Fishing for silver carp
Crucian is probably the most recognizable fish for the majority of the Russian population. The fish is very plastic, both in terms of adaptability to natural conditions, and in appearance. There are several subspecies and cultural forms. In addition, it differs in the characteristics of reproduction. The size of the fish can reach more than 1 kg.
Ways to catch carp
A very common fish in Russia. There are many ways to catch it. The most popular can be considered donka – feeder, float tackle, winter and summer mormyshka. It is worth noting that under certain conditions, crucian carp is caught even on a lure.
Catching carp on feeder gear
Carp can be caught on the simplest gear, but when fishing from the bottom, you should give preference to the feeder. This is fishing on “bottom” equipment, most often using feeders. Feeder and picker are convenient for most, even inexperienced anglers. They allow the fisherman to be quite mobile on the pond, and because of the possibility of point feeding, quickly “collect” fish in a given place. Feeder and picker, as separate types of equipment, currently differ only in the length of the rod. The basis is the presence of a bait container-sinker (feeder) and interchangeable tips on the rod. The tops change depending on the fishing conditions and the weight of the feeder used. Nozzles for fishing can be any, both vegetable and animal, including pastes. This method of fishing is available to everyone. Tackle is not demanding for additional accessories and specialized equipment. This allows you to fish in almost any water bodies. It is worth paying attention to the choice of feeders in shape and size, as well as bait mixtures. This is due to the conditions of the reservoir (river, pond, etc.) and the food preferences of local fish.
Catching carp on a float rod
For several centuries, numerous articles have been published with recommendations for catching this fish. As before, the float rod remains the most popular equipment for catching this fish. The main criteria for choosing gear are related to the desires of the angler and a particular reservoir. Due to the crucian lifestyle and fishing conditions, anglers have problems in catching, due to frequent loss of equipment. This is due to the fact that, sometimes, the fish becomes “very capricious”, and the fishermen try to get out of the situation by making the gear as thin and accurate as possible. The problem does not have a clear answer. In different conditions, you need to approach, based on the need and capabilities of the fish. One thing can be said with certainty that in the case of fishing in reservoirs with difficult terrain and fishing conditions, it is better to use gear that can be described as reliable. When catching many carp fish, the basis of successful fishing is attachment, bait and bait. Carp, in this case, is no exception. The second factor in successful fishing is the choice of time and place of fishing. The most accurate information on a particular reservoir can be given either by local fishermen or fishery owners.
Catching carp with other gear
Carp can be caught in a variety of ways. Starting from traditional “donoks”, “snacks”, “rubber bands” and other things, to fly fishing. Moreover, fly-fishing crucian is caught on both “dry” flies and “nymphs”. Gear should use traditional, middle classes. The fish stubbornly resists, which gives a lot of pleasure to the angler. The crucian carp responds well to non-attached jigging rods, both in the winter version and in summer gear. In most crucian ponds, fish are caught from the ice at the beginning and at the end of winter. But there are reservoirs and lakes where it is caught all year round.
Bait, bait, nozzle – this is the most important thing that an angler should take into account for successful catching crucian carp. To attract fish, you can use both home-made products and specialized products from fishing stores. When preparing for fishing on an unfamiliar body of water, it is worth checking with experts about local fish preferences. Universal attachments for crucian carp are worm, bloodworm, maggot. In the summer, at the time of warm water, crucian carp responds better to vegetable baits, cereals, bread, and more.
Places of fishing and habitat
A very wide habitat. Carp is common in Eurasia and North America. It is absent, as a rule, in mountainous regions, but this is due, rather, to the complexity of natural distribution. It also spreads actively with the help of humans. Fish live in various conditions, ranging from “exhaust” lakes – saucers, to the largest rivers. This is also associated with different living conditions. In lakes, ponds and reservoirs crucian tends to places with aquatic vegetation. On rivers, it keeps in places with a slight current, as a rule, along the bank edge. Large river specimens gravitate to bottom depressions, often standing together with carp. Feeding goes to areas of reservoirs with a silty bottom in search of invertebrates and their larvae.
It becomes sexually mature at 2-4 years. Silver carp is a fast growing, actively spreading species. Some ecological groups of this species do not have males. The fertilization of eggs in such flocks is carried out by other cyprinids. Spawning takes place in May – June. Most females spawn in batches, spawning is noisy, usually at shallow depths in coastal vegetation. The river crucian often spawns on flood spills, from which part of the caviar dies due to the departure of water. During spawning, the fish does not stop eating, and most importantly, in the intervals between spawners, crucian actively peck.