Carp are among the most under-appreciated game fish in North America. These hard-fighting fish swim in many waters across the continent, and grow to sizes in excess of 22kg (50 pounds), with 9kg (20 pounds) fish being quite common. Carp can also be caught on a variety of baits. One of the most effective is sweetcorn, which can be purchased at virtually any grocery store.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Rod and reel
- Sweetcorn, 1 can
- Can opener
- Fish hook, size 4/0
- Split-shot sinkers
- Needle-nose pliers
Spool your fishing reel with line. Your rod and reel combo should be in the heavy to medium-heavy class, and you should use at least 9kg (20 pound) line.
Tie the hook to the end of your line and attach several split-shot sinkers 300 to 460 mm (12 to 18 inches) above the hook. The number of sinkers you use depends on what kind of water you are fishing: the heavier the current, the more weight you will need. In rivers, your bait should either stay in place or move slowly with the current, but should not rapidly tumble downstream. Take a few practice casts until you get the weight right.
Open up your can of sweetcorn and drain out the liquid. Thread as many kernels of corn as will fit onto your hook, covering as much of the hook as possible.
Cast your line into the lake, pond, creek or river you are fishing in. Ideally, this will be a body of water in which you know carp to exist. Carp tend to be found in slower-moving areas of rivers and in slightly stained or muddy water.
Watch your line and wait for a carp to take the bait. Carp spend most of their time looking down, so you should let your bait stay on or near bottom as much as possible. Carp usually pick up a bait and move slowly but firmly away with it. When this happens, set the hook with a swift overhead motion and play the fish to shore.
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