Carp are a freshwater fish from the family Cypriniade, a large group of fish native to Europe and Central Asia. However, introductions in to many countries have made it the most widely distributed freshwater fish in the world.
Small carp can often be confused with goldfish and because the colour of carp varies it can create extra confusion. However, there are a few easy ways to differentiate the two:
- Single dorsal fin with strongly serrated spines
- Pair of barbels (whiskers) at each corner of their mouth
- A forked tail
- More defined lips
- Small eyes.
Over the years, because of Carp escaping and being transferred from breeding ponds to lakes and rivers, it has allowed captive populations to spread up and down the country. Carp are now one of the most popular targeted species for freshwater fishermen in the UK and in recent years Carp Fishing has been reported as the most popular pastime in England.
As years have passed, the tactics have changed but the principle is still the same and it provides the angler with the chance to escape their day to day life and spend quality time in the great outdoors.