Help, please, for a angling ignoramus

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Malcolm A

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Aug 31, 2002
I know very little about angling but I'm working on it. Can someone explain why so many coarse anglers choose to specialise in carp angling? Is it purely because of the bigger size of the fish? Do ou need a higher level of skill to fish for Carp compared to other coarse species? What is it about fishing fotr Carp compared to fishing for Pike or any other species. Or is there another reason that I've missed.

I apologise for cluttering up your forum with such a basic question but I'd be very grateful for any help or advice you can give


Mar 9, 2002

Welcome to MD's I'm sure you will enjoy your time here.

As to Carp Angling it depends upon the form it takes.

Big Fish - This is where you atempt to persue a big carp, unless you are very good you will not catch many but when you do the fight is exilerating - so I am told.

Bagging Waters - here you will find carp in large numbers between 2lb and 7lb. This type of fishing means you are catching regularly and still catching fish the will give you a good fight. Many of the commercial waters are targeted at this type of fishing. I prefer this type personally as I like to catch quantities of fish - although recently this has not been happening.

Enjoy your fishing


Great info, great guys, great fun, thats Maggot Drowners

Edited by - Polepot on 31 August 2002 10:39:23 PM


Red Leader
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Aug 8, 2001
G'morning Malcolm and welcome on board

As Poles has said there is a difference between fishing for the larger carp ie specimens and fishing for 'stock' carp.

The specimen carp anglers tend to target the larger fish with specialised tackle and baits and in many cases its a case of setting your stall out for them and nothing else often over a few days and nights, often pre-baiting swims and studying the waters for periods at a time.

'Stock' Carp are at the smaller end and are stocked in waters to add to the sport and give the general alrounder and matchman that bit extra when it comes to weight and fight.
How many roach do you know that can grow up to 10lb+ and take 20 minutes to land

What will happen when these carp grow beyond that I don't really know as many 'puddles' may well find that the carp then become a problem, but that's another thread

As for basic questions? Is there such a thing?

Tight lines, Dave
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