Considered a nuisance by many, the common carp gets a bad wrap. While they can be destructive, common carp are available to most of us and can be extremely fun to catch.
Here are 5 reasons why fishing for common carp rules:
1) Carp Are Abundantly Available
Common carp, or European carp, were introduced to the United States in the mid 1800s and can now be found in nearly every river, lake, pond, and reservoir from Connecticut to California.
2) Carp Come Super Sized
Common carp grow fast and live long, with the average fish measuring between 15-31 inches. Anglers who target carp have a legitimate chance of catching the biggest fish of their life, and oftentimes it’s not far from home.
3) Carp Are Hard Fighting
During battle, common carp peel drag and push water in a series of epic surges. They rarely give up and are pound-for-pound, one tough scrappy fish.
4) Carp Fishing Requires Simple Rigging
The equipment list for carp fishing is short. A medium to medium heavy powered rod, some weights, a hook, and your bait of choice.
Worms, corn, and bread balls are popular options for casual carp anglers. If legal, ‘’chum’’ your target zone by throwing a handful of corn near where you plan to cast; this brings the fish to you.
5) Carp Are Approachable For New Anglers
Carp are often underappreciated and are usually located in places where new anglers fishing from the bank can access. With simple techniques, patience, and a little luck, anyone can catch a hard fighting carp. Do a little research and then get after it, there are big carp swimming somewhere near you.
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