Carps are mostly found in the rivers of Asia, Europe and the United States of America. Carps belong to the member of the minnow fish family, and these fishes can be caught just like how you would catch any other fish, but you would need to know specific techniques so that you can maximise your chance of catching the fish.
The following are some of the tips to catch a big carp:
Get the right equipment:
While choosing your fishing rod, try to get a rod that is made out of carbon fibre or composite or E-glass. Try not to use a graphite rod as it can shatter by the pressure applied by a bigger fish. You will need a 7 to 12-foot rod to provide enough flex to catch a large fish.
Use sweet corn as bait:
Sweet corn makes one of the best baits if you are trying to catch a carp. They love sweet corn, and the bright colour of the corn will quickly attract the carp to your fishing rod. You can also use boilies which are made out of fish, egg, grains, milk protein etc.
Choosing the right outfit:
If you happen to dish for carps in heavy waters, there are a lot of algae and mud in the water, and thus you need to dress appropriately. Have a good set of boots to get into the water to grab the fish. You must make sure that your feet do not get wet and you also need to wear appropriate clothes as the temperature might get low as the sun goes down.
Pick areas that are filled with vegetation and plant life:
Carps tend to feed on the plants and other insects that live on these plants. Thus you will be able to find carps near areas that are filled with vegetation. Depending on the climate you will be able to locate the fishes. During a hot day, you will find the fish on shallow waters while on a cool day the carps tend to move to deeper waters. You need to make sure that you are very quiet as carps are very touchy and they can easily get disturbed.
Cast the line ahead of time:
Do not cast the line when you see carps in the water. You will easily scare them if you cast your line directly on top of them. Try to predict the spot where they will come and cast the line ahead of time.
Do not get confused fishes biting your bait for water currents:
Carps are quite intelligent, and they can eat the hook without any movement. Try to observe the float; if it goes up and down, then there are chances that the carp is nibbling your bait. You can easily get confused this for water current.