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Best Carp Catching Tips

Best Carp Catching Tips

best carp catching tips

Carp fishing tips are not as easy to find as you would expect. Even though carp fishing is one of the most common types in the UK, many people still do not have a clue. This means their potential success rate is a lot less than those who know just a few simple tips. In this guide, we will explore some of the best tips for catching carp.

Salty Foods

Carp fish love the taste of salt. Adding salt to particle baits at the rate of one table spoon per five litres is enough for the carp to pick up the taste of salt. This is a great tip that few people who fish know about. Furthermore, carp fish are more interested in rock salt than normal salt, so make sure you use rock salt.

Nutritional Foods

If you are fishing in the run-up to winter, nutritional baits will be much more successful than any other. At the same time, they are not the best baits to use in the spring and summer. If you are using a method mix, crushing up a single multi vitamin tablet into the mix will only increase your chances of catching carp.

High Attraction Bait

Carp fish are suckers for high attraction bait, even though the reality is they do not like it at all. If you are fishing for one day or overnight, using this bait is your best bet of. At the same time, if you are fishing for longer than 24 hours, high attraction bait will not work.

Cast to the Same Area Every Time

If you want to catch carp in a specific area, you need to cast there every time. The best way to do this is to place a small piece of tape on the line, cast out as far as you can and reel it in until you are in the right area.


Make sure you remember the general fishing tips as well as the ones that are aimed at carp above. For instance, try and locate the area of the fish in order to find the best place to cast off. Following the rules above and taking into account everything else you know about fishing will mean that your chances of reeling in successfully are much higher.


How to Catch Big Carp

catch carp like a proThe right type of boilie is very popular when it comes to big carp because this baits success rate is among the best of any. However, it is important to factor in various points when fishing for larger carp. Fishing for this type requires a different set of tactics. Here, we will explore how to approach catching big carp.

Nervous Memory

Using fresh high-quality boilies gives you the best chance of catching large carp. However, this does not mean you are guaranteed to catch one. If you are casting off from a position that has had several people before you, and you have all used the same high-quality bait, the success rate of every fisherman would have decreased. Carp (especially large) develop a memory about certain scents. This means that if the same boilie is being used every time it will eventually lose all effectiveness. With this being said it all depends on the ‘life-cycle’ of this type of bait, and the reality is a lot of guess work goes into working out what stage a certain type of bait is in at any one point.

Trial and Error

With the point above in mind there are ways that you can try and work out at what point in its ‘life-cycle’ a certain type of bait is at. Start off by casting out what boilie you believe has the best chance of being successful. If you can see activity around your bait, but you are not getting any action, you can assume the bait is not effective. At the same time, if you cannot see any action around your area, it could just be down to a lack of carp, and if this is the case you should move and start again. Regardless of the action, it is important that you suss out the how the smaller carps are acting so you can pre-empt the actions of the bigger ones.

Think Differently

Big carp feed more because of their size, but they do not get caught as much. This is because they are cleverer than small carp. You need to outthink the big carp and to do this you need to change your strategy. To think differently and get better tactics you need to talk to people. Talk to local anglers online, or even talk to those who are fishing there already. Make sure you have the right baiting campaign in place. This will include strong pre baiting, which will give you a much better chance of catching something big.

Be Patient

The larger the carp the less chance you have of catching them this is because the bigger they get the more intelligent they are. This means that even if you get everything right you will still have to be patient. Fishing for big carp is like a game of chess. Often times it is about starting out with the right tactics and waiting to strike rather than going with nothing and hoping for the best.


Catching a large carp is one of the most rewarding feelings you can get when fishing in the UK. However, it is not easy. Following the steps above and using common sense will allow you to have the best chance of catching your next photo opportunity.

The Best Time to Fish for Carp

morning fishingCatching carp is a skill and having the best possible carp rig and using it the right time makes your chances of catching carp better, but what is the answer to the question, what is the best time to catch carp? Here, we will explore this in more detail.

Why it is Important

Unless you are a professional, retired or do not have a job the time you get to fish will be limited because of other ‘more important’ matters. This is the main reason why it is imperative to ensure you go fishing at the right time, because even though it is nice to relax while fishing, the goal of fishing is to catch rather than relax, and those who think otherwise should book a trip to the beach!


Fishing on the sunny days may seem the most desirable, but it is well known that the sunniest days are not the best for fishing in big lakes because the fish move to deeper waters (which are usually found in the centre) to stay cool. Fishing on cloudy days stops them gathering in the centre, so they can be found all over the lake rather than in a place that you cannot reach when you cast. In the UK, late morning is ideal because the light morning sun warms the shallows to an acceptable temperature for fish.

Saltwater Fishing

If you enjoy saltwater fishing the best time to fish is during a rising or falling tide. This is because your bait will move around more, which should incite feeding.

Light Rain

A light rain in spring is often the best time to fish, and the reason for this is because the rain can wash insects from the bank into the water, and this can create a feeding frenzy for carp. Furthermore, the rain can cause slight hysteria among the fish because they have a harder time seeing where they are going and what they are eating, so when you pair these two factors together the chances that you will get a bite increase.


With this being said, fishing with the best carp rigs at exactly the right time can prove fruitless if the carps are not biting or there are none around. Furthermore, if the bait is wrong, then the rig will not be effective either. These are all things you need to take into account to have a successful trip.