Top Quality French Carp Fishing
NEW Lake Record caught on 26th. April 2017 at 76lb 15oz
and 14 different 60lb plus carp And 2 known 70lb plus carp.
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GUIDE TO GOOD CARP ANGLING PRACTICE
Having been asked, a few times, to explain some of my angling methods I thought I would put together Some methods and systems that I would like to see employed by each angler in order to keep our fish in good condition.
I will ignore going over rigs again as most people must know my preference for light running rigs. Apart from that basic advice here are some more snippets.
1. After casting to your desired spot, set the clutch so that the fish needs to pull to take line. The spool must be able to turn but not too easily. If the clutch is too loose the hook will not take hold properly. If your rod has a line clip it will help to pull the line tightly into the clip. The slightly tighter clutch will also slow down the fish while you prepare to pick up the rod.
2. In the event of a bite DO NOT strike when connecting into a fish. If the line has been pulled from the rod clip or the reel is turning then the fish is already hooked. A strike will just pull a slot in the mouth and allow the hook to fall out. A heavy lead will have a similar effect as it bounces around during the fight.
3. Play the fish gently and on a light clutch and take your time. There are no snags so you can enjoy the fight. If it wants to go, let it go. Too many fish are lost by anglers trying to stop them, whether that is because they are going under their other rods or kiting into another swim. The only important rod is the one with the fish connected to it and any tangles can easily be sorted once the fish is in the net.
4. Once the fish is in the net DO NOT immediately lift it out of the water and into the cradle. Fold the net over and secure it so that the fish is in deep enough water and then get everything (tripod, scales, camera etc) ready before you even think about lifting her out of the lake.
5. Before lifting the fish, cut the line so that the rod is no longer connected to the fish in the net. Retying the rig is only a matter of one knot and you can also check the last couple of metres of your main line before retying. This is where "unclipping" a hook link is a disadvantage as the rod can be recast without the angler knowing that the last few feet of his mainline are damaged.
6. Wrap the net and lift it (net and fish)into a floating weigh sling (it pays to position your sling where you can easily reach it if you are wading to play and net fish) and zip it up. This will make sure that the carp is properly supported and that it can't bust the net and drop onto the bank while being carried. Big fish deserve lots of respect.
7. Lift the weigh sling (complete with net and fish) and place the fish into the cradle provided (DO NOT USE GROUND MATS AT ANY TIME) and unwrap her and unhook her plus treat any necessary wounds.
8. Transfer her into a zeroed sling and weigh her.
9. Place her back in the cradle and support her for the photos without taking too long or causing her too much stress. Under no circumstances must the cradle be pulled out from under the carp "so that it doesn't show in the photos."
10. Carry the fish back out into the lake in the sling and make sure she is held gently in water of sufficient depth until she regains her strength and pulls away from you under her own steam. Enjoy watching her return to her watery home in the knowledge that you have given her every chance to carry on growing and developing.