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   Old Thread  #41 9 Jan 2019 at 2.16am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not in the the state of Washington, unless they are for commercial harvest. I did commercial fish for them back in the late 70ís and early 80ís albeit in the state of Oregon. For personal consumption they may be trapped, caught by hand, even speared I think. There is a daily limit and as I recall there are one or two
ďNon-Native SpeciesĒ that must not be released.
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   Old Thread  #40 9 Jan 2019 at 2.12am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I may have said this already but Carp were distributed here quite purposefully by the federal government as a food source for a growing population circa 1860.
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   Old Thread  #39 9 Jan 2019 at 2.10am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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ip100,
ďIlegal it may be, but do you really care?Ē
Iím a Thoreauvian, beyond that I plead the Fifth.
That said, the actual statutes are pretty vague if you ask me. A publication of ďregulationsĒ is available to the general angler/licensee which does interpret the ďlawsĒ with regard to specific species, areas, and catch limits. Many however, are published as a ďregulationĒ and/or use the language ď...shallĒ and/or ď...shall notĒ in reference to end tackle, bait, etc.
Here is an example:
A fishing license is not required to catch carp in Washington. Licenseeís may purchase a ďTwo Pole EndorsementĒ and exercise that endorsement unless a body of water prohibits the use of two poles. A question I have submitted to WDFW is, ďMay I use more than one pole when fishing for carp?Ē An endorsement is not a license. I have yet to receive an answer but I know of one fisherman who asked that question to an enforcement officer. The officer said a license and endorsement would be needed.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife here has a lot of leeway for enforcement. If an officer issues a citation you will be subject to any or all of the following: seizure of equipment, fines, and license(s) in the future, by the Agency. Judicial intervention would only happen with rare circumstances and major criminal violations. Eg. Unlicensed Commercial Harvest
I donít know about the U.K. but in The U.S. you can literally get away with murder if you can afford good defense lawyer(s). Eg. OJ Simpson
I digress. Whoís going to bother with lawyer fees in a fishing violation.
There is some legislation underway concerning some outdated or ambiguous language but that process is a low priority to the state and doesnít move quickly. I used my interpretation of the Regulations pertaining to carp as an example. They are anything but an endangered species here and loosely regulated as ďForage FishĒ. Salmon, trout, and steelhead are a completely different story. They are strictly regulated and enforced as ďGame FishĒ.
Iíve never heard of anyone poaching or distributing carp illegally and I doubt if the unlawful transportation or distribution of common carp would be enforced unless a vigilant property owner reported and filed a complaint. Property owners and their respective organizations have a considerable influence in prosecution.
Iíve dragged this on far more than intended.
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   Old Thread  #38 8 Jan 2019 at 11.16pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Touchť Johnny!

I agree, itís a good tactic. For the near future I would just like to learn how to catch them.
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   Old Thread  #37 8 Jan 2019 at 7.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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"It wasn't by legal, recorded stockings..."

No, it was a bunch of dodgy monks

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   Old Thread  #36 8 Jan 2019 at 5.54am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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But we aren't talking about otters are we? That's a rediculous thing to say! How do you think carp started getting about in the UK all those years ago? It wasn't by legal, recorded stockings...
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   Old Thread  #35 8 Jan 2019 at 0.51am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Illegal it may be, but do you really care? The chances of getting caught are slim, the benefits could be great, and many people wouldn't have a clue what you were doing anyway.

what a ridiculous thing to say.

imagine if you read that on a forum if someone was asking about reintroducing otters to an unaffected area of the uk.

not to mention the risk of the disease spreading. illegal stocking / movement of fish is a massive risk (in the UK as well as north america) - and that's coming from someone who pedalled all around my local area as a kid with a carp or two wrapped up in a wet sack in my rucksack.
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   Old Thread  #34 7 Jan 2019 at 10.33pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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They were encouraging it round my way a few years back, was seeing a lot of traps in the river mole at one stage. People taking them for the table, the trapping licence is/was free.
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   Old Thread  #33 7 Jan 2019 at 4.27pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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You do to trap them, but you don't need traps to catch them
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   Old Thread  #32 7 Jan 2019 at 3.14pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Sorry it's off topic but i thought you needed a licence to trap crayfish.?
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   Old Thread  #31 7 Jan 2019 at 11.31am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Illegal it may be, but do you really care? The chances of getting caught are slim, the benefits could be great, and many people wouldn't have a clue what you were doing anyway. We have laws regarding signal crayfish here, they must be removed and destroyed but I know that doesn't happen much, and I've never heard of anyone being fined for returning them.
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   Old Thread  #30 7 Jan 2019 at 10.06am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Bill

"Your suggestion to kickstart the sport is illegal"

Yes it is in Washington, but you are posting under a title tread of "US carping" and there are other states where Paulie's suggestion is legal and would actually expand the sport in the US. Even though the thought process lends itself to an "underground" style movement, it actually makes sense

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   Old Thread  #29 7 Jan 2019 at 0.21am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I hear you loud and clear my English friend itís on the minds of many Carp fishermen here but for the present, your suggestion to kickstart the sport is illegal. See the link below and my replies below. It is true that carp hold enormous potential here for the sport-fishing industry. To put that in perspective here are some loose figures presented by various sources. The sport fishing industry in the U.S. generates over $100 billion a year. Half or more of that figure comes from the bass fishing industry. It is HUGE here and surpasses revenue from the NFL, NBA, and MLB by a wide margin. I donít mean to say that as a deterrent but realistically there are huge obstacles. Not the least of these is a recreational fishing industry that has its hooks into deep pockets of infrastructure and a stable customer base. It makes little sense for them to support or grease the skids for a species requiring little more than hook, weight, or peanuts to yield huge results. Secondly, the collective WE donít want anything to do with carp. We donít want to fish for them, eat them... we donít want them here at all. They are considered a nuisance by property owners and the local officials transparently concur. That is on the verge of change with a select few, self included. Once interest has built to a significant degree that is sure to change. Walking into a fishing store like the ones you have in England is overwhelming. Iíd love some revenue figures for carping in the U.K. Companies like Korda coming over to sponsor a few derbies would be huge game changers but itís going to take a large investment and patience in my opinion. Has McDonalds put a huge dent in your fondness for fish and chips? How many Starbucks are in England? Do the majority still drink tea? Just saying...
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To clarify, MY catch, keep, release practice is NOT outside the law. I DO NOT catch and kill any species I donít intend to eat. I have caught a total of three carp my life. They were all eaten. Their carcass and entrails used as bait for crayfish. I make no apologies for eating my catch. I prefer to eat smaller fish(6-12 lbs). Any fish over 12-15 lbs is going to be released. If Im successful this season and the freezer is full... as I currently interpret the States Regulations, I should stop fishing for them. The State is not likely to post a directive to kill fish but there is some ambiguity in the language and loose interpretation. Washington Stateís Declaration of Invasive Species is misleading to say the very least. Historical documents implicate the federal government in the intententional release of common carp throughout the Nation in the early to mid 1800ís. The intention was to provide a stable food source for a growing nation as I understand.
Common Carp are prolific throughout the state and the Nation. Some claim there isnít a body of freshwater in the state without them. I live between Portland Oregon and Vancouver, Washington right next to the Columbia River. Ukrainian immigrants here have been issued commercial harvest permits for Lake Vancouver.
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   Old Thread  #27 6 Jan 2019 at 5.30am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good to know.... thanks
Iíll get some 6ís and 4ís
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Re: Washington State Aquatic Invasive Species
Ref.
https://wdfw.wa.gov/ais/cyprinus_carpio_carpio/

ďCyprinus carpio carpio (Common carp )
Classification: Regulated
ďCommon carp and Koi (decorative carp) thrive in turbid rivers and lakes. They are omnivorous, eating insects, crustaceans, annelids, molluscs, and seeds from weeds and trees. For the most part they grub in the sediments to find food, stirring up sediments and increasing turbidity. Adults will uproot and destroy aquatic vegetation, which may be detrimental to ducks and other fish populations. There are carp in many lakes in the state, and people are encouraged to fish for them. They are not to be put back into any waters of the state. We would like to diminish these populations.Ē

-WDFW
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   Old Thread  #25 6 Jan 2019 at 5.09am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Jon,

I agree, that was irresponsible of me to say. My apologies to all. I donít know of anyone, and I certainly do not catch and kill unless Iím going to eat them. In fact I do not know the actual statute so I will look into that and get back to you. I donít know what King Carp are. Asian or Silver Catp have been a problem around the Great Lakes area but none have been reported here. The two species in Washington are the Common Carp and Grass Carp. The WDFW agency introduced haploid Grass Carp in several lakes to control Milfoil vegetation primarily. It has had mixed results. Residents can purchase live haploid Grass Carp for private ponds and lakes but must get a permit to transport and release live carp. The only species here that is killed by fisherman regularly is the Pike Minnow. There was a government bounty on those caught in the Columbia at one point. I donít know if itís still going on. Haploid Northern Pike have been introduced to control both Pike Minnow and Common Carp. Washington Fishing Regulations are available to all online and anywhere you buy a fishing license. Most fishermen here are very responsible and environmentally conscientious.
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   Old Thread  #24 5 Jan 2019 at 11.44pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ah well.

TELL NO ONE.

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   Old Thread  #23 5 Jan 2019 at 10.35pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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And also @da_snipa ... Olivier ĎParis to Portlandí is a great Columbia River carper.
He can certainly point you in the right direction ( and puts all his fish back!)...
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   Old Thread  #22 5 Jan 2019 at 9.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
If you are intereted in carp on the fly then follow @johnmontanacarp on Instagram. He catches loads from rivers and lakes in the US on flies.
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human grade vs animal grade with afloxins in particles is pretty much a myth isn't it?

Im really not sure but I for one will not take that chance !...............I can penny pinch on other things
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   Old Thread  #20 5 Jan 2019 at 3.23pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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re fly patterns - I use huge flies with size 4 hooks. Their mouths are massive compared to the size of the fly - make sure you take a sharpening file with you though - the points can get turned over quite easily when you are dragging the hook across the bottom.
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human grade vs animal grade with afloxins in particles is pretty much a myth isn't it?

I'm pretty sure that afloxins can be found in any particles where there is any chance of them becoming damp (used to be very common in hemp). nowadays, storage laws mean that all particles should be exempt from them - including bird nuts.
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   Old Thread  #18 5 Jan 2019 at 3.19pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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first thing I thought of doing when I came over here.

soon got put off when you look into the conservation laws over here. the ministry of natural resources (MNR) take illegal fish movements very seriously and I've been told that stocking fish illegally can lead to huge fines and in extreme cases, people can forfeit their houses / cars.

am now at the point where I look at my fishing as 'happy to catch anything that comes along' now - the fishing is challenging enough, they're wild and odds are that have never been caught before - not to mention that the types of terrain we have to adapt to catch them from.
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   Old Thread  #17 5 Jan 2019 at 1.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Hi Bill

"Though seldom practiced to the letter, it is illegal in the state of Washington to release live carp. If you catch one it is to be disposed and or dead before returning"

I'm looking into a move to the US and carp fishing will be a big part of the move. My current understanding of of the rules in Washington is that "all Asian carp" are to be removed from any water they are caught in irrespective.
There is no directive I have found that applies to any of the "king carp" strains.
If I am wrong please direct me to the applicable legislation. Otherwise if I'm right it's not good form to make that kind of comment on a forum that's read by both anglers in Washington State, but other forum members from all over the world.
Not having a dig, just making you aware of the audience and possible implications of your post

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If you are really wise, and you want to fish for carp. You could be the pioneer in the US. If I lived out there in a country that does not like carp, I would do this. Take a few fat females, and put them into a rich lake, that does not get fished/bow fished. I will bet that you do know one or two to. Time will do the rest. In ten years, you will have some fish to fish for, that are massive, and no one has seen before.

Better than killing them, and clever. You live in a country where the carp are to common. That's because they can spawn very well, and do. To many fish = no big ones. Put some fat females into a lake that is never fished. It should have no carp in there already. They will not be able to spawn obviously, and the lake will not become over run with them.

Trust me, they will grow so much bigger than 8lb. In your environment out there, I would bet those fish if you done it, would all go 30kg+ if you pick the right lake, and the right fish.

He who dares...

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You do put them back though right mate? They will not get bigger if you do not put them back, kind of silly really even fishing for them in the first place if you are not going to put them back. If you fish for them, you are a fisherman. If you kill them when you're not eating them, you're not.

Don't worry the FBI and CIA are not watching. Just slip them back mate, karma will pay you back one day... And you will catch one that you have previously put back, and it will be a record.
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a very good bait is peanuts !
but best to only use human grade peanuts as wild bird peanuts have a risk of containing higher levels of a toxin called aflatoxin its very important you prepare them properly prior to using them !!! you must soak the peanuts in a bucket of water I add sea salt to mine to be on the safe side soak them for a full 24 hours
then using the same water boil them for 10 mins you can if you want add flavour or colour if you want
I Use a size 8 or a 10 hook and a hair long enough to hold two or three peanuts hair rigged sideways
really worth a go mate
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C&R
Just let them go, my friend.
You know it makes sense!
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Johnnyfubar,

Great video recommendation. If that doesnít get someone pumped up for carp fishing nothing will. I regularly see fish that size in Lake Washington meat Seattle where I used to live. Iíve read a lot about how easily carp spook but thatís not been my experience. They seem pretty fearless comparatively. Schools of them swim right under and around our boat in shallow clear water. We do have Grass Carp here as well but they were mostly haploid fish planted by authorities to control invasive aquatic vegetation which has become overwhelming in some areas. In some places the access areas are so choked that boats cannot launch due to cooler intake and prop fouling. They were reportedly supposed to have a life expectancy of 8 years but are still prevalent today after introduction in 1995. Some residents are now starting to complain that they have completely wiped out the vegetation in their local areas, causing detrimental erosion, and water quality problems from digging up roots of terrestrial vegetation.
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jamien_TO,

Re:Catch and Release
Though seldom practiced to the letter, it is illegal in the state of Washington to release live carp. If you catch one it is to be disposed and or dead before returning it to the waters it was caught. There is no limit to how many you catch and no licensing required to fish for carp or crayfish in the state. There is a daily catch limit on crayfish. Interesting eh?..

Re: fly patterns

I found some interesting ones here in a size 6-1. Their mouth is so small itís hard to believe anything larger than a 4 would be suitable. Do you have any thoughts on sizes?
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Gentlemen,
Sorry for the late reply. Happy New Year to all.
Thank you all the great tips and advice. Your generosity is much appreciated. I have the plastic corn, hook aligners, silicone tubing, weights, tungsten putty, PVA bags & string, and bead stoppers on the list. Our average carp here is 6-8 lbs.(2-4 kilos) so I got size 8, 6, 4, and 2 hooks(Gamakatsu G-Carp Humpbacks) Iíve read mixed reviews on hook size. I met two other carp fishermen this past summer not including the Ukrainian who got me interested. Their personal best was about 18 lbs.(8.2kilos) but the record in this state is 49.5 lbs.(22.5 kilos).
I just bought a 10í6Ē(3.2 m) casting rod which is longer than my largest 8/9 wt fly rod. Itís a medium action that seems suitable for casting any distance and most definitely powerful enough to beat the state record.
I prefer my conventional Ambassadeur reels for no other reason than I enjoy using them but they do have clicker type line alarms, theyíre loaded up with 30lb test PowerPro.
Iíve got what I need for bait except boilies but the feed corn sounds like the way to go. I think Iím about ready to go fishing.
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Iíve got the perfect fly rod for carp. Iíll do as you say and get some crayfish patterns to try out. Iím real excited about that.

Where do these fish go in the winter?
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Iím definitely trying that one! 🙏
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Yes,there was that MIssissippee fish, I was really talking about the fish the carp angling community can verify, we have seen 3 more around 55 from different waters too.

Some of these huge waters must contact monsters, sadly we canít beat 35 in my state....
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for tackle I'd suggest looking at catfish rods or something that is substantial and can pull alot - if you are after carp rods specifically then the shop that Tim posted below or CarpKit International (www.carpkit.com) will help you out.

for reels - any of the bigger shimano or daiwa reels will do - you can get baitrunners over here - you want something that can hold at least 150m of .011 in / 0.28mm diameter braid.

I would look to get some strong braid - 30lb powerpro is superb - weights can be anything you get from the local tackle shops - you want something bigger than an oz as it will help with casting range on the longer lines. beware of weights where the line goes through the center of them (drilled weights) as they can damage your braided line.

for terminal tackle, amazon is your friend - they are carrying quite a bit of kit these days and pretty well priced too. they are great for baiting needles, hooks etc.

for bait - cattle corn (maize) is very good - you should be able to get it from farm suppliers or even hunting stores as deer feed - soak it for a bit and then boil it up - then add a pint of molasses and leave it to soak in a sealed bucket or cooler for a couple of days (not in direct sunlight) - If you want to spice it up further then look for some Buck Jam and add that after it's soaked (I like the maple and the corn flavours). Another option would be pop up boilies - either make your own or get something bright yellow or orrange.

When it comes to the fishing - there may be thousands of carp out there but I have learnt that just because they're in the lake / river, it won't mean that they will be where you are fishing. Spend some time looking for your spots and make sure there are carp feeding there - on rivers, look for deep pools, on lakes, look for where water flows into them. Stick some bait in - ideally where you can see it on the bottom and watch for when they are eating it - if, you've not caught or seen anything in an hour then move. Raking can work but I have lost 2 in short time due to the amount of rocks and boulders on the bottom of most lakes and rivers and they got snagged up and I couldn't get them back in so I don't bother any more.

Beware - if it's a big piece of water then that they will change their locations throughout the year - usually based on water temperatures - there can be thousands of carp in a place one day and you will cath well and then they will be gone the next and may not turn up again for months.

now if you want to really have some fun and have a bit of fishing experience then consider fishing for them on a fly rod - there are some great video's out there and a few sites that specialise in this - I get a chance to do this for 2-3 weeks a year and it's easily the most fun I have throughout the whole fishing calendar. you get a chance to get up close and personal with them in shallow lakes and rivers and you can choose your fish - look for a 9 weight rod - at least 8lb flurocarbon tippet / leader and big ass flys that look like crayfish. I've had them up to mid 20's but have lost a couple of 30lb+ fish in Lake Ontario due to not being able to stop them and getting snapped up. Biggest I have seen pics of is 42lbs by a guy who reguarly catches 25+lb fish. I worked with a guy from West Virgina who was telling me that he had loads around his dock at his cottage so I told him to try a fly rod with a bit of bread on it - he emailed back the following week to say that he thought they were better fun than bonefish. There's a great Jon B video on youtube where he goes out in a boat after them on one of the great lakes - is superbly shot and well worth a watch.

the most important thing is that unless you are going to eat them, put them back to fight another day. just because other people call them trash fish, means that they are.

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   Old Thread  #5 31 Dec 2018 at 11.52am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Oh my American friend, I'm going to help you so much it's unreal as it's Xmas. As Josh said earlier, get some maize. You have sugar and you have salt. Play around with a bit of both mixed with it after it is cooked. The fish will tell you which they prefer. Also make sure you have a big bag of salted peanuts with you. Use these as hook baits on a separate rod. Buy some pva string and a splicing needle from ebay. Use the fine splicing needle to mount the peanuts on your hair. And thread some onto some pva string to. Attach a necklace of nuts to your rigs hook, it will stop any tangles.

Forget chod rigs, make yourself a rake. Attach 20m of good rope to it, and clear a nice area in a suitable marginal area. rake all the weed and debris away. This will attract more carp than any bait will anyway, and mean you can fish simple rigs on your spot.

If you follow that advice, I would put a large wager on you becoming the most devastating carp catcher in the whole USA
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Hi Bill

Try some fake corn (plastic) on the hair in conjunction with some real corn, that'll stay on.
This is worth a watch
https://youtu.be/GFuxrs9X7oI

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"Luis Montes, who last year broke the US catch and release record with a 62lb common."
The Pelahatchie fish at 74lb was ratified in missippi as the state record and I'm pretty sure still stands as the national record.

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Firstly , tackle.
Take a look at www.bigcarptackle.com

They cover most of the things you will need.

Look for the carp anglers group.. on Facebook or at
www.carpanglersgroup.com

A number of West Coast carpers, including Luis Montes, who last year broke the US catch and release record with a 62lb common.

Yes US carp are less pressured and will respond to corn, maize, bookies and other baits. Good luck!


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A couple of videos Iíve seen on American carp fishing have been Carl and Alex and also monster carp by Korda.

Would be worth having a look at them. The fish in the UK and Europe are massively pressured and can be shy with rigs, I wouldnít worry about it in the US, big hooks, solid strong and simple tackle and lots of bait.

In regard to the sweetcorn problem, buy maize instead it stays on longer and if youíre catching on corn but struggling to keep it on just use a small piece of yellow foam cut to shape with a little weight under the hook (search KD style rigs and youíll understand).
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Greetings from the U.S.

I hope to visit some day to the spot where my last known relative perished in Leicestershire and of course fish for some of those legendary limey carps.

Iím new in general to carp fishing here. I get ridiculed for it. They are considered a trash fish here on the west coast but most have never caught one or eaten them. Iíve done both and fished for a variety of species, most of which are the popular freshwater game fish here(salmon, steelhead, bass, and trout. Pound for pound the common carp here are the best sport on rod and tackle and best freshwater forage fish.

The Columbia Basin here in the Pacific NW has plenty of lakes, rivers, sloughs, and estuaries to chase carp. There is an over abundance of them if you talk to just about anyone here. I couldnít be happier about it. The game laws are definitely in my favor. Our local Fish and Wildlife Agency encourages fishing for them so that it is one of the only species completely unregulated. There is no catch limit and unlike every other species, no fishing license is required.

Iíd like some advice on what sort of tackle and bait youíd recommend for my area as Iím sure more than a few of you have been fishing on this side of the pond. Ive tried boilies without success. A fellow carpet has had great success using pack bait and method feeders. Personally I find the rig clumsy but if it catches fish...many of the lakes here are very soft bottomed and laden with aquatic vegetation so Iíve been experimenting with chod rigs. Our shops lack the end tackle popular in the UK and itís a bit hard on my pocketbook if ordered from eBay. I enjoy tying up rigs so that hasnít been too much of a hinderance. I do wish I had some of your casting weights. All we have in any variety is lead weights but Iím trying to avoid lead whenever possible. The boilies I used were homemade from recipes found online. I prebaited and followed all the advice I could glean from YouTube and forum sources but never has succes with anything other than sweetcorn. Itís more frustrating to keep on a hair rig than Iíd like but Iíve loads of alternatives yet to try. There is an abundance of crayfish here and Iím eager to try them but Iím certain they will attract just about every other species than carp first.

Any advice is greatly appreciated and... sorry about that whole tea party misunderstanding. Nothing personal eh?...;-)
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