– What to expect from this site in the future first went live in 2012, with the aim of becoming the definitive resource for UK Carp Fishing enthusiasts. The website has clear aims, and over the coming weeks and months we will be covering a huge range of topics related to Carp Fishing. We will show you the latest Carp rigs and the methodology that will help you put more Carp in your landing net. We will be looking at rigs that are suitable for the novice Carp fisherman, and also advanced rigs that will give even the most experienced angler a further edge. We will examine the latest Carp tackle and give tips and hints as to what is working today in UK waters. We will be discussing bite detection, how to fine tune your tackle and maximise the sensitivity that you can achieve. We’ll look at backleads and give you an unbiased view on their positive and negative aspects.

Many Carp fishermen spend a great deal of time considering the “end zone” of their tackle…. the final section of their gear, however it’s easy to forget the fundamental Carp tackle aspects. For example, choice of main line, whether to use braid, monofilament and the new style fluorocarbon. Should you just use the first PVA bags that you can get your hands on in your local tackle shop? How important is spodding aand what typed of spod are available to us? How should you spod?…..and is it always suitable?
In the coming weeks and months expect to see detailed instructions on PROVEN CARP RIGS, DETECTING BITES, SPODDING, BAIT PRESENTATION, TYPES OF BAIT and much, much more.

We will be featuring reviews of the best known UK Carp waters and details of how much it costs to fish them. We want to become the definitive Carp Fishing guide and the ultimate free information resource.We have plans for a fishing community and open forum so that Carp Fisherman from all over the UK can compare Carp tactics and share ideas.

Grass Carp

Grass Carp were originally cultivated in China as a food source, but were later introduced to Europe and the USA for aquatic weed control. Grass Carp tend to be found in large, turbid rivers and their associated lakes. They have a wide degree of temperature tolerance and tend to reproduce and spawn at temperatures of 20-30 °C.

If you are intending on fishing for Grass Carp, you need to remember that they are often to be found close to the surface and close to the shoreline. Grass Carp grow large and are often strong fighters on a rod and reel. However, due to their “vegetarian” eating habits they can be very difficult to catch. Baits that may tempt Grass Carp will be things like corn, white bread (especially from the surface) etc.

Grass Carp that are caught from ponds where they have been stocked primarily for weed control should be handled with extreme care.


Grass Carp

Grass Carp

Redmire Pool

Redmire Pool is considered by many to be the spiritual home of Carp fishing. It can be found in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England and is something of a classic. Way back in 1951, the potential of Redmire was clear to see when Bob Richards smashed the British Carp record with a 31.25lb catch that shocked the world of fishing. However, it was the following year in 1952 that Richard Walker was to firmly place Redmire on the map. He caught a Common Carp weighing 44lb (20kg) that was subsequently transferred to London Zoo. Walker named the fish Ravioli, but it was later to be called Clarissa by staff at the zoo.

In 1980, Chris Yates would go on to beat the record again at Redmire. This time the fish weighed 51.5lb (23.4kg) and it was a stunning example of a Mirror Carp. Ironically, Yates actually banked the fish using a split cane rod that Richard Walker had made himself in 1955. Yates, and Redmire would later be featured in the popular BBC 2 show, A Passion For Angling, meaning that Redmire would become a household name. Legendary outside of more than just Fishermen.

Details of how to book a Carp fishing trip to Redmire can be found on the official Redmire website.

Crucian Carp

The Crucian Carp is a mysterious, often misunderstood member of the Carp family. If you are lucky enough to catch a Crucian you will undoubtedly notice their amazing gold colour. However, just catching a Crucian Carp of any size at all can often be a long, difficult task. Crucian’s are certainly the most delicate feeding Carp. They don’t grow anywhere near as big as Common or Mirror Carp, but in my opinion, they are harder to catch. Currently the UK Crucian Carp record stands at 4lbs 9oz and was caught by Martin Bowler.

In order to identify a Crucian Carp you need to look out for the following things:

– Size, they are significantly smaller than either Common or Mirror Carp.

– They are a striking golden colour.

– Crucian Carp do not have any barbules. (This is a key factor, and often the most obvious indicator when trying to distinguish between true Crucian Carp and normal Carp).

– Crucians have very rounded fins. Their dorsal fin is convex, whereas other Carp actually have a concave dorsal fin.

Crucian Carp Tips

Just like their “big brothers” and “big sisters” Crucian Carp feed heavily when they want to. They will feed on leeches, daphnia, insect life, it really doesn’t matter. Unfortunately, once a Crucian has been caught a couple of times, it will more than likely learn from the negative experience and become harder and HARDER to catch. They will nudge your bait, suck it lightly….almost testing for hooks or anything else that might be a fishing indicator. With this in mind, it is often a wise tactic to use the smallest most delicate float that you possibly can. Dot the float right down until only millimeters are visible above the surface. If you have too much float visible above water level, you will miss their delicate bites, and you might not even know they are there. Even the most microscopic movement of your tiny, delicate float can indicate a positive Crucian Carp bite.

Best Fishing Baits For Crucian Carp

Pellets, Maggots, Casters, Bread, Sweetcorn

Crucian Carp

Mirror Carp

Mirror Carp

Typical Mirror Carp found in UK waters.

Mirror Carp get their name due to their scales giving them a resemblance to mirrors. They have been known to grow to being in excess of 60 lbs. Indeed the last few British record catched for all Carp species have all been Mirror Carp.

Mirror Carp are different to Common Carp both visually and genetically. However, in pure Biological terms, they are very similar. The Mirror Carp actually originates from being a “mutation” of Common Carp. This genetic difference owes to two alternative genes, the Sallele and the Nallele. Common Carp have a regular scale pattern , whereas Mirrors have irregular and sometimes patchy scaling. This means that many Mirrors have a somewhat unique appearance, meaning that many Anglers are able to identify individual fish by sight alone. The lack of scales is believed to have been bred in by monks in order to make fish easier to prepare for meals.

The Common Carp

Common Carp

The Common Carp found in UK waters.

The Common Carp can be traced back to English waters as early as 1300, when Carp were imported from Europe and reared in stew ponds. Today Common Carp can be found in almost every river and lake in the UK.

The Common Carp is the original strain of Carp, with Mirror Carp being genetically bred out of the stock. The origin of Common Carp go back over 2000 years and can be traced to the Danube river which runs from Germany to the Black Sea via the Danube Delta.

At the time of writing the UK Carp record stands at 67lbs 8oz and is held by Austin Holness and was caught at Conningbrook, near Ashford, Kent.

Some facts about Common Carp are listed below

Latin Name: Cyprinu carpio

Length: Up to 100cm +

Distribution: Found in most parts of the UK

Months seen: All year round

Natural Food: Worms, snails and small fish

Habitat: Ponds, lakes and rivers, especially shallow water.

Special features: The colour on the back can vary from silver-grey to green-brown. The belly is usually whitish. The mouth has four barbels (whiskers), two at each corner of the mouth.

New Carp Fishing website soon to launch will launch before the end of 2012. It will be a resource of information for UK Carp Fishing enthusiasts.
More information will be available shortly. Make sure that you check back soon and see what you think.