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  • Fishing tactics for koi carp.

    Well I have acess to a small dam
    With a koi carp problem, so it's a case of catch, whack on the head and throw in the bushes.....
    they have been there since before the landowner bought the place so are probably not accustomed to any non naturally occurring food that would normally work well on carp such as bread or corn, so I was thinking of maybe trying having a garden worm on a hook suspended under a float?
    Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    Originally posted by war_machine " post=35762
    Well I have acess to a small dam
    With a koi carp problem, so it's a case of catch, whack on the head and throw in the bushes.....
    they have been there since before the landowner bought the place so are probably not accustomed to any non naturally occurring food that would normally work well on carp such as bread or corn, so I was thinking of maybe trying having a garden worm on a hook suspended under a float?
    Any advice would be much appreciated.
    In the UK I generally had more luck catching carp with floating bait. When the dragon flies hatch it should go mental. I was caught short on gear during a holiday so improvised by inverting a float rig. i.e. have the weights on the rod end of the line with a leader coming off the top of the float. Use the smallest hooks you can find. Hook the dragon fly live and cast. It turned out to be more effective than any other technique I had used before.

    If there is no natural bait, introduce some. Start chucking slices of bread out. It won't take long for them to figure out they can eat it. Then you just need to rig your tackle to leave the bait on the surface.

    Good luck.

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      Gill net.

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    Koi are goldfish, I think what you're discussing is what we know as either Common Carp or European Carp Cyprinus carpio



    For Carp the poms are big on course fishing, and it's a huge industry over there in quill floats and associated specialised equipment, yet over here we use different tactics.

    Just have a look at the carp with its whiskers and downturned mouth.......it's a bottom feeder sifting through the silt for food (like a catfish), so it's only natural to have your bait sitting on the bottom.

    Just like any type of fishing, burley up the water to fire up the fish and get them feeding, then dump your bait in this burley trail where the fish can find it.

    Corn or bread is great for your burley, and if you need to toss it out a little further, just pick up a handful of mud from the waters edge, mix your burley with the mud, form it into tennis ball size and throw.

    Live bait is always the best for any fish, so first try catching a few shrimp, yabbies grubs or worms from the local area as first preference.

    Carp are not fussy though, and they'll readily take most anything they're presented with, including corn and bread (even if they're not normally used to it) I've even heard of them taking cheese, meats and other .nondescript items which normally wouldn't constitute a fishes diet.

    Fish as light as possible with just enough weight to get your bait to the bottom, and about a size 2-2/0 hook.....a simple one hook running rig is a good choice for Carp.

    Remember that Carp are also pretty simple to catch, as they'll hook themselves (so give them a bit of line to run with). You can even hook a bell on the end of your rod, go away to have a beer, and just listen for the sound of the hooked Carp.

    There's no great secret to catching Carp, other than getting a line into the water, and it's great fun for the kids too, as they're pretty much guaranteed a fish for their efforts.

    To change tactics from hook and line, bowfishing for Carp is also a great day out with excitement for everyone....but first check local laws!

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      Ranger mate, these are koi carp exept there just one colour e.g plain orange or greyish silver, none of the multi coloured variation

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    I wouldn't be too concerned about the fact that things like corn or bread don't occur naturally in their environment. I've caught zillions of carp on both of those baits, especially corn. They love that stuff. Worms should work fine, but they're usually more expensive/harder to find than bread or corn.

    If it's a large dam, it might help to use some burley to bring them to your bait. I've had good results with a mixture of breadcrumbs and the liquid from a can of corn.

    If the carp are big, get ready for a great fight and in that case, keep your drag set relatively low. Carp have soft mouths and the hooks can pull out quite easily if they pull hard enough. I've lost many big carp that way.

    And if they are Koi and not just regular carp, I'm pretty sure you could get a few dollars for those if kept alive.

    Hope you catch heaps!

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        Laying pellets are a decent berley, easy to throw, will sink and break up.

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          Private property you say?

          A stick of Jelly maybe?
          Clean out the reeds while your at it :lol:

          Mick.

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        As Mick and Gwion said. Square hook. Private dam no worries.

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          I have been told canned whole corn is an excellent bait for euro carp so would probably work well.

          If you are trying to eliminate them use fish traps other methods already suggested. Be sure to consult your local fisheries authority, you don't want to do anything illegal

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            I just caught a big white Koi on bread while fishing for carp so I can confirm that bread works (the fish had a big lesion on it though - it was pretty disgusting)


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