If you have never had the opportunity to fish for carp, then you are missing out. Carp are big fish, and fight like swimming bulls. While not the prettiest fish, they make up for it in fighting ability. Carp are tricky to catch. They are very careful when feeding, and they always investigate fully the area before committing to certain foods. To be successful at catching carp, here are a few carp fishing tips and tricks to help you get started.
First of all, choose the proper fishing gear. Carp are big fish, and fight similar to catfish. To be able to land a large carp successfully, you will need to use a heavy duty fishing rod and reel. Your fishing line should also be strong, at least 20 pounds. Many carp anglers opt for 50 pound test line. Hooks need to be sturdy and sharp as well, as many carp have the strength to bend the hooks straight.
Once you have the right gear, you will need to focus your time on experimenting with different baits. A lot of people consider carp garbage fish, like catfish. They will eat almost anything, but that doesn't mean they aren't careful at what they eat. They will often taste, smell, and visually inspect a food particle before eating it. Carp fishermen often create their own concoction of bait. Chumming is a great way to attract feeding carp. Spread out your favorite bait, with your hook somewhere in the mix. Dog food, bread mixes, and other grain spods work well.
The key is to experiment with a few different options to find the best baits to use. After all, carp fishing baits aren't the same as bass or crappie bait. Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you get started into the wonderfully exciting sport of carp fishing. Good luck!