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Carp

CARP- Cyprinius Carpio

The Common Carp is arguably the number one target fish in the British Isles. These hard battling fish provide some of the most exciting freshwater fishing with a rod and line. A double figure carp is a realistic target, but they do grow to well over 60lb in the UK.



Identification
The term Carp covers a large variety of species. To make identification even more confusing, there are a further three varieties of, which include the Leather Carp, Ghost Carp and Grass Carp.
The body of the Carp is both deep and thickset. The mouth is thick-lipped with four barbules attached. Carp are either distinguished as Common Carp - which are golden and covered with scales – or Mirror Carp, which have a nude flank with a scattering of larger scales along the back and sometimes on the flank. Linear Carp with a row of scales are also a highly prized catch. The dorsal fin is long and slightly concave, containing between twenty and twenty-six rays. The lower fins are large, rounded and chestnut in colour.
The Leather Carp by contrast has no scales, giving it a leathery appearance, hence its name. Grass Carp, meanwhile, have an upturned mouth and are much longer in shape, with smaller fins and flatter heads.

BRITISH RECORD - 67lb 8oz - Caught by Austin Holness, Conningbrook lake, near Ashford, Kent 2008
 

RECOMMENDED TACKLE

1lb - 10lb carp

POLE: Both the Club Korum Elements and Essence poles are strong enough for carp of this size.

ROD: Club Korum and CS Series float and feeder rods are perfect for small, hard fighting carp. The softer action prevents hookpulls and is ideally suited to carp of this size. The rods are also made for casting out carp wagglers and feeders, so will be very easy to use.

REEL: The Club Korum and CS Series reels are small and light, great when catching lots of carp on the float and feeder.

LINE: Use a 6lb main line to help absorb the lunges of bigger carp and use at least a 6lb breaking strain hooklink.

HOOKS: A size 18 will be okay for smaller carp, but use a 16 when fishing tight to islands or overhanging trees, to prevent losing bigger fish.

TACTICS: Try Method feeder fishing with a fishmeal groundbait, using a small sweetcorn or pellet hookbait. If float fishing with rod or pole, 6mm pellets are a great option for fishing up in the water or hard on the bottom.

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10lb - 30lb carp

ROD: A Korum Carp rod is best suited when targeting really big carp. The 2.5lb version is best on smaller venues with shorter casts, whilst the 2.75lb and 3lb versions are better when casting heavier loads longer distances.

REEL: The KXi Freespin reels are a great option here, as the freespin facility enables you to use your rods on bite alarms or a rod rest. When the reel spins, there's a fish on!

LINE: Use at least an 8lb main line to help absorb the lunges of those better fish, but scale up to 12lb if fishing to snaggy areas for very big fish.

HOOKS: A size 10 should be ideal for double figure carp, but don't be scared to use up to a size 6 when fishing for 20s and 30s.

TACTICS: Try a spread of boilies put out with a Korum Rocket Dropper or catapult, with a PVA bag of small pellets around the hookbait.

 

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