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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.

What Bait Should I Use?


fishing floatThe majority of those who enjoy fishing will cast their rod trying to catch a certain type. However, there are some people out there that just cast for the fun of it. Before fishing, every person should ask themselves what bait they should use based on where they are fishing. If you successfully answer this question, your chance of catching fish significantly increases. In this guide, we will explore the answer to the question what bait should I use.

Live Bait

There are plenty of live baits that are sold across fishing shops in the UK. In fact, a lot of these baits can probably be found from the place you are fishing. Included in this category are the following; earthworms, crickets, maggots, frogs, flies, grasshoppers and even some small fish. These are just a few of the most common live baits that are retailed. In general, all night crawlers can be used as fishing baits.

Live baits are ideal for the big predators if they are presented on the rod correctly.

Prepared Bait

If you have to prepare your bait, it will fall under this category. Prepared bait is often seen as the sign of the amateur, but, in fact, prepared bait can be ideal for catching certain types of fish. This category is full of food stuffs like bread, cheese and even meats.

Prepared baits are ideal for catching catfish, mullet and bass. Using baked potato as bait is surprisingly a decent bait for carp fishing. With this category, you need to do a good amount of research before you choose your bait as one food stuff can actually be ideal for catching several different types of fish.

Artificial Bait

By far the least common form, bait falls under this category if it is manmade. This type of bait uses scents and smells to attract the fish. Artificial baits are used mostly for professional bass fishing.



Different types of bait are good for catching different types of fish. Before you set off, make sure you are aware of the types of fish that are usually caught in the place you are fishing. Once you know this information purchasing the right bait is all a matter of matching up the bait to the most common type of fish. This is invaluable information and it could turn a potentially fruitless trip into a very exciting one.