In order to catch big carp you’ll more than likely need to select the
correct bait. This doesn’t just mean boilies that are fresh and made from
top ingredients, it means a quality bait which also hasn’t ended up
becoming ineffective through angling overuse on your chosen venue. This may
sound strange, but read on!
It is well recorded that all the baits in the list above have caught some of
the largest carp in the UK, but this doesn’t mean they’ll keep catching the
biggest carp in every lake.
If all anglers on any given lake constantly use
one of the top baits, there’s a very high probability that many carp,
including the bigger carp in the lake, will have become accustomed to the
scent or flavour, and thus developed a nervous memory for that specific
bait. This is especially true if the majority of the carp in the lake have
actually been caught on these boilies over the previous few seasons. In a
case such as this, the big carp may only feed cautiously on these boilies,
if at all. When this happens it can render any
top quality bait, including
those in the above list, as almost ineffective for catching the bigger carp
in the lake.
Big carp need to feed strongly and in a greedy manor in order
to give us a better chance of catching them. A big fish coming in on our
bait patch will mostly be able to suss out the hook bait if feeding in their
normal, suspicious way. If the bigger, wiser carp cannot see the rig, then
they’ll often work out where it is when the smaller carp either get caught,
or have trouble dealing with the hook bait as they try to eject the rig
after taking it in. I personally believe we would all be shocked if we
really knew exactly how many times a big carp has looked at, or even
“tested” our hook baits over the years!
Now this doesn’t mean we should avoid using the same bait as many of the
local anglers on our lake. Using the same bait that has gone into a lake
regularly can actually be the best way to catch many carp. In effect,
it’s similar to a long
pre-baiting session. How effective the regular bait will be for catching
the big fish really depends on where in the “life cycle” the bait
is at. Boilies which have caught the majority of a lake’s carp will be less
effective than boilies which has been introduced many times with little
captures. This is because numerous captures has allowed the fish to wise up
to the bait.
It can be difficult to identify where in the life cycle a specific bait is,
and so it may be best simply try it first. If you happen to see any feeding
activity where your bait lays, then the bait may still be good, even if
failing to catch carp on that day. Not catching may simply mean the fish have
sussed out your rigs. However, if you’re not seeing any feeding activity,
bubbles, movement in the area or not had any takes at all, yet you can see
many carp in the area, then it may be best to move onto the next quality
This really does illustrate the importance of research when targeting the
biggest carp. Chatting with regular anglers and looking into records in the
carp magazines will always yield valuable information on the
best bait to
use for targeting the biggest carp.
Tactics for Help in Catching the Biggest Carp in the Lake
Big, heavy carp feed every day, in fact, they must feed more regularly in
order to maintain their huge size and weight. Yet, the biggest fish in the
lake tend to get caught the least – I wonder why!!!
You need to think differently if you wish to catch the biggest carp. Your
target carp needs to feel the bait you’re using is “safe” and thus it’ll
naturally tap into its greedy mind set. In fact, this is where a
can work wonders!!
A big carp pre-occupied with its own greed as it feeds, or when it competes
with other fish before the food source runs out, will lower its guard and
this will always lead to capture sooner or later. It’s this kind of
situation that you need to try to create in an area where your target fish
is known to patrol.
Getting your target fish to feed strongly enough to be caught is going to
take time and effort. Firstly, you need to research and find out where the
bid carp has been caught before. Also, it’s important to have an idea about
the bait it’s feeding on. Certain baits appeal more to big carp over others,
and it’ll be your job to find this out. Asking the local angling or bailiff
is a great start, so never dismiss their advice. If you can’t find out this
information through talking to others, then why not try placing very general
types of boilies, such as fish meals, in an area where the big carp is known
to patrol. Chuck out a kilo or so in the sides or any place where you can
come back a few times in the week to see if it has been eaten. A good idea
when doing this is to use very large boilies to cut down the chance of
small, nuisance fish taking the bait before carp. One of the days you may
well see the carp taking the bait, and if it’s a bigger fish then you’re
Also, try not to always fish in the more popular swims on the lakes. Very
often the bigger carp know that these areas contain a supply of food but
they’re also aware that it means greater danger, thus they may avoid these
areas altogether. A popular peg may produce a couple of twenties and many
doubles over a weekend but, the bigger fish will probably be caught in other
areas. It could be the case that the bigger fish are often found in swims
rarely used by anglers. These “poor” swims may mean a much longer wait but
if it produces one big thirty then it’s all been worth the wait.
Try to look at what other anglers are doing when they fish for carp. For
instance, if many anglers are using bait boats, or if they can row out their
bait, then it’s probably a case that they always pile in tons of bait. It
may be the case that carp have become accustomed to finding 1 foot square
patches of boilies. Also, tightly baited areas will probably be common to
the larger carp, so look at finding a new element of surprise. Maybe put
free offerings out in lines in order to confuse the fish, this may be enough
to make them relax into feeding strongly. In fact, a situation like this
would be an ideal time to
target the carp using single hook baits, or maybe just a few on a
stringer. Always try to think laterally when fishing for big carp.
When fishing for biggest carp you need to except the slowness and be
patient. Anglers rarely catch the biggest carp quickly. They often have to
target them with a sound and solid approach. Researching about the type of
bait, and the correct location, as well discovering a carp’s patrol route
can be invaluable when targeting the biggest carp in the lake.
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Bait Choice for Each Fishing Situation?
Boilie Additives & Ingredients Making Own Bait
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What's Best Size Boilie to Use for Catching Bigger Carp?
The Basic Carp Baits for Fishing for largest Carp
Groundbait Methods for Attracting in Large Fish into Swim
of Some of the Best Big Carp Fishing Baits
Applying a New Carp Bait
Fishing for Carp in Rivers
Big Carp in the Spring
Location in the Summertime
Large Carp in the Cold Winter
of Most Carp in Autumn
Case for Quality Carp Bait
Fishing Tactics for Snags & Trees
Boilie Placement on the Hair rig
Different types of carp rigs to use
Attempting to Catch Wary Carp
A Carp's Digestive System in Detail
Baiting Tactics When Fishing
The Various Carp Bait
used to Catch Bigger Carp
When to use Pop-ups or Bottom Bait for Carp Fishing
complete a Baiting
Campaign on Lakes & Ponds
Basic Carp Fishing
Baits Used to Catch Large Carp
Fishing Tactics when Fishing for Carp during Long-stay Sessions
Advice & Articles on How to Fish for Big Carp