Fishing for carp or other types of water-dwellers can be a challenge no matter if you are just starting out or have been fishing for years. How you set-up, cast out and bait your target can mean all the difference in how many or how little fish you bring home at the end of the day. Who wouldn't want to bring home the biggest or best haul after a weekend of sitting out on the waters? While there are many fishermen out there that will very easily go out for the day and cast off anywhere they feel comfortable and see what the day brings them, others will spend countless hours making sure they have the right bait and lures before choosing the perfect spot in order to bring in their next catch.

For many the different methods used to catch carp will also depend on the time of year you are out and where you happen to want to find carp.

Float Fishing: A very productive method of catching carp, although typically the carp you will bring in will be smaller in size than other methods. This method is quite popular all year round. Your bait will be positioned just over depth of the water and when the fish take interest your float indicator will sink below the surface and your catching begins!

Surface Fishing: An effective way for catching carp, surface fishing can be done a few different ways. Used best in warm or hot weather, you can surface fish by using either a surface controller float or freelining your bait on the surface. Each of these methods has their own benefits and disadvantages. Most of the carp caught on the surface tend to be larger than those caught at depth.

Bottom Fishing: Also known as Ledgering, this method is great for catching carp no matter what the weather conditions are. Catching carp this way requires the use of a weight or a ledger in order to sink the bait to the bottom of the lake or river. A quiver tip or bite indicator is necessary for your rod to ensure that you will know when the carp actually take to your bait on the line.

Carp Rigs: A number of carp rigs are used for many different occasions, with their own advantages and drawbacks. One popular style of carp rigs is known as the Hair Rig. This style uses a braided style of line that runs from a loop or swivel down to the large hook. A smaller loop is formed down the line from this hook where the bait is attached with a rig stop. The use of rigs can be typically advantageous since they can use different methods such as ledgering or surface fishing, depending on your preference.

Remember that there is not one perfect way to catch carp, but the longer you fish, the more you will find your favorite way of reeling in your carp. Talk to others who have fished for carp previously and you may find more than one way to get that perfect catch.

About The Author
Don Eigermeyer is a relatively recent newcomer to the carp fishing world, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming quickly obsessed with it. Interested readers can find out more about carp fish, learn some great recipes and approaches to baiting, and get a lot of really good technical information on carp fishing tackle at his website Carp Fishing Tackle And Enthusiast at Tight lines, everybody!

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