You can talk about some types of fish and methods of catching them in literally 1-2 pages, and what’s important, even a novice fisherman will get quite complete and sufficient information from the review to start fishing for this type of fish. For example, such representatives of ichthyofauna as gudgeon, verkhovka, ruff and other fish are just those that everyone knows about, which are easy enough to catch, and describing their lifestyle and fishing methods is not so difficult. But there are also those inhabitants of the aquatic environment that many fishermen want, about whom books and entire manuals are written, to which every year the interest not only does not subside, but grows like an avalanche, and there are a lot of ways to catch such fish: some known and popular, while others are used extremely rarely in isolated cases. Well, in this category, you can safely include such a fish as carp, about which so much has been said that it is very easy to get confused in the flow of this information.
For this reason, we will only try to run a surface in an informative way with respect to this wonderful fish, note some methods of fishing for carp, and talk about the nuances of the behavior of this fish. In the future, we will try to dwell on each question in more detail, you will find detailed articles below so that information is absorbed, and not put off by “dust” on the shelf, gradually being forgotten.
To begin with, we note some features of the carp, briefly talk about the appearance of this fish (we will describe it in detail here), give some numbers so that we can understand what kind of fish it is. Carp is a freshwater inhabitant, it is a schooling species, inhabits many lakes, rivers and ponds of the country, is popular in many countries of the world, some species are bred in artificial ponds and are of commercial importance. Several species variations of this fish are known. For example, common (common) carp, common carp (wild carp), mirror carp (several large light silver scales are shown on the carp body), naked, etc. It should be noted that carp with an appropriate food base grows very fast and picks up weight (this is due to the peculiarities of its cultivation in ponds). So, even in natural lakes with sufficient food supply, if there are carp, then individuals under 10-15 kilograms are not uncommon in the catches of fishermen. It is clear that this is a trophy, for this reason fishing in carp is allowed in some regions, but with the condition that the caught fish will be released.
Fishing and carp weighing 3-5 kilograms are no less interesting. This is a worthy opponent, which is not so easy to catch. An interesting fact is that carp is quite fertile (but it should be understood that some eggs die, some are eaten by other species of fish), can live in waters where the conditions for other fish are already extreme. As they say, we will not describe the appearance of the carp, as it has already been said that there are several variations, but look at the photos ... It is simply impossible to confuse the carp with any other fish.
If we talk about the taste preferences of carp - this will touch on the most “sore” topic for the fisherman. Carp eats everything, each time giving preference to one thing. For this reason, when fishing for carp it is advisable, at least in the first exploratory stages, to use several gears at once, which can be acquired with different baits and baits. So, in the natural environment, the carp feeds on all kinds of larvae, worms, and particles of plants. When fishing for carp, all kinds of baits and baits are used. For example, carp can be caught on worms, maggots, peas, corn, dough (with and without the addition of various flavoring and aromatic additives), barley, crackers, boilies, potatoes and various other baits, and there is nothing to list. In addition, do not forget about bait. It is not enough to find a carp parking place, it is important to correctly feed it, keep it in place, correctly submit tackle, guessing with the choice of a nozzle. And only in this case, maybe the carp will bite.
If we talk about fishing by carp, then this fishing is one of the most expensive (unless, of course, we are considering the latest fishing tackle and accessories) financially, this is not a fishing trip where a fisherman changes his place every 20-30 minutes, etc. d. Let’s say more, carp fishing is stationary, bites can be waited for a very long time, and the chosen place is not a place for random fishing, but a site where the fisherman carefully and methodically feeds during the whole fishing period (from spring to late autumn) and “serves” the place.
We repeat, each of the fishing methods has its own characteristics, this is a whole science. So, experienced carpenters are also divided into some groups: someone catches on the bottom tackle and knows everything about it, someone prefers float fishing, others develop in the direction of feeder fishing, it’s a very rare phenomenon to catch carp on an elastic band, but this is the place to be. As for gear, here the choice is huge. And today fishing shops can offer so much that their eyes are wide: carp rods and spinning rods, reels, all kinds of feeders and mounting tools, carp hooks, various supports and rod holders, electronic signaling devices, etc.
However, with all the variety of gear, the priority is the feeder gear and float. If we talk about float tackle, then the rod should meet one single requirement - it is good to hold loads, since when fishing a multi-kilogram carp, a budget “telescope” simply can not withstand its jerks.
The next moment is the coil. Now they use inertialess reels, fishing line is wound on the order of 0.3 mm., Leads of a slightly smaller diameter. Of course, it is quite acceptable to establish the main forest in a thinner format, but everyone decides for himself, it depends on the bite, on the average size of the carp that lives in this reservoir and other things. A float - and there is no single answer. Sometimes it is a dull snap, sometimes a float is put sliding. As with fishing on a feeder, it is mandatory to use bait, which can be purchased ready-made, and done independently (there are many recipes, there is no better one among them).
Of course, a lot can be said about the feeder when fishing for carp. This is a separate topic. The feeder is convenient in that it allows you to fish at the right distance from the coast, while the right point is fed. As a rule, a feeder for carp fishing is chosen with a test of up to 100 grams - this is a powerful and reliable fishing rod. Well, if you add boilies (homemade or purchased) here, then new opportunities for the experiment open up. So, using boilies, you can successfully catch carp on the bottom tackle from the mud bottom, and the process of preparing boilies is a classic. As a result, colorful balls of different shapes should be obtained - it looks very beautiful.
As for the time of day, the carp can take both in the morning and in the afternoon, and, as they say, in the evening. It is difficult to give a specific answer. Carp bite can also have different external manifestations. Sometimes, it is sharp, sometimes - sluggish and "gradual." And if when fishing on a float it is more and less clear in terms of hooking, then misses sometimes occur on the bottom tackle. On the other hand, if the carp “sucked” the hooks, pulled, the main thing in this situation is that the tackle does not fail after hooking, the rest is a matter of technology.
In general, literally every detail of the tackle on a carp (reel, fishing-rod, scaffold, hooks, bait rockets, boilies, rigging methods, etc.) can be discussed separately, everything has its own peculiarities.
Carp is very good in culinary terms - it's a delicacy, so much can be cooked. Carp meat is tasty, relatively tender, nutritious. And if it’s nice to serve carp to the table, what could be better ...
Good luck and all the best.
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