Carp fishing is the most popular freshwater discipline in the UK and Europe. It’s a hobby used to socialise, to escape from the hustle and bustle and for the adrenaline of nailing that catch.
What is Carp fishing?
Yes, ok it’s catching Carp. But there’s more to it, with Carp anglers having unique techniques and specialist equipment that is tailored for securing the biggest Carp.
Carp anglers use Rods that are designed specifically to play big fish, which is certainly the category some of those European Carp fall into.
How many types of Carp are there?
The main three that anglers fish for are the Common, Mirror and Leather Carp.
With their scale design and colourings almost identical, it’s very much a case of bigger is better when it comes to Common Carp.
Size isn’t everything when fishing for these – you’ll happily pose in the Mirror with any size.
Due to their variations in scale pattern – linear and full – anglers are searching the prettiest, most unique design.
The name sums it up, but yes, these Carp have a leathery feel to them, and are sparsely scaled.
Anglers’ catch reports will tend to star Leather Carp in the colder months, due to their lack of fat reserves – Mirror and Common have ample supply during winter, so can relax and survive off their reserves.
What is the best time to go Carp fishing?
Carp spring into action in, well, spring. This is when it’s time to replenish those fat reserves and get out and stretch their fins after a few months of being fairly dormant.
The beauty of Carp, though, is that with the right setup – Outlaw Pro’s Attract Natural Bait has provided results in temperatures of -5 – you can catch them all year round.
In regards to the time of day, Carp tend to feed more aggressively under the cloak of darkness, so dawn and dusk provide the greatest success – time to get that Bivvy set up for your overnighter.
How deep should you fish for Carp?
Carp can provide catch reports from fishing in a foot of water right up to 30+ feet. Their habits change throughout the day: early morning they tend to frequent the margins, but as the feeding frenzy kicks in around dusk, you’re best exploring near reed beds.
What is the best Bait for Carp fishing?
Ahh the age-old question. We’ve got you covered, though, as we’ve already produced a blog on that, here. From Hookbaits to Pellets, Artificial Bait to adding extra attraction, find out all you need to know.
What is the best beginner Rod for Carp fishing?
Enter the TX-1A Rod from Shimano.
When you’re starting out, you’re looking for a Rod that is comfortable casting 80-100 yards – hitting those sweet spots on the horizon will come later.
This will play fish extremely well, and comes with all the trademarks of a stylish, strong and phenomenal Shimano Rod.
Do I need a licence for Carp fishing?
Yes. You must have a Rod fishing licence for England and Wales if you’re fishing for Carp.
Children under 13 do not need a licence. However, for those aged between 13-16 you do need a licence but this is free to obtain.
You can secure the licence you need via the government website.
Environmental Agents regularly carry out spot checks on the lakes and ask for your details. If you can’t provide them / no licence is registered, then there’s a chance the police will take your gear away and hand out a £2500 fine.
Call us on 0333 123 6699 with any questions you have, and we will be more than happy to help you in your Carp fishing quest.