Why is carp fishing so popular?

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When I did longer sessions (several days} I seldom really slept at night. Just cat naps really. The alarms were just insurance in case I did doze off. In the middle of the day, when it was quiet, I would often reel in and get 2 or 3 hours sleep.
I never used a bivvie as such, just an open fronted day shelter and a good sleeping bag, so I could listen to the night noises, the crash of invisible fish and the heart stopping sound of that first beeeeeeep. I was up before the eeep finished :giggle:
 

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Years ago I would have said that people went carp fishing for the sport, the excitement of outwitting a lake full of big carp.
These days however people (not all of them) want to put a big fish on the bank so they can flood social media with photos of the fish they have caught.
See for me it's not about the size of the carp. I'd rather catch say a 10lb fish thats really nice looking. A nice scaly mirror or a dark old warrior rather than a pasty, bloated, pale looking 30lb fish any day.
 

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When I did longer sessions (several days} I seldom really slept at night. Just cat naps really. The alarms were just insurance in case I did doze off. In the middle of the day, when it was quiet, I would often reel in and get 2 or 3 hours sleep.
I never used a bivvie as such, just an open fronted day shelter and a good sleeping bag, so I could listen to the night noises, the crash of invisible fish and the heart stopping sound of that first beeeeeeep. I was up before the eeep finished :giggle:
Use a brolley system myself.
Only do single nighters now as dont really sleep, nothing like being under the stars all night listening to owls and wildlife whilst counting satellites. Dawn chrous and watching a water come to life in the morning whilst having a brew and enjoying warmth of sun on face.
Its not all about catching fish but spending the night out under the stars.
Yes on occasion you get a run and a specimen fish - thats just a bonus to me.
 

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Let me just say first of all, I massively respect big carp angling, going to big pits knowing there is a very real possibility you could sit for 24/48 hours biteless takes a lot of mental toughness in my opinion.

I still remember catching my first carp at about 14 years old and the adrenaline rush it brought on, for a while it was all I was interested in. As I’ve gotten older however, I now appreciate that variety is very important to my fishing.

Why do you believe that carp angling is so huge now? Is it because they grow so big? The fact that they fight so hard?

See a lot of youngsters now who have never even owned a float rod. Each to their own of course, but I fear they are missing out on that thrill of seeing the float dip for the first time.
Carp fishing is made to look cool and trendy
Let me just say first of all, I massively respect big carp angling, going to big pits knowing there is a very real possibility you could sit for 24/48 hours biteless takes a lot of mental toughness in my opinion.

I still remember catching my first carp at about 14 years old and the adrenaline rush it brought on, for a while it was all I was interested in. As I’ve gotten older however, I now appreciate that variety is very important to my fishing.

Why do you believe that carp angling is so huge now? Is it because they grow so big? The fact that they fight so hard?

See a lot of youngsters now who have never even owned a float rod. Each to their own of course, but I fear they are missing out on that thrill of seeing the float dip for the first time.
Video's on YouTube by companies like Korda and Nash make carp fishing look really cool and trendy to youngsters. What's also appealing is the social aspect of carp fishing. Once a carp angler has his self hooking rigs in place he/she can have a few beers, roll a smoke, and socialise with friends knowing the receiver will notify him when a carp hooks itself against the lead.
It's a very convenient and chilled out way of fishing. Obviously carp grow big and fight hard which adds to the appeal. Sharing photo's of big carp on social media are more appealing than a photo of a few skimmers and roach.
Carp also come in all different shapes and scale patterns etc whereas roach and bream look much the same.
It's also a lot more convenient than match/pleasure style of fishing. There's no need to buy and mix groundbait, or buy casters, maggots, pinkies etc. I'm obviously referring to natural water fishing here. And I guess a screaming Delkim and screeching spool is more exciting to today's generation than staring at a float or quiver tip. I started fishing 40 years ago when it was all float fishing and even feeder fishing was still a last resort chuck it and chance it method. Today feeder fishing is much more refined and far more popular than waggler fishing.
I've spent many hour's over the years sat behind Delkims fishing for carp, tench and big winter roach. However I have now reverted back to the method's I enjoy the most which are slider fishing on big natural windswept stillwaters and stick float fishing on the river. All the specimen gear has long gone along with all the feeder rods.
 

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See for me it's not about the size of the carp. I'd rather catch say a 10lb fish thats really nice looking. A nice scaly mirror or a dark old warrior rather than a pasty, bloated, pale looking 30lb fish any day.

I know there's one little pond at a fishery near me, holds one 30lb Carp known as The Bulldog. You see lots of people Carp Fishing it presumably trying to catch that fish. :) I always hope to at at least hook it on the pole or waggler. :LOL: To someone who's never done speci Carp fishing a 30lb fish would be a PB by almost 10lb and a fish of my lifetime. I've caught plenty of double figure Carp on standard tactics so if I went the bite alarm route I'd be looking for the big ones.
 

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I know there's one little pond at a fishery near me, holds one 30lb Carp known as The Bulldog. You see lots of people Carp Fishing it presumably trying to catch that fish. :) I always hope to at at least hook it on the pole or waggler. :LOL: To someone who's never done speci Carp fishing a 30lb fish would be a PB by almost 10lb and a fish of my lifetime. I've caught plenty of double figure Carp on standard tactics so if I went the bite alarm route I'd be looking for the big ones.
Maybe that's how alot of other carp anglers see things mate?
Makes sense though. I'd love to catch a decent size carp on waggler, lift method.
 

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Maybe that's how alot of other carp anglers see things mate?
Makes sense though. I'd love to catch a decent size carp on waggler, lift method.
No I think a lot see it like you. That a nice looking fish is a nice looking fish. For me it's the additional outlay of buying specialist Carp rods and buzzers.... that if I did it I'd be looking to catch 20lb+ fish. 😁
 

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No I think a lot see it like you. That a nice looking fish is a nice looking fish. For me it's the additional outlay of buying specialist Carp rods and buzzers.... that if I did it I'd be looking to catch 20lb+ fish. 😁
Yeah but carp gear doesn't have to be expensive. Not sure what gear you use for your Barbel fishing but that would probably be OK short term?
 

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Yeah but carp gear doesn't have to be expensive. Not sure what gear you use for your Barbel fishing but that would probably be OK short term?
I've heard that, just use my Barbel rods, but I think I need a bit more gear, not far off getting it in the grand scheme of things though.
 

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I've heard that, just use my Barbel rods, but I think I need a bit more gear, not far off getting it in the grand scheme of things though.
Rod wise I reckon anything above a 3lb tc is overkill for the majority of carp fishing. 2 - 2.75 would probably suffice. I know next to nothing about Barbel fishing so not sure what you use, similar I presume? A 5000 bait runner will be enough reel wise, 15lb line will land much bigger fish. If you've not already got one you can pick up decent bite alarms for about £20 a pop.
You probably need less gear than you think you do mate.
 

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Rod wise I reckon anything above a 3lb tc is overkill for the majority of carp fishing. 2 - 2.75 would probably suffice. I know next to nothing about Barbel fishing so not sure what you use, similar I presume? A 5000 bait runner will be enough reel wise, 15lb line will land much bigger fish. If you've not already got one you can pick up decent bite alarms for about £20 a pop.
You probably need less gear than you think you do mate.
Got Korum Barbel rods 1.75lb which I think are strong enough for the places I'd fish but I presume a slightly different action. I'm not a tackle tart but would but looking at similar test curve Carp rods for short chucks and fish to just over 30lb. I must admit though that I think maggot tactics would probably take apart the venue I have in mind, but I don't know the first thing about Carp rigs.
 

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When I was 15 or 16 and worked in a tackle shop, a couple of guys who came in (and one of them lived 5 doors away) were carpers, whereas I was even then an out and out match angler, they took me night fishing, I was as bored as it possible to be and they were disgusted when I set up a waggler and started catching roach and rudd. Never been night fishing since and have never had the desire to do so. Nights are for parties or sleeping.......
 

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Got Korum Barbel rods 1.75lb which I think are strong enough for the places I'd fish but I presume a slightly different action. I'm not a tackle tart but would but looking at similar test curve Carp rods for short chucks and fish to just over 30lb. I must admit though that I think maggot tactics would probably take apart the venue I have in mind, but I don't know the first thing about Carp rigs.
1.75 tc would be OK mate for most double figure fish.
Keep your rigs simple. Alot of the rigs you see, although they serve a purpose I think are over complicated. I always think even with normal course fishing the more components a rig has, knots etc potentially the rig is weakened.
A simple hair rig using either a supple braid or fluorocarbon hooklink maybe with a hook kicker over the eye of the hook to flip the hook and aid hooking and a rig sleeve over the swivel where it joins the mainline to help keep the rig straight on the cast could work well. Easy to tie too. Try fake maggots on the hair rig, maybe semi buyount so it has a wafter effect. You could fish this with a big maggot feeder or put maggots in a PVA bag. Great this time of year when the fish are just waking up but don't want to eat loads. Alot of big carp get caught on maggots.
Maybe food for thought anyway?
 

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1.75 tc would be OK mate for most double figure fish.
Keep your rigs simple. Alot of the rigs you see, although they serve a purpose I think are over complicated. I always think even with normal course fishing the more components a rig has, knots etc potentially the rig is weakened.
A simple hair rig using either a supple braid or fluorocarbon hooklink maybe with a hook kicker over the eye of the hook to flip the hook and aid hooking and a rig sleeve over the swivel where it joins the mainline to help keep the rig straight on the cast could work well. Easy to tie too. Try fake maggots on the hair rig, maybe semi buyount so it has a wafter effect. You could fish this with a big maggot feeder or put maggots in a PVA bag. Great this time of year when the fish are just waking up but don't want to eat loads. Alot of big carp get caught on maggots.
Maybe food for thought anyway?
I know nothing about Carp fishing really but looking at the main venues I'd fish I reckon maggots would work, nothing too new there I don't think but I'll probably be hitting you and the forum up for advice in a few years when I finally do get round to fishing them. (y)
 

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I know nothing about Carp fishing really but looking at the main venues I'd fish I reckon maggots would work, nothing too new there I don't think but I'll probably be hitting you and the forum up for advice in a few years when I finally do get round to fishing them. (y)
The only problem with maggots, or any small soft bait is if there a lots of smaller species present. Unless you feed gallons in the hope of feeding off the smaller fish. But not my style, I'm too stingy with my bait lol!
 

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The only problem with maggots, or any small soft bait is if there a lots of smaller species present. Unless you feed gallons in the hope of feeding off the smaller fish. But not my style, I'm too stingy with my bait lol!
Yeah that's the things. Venue I have in mind is Bells Mill Specimen Pool - has 100 big Carp over 20lb and that's it. And then there's always Himley Hall and Kingsnordley nearby.... at Himley I wouldn't mind if hook a few Tench. I find a similar thing with Barbel fishing, people highly recommend maggots or casters as bait but I have tried Worm for example, and it just gets smashed with rattles on the tip by small fish with no Barbel.
 
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