

James Johnson, carp fisherman that has caught the big one, the little one and sometimes none at all. Just like most fisherman, the one that got away is always the biggest. Carp Fishing from Trevs Tackle North West Carp