Carp Fishing Techniques

For those fishermen who haven’t tried carp fishing, you are seriously missing out. They’re fun to catch and pull like a freight train!


Location: In rivers, most carp can be found in slack waters. Some fish will be in
stronger currents or even up at the dams, but you will find most of the
carp in stretches of calmer water and in backwaters.

ROD: 6′ to 7′ in length, one piece, medium to medium heavy action, spinning rod
REEL: Spinning reel with the capacity for approximately 200 yards of 17-20 lb. test

TACKLE: Gamakatsu Octopus #6 Hook, 1/4-1/2 oz. bell sinkers, small split shots

Bait: Corn mixed with a little vanilla extract does the trick! Take a can of sweet corn and pour it into a Ziploc bag. Pour a few drops of vanilla extract in the bag, zip the bag up and shake it up. Let it sit for a few minutes. The vanilla draws the carp to the bait and gets them to hang onto it longer without blowing it out.

Most of the carp we’ve caught have taken our baits and move with it right away. If you lay your fishing rod down on the ground and tighten the line, they will usually set the hook on themselves and all you have to do is lift your rod up up when they pull. Pay attention and be patient. The bites will happen very quickly.

Chumming: Chumming is a technique to lure carp into your fishing area. Just take one or two handful of sweet corn and throw out in the area you plan to fish. I would say two to three chums per hour is plenty. This will keep the carp in your area and it will give you a better chance of having a carp pick up your bait instead of the chum.

Good Luck!

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