What Bait to Use for Grass Carp Fish

Written by david m. murray, jr.
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Grass carp are found in any number of lakes and ponds all across the country. Often they are in the shallow regions, near the vegetation which protrudes out of the water. They are an important part of the ecosystem of a small body of water, and in some localities a fisherman is not allowed to keep one. This is not viewed as a problem, however, because grass carp are not a particularly good eating fish. Nonetheless, they are fun to catch and give a real battle. There is a two-step process involved in catching grass carp, and several different kinds of bait you can use to land a big one. You can have a lot of fun and great success utilising this approach.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Free-floating chum
  • Hook with a kernel of corn, a cherry tomato or a "boilie"

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create a chum on the surface of your favourite lake or pond. This will attract the grass carp. Throw in bits of cherry tomato, corn, french fries, bread, pasta and even freshly cut grass to create your chum area. Don't put a fishing line in the water yet.

  2. 2

    Wait for the grass carp to appear and watch them eat. You will see the big lips moving along the surface, sucking in portions of your chum. Continue to be patient and let them eat.

  3. 3

    Put a kernel of corn on your hook, or a "boilie," and try to cast your line in amongst the surface chum. A "boilie" is a small piece of hard pasta boiled in water, and may be preferable to an old fashioned bread ball because it will stay on your hook and not turn soft so quickly. It is also harder for a turtle or a minnow to nibble away at and end up taking your bait. A "boilie" is generally a processed bait you can purchase. Many grass carp fishermen prefer to go with cherry tomatoes or corn, however.

Tips and warnings

  • It is important that you set up a good chum to attract the fish, and be patient while the grass carp are feeding. They are very smart, and you need to get them off of their guard a little bit by letting them eat your chum.
  • "Boilies" come with different flavours and smells, and some will sink so that you can fish on the bottom for grass carp also.
  • Beware, grass carp are very powerful and will break your rod and reel if you are not using sufficient test line weight. They will jump up out of the water when they have taken the hook. They can grow to in excess of 45.4 Kilogram, so these are not small fish. They will keep fighting even when you have pulled them in, so watch out for their teeth.

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