More Carp Fishing Tips
With over 15 years of carp fishing experience I have managed to pick up many
tips and tricks that has helped me catch some very nice carp, as well as a
few big ones!
I have tried to cover a whole range of carp fishing tips, from
Rig Ideas to
Tactics. I hope you find these carp tips useful.
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Here is a list of carp fishing tips to help you
Catch More Big Carp.
If you can, try to locate the fish before
choosing a peg.
the carp, or any possible patrolling area is a largest part of carp
Use fishmeal-based boilies during the
autumn, try 50/50 mixes or bird food
types of bait during
Add plenty of salt to particle baits, especially
the cooked types like hemp, maize, tares, beans, partiblend seeds, maple
peas and chick peas. Carp love
the taste of salty foods. As a rough guide, add one tablespoon of salt to 5
litres dry particles. These are also
good cheap baits to use!
Try adding chillies to some particle baits. Carp
seem to love that hot "kick" from those spices. Roughly add 2 tablespoons to
5 litres particles.
If the standard carp baits like boilies don't seem to be working,
try using maggots.
Here is a maggot carp rig to try. You can fill a small PVA bag with
maggots to get some free
offerings out at distance. Or you could even half-fill the bag with dry groundbait to
give off a cloudy attraction. (If you are concerned about maggots wriggling
away or into silt try using previously frozen dead maggots.)
When the water is cold such as in the
try casting your rigs a little
more frequently, and target different areas
in order to place a hook bait close to the fish. Cold water slows down the
movements of carp so there's less chance the fish will swim towards your
bait. In the summer, you can lay traps in
possible patrolling areas and wait
for the carp to find the bait.
Use different sizes of
pellets or particles in a spod mix. This helps confuse the carp, it also gives you the option to use
various sizes on the hook.
Add high sources of vitamin C to your bait. I
often mix my method up using orange juice rather than lake water. You can
also try soaking fresh boilies in orange juice in order to give that
distinct flavour and extra sugar.
If you're worried about overfeeding the swim
breadcrumb groundbait with just the attractants added but without
all the particle baits included. this way you get all the
filling the fish.
Whenever you can, try to stay away from using
round bait. Far too many carp are caught on round baits, you want to be
different. I sometimes just square up the
hook bait using small scissors.
Try crumbling a multi-vitamin pill into your
method mix. Carp love highly nutritious foods!
fishing a new water, try using
brightly coloured bait with
smells. Only switch if you know
there are carp in the swim and you are having no action.
Try to get carp competing for the bait. When
carp compete for food they lower their guard and are easier to catch.
In the winter, try
fishing the silt areas at the
bottom of gravel bars.
Always try to
camouflage your end tackle to suit
the lake bed you're fishing on. I sometimes weight down a spod with leads,
then cast it out and let it sink to the bottom, then scrap up a sample of
the bottom. I can then create my end tackle to suit the same colour. If
possible, I try to do this a few days before a fishing session.
good quality bait when fishing for
If you're catching carp in a certain spot then
you want to place your rigs in the exact same spot every time you cast. To
help do this, place some marker line or a small piece of tape
on the main line once you have the rig in your preferred area.
Rather than throwing unused
particle baits into
the lake at the end of the session, take them home and freeze them. Many particles such as
hemp, maize, chick peas and beans can be frozen and kept, even
maggots can be frozen
and used for another carping session.
To help stop a banked carp from
when trying to remove the hook, try
covering up the eyes with a wet, dark cloth.
Try not to throw out too much bait at the start
of a session, try the "little and often approach". Remember you cannot take out
what has already gone in!
Try not to overfill a spod it will cause
spillage in mid flight. It may also alter the course of the spod.
If fishing a pressured venue, don't add too many
bright baits to your
mix Bright colours often spook shy carp, only try out the bright colours if the neutral colours don't work.
cold weather try soaking hook bait in neat
liquid flavourings. These are usually much stronger helping to release
attractant over a longer period.
To help locate the distance of the fish in the
swim, fish with tight lines and stagger the rods at various distances. If
you get line bites on the rod closest to the bank, then you know you're
fishing too far with the other rods.
Tiny seeds used in any spod mix can help hold
carp in a swim for longer. I believe some of the seeds become wedged or
hidden in the lake bed and as a result, it takes longer for the carp to find
the majority of these particles. However, do your research as not all seeds
are effective for catching huge carp!
If you want to achieve more bites when fishing
for carp, try scaling down on your end rig tackle. Smaller item of rig
tackle are less visible but also, smaller hooks are often sharper because
the wire is thinner.
catch more carp out!
Always use Rock Salt over normal table salt when
preparing particles or making your own baits. There is evidence which
suggests carp are far more attracted to rock salt.
Do not always follow the wind for locating carp.
Smaller waters are less affected by winds. Also, some of the bigger carp in
larger waters may NOT
the wind because angling pressure has taught them it could be dangerous!
Always plop in a few baits before casting out a
rig. If there are carp feeding in your swim then the
dropping down will cause them to move away for a while, then fire out your
rig. It's much better to spook carp with bait rather than a
If the majority of anglers on your local water
bait heavy and bivvy up for days, then try
stalking tactics. Maybe place small patches of bait in different
margin areas around the lake. Frequently visit these areas and try
dropping our a rig.
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Can We catch Big Carp On Cheap Bait?
What Rig Systems for Which Fishing Situation?
How much Gap from Hook Bait to the Hook Bend?
How to Catch Carp in Snags & Under Tree lined Areas
Using Single Bait Methods to Catch Out Large Carp
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What Area to Choose When Fishing a New Lake
River Fishing for Large Carp in Rivers
How to Catch the Carp from Margins of Pools
Pre-Bait Fishing Tactics to Trick Huge Carp
Fishing for Carp in Mid-depth Water Using Zig Rigs
locate Shoals of Carp in the Springtime
Locate Big Fish in Local Lakes During Summer
are the Best Baits for Catching Big Carp?
Q & A
I Cannot Catch Carp!
Improving Bite Alarm Indications
the Biggest Carp in Winter time
Most Larger Carp in Autumn season
Carp Rod Casting Frequency
How to feel the composition of the lake bed
with every cast
Set Up Rigs to Limit Potential Tangles On Casting
Setting up a marker float
for feature finding
and how to use marker float
Do we really need to worry about the type of rig used?
which ones to use and why
of Hook Pattern to Use when Fishing
Size of Hooks
to Use for Carp Baiting
Leadcore Quick-Change System
lead safety clips for fixed Carp Fishing rigs
The cause of line twisting
What is the Best Carp Rig System
Bradley's Lake Gloucestershire: Sept 2008
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