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The Very Basics Of Carp Fishing

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It is possible for both amateurs and seasoned fishermen to enjoy carp fishing with only the vary basics of tackle, bait and of course plenty of patience. The first thing you will need to know though, is where to find the fish.

The great thing about carp is that they prefer slow moving or still water. This is great news for your blood pressure, as the environment in which you’ll be fishing is likely to be very calm and tranquil. Even if you don’t catch anything, it’s a lovely way to spend a few hours. Many enthusiasts have found so great a pleasure in this pastime, that there is a niche market in carp fishing holidays which will cater for the professional or novice’s every need.

As an all-round sociable species, carp are usually found in groups of six or more. A quiet and shady place with lots of plant life around is the type of environment preferred by carp. Being bed feeders, they are usually not easy to see from the surface. You will, however, be able to tell if they are indeed there.

There are many seasoned fishermen who have been seeking out the best spots for decades, such as George Barnes. “They love the dark and the quiet,” he says. “If disturbed from their habitat, they may disappear and not return to the bed for days. They are easily scared, and a spot where four or five were landed on one day may be barren the next.”

Whilst a fifty-odd pound specimen has been recorded from time to time, it is not likely that your average carp fisherman would ever be that lucky. The average carp landing tends to be around the three to five pound mark, meaning a huge degree of sophistication in carp fishing tackle is unnecessary, particularly for the novice. In the beginning, a simple 10lb-line rod and reel set-up is more than sufficient. A good float is a vital part of your carp fishing tackle. Buy the best one you can afford, because this will help you no end. It doesn’t take much for the carp to be frightened away, so you should avoid excessive pulling in and re-casting.

As carp are omnivorous and will try almost anything which comes their way, there is a huge range of carp fishing bait on the market. “I usually use a ground bait, lowered gently into the water,” says Barnes. “Boilies or pellets or lobworm paste all work well. Once the fish are used to the introduction of these, they will be more inclined to take them from the hook”.

“You must have patience for carp fishing. One day, you may have no luck with one type of bait, so it is essential to have as many different types of carp fishing bait in your bag as you can. Fruit flavour boilies or pellets can sometimes bring instant catches: on other days, you have to keep changing the variety of carp fishing baits before you get results.”

There are certain things to remember to pack in your bag, along with a flask of tea and some sarnies. Depending on the time of year, you may need to bring a variety of hooks. This is where an extra rod can help. Sometimes it’s best just to go with the simplest set-up rather than load up your best hook with the fanciest boilie bait or lug paste.

There are many people, like George, who have been carp fishing for many years – even decades – who will attest to the fact that no matter how much carp fishing tackle you accumulate or bait you try out, it really just depends on what the fish feel like doing. In conclusion then, the most important thing to remember when going carp fishing is to take along your patience!

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