Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Carp Rigging

Use a hair rig to increase your chances. As carp taste food first, if they don't like the taste, they won't come near it.

You may also use a Spider Line, 50 lbs test, then use a leader material that fits the situation.

Thread the bait on the baiting needle and hook the hair loop. You may also use foam dipped in a flavor as this enhances the attractiveness of the bait.

Also make a baiting needle by just straightening a long shank hook. Slide the bait on the shank, then slide the bait from the needle onto the hair.

Using a float is also an advantage because it adds weight for further distancing and the location is easily identified.

Don't forget the controller float rig. A leader can be used which is attached to the swivel to it's mainline of at least 3 feet length with a 10 lb Drennan double strength. A low diameter mono will do just as long as it floats well enough for visibility.

It is not the bait that catches the carp but the method in which the bait is introduced. Pre-bait every day in one spot for a few days. This makes the carp think that there is a regular source of food for them and by "word of mouth" there'll soon be a school of fish around. Just be patient and it will all work.

Carp Fishing Tips And Techniques

Carp fishing can be awesome. Carp are very good at sucking in and blowing out suspicious baits. It is very exciting to see the whole action in a fraction of a second as you hang on while the reel is trembling with a loud noise.

Carp happily devour on the surface as long as you keep the pellets, biscuits, chic peas, bread and rehydrated corn coming in. Attach them to the hooks, preferably using the bread. Have the biscuits softened by dipping it in the water for about 2 minutes, then put them in a sealed sandwich bag for about an hour. One other way to hook baits is to super glue the pellet into the shank.

Once they get into feeding, let them feel comfortable around the bait. This gives more opportunity for the fisherman since they begin to not feel picky. This tactic can be useful for zig rigs.

As soon as they are feeding, cast the bait but make sure not to drop the bait directly onto the feeding carp. Cast away from the feeding area then slowly draw it in position. Be sure and keep the food coming in so as to keep the carp from going away.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Keep Your Catch From the Lake Fresh For Your Plate

You can't get much better than a meal of freshly caught fish. They are flavorful and tender. But they can also spoil easily! The fish can start to die and spoil before you get them home.

The first thing to consider is how the fish are treated after they are caught. You need to keep the fish alive and in good shape until you clean it. Live wells are the best way to do this and the fish can stay in great shape until they are processed.

A bucket with holes in it or a basket will work as well if you don't have a live well. Either of these containers would be a good bet to keep the fish alive and breathing until you take them from the lake. The main thing is to try to keep the fish alive as long as you can before cleaning.

When you leave the lake transfer your catch to a cooler to keep the fish on ice to lessen the chance of spoilage. Keep a little water in it to transfer the cold to the fish faster. The fish will then be in great shape when you get them home to clean.

One thing you can do is use a large metal bowl with water, ice and some salt to put the cleaned fillets in. This will keep the fish fresh and in good shape until they are cooked.

Then fillet all fish. Start with a cut along the spine and go along the length of the spine to the tail. Flip the fillet over and repeat the procedure along the skin and you will have some nice fillets to eat. Put the fillets into the lightly salted water until you are ready to begin the cooking process.

Proper care and preparation will bring you great results when you are handling your catch. If you can't cook the fish right away you should freeze them for storage. They now have vacuum lock bags that remove the air from the bag before freezing. These are wonderful and do a great job of keeping them from getting freezer burn.

Another good thing to do to keep them fresh is to freeze them in water. You can use paper milk cartons and they are easy to stack. You can also use freezer bags with a little water as well.