The one piece of advice that all anglers need to heed is to plan their fishing expeditions for sunny days. But why is that important, and what does the sun have to do with catching carp? The thing is that carp love warm water. When the sun’s rays hit the water and warm it up, the carp migrate to spaces closer to the surface. This allows anglers to not only try their hand at carp stalking but also margin fishing. In contrast, rainy days tend to be more challenging for anglers as there is very little visibility, and the water tends to get very muddy.
Dips are an excellent investment for your carp fishing expeditions. Make sure to cover your bait in coloured dips that smell very attractive to the surrounding carp. Also, since most anglers do not use flavourful dips for their baits, it may allow your bait to stand out in a sea of similar baits.
Pay attention because this is an important one. Carp tend to have a very slimy outer body covered with scales that protect them from the harsh environment they survive. If you catch carp without a landing mat, you may end up injuring the fish for good, making them unable to survive in the water for very long. Make sure that this does not happen when you go carp fishing, as it is highly unethical.
Choose a rod depending on the type of fish you intend to catch. For example, long poles are appropriate for panfish, short poles are preferred for heavy cats and carp while the 5-7ft pole is a good option for bass and tilapia. Related article: How To Set Up A Fishing Pole?
Carp have very different feeding habits depending on the weather. They tend to be closer to the hotter summer months’ surface while inhabiting deeper waters in the cold winters. A good angler is known for their intimate knowledge of all carp habits and feeding patterns. By learning these things, they do not waste their time baiting useless locations. For more on feeding habits and how these habits are affected by the weather, please read our blog post covering all of this and more.
If you’re planning on catching carp by carp stalking or margin fishing, you need to be as silent as a ghost. This is because carp can get easily spooked in areas where anglers fish a lot. If you want to go the extra mile, dress in clothes that fish can’t easily spot near the surface. This will allow you to get as close as possible without them running away.
Now, this trick is more useful if the water body you’re using is a deserted one and you have time on your hands. This needs a lot of time and patience because the process is a little long. But what does pre-baiting mean? Let’s get into it. Pre-baiting the water beforehand means baiting certain spots in a lake or stream without attaching a rig. When that happens, the carp become more fearless when feeding and are not spooked easily on that spot. While this is not a permanent solution, you can squeeze in a couple of fruitful fishing trips with this trip.
Now, you may be wondering, what does that mean? We’ll get to that in a bit. Most anglers do not realise that fish is a very intelligent species of marine life. Since most fish have lived through at least some instances of getting caught by bait, they learn to differentiate between dangerous and harmless food. Often, brightly coloured baits look dangerous, and the carp will not approach them. The way around this is to keep your boilies soaked in water for a while before your fishing expedition. This will lead them to lose their colour, and the carp will judge it to be safe food.
Now, you may be shaking your head and thinking, what on earth are they talking about? Well, read on, and you’ll know exactly what. Very often, fish in angling hotspots learn that some bait is dangerous. This happens when too many anglers try the same bait with the same rig. Instead of baiting them, this exercise usually ends up making them more wary of that spot than before. So, what can you do in this situation? Make the fish think you’re not a threat, of course! You can do this by not using the bait that all the other anglers are using in that spot.
Their ability to judge the atmosphere of a particular water body and then find out which spot will have the most fish makes an experienced angler. A neat trick that anglers use for windy days is going to the shore that the wind is blowing into. This is because the wind will propel the food towards that bank. The carp will go where the food is, which will make them gather in the place where you’ve cleverly set up your rig. In this way, knowing the direction of the wind and making decisions about where to fish based on that can allow you to be quite successful at carp fishing.