Grass Carp Fishing Tips

Grass Carp Fishing TipsGrass carp are often found in ponds, lakes and rivers near banks or shore lines. Carp can be located by the large splash they create when startled by your approach. Although carp are not widely recognized as a game fish in the U.S., in the British Isles and Europe, carp are favored by many anglers for their fierce fight and the strategy required to catch them. Although carp are easily deterred, there are a few tricks that can help increase your chances of hooking one of these fierce fighters.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • 7-foot medium heavy rod with matched reel
  • 20 pound test line
  • Circle bait hook
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Corn and cut grass
Step 1
Choose a medium heavy rod that is at least 7 feet in length and match it with a reel and 20 pound test fishing line. Do not underestimate the potential size of a carp and the power it can exert on tackle when hooked.
Step 2
Tie a circle bait holder hook onto the end of your line. Use a circle hook, as the point is designed to engage the mouth of the carp as the line pulls on the eye of the hook. Avoid using treble hooks as these can injure a carp and prevent it from being released unharmed.
Step 3
Bait the hook with one half of a cherry tomato. Choose small to medium sized cherry tomatoes, as these are a favorite food of grass carp. Cut the tomato in half and place it on the hook making sure the point of the hook is completely covered, as carp mouth their bait first and will spit out the bait if a hook is detected.
Step 4
Chum or bait the water with whole kernel corn and freshly cut grass. Spread the chum mixture across an area of several feet at least one or two hours before fishing. Allow the chum or bait to sit undisturbed on the surface of the water and watch for signs of carp coming to the surface and sucking in the corn and grass.
Step 5
Slowly and deliberately approach the edge of the water getting only as close as absolutely necessary to place the baited hook in the water. Gently drop the hooked cherry tomato half among the chum and either suspend it or allow it to settle to the bottom.
Step 6
Maintain a taught line and place your finger along the line to detect a carp mouthing the bait. Allow the carp to take the bait and turn before setting the hook by raising the rod tip. The circle hook will typically set itself as the rod tip is raised.
Step 7
Loosen the drag on the reel as the carp often make long and very powerful runs away from you. Work the carp in as quickly as possible to avoid overtiring the fish so it can be released as soon as possible.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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