What methods to catch grass carp
Despite the joint fishing of carp and grass carp, which has been practiced so far, we cannot identify their character traits. The domesticated carp is basically used to people and behaves in a "civilized" manner”, while the grass carp makes the impression of an unbridled savage with a choleric temperament. Any stimulus is enough, to get scared and throw like crazy. This behavior from one fish spreads to the entire herd, and it creates quite a mess. Mass hysteria could be triggered by even louder fall of heavy bait near a feeding herd of grass carp, sometimes a car rumble or a louder patter on the edges.
The results of catching grass carp from the bottom so far (a typical carp fishing) must be considered unusual, because its feeding grounds are mainly located at higher levels, rather near the surface of the water; there is practically nothing to look for at the bottom – unless, of course, he was lured there by the bait. We can react to this characteristic property of amur in two ways:
– adapting and catching it there, where it normally stops, which would be most sensible;
– trying to use appropriate baiting pay its special attention to the bottom, where we traditionally fish.
The catch from the bottom does, however (at least theoretically) some objective flaws – the end of the mouth of the grassland makes it difficult (compared to carp) gout food intake. If there is an excessive layer of silt, our predictions may be correct. Bottom fishing can therefore only be recommended in hard bottom conditions, in other cases, we rather fish even on the surface.
Special treatment is also necessary when baiting due to the suspicious nature of grass carp; you have to reckon with that, that his reaction will be slower than we are used to. We can bait like carp. More logical (and cheaper) however, it would be to take into account the experiences of Hungarian anglers, who apply gradual lure with different types of green plants – lucerne, pea shoots, Clover, cabbage leaves, lettuce etc.. Young milk maize is also perfect, which you have to cut off the cob, for the grains to open and for the aromatic corn milk to act”. Meal and dough are also commonly used in fishing, enriched with flour for grass, e.g.. from the lantern. Some aromatic additives can increase the effectiveness of the groundbaits (peruvian balm, vanilla, honey).
The baiting technique can be equated with the technique used to bait carp. The obstacle may be the grassland stopping further from the shore – then the only solution is to deliver the groundbait to the right place using the TV set”. The groundbait should be rather sparse, so that it starts to dissolve as soon as it comes into contact with the "TV set” with the surface and that it works in the water.
Different than usual, when fishing grass carp you have to use stronger one, so less sensitive equipment. However, a compromise is possible. In easy open waters, where we can let the jammed grass maneuver, you can choose to use a delicate one, sensitive carp gear”. In difficult conditions, in densely overgrown waters one must respond with force, so more powerful equipment is needed. The rod must be prepared as carefully as possible, paying particular attention to the attachment of the hook.
The thickness of the line must be adapted to the rod, we can afford thicker lines – 0,40, even 0,50 Mm, which do not disturb the amur. The float is the most critical part of the set, who can – especially when casting loudly – act as a deterrent. So we try to minimize it and in no case use bright colors.
The necessity to use extremely strong equipment should be taken into account when preparing the set and carefully avoid more complicated variants, which would require more knots. The simplest set is ideal – with a hook, with sinkers and a float directly on the main line. The only disadvantage of such a combination – knot on the hook – we will minimize this way, that we choose the type of knot that weakens the line strength only slightly.