Underwater Carp Fishing
Facts About Underwater Carp Fishing
There is a series of videos and DVDs available demonstrating underwater carp fishing. The subject can seem a little confusing as, with the exception of dry fly fishing, most fish are caught underwater. True underwater fishing would involve the fisherman swimming underwater to catch the fish, usually by means of a spear.
In this case, what is meant by underwater carp fishing is that it is a study of how the carp feeds underwater, and reacts to various lures or baits. The carp is a bottom feeder, and a fisherman needs to understand how it reacts to various tricks and techniques he or she is trying in an attempt to fool it. Watching a video provides a good education as to what will work and what may not. Of course you don't have to watch a video, you can learn quite a bit from reading about what has been observed in terms of underwater carp fishing and feeding.
The carp has not always been considered a sport fish or food fish in western countries, though this has been the case in Asia, particularly China, for centuries. One reason we don't hear more about fishermen catching carp, is the carp can be a very difficult fish to catch by hook and line. When you have a fish that feeds on the bottom, and will eat a wide variety of things, it can be a challenge to find a lure or bait that it will zero in on. Of it does take the bait, keeping the carp hooked is still another challenge. The underwater carp fishing study helped significantly in finding out how best to fish for this particular species.
Boillies - One bait the carp has proven to take a definite liking to is called a "boillie", as lit is called in England. The boillie is simply a concoction that has been boiled and in doing so forms a skin that holds all the ingredients together. This then is the bait, which is fastened by one means or another to what is referred to as the hook line. One problem to be solved is to find just what ingredients make up a boillie that a carp is going to show an interest in. Another problem to be solved is to find out what type of hook line, or rig, is best suited to present the bait, and at the same time to keep the carp hooked once it take the bait. Yet another challenge is that of figuring out how to keep the carp from swimming off with your bait and rig, as it has a tendency to do. As we said, the carp is a difficult fish to catch.
One of the more popular boillies is the fishmeal boillie. Here fishmeal, available from many bait suppliers is added to a paste mixture, which serves as a binder, and then boiled. Birdseed boillies are also popular and unsalted peanuts are yet another carp bait which has [proven to be very successful. Peanuts that have been boiled and allowed to sit awhile will ferment slightly and serve much better as bait than will raw peanuts.
Rigging - Once you have your bait, you're going to attach it to your rigging with what is called a hook link. This is basically a length of fishing line that, by tying a couple of knots, fashions a loop that will hold the bait in place. A swiveled lead weight is attached by a rubber tube to the hook line, and to the fishing line. When the carp takes the bait, the lead weight sinks the hook into the carp's mouth. The carp will usually bolt away. The name of this rigging is called a bolt rig.
There are other variations, including a rig where the lead weight simply drops off once the fish is hooked. This rig is used in areas where there is a great deal of underwater growth, and the weight may become snagged, preventing the fisherman from landing the fish.
Underwater carp fishing video scan of course can show how all of this works, and what seems to work the best. Otherwise, you can experiment with various recipes for boillies, and various rigs until you find just the right combination for catching the wary and elusive carp.