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Old 05-22-2009, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What is the secret for catching spawning carp?

I was out early this morning doing some bass fishing at a local pond and could not believe all the carp spawning. Now this is a neighborhood pond that is not super huge but overly stocked with bass, crappie, catfish, bluegill and obviously carp. There must of been over a hundred of them spawning.

I attempted to see if I could catch one but had no luck. I did manage to catch 3 nice size bass. Anyway, I chummed the area with sweet corn and let it sit for about an hour, I came back with a simple river rig and placed 4 kernels on the hook but didn'n even get a nibble in over an hour.

I haven't ever really fished for carp but would love to learn the secrets. Are they even interested in eating during spawning season? If so, what are the best techniques and bait to use? Thanks in advance for everyones help....
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think they might be a little "preoccupied" at the moment to eat!

Best wait till they are done, and looking to replace all the energy they have just spent, by putting the feed bag on!
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Old 05-22-2009, 02:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't normally fish for carp, but at a local pond where the bass bite is few from each other, I get bored so I fish for carp. This is a small local pond and there are tons of carp/bullheads, jumping everywhere. I take a 1/O hook, wad up a little bread and throw it out 10-15 feet from shore and let it settle to the bottom. No twitching, just let it be. Since the pond is pretty small, there are always carp/bullhead roaming around and it doesn't take long for them to find it. Wait for your line to twitch and set the hook. In 1/2 hour, I can probably catch at least 2 bullhead and 2 carp they are so rampant. This works for me at this specific pond. Not sure what it will be like at your pond, but I used bread to catch carp when I was 6 years old and still works today.

Try some bread the next time out. Good luck.
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