Catching grass carp – effective ways
In our reservoirs, there are many fish that grow to huge sizes. Catfish, carp, carp … even a pike can easily exceed 15 kg if it avoids poaching nets and does not pay attention to the lures of spinningists. The list of giants also includes grass carp, which can grow more than a meter in length and gain 25-30 kg of weight. To get such a handsome man means to rise in the eyes of colleagues, to achieve the highest level of fishing skill. But most fishermen with such trophies are unlucky, so they are forced to confine themselves to cupids of lesser mass and size. What is catching grass carp in ponds, let’s try to figure it out further.
Features of the view
Until recently, carp was considered an inveterate vegetarian, and now the basis of the diet of adults is vegetation. Fry can feed on small invertebrates, but upon reaching one year, they almost completely switch to plants, at first young and tender, and then everything that comes across on the way. For such herbivorousness, fishermen called grass carp a water cow, and fish farms began to launch it into their reservoirs to get rid of excess vegetation. And they did not regret it, because this fish not only cleans ponds, but also has excellent taste.
At first, it was impossible to catch the cupid brought to our region because of its addiction to aquatic “green food”, but over time the fishermen managed to find an alternative. It turned out that the object of fishing is not averse to feasting on dandelion, clover, cabbage and some other terrestrial plants. Now he has completely mastered and does not disdain classic baits like a worm or maggot, as well as carp baits – wheat, barley, corn, peas.
Cupid goes to feed in the morning and evening hours, and during the day he prefers to rest.
It can be very effective to come to a pond in good weather for the night, because in the dark it bites no worse than at morning dawn.
It is not easy to catch it, you need to carefully prepare for such a fishing, take into account all the nuances, and observe absolute silence in the process. If there is a lot of natural food in the reservoir, cupid may not be interested in the proposed baits at all. The fishermen deal with this problem in the following way: they cut out vegetation in a large area, and then for several days before fishing they feed the cleared place.
Seasonal catch of grass carp
Cupid is a thermophilic fish, so it starts catching no earlier than mid-May. At the end of spring, the best bait will be a willow inflorescence, which blooms at this time. The object of the catch is accustomed to such food. Moisture-loving shrubs grow along the banks of reservoirs, often near the water itself, and their inflorescences (miniature cones) fall and become easy prey for a vegetarian.
The peak of fishing occurs at the beginning of summer, when the air temperature no longer drops below 18 degrees. You need to look for fish in the vegetation not far from the coast, here it finds food and well-heated water. During this period, Cupid is sometimes picky, so you need to have a set of different attachments with you and select an effective option through experiments. Doesn’t want to take peas, you can offer a piece of cucumber. Also not to your taste? Then try the green bean pods. As a last resort, you can hook the inside of the reed stem onto the hook. Catching grass carp on reeds is a specific occupation, but prey.
In autumn, the water cow develops an irrepressible appetite, especially on warm sunny days. The cold is approaching, the fish must have time to stock up on fat in order to spend the winter. She bites on almost all the proposed baits, but when the water temperature drops to 10 degrees, the bite stops completely. Cupid spends winter in deep pits, half asleep, completely covered with mucus and surrounded by the same cold-bound relatives.
Methods for catching grass carp
Fishermen use a variety of tackle for catching cupid, but the float rod has proven itself the best. In the spring it is out of competition. Since it is far from always possible to get close to the fish for a short distance, it is advisable to use long-range types of floats: a plug, a lapdog or a match. The plug rod has a lot of advantages, and the most important among them is the delivery of the bait exactly to the intended place. And the long match rod allows you to cast far light plant baits. Such a tackle should have a certain margin of safety, because the possibility of biting a large specimen weighing 10 or more kilograms is not excluded. The fishing line must be of high quality, if large cupids are found in the reservoir, then you will need a braid with a diameter of at least 0.3 mm and reliable carp hooks.
In the summer, when fish are scattered throughout the water area, bottom gear works well with and without a feeder. Most often it is a feeder up to 4 meters long, equipped with a reel with a spool 3500. The thickness of the line is from 0.3 mm, but the leash can be set a little thinner, then the bites will be more confident. You shouldn’t save on such fishing. Cupid is a serious fighter, what else to look for. It happens that it takes half an hour to play, and a relatively small kilogram specimen is in the net. One can imagine what kind of struggle awaits the fisherman if his “elder brother” is interested in the bait. Therefore, it is better to leave cheap Chinese tackle for fishing roach, and you need to go for cupid with a quality tool.
Catching grass carp on a feeder
The object of fishing can only reproduce in its homeland – on the Amur River and in some of its tributaries. In central Russia, the climate is somewhat different. There is no warm running water needed to raise offspring. That is why catching grass carp on the river is considered to be unpromising, if not hopeless, occupation. You need to catch it on stocked paysites and lakes, where the livestock is regularly replenished with purchased fry.
On a small reservoir, problems with finding a promising place usually do not arise, there are not so many of them. In vast water areas, the opposite is true. Cupid does not stay in one place, he is in constant search of food and stops only in those areas where there is a lot of food. Chasing him around the entire perimeter would be stupid, so you will have to create a catch point yourself, feeding it correctly. It should be understood that the closer to the shore it is, the less frequent and more careful bites. It is advisable to “set the table” for the vegetarian away from the coastline so that he grabs the bait without any fear. In addition, large individuals are caught far from the coast, and in the coastal zone, mostly small things bite. Trophy fish, of course, also enter shallow water to eat juicy reed shoots, but they behave extremely cautiously and, at the slightest danger, escapes to the depths. Alternatively, you can fish under the opposite bank, if the width of the reservoir and the range of the tackle allow. The main thing is that there are no noisy colleagues on the other side.
Groundbait should be small-fraction and light, creating a lot of turbidity. Cupid will definitely come to look at this cloud and it is quite possible that he will be attracted by bait or plant bait. By the way, about baits. This topic causes constant controversy. It seems that there is something to choose from, starting with a worm and ending with cabbage leaves, but the results are not always pleasing.
The reason for the poor bite or its absence is that cupid has its own taste preferences on each separate reservoir.
Hence the different opinions of fishermen: some say that it is necessary to fish for seaweed, while others claim that nothing is better than a young cucumber. If the lake is unfamiliar, you should take a lot of different “dishes” with you and offer them to capricious fish in turn.
The optimal feeder tackle for carp fishing consists of the following elements:
- a durable reliable rod with a length of 3.6 m;
- spools with a spool 3000-3500 (spinner or multiplier);
- fishing line with a thickness of 0.3 to 0.5 mm (depending on the expected size of the fish);
- volumetric spring-type feeder;
- a leash up to 50 cm long (slightly thinner than the main line);
- carp hook No. 5-8 according to the domestic classification.
It is not recommended to set many hooks. Firstly, it alarms the fish, and secondly, they can simply get confused.
Rules for playing with grass carp. After the bite, it is necessary to make a sweeping powerful sweep so that the sting of the hook goes as deep as possible into the hard lip. This will reduce the likelihood of going off. Then the most interesting thing will begin – the desperate resistance of the frightened fish and the desire of the fisherman to pull it ashore as quickly as possible. Quite often, in the first seconds, Cupid does not particularly rest, moreover, it goes to meet. In such cases, it seems that he got off or a small specimen was caught on the hook. This is what relaxes beginners who are completely unprepared for a powerful unexpected jerk. As a rule, this happens at the last moment, near the shore, when the angler no longer doubts his victory.
The adjustment of the clutch on the reel is of the utmost importance. If it is tightened too much, Cupid will tear the tackle and disappear into the water column. But it is also impossible to weaken the friction brake more than necessary. With the correct setting of the mechanism, the fish takes the line a little bit, while every centimeter is difficult for her, she quickly gets tired.
In order for the prey to be guaranteed to be in the cage, first it must be thoroughly exhausted, and only then driven aground and taken into the landing net. Since it is inconvenient to do this with one hand, it is advisable to go fishing with a partner.
Useful advice. In the heat, cupid rarely takes bait from the bottom; it feeds either in the middle horizons or at the very surface. If characteristic bubbles have appeared on the water, you can offer him a cucumber with positive buoyancy. It is more difficult with corn, it sinks, but the problem is solved by planting a foam ball on the hook.