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Carp fishing in my opinion is the best type of fishing out there, carp are the most common the the uk's big fish, with carp up to 60lb+ just shows you the size these fish can get to, and to handly them you need to use special carp tackle to be able to cope with there extreme size and fighting power.
Rods: to be able to handle the massive size carp can get to you need to use rods especialy designed for this sype of fishing, i tend to use 2 12 foot two piece, 2.5.lb cest curve carp rods, the test curve is the amount of force it takes to bend the rod to a 90 degree angle, i find that a 2.5lb test curve carp rod can cope with casting long distances with big weight aswell as close in with slightly smaller weights.
Reels: to go with the rods, i use 2 baitrunner carp reels, with a minimum line capacity of 140m of 8lb line, the spool needs to be big enough to hold enough line to allow the fish to bolt. i tend to load the reels with 10lb mainline and an 8lb hooklink.
Bite alarms and indicators:
i personaly use an electronic bie alarm in conjunction with a chain dropp off bite indicator, the bite alarm is screwed onto the buzz bar of the rod pod (this will be explained in the next section) and the indicator is inbetween the bite alarm and the buzz bar.
Rod Pod: rod pods are used if you are using more than one rod at a time, and can ususaly hold up to 3 rods at a time, some only two, and some as many as 4. the rod pod i use is made up of 9 main parts, these are: the main shaft, with 3 threads on each end, 4 extendable legs, 2 screwed on each end of the main shaft, the stem, 1 screwed onto each end of the shaft, two buzz bars, one screwed onto each shaft.
Specimen landing net:
a large landing net is absolutely vital for getting large carp onto the bank to safely unhook them and return them to the water. my landing new is made my Dinsmore, it is 90cm wide, and has a one piece, sturdy metal 6 foot handle.
carm fishing can be a pretty expensive hobby, here is the prices of all my carp tackle:
2 x carp rods = £20 ea.
2 x carp reels = £20 ea.
Rod Pod = £20
2 x Bite Alarm = £10 ea.
3 x chain indicatord = £3 ea.
Specimen Net + Handle = £15
Unhooking Mat = £5
Scales + Weigh Sling = £20
I have been fishing since the age of 6 and therefore am in my 25th year of participating in what I think is the best sport in the world.
Although I go sea and coarse fishing my favourite by far is Carp fishing. Carp in the UK are mainly found in lakes however some have managed to get into the rivers during floods. The size of the Carp is another attraction, with them being the biggest fresh water fish in the UK (record standing at over 60lb), however they do grow a lot bigger in France and I cant wait for my first ever French carp fishing trip later this year, where there is a 3 acre lake containing dozens of fish over 30lb.
There is nothing better than turning up to a lake in the early hours of the morning with nobody else around and watching for the signs of carp.
There are three main methods for catching carp that I use.
1) Ledgering with bite alarms, this is best when you have a long distance to cover and are fishing for long periods of time as you dont have to keep your eye on the rods all the time.
2) Float fishing round the margins - this is great for stalking individual carp.
3) Using breadcrust of chum mixers on the surface, this is great fun as you can actually see the fish come up and take the bait.
A lot of people mock me for fishing but I just love getting close to nature with the opportunity of catching a beautiful carp and putting it back for someone else to enjoy.
I first started fishing when I was about 11-12 years old, my brother andI went to the local river and caught little fish like perch and rudd. This was very exciting for me and use to enjoy myself alot.
I then bought myself a pike rod and pike equipment such as plugs, lures and spoons. It was very exciting catching my first pike because from catching small fish t pike which are alot bigger, it was very fun.
I then stopped fishing for a few year but one day my brother and I decided to start fishing again after playing a game on the pc. We decided to go to a local fishery a few miles down the road. Still using the same tatics we used down the river we only caught small fish like gudgeons but we wanted to catch the bigger fish.
We went to the tackle shop and bought bait which carp like to eat but we were still unsuccessful so we researched into ways to fish and changed from using a float to ledgering. After that we started to catch lots of carp and since then we have fished many lakes and other fisherys and never get bored. Its especially rewarding catching a very big carp.
If you are starting to fish for carp for the very first time then its best to research into it such as different rig set ups and baits. Even if you have to sit at home and practise making the rigs its well worth it. If you do go fishing but dont catch dont give up because you may find you dont catch a lot of times but when you do get a nice carp you never want to leave.
Catfish and Carp fishing in Cornwall:
You wouldnt normally, or rather not often, find a lady so entranced by catfish and carp fishing.. but, I have to admit I love going with my husband and family doing just that in Cornwall, Whiteacres Park, Newquay to be exact!.
The park boasts 13 well stocked lakes, all with a good supply for the keen angler of Carp, Perch, Rudd, Crucian Carp and Catfish up to nearly 60lb in weight.
Two of the lakes are specimen lakes, these are the lakes which hold the 'Biggies', it took my husband around 45 mins to land a massive Catfish of 55lb's, our son, then 17 managed to haul in one of 42lb's. Carp are also really huge in this lake too, nothing like the kind of size you would expect in France or other European countries, but big for British standards none the less!.
We have found that luncheon meat, raw kidney, raw liver and bacon grill works a treat with the catfish, dont change your bait too often though... morning and at dusk works best.
The park is massive with many self catering caravans and wooden lodges up to 8 berth, and are all very well equipped and very clean, the high standards just couldnt be faulted!. There is also camping facilities with shower blocks nearby, again very very clean, electric hook up is easily accessed.
The park also allows you to take advantage of its indoor heated swimming pool, amusement arcade, ten pin bowling, hairdressers, beauty salon and two takeaways/cafes. There is also a launderette on site too.
It is located about 3 miles from Newquay, so is very accessible for beach holidays too. A GP's surgery is available in the next town.
The area is very easily reached from up North by using the M5 motorway and then the A30 which takes you virtually there!, be aware though that traffic can be very heavy on the A30 road especially on a Saturday as it is the virtually the only main route into Cornwall.
It is however well worth the journey for the fishing if nothing else, we are returning again this year in August and find the fishing is really good August and September at Whiteacres Park!
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Before selecting your gear you should ask yourself a few quesions. For instance, are you going to fish the margins or at long range, and is the water snaggy? And what size fish are you after? If in doubt, get advise from a tackle dealer or an experienced carp angler - espesially one who knows the water you want to fish. Rods: You don't have to buy a special carp rod if you already have a through-action, 11 or 12ft (3.3 or 3.6m) rod with a 2lb (0.9kg) test curve. This is a good bet for most carp on most waters, especially at short to medium range. However, if you want, you can select a rod with a fast taper, tip action for fishing at longer range (what I use). The further out you fish the heavier the weight needed to cast. So use a powerful rod, such as one with a 2.5lb (1.1kg) test curve, when the weight is over 2oz (57g). Below that a 2lb (0.9kg) test curve rod will do and for closein fishing with lighter weights use a rod with a 1.75 (0.8kg) test curve. Reels: The reel should be of a sturdy, open face design and have a spool with a line holding capacity of at least 140m (153yd) of 8lb (3.6kg) line. It should lay the line evenly on the spool, so that a running fish is able to take line easily. A baitrunning feature is useful - it allows the fish to run without your needing to take the bail arm off. Line: Choose your line strength to suit the water '8lb (3.6kg) is suitable for open waters but step up to 10 or 12lb (4.5 or 5.4kg) if there is heavy weed or snags. Hooks: A variety of carp hooks are available and choice is very much a personal matter. In any case hooks should be strong and sharp. Useful sizes range from 4s to 10s. Obviously, the bigger the fish, the bigger the hook.
When I was a kid the idea of going fishing at the weekend with my friends to the local duck pond was enough to ensure that I had at least 4 sleepless nights a week. The pond was less than half an acre in size and not more than 3 ft deep. However, it was full of all manner of fishy wonders from minnows and sticklebacks to mighty pike and carp. The fun was in sitting with mates under the trees, by the waterside catching all manner of species, watching a float bob and dip on the waters surface and eventually dissapear, only to reappear with a wondorous splashy creature attached to the hook, whether a 2 inch minnow, roach or perch or a 2 lb tench. My gripe is that nowadays children do not get the same introduction to angling, it seems to me that all ponds have been levelled. cleared of all weeds and lillys, the trees cut down and instead of a wonderous mixture of fish, 11 and 12 year olds are sat for hours on end behind huge banks of fishing rods after chucking in half a ton of groundbait, particle baits and throwing leads more than 200 yards waiting for the carp. It seems as though we are no longer interested in catching fish, instead we all want to catch robotised homogeneous mirror carp from homogeneous featureless lakes, I am sure that many anglers today are missing the point.
I was invited carp fishing by a friend five years ago now and I must say it has to be my favourite way to spend a day doing absolutely nothing. Oh yes you can spend hundreds or even thousands of pounds on equipment and you can spend every waking and non working hour sat on some lakeside trying to tease these elusive fish out of hiding, but to me just a few carefully bought items ( most second hand ) and about 15 weekends of the year with my mates or my own thoughts; aahhh heaven. The best thing about it is probably just the peace and tranquility to be found on some of Britains quieter watersides watching all manner of wildlife interacting when suddenly..... whizz and away your line goes and your in to the fight and trying to land what must be the King of freshwater fish. Carefully play it to the bank, gently land it in the net and then check it carefully and quickly admiring its beauty. Then as soon as possible put it carefully back and sit back to enjoy the quiet of the countryside once again.
Carp fishing? What does that conjure up? Well let me tell you. For me it sounded like the most boring thing in the world when my husband raved about his hobby, i.e. carp fishing. However once I had been with him I could see the attraction, it is not just about the fishing, often you dont catch anything, but the whole experience is part of it.It is often calm and peaceful when fishing carp waters and one gets time to reflect and enjoy nature in a way that is not often possible in todays busy fast paced lifestyle. Then theres the thrill, not to mention the skill, involved when you actually catch a carp,the feeling when your adrenaline starts pumping and youre hoping and praying that this is the one that DOESNT get away. After you have reeled it in weighed and photographed your prize catch, never forget the golden rule of returning the carp to the water you caught it from so that other anglers may experience what you have. Happy Angling.