Carp fishing is a favored form of fishing. Read on for details of why this fish has overtaken many others in popularity in the angling world.
Owners of commercial stretches of water where fishing is open to the public or private clubs will often buy carp in preference to many other types of fish native to our waters. Why has the carp, which is widely regarded as an invasive species in other parts of the world, become so attractive to anglers?
Part of the answer to this lies in this species’ propensity to grow to significant proportions when conditions are right. These fish easily grow to specimen sizes of around 20lbs and above, and the record weight of a carp caught is well in excess of 60lbs! There is, therefore, plenty of potential for healthy competition between anglers when fishing for carp.
The other main factor is that they present a challenge to anglers because they have a reputation for being difficult to land. Carp tend to feed in places where they feel safe and, therefore, learn to associate certain areas, i.e. where they have been caught before, as being dangerous. So even if your fellow anglers have caught fish in a certain spot before, this is no guarantee that you will, and you may well have to work hard to identify another hotspot for catching this fish!
What Do You Need To Fish For Carp?
Well, the first necessary item is a valid rod license if you intend to go for game or coarse fish. No matter who owns the water where you’ll be fishing, a rod license is required. This is obtainable at your local Post Office for a small fee. You can purchase a full license or, if you’re not sure angling is your hobby, simply invest in a one-day license for a fraction of the cost.
You will, of course, need to have the right fishing equipment if you are going to go on a day out like this. Luckily, there are places like Tailored Tackle that make this easy. If you have any queries or you are not sure what to purchase, they are bound to be able to help you and point you in the right direction.
Next, find a suitable location for your first fishing session. Don’t necessarily head to a place where you know trophy carp have been caught. You would have to be extremely lucky to rival the 30lb+ catches landed by more experienced anglers. Do look for waters that have been stocked by reputable fisheries with good quality carp for sale, if you can find sites like this. Check with the owners or managers (via the website, if they have one) what the requirements are for fishing in these places. Some will charge a small fee for a day ticket while others may require you to become a member of a particular angling club, for instance.