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Carping

By Manny Luftglass

And, no, we are not talking about complaining here. "Carping" is often used as synonym for complaining. But to an angler, in particular, a fisherman from Great Britain, the word denotes someone who is dedicated--no, devoted--to the fine art of seeking and catching what some Americans foolishly call "Trash Fish". Carp! You see, more people fish for carp in the world than for any other species. But here in America, anglers are not too anxious to seek out this commonly found critter!


Billy Friedman landed this giant carp while
fishing the South Branch of the Raritan River
in 1995. It scaled an impressive 47 pounds.
Photo courtesy NJ Div Fish and Wildlife

When I was researching my book, "Gone Fishin' For Carp" in 1995, I ran across at least five or six publications in England, which featured carp fishing. Several dealt only with carp fishing, and one was actually called "Carp World". Its editor, Tim Paisley, told me that he sold 15,000 copies each month of the fine magazine. In fact, his photo appears alongside of mine on the cover of my book. He is holding a "mirror" carp, a member of the carp family that has no scales at all. While I have never seen such a carp, I intend to catch one someday, even if I have to go back to England to do it. I wrote an article for Tim's magazine about carp fishing here in New Jersey, and was then hired to write a similar feature for a German carp fishing magazine.

Here in America we can pull up to a hunk of water and start fishing. Most bodies of water in New Jersey are freely accessible, save the cost of a fishing license. Well, in England, the opposite applies. Most of the guys who seek carp (Carpers) have to buy the right to fish a private body of water. Some join clubs to fish in their exclusive pond, and others pay a fee to the owner of the lake, but rarely can they enjoy what we have here. The thing is, most New Jersey anglers don't ever go after the strongest and heaviest and smartest of all fish found in American freshwater!

You can always spot a British carp specialist. They carry equipment that is so different from what we use that it boggles the mind. Start with the rod. It is generally 10-12 feet long, not six or seven like we use. Similar in length to a steelhead rod, but twice as thick, it's intent is to get a bait out far and have lots of backbone to fight a fish into submission. The reel is a spinning model, usually a "Bait-runner", one that allows a closed bale to release line to a running fish with such ease that the fish doesn't know that someone is at the other end waiting to stick a hook into its mouth. They use the same kind of line as we do, but normally, at heavier breaking strength than a New Jersey freshwater fisherman will use. And they use some unusual rigs. One called a "Hair-rig" allows a thin length of material, once a hair but now a piece of thread, to be tied to the hook shank. Onto the thread is placed a "boilee" or several kernels of maize (hard corn) as bait. The hook itself has no bait! Cast out, a passing carp will inhale the baited "hair" and wind up also taking the hook into its mouth. English anglers swear that they get more bites from big carp on this rig than if they baited the hook itself.

"Carpers" also are credited with creating what they call "Pop-Up" fishing, allowing an angler to bait a hook and still allow the fish to see the food up off bottom. Use a standard half-ounce or heavier egg sinker, and put a small pinch-on sinker on next, allowing a foot or so of line to remain. Tie on a size six bait-holder hook and you are set. Put a yellow miniature marshmallow or piece of yellow Styrofoam on up at the eye of the hook and then add three or four kernels of corn. Cast out, the sinker will go to bottom, and the hook will rise up a foot allowing the bait to be clearly in view.

Here in New Jersey, we have countless lakes, rivers, ponds and streams that hold carp. In Northwest New Jersey, I can personally attest to the fact that the following bodies of water have lots of carp in them: The Delaware River (The Pennsylvania State Record carp came from there), the Wallkill River, Paulinskill Lake, Lake Hopatcong, the South and North Branches of the Raritan River (New Jersey's state record was caught in the South Branch), the Passaic River, Spruce Run Reservoir, Round Valley Reservoir, the Delaware and Raritan Canal and the main body of the Raritan River. (Lots more too, no doubt).

Carp Data

Native to Asia, carp are now found on every continent except Antarctica, and throughout the continental United States. Carp live in a wide range of environmental conditions and are found throughout New Jersey. Once considered a nuisance, these giants have generated renewed interest as a game fish. They prefer shallow, warm, well vegetated lakes with mud & silt substrate and can tolerate low oxygen content in the water. As the water temperature drops during the year, they move deeper. In rivers, carp tend toward slow moving areas with soft bottoms, and don't mind cloudy water. Spawning over a prolonged period of time, carp deposit eggs on flooded vegetation.

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Here's some Trash Talk about "Trash Fishing". While trout and bass anglers will cuss me out, to me a carp is a king and bass and trout take second place by far. They're not really "trash", but clearly, far less worthwhile adversaries. You see, rarely will a trout or bass be big enough to break an angler's line. Hardly ever will one be capable of pulling out more than five feet of drag before stopping to rest. But carp? Hah! A carp is fully capable of cleaning your line completely off the spool and breaking you off at the knot. In fact, I saw that happen the first time I ever fished the Wallkill River fifty years ago! So I will be "Trash Fishing" for bass and trout during this year, for sure. But carp will still be one of my primary targets.

Carp are incredibly strong, smart, and big. A ten-pound carp is not at all uncommon, but few among us have even seen, or caught, a ten-pound trout or bass. Contrary to most views, a carp is not a critter that eats trash or spoiled food. That is what catfish eat, among other stuff. Carp eat only fresh food. It could be corn kernels or cooked corn meal balls. English anglers use what they call a "Boilee", but many are caught on maggots (okay, not your food of choice, but at least they have to be alive), or a bit of dough. Some use a floating chunk of bagel or bread, both of which are taken off the surface of the water by carp in a huge inhale.

In Spring, many of the carp that I catch are in the Delaware River, and since worms are often washed into the river during high water times, a worm is a natural food then. I caught one last march at Byram that was well in excess of 20 pounds on a baby night crawler. My friend Ron Bern took similar fish in 1999 and 2000 also with worms as bait. Once we get into late April and beyond though, the primary bait is corn kernel.

Carp fishing often is improved dramatically by chumming; easy to do while double-anchor fishing from a boat. Just throw stuff upstream periodically and carp will show up for the freebaits. Cooked corn meal works better as chum because it sinks far easier than corn will. British anglers use a slingshot to heave corn or maize or cooked meal far out, but a slingshot is illegal here since some view it as a weapon. The English also use an aluminum pole that has a spoon-like device at one end. Filled with chum, after practice, you can heave freebaits way out with this "throwing stick."

"Snap, crackle and pop" are words all of us have heard in connection with the breakfast cereal Rice Krispies. Well, let's hook it up with carp fishing. If you don't fish with your drag wide open, but with your rod placed tightly in a rod holder, the "snap" will take place often if your line is heavy. That "snap" will be the breaking of your rod into two pieces! "Crackle?" Well, with open drag, your line will scream off the spool of your reel, and most carp will take it so fast it will sound something like "crackle" indeed. And the "Pop"? Here again, with tight drag and light line, the "popping" sound will echo across the water as your carp breaks your line without even knowing that someone was trying to hurt him.


The author with a beauty.

I haven't killed a carp since I started losing my hair, and friends, that is a long time ago. No self-respecting English "Carper" ever kills one either. Therefore, please practice "Catch and Release" with your carp so that they can live to go "Snap, Crackle and Pop" another day.

If you would like to become a member of the Carp Anglers Group, an organizations that I belong to, write to Bud Yancey at CAG, Box 69, Groveland, IL 61535 to apply for membership. A newsletter is sent to every member periodically sharing secrets from here and across the sea. Scuze me, gone fishin'!


Resident expert Manny Luftglass has written a series of books on New Jersey fishing. They include

Comments

Bob
03 Sep 2014, 12:07
Harry - I live in South Jersey - Gloucester Co.

Where do you fish on Big Timber Creek? Do you still have that picture of the big carp? Thanks.
C
19 Jun 2014, 19:01
I've been fishing for about 40 years, I have fished fresh, brackish and salt and for just about anything, I usually go geared for a particular species, I have seen 3 foot plus carp come out of the Delaware between Dingmans Ferry and the Milford PA bridge specially on the Oxbow of the delate around Minnisink Island, I've caught a few large 20 plus carps and cats on the Delaware and even on smaller less fished water ways, lakes and ponds. Although I mainly concentrate now a days on Trout and Bass and Muskies, I do know a good bottom feeder of large size is a thrill for any true angler at the end of a wet line. May your line go tight and the fight last long and remember to keep the gene pool pristine, catch and release the lunkers and keep some smaller slots for the table they're all good and you participate in the cycle of life....
pea pa
15 Mar 2014, 15:49
all fishing is lots of fun,but for freshwater you really have to go some to beat the fight ,that carp can give the angler,carp can snap poles, line, and clean the line right off your spool. like the saying goes don't knock it, till you try it. and for those who who bad mouth carp, why don't those of you go to europe flap your lips, like you do here,i feel your fishing days will be at a stand still for a bit if you know what i mean.
Mike B
10 Oct 2013, 17:27
Thanks to those who replied to my first comment requesting info for finding large carp ( 20lbs and over) carp spots. \r\nSECOND QUESTION - does anyone know where on the Delaware River on the Jersey side between Red Bank and the Ben Franklin Bridge where you can fish for carp. I know there has to be monsters in the River, but I'm trying to locate a spot on the river bank where you can fish.. Any thoughts
Mike B
03 Oct 2013, 18:04
I have recently started to fish for carp... I've fished for over 40 years, mostly bass and pickerel. I have always seen huge carp in Rainbow Lake and Parvins State Park. I decided to try and catch them. Well, after a lot of studying.. buying new equipment, joining some on line carp sites and learning how.. I have caught about 30 carp this year from 5 to 15+ pounds. Looking to catch some monsters now.. like 20lbs and even 30 if I could be so lucky. Does anyone know of spots from Camden to Vineland that have decent populations of 20+ pound carp.. Ive been fishing the Cooper River and have been very successful.. but havnt caught a 20+ pounder yet... any help would be greatly appreciated...
joe the fish guy
22 Jul 2012, 20:19
i been fishing for years and i have to say one of best lakes ive ever fished for carp is smithville lake in burlington co nj you can easly get a 20 pounder from there the biggest i ever pulled was a 45 lb monster and i fished for pike bass trout and big cats in the delaware and nothing beats that first stike of a monster carp taking off with your line and pole if your not watching
Joe
11 Jul 2012, 21:20
Been fishing for carp for about 32 years now, don't like catching small fish (less than 5 lbs.). I don't like eating fish that much (catfish is one of the few I will eat anyway its cooked). I love to catch and release, so carp are perfect for me, always catch them in the lip, net them, weigh them and then flip them back in the water from my scale (never have to touch them). I live in northwest NJ and their are a few great places to catch carp, I have the Delaware river, Polinskill river and Spruce run reservoir all within 15 miles of me. I use a cornmeal with just a couple drops of vanilla extract. Bring the water to a boil, add cornmeal and just a little vanilla extract, mix over the open flame (make sure you mix it over the flame or you will not get the mix that will stay on your hook when casting), when it is very thick, dump it from the pan onto tinfoil, cover all of it up with the tinfoil, when you get to the river, just open the foil and get a nice size ball, push the hook (size 1 I use)into the middle of the ball of cornmeal and then cast out (I like to use 10 to 15 lb. test on my real). Just cast into the spot of your choice and then anchor your pole and set the drag (not too loose, just enough that the line will pull off the spool and not take the pole from where you anchor it). Always great when you can go fishing for carp with another person who fishes for carp (then you have someone to talk to while waiting for that big hit), I never try to hook a carp from little hits, the one you want too catch will just suck on the cornmeal ball and then run with it, when the pole is bent and line is starting to pull off the real, just pick it up, set the drag more and set the hook and then fight, fight, fight, nothing like the feeling of catching a fish that pulls like crazy and you have to make sure your drag is set right to wear it out and bring it in.
Nap
21 Jun 2012, 10:09
Harry ... where is timber creek ? \r\n\r\nIve been a carp fisherman for 35 years. Netted countless fish up and over 40 lbs. My PB is 36 and Ive released every one of em. \r\n\r\nAnyone who believes in the old "invasive" theory should apply the theory to themselves. Are they "native" to America and should they be eradicated then? Nonsense ... people who believe that theory dont use their heads.
Harry
01 Dec 2011, 16:27
to those who doubt, I've seen a five foot carp, Leave an email address and I'll send you a pic.
antmanbee
02 Oct 2011, 10:19
Used to catch Carp in Dundee Canal in Passaic NJ. 1964'ish. Very slimy fish coming out of canal. Don't know if Carp are naturally that slimy or if it was just trash environment of canal. Snapping turtles in the canal too. Could catch the carp with a hook on a string and a piece of bread. Fish would probably go for anything.
chris moser
16 Jun 2011, 16:00
I used to carp fish in bristol twp pa in the Del canal as a kid. There were mulberry trees hanging over the canal and the carp loved them. They'd hang around for the tell tale plop and the fight was on. Now I am a fly fisherman and would love to get more info on FFin for carp in the del river.
Chris
02 May 2011, 11:55
There is no such thing as a trash fish, whether you call carp trash because they feed off the bottom or can live in extreme water conditions. all fish are different and feed different ways balancing out our waterways. 1. it is not illegal to release an invasive fish once caught back into a waterway, it is "strongly recommended" read the fine print in your fishing handbooks and you will see, you cannot get punished for it, only introducing the invasive species is illegal. 2. for all of you precious bass, trout, delaware river channel catfish, and pickerel fisherman, do your research, these fish are not native to these lands either, whether they have been here for 50 years or 200 years, they were spread by humans from somewhere else, dont believe me, look it up, the only native trout is the brook trout, which native ones are rarely caught in this area. 3. Fishing is fishing. some people like to fish for different things than other people, dont hate on other fish even if you dont like them, just fish concentrate on what you like and nobody will have problems.
joe rotenberg
21 Apr 2011, 14:55
Just came back from catching my first carp! Was fishing for a couple of hours in pond in Bergen county, was about ready to quit when I cast a medium nightcrawler from shore. I was using 8 lb. test and a size 10 hook. I secured my rod and loaded up some gear in my suv, returned to rod in time to see my line arc out. I thought i had hooked a 3-4 lb largemouth, but a battle ensued for about six minutes and I pulled in what must have been an 8-10 lb. fish whose identity I wasn't sure of. Positive ID came from the distictive barbel near its mouth, its broze color and distinctive scale arrangement. What a treat--that carp made my day! (I released it unharmed BTW). I never imagined the small pond I took this fish in contained such a monster!
dane
07 Mar 2011, 21:42
man all these negative comments about carp fishing and which fish is better. Fishing is not about what fish is better. Im 21 and have been fishing since i was little, and i mainly fish for bass, but some days i enjoy sitting back and fishin for carp. pulled a 20 pounder out of spruce run last summer and they are runners. none the less stop with the bashing, if your a true angler u should be able to fish for anything you want, i fish for every game fish possible.
Tony
02 Mar 2011, 09:13
Hi all,\r\nI always laugh when I read all these redneck stories about the bad carp, this terrible invader. They even say that is illegal to release carp? Carp were imported in 1960í to control algae growth in the fresh water reservoirs. If they were so dangerous how come they were imported officially? Dear rednecks, more and more people in NJ fish for carp every year. You donít enjoy it Ė donít bother go fishing, find something else to kill but let the others have fun. \r\n
carp king chris
22 Jan 2011, 16:01
hi everyone ive been carping for yrs im british and caught a large amount of carp and cats i don t agree with what some are saying about none-releaseing back in to water if your a gamer you will agree im looking for good spots to fish in north nj i like ponds lakes please let me know . chris
Greg
06 Nov 2010, 08:39
I'm looking for some good kid friendly places to fish for carp in bergen/morris county.\r\n\r\nWe used to see them in the passaic river and goffle brook as kids. I distinctly remember seeing a few that were longer than my friend (who was laying down along the shore trying to catch a sucker with his hand.) That was 7th grade... I dont know how tall a 7th grader is, but thats about the largest fish I ever saW!\r\n\r\n
clean
06 Oct 2010, 20:45
to Harry:\r\n\r\n:) are u sure 5 ft long and 100 lbs? R u sure that was carp and not old fridge in the water? Hmmm, 100lbs, that's world record my friend ;) I'm not sure about 60lb in US and u came with this 100lbs story ? LOL, common dude :)
mannyluftglass
10 Aug 2010, 12:40
Hi Readers!\r\n\r\nWell, many years after writing the article, I just found all of your comments and, more or less, am pleased! Sure, some were negative but clearly, most of them were from dopey bass and trout lovers. I'm guessing that none have ever taken a ten-pound \r\n"Mr. Man" drag-screaming carp on ultra-lite gear. Once that happens, you ALL become fellow "carpers". So to all, or at least, most of you, thanks and I hope you practice catch and release for many a year. And if any of you would like to buy an autographed copy of my book, "Gone Fishin' For Carp", simply send me $12.95 (+ 7% tax if a N. J. resident) to: Manny Luftglass, Box 556, Annandale, N. J. 08801. I've released exactly 25 this year so far and have put hundreds back, mainly those I catch at Spruce Run Reservoir, to 20+ pounds, nice!\r\n\r\nScuze me, gone fishin'\r\n\r\nManny
Ian Brookman
07 Jul 2010, 22:58
Im from the uk and will soon be emigrating to NJ 07735, if you guys dont wanna fish for carp thats fine by me i wont be in anyones way on the bankside. If anyone can advise me of any waters around matawan that hold carp i would be very gratefull.
carl edmondson
16 Mar 2010, 12:39
a great article , it is so good to hear that you are trying to implement a catch and release policy over there as for years here in europe we read with dismay articles about carp being killed especially by bow fishermen. here in belgium fishing for carp is as you say a devotion and almost a way of life, myself i spend every weekend on carp if not fishing then spending hours beside lakes with binoculors watching the movement and feeding habits of fish. many hours go into researching the contours of the lake bottom as thids helps in cathes, i have fished lake champlain in vermont but not with much success.\r\nkeep up the good work and hopefully generations to come will be able to savour the joy of landing filming and returning a 50lb mirrror as nothing else matches that feeling, once again thanks for a great article
Svet
03 Feb 2010, 09:54
Hello. I live in NJ ( 07724) . Where in my area I can buy u carp? Thank you
Harry
24 Sep 2009, 17:24
Hello My name is Harry I grew up on Big Timber creek here in south jersey.\r\n\r\nI've done all kinds of fishing myself, But Carp fishing has always been my favorite.\r\n\r\nI can tell you this for a fact, There's carp in Big timber creek That are upwards of a 100 pounds. You may think I'm crazy, But I've seen them and have a picture of a dead one that's 5' long and probably around 75 pounds or more, As he's dead a couple of weeks and he's probably lost some weight. And when I was a kid, I seen one bigger dead on the side of the bank. The largest I've ever boated was around 40 pounds. But I've had some monsters that have rubbed me off. I'm older and wiser now, So one of these days I hope to boat at least a 60 pounder. But hey Ya never know maybe I could catch one of those grand daddy's before I'm dead myself :)
A.J.
23 Jul 2009, 10:56
I just got back from Cooper River..I havent fished for carp there for several years,so this morning i made some corn meal and headed out to one of my spots i used to fish,,,in 2 hours i ended up with 6 carp,6 to 10 lbs. and 1 catfish about 4 lbs. ,,,what a surprise the morning was to me,i ALMOST forgot how hard those fish fought,had a GREAT time,all fish were released to catch another day.LQQks like i`m gonna be carp`n in my spare time again. :)
vrso2
18 Jul 2009, 12:10
:) Guys, can you anybody tell me, where may i go fishing for real big ones in NJ ???
Ed
23 May 2009, 21:50
Carp are fun to catch, I pulled in two 24" carp this evening at the Allegheny Reservoir in PA. Pound for pound, they don't fight as much as other gamefish and tire easily, but they will run when they see you close to shore. I tried eating carp years ago and bleh. I'd rather eat the bait used to catch them.\r\n\r\nI release them because I respect wildlife and I don't see them causing any damage to the habitat of the more popular gamefish. I catch plenty of trout, bass and walleye in the same waters that I catch carp in.
Stephen Blanda Sr.
22 May 2009, 18:52
Great artical...........I have been fishing for carp for about 33 years know. Yes I do bass fish the other half of the time.But,I got to say that if I had to chose...........the carp would win!!! I caught a 34 lb carp about 20 years ago under the comador bary bridge on doe bait!!!! I throw them back unless I'm going crabbing.....they are the best crabbing bait.\r\n I'm living along the north branch of the rancocas creek now..........just last night I pulled a 5 lb carp in on 4 lb test on an ultra light rod.....what a blast.....took me 15 minutes......
marek
29 Mar 2009, 07:57
I have been fishing for carp all my life and the only thing i can say is that large mouth bass to me is the real trash fish!!! this stupid fish will bite everything even corn hehe trout is fine for dinner \r\n\r\nbass fishinnnn\r\ni call it \r\ngay fishinnnnn\r\n\r\nyou rednecks
duxxer
24 Mar 2009, 09:20
I have fished for carp for 50 yrs and never thrown one back! The Mi.DNR spends lots of money to eradicate em . Some waters here have 95% bio mass carp.Theres carp spearin derbys on local rivers every yr which bring in over 1,000 lbs of carp on a single day. The bluegills are making good comebacks in the backwaters where a few yrs ago it was a muddy ,churned up mess from carp. And if you wonder what happens to the dead carp,there put on local fields...Farmers take all you can deliver. Fisheries biologist love to see em thinned too.
Chris
21 Mar 2009, 19:02
I'm 31 and been fishing since I was 12. While I've never brought carp home to eat, they have always been fun to catch. I used to go to a place in Garfield, NJ called Danherts Lake. It was a pond really, but GREAT for carp fishing. There is a railing that goes along half the pond and some benches. Just put a weight on your line, a hook, and some dough. Cast out, leave your fishing pole against the rail and hang out on one of the benches. A little patience and soon enough your fishing pole would bend and you'd have a carp on the other line. \r\n\r\nRecently Garfield invested about $4 million into cleaning up Danherts Lake, drained it, and rebuilt it. I've only fished there once since and caught a trout.\r\n\r\nI wouldn't consider myself a great fisherman by any means, even though I've been fishing almost 20 years. But if you ever hear of a good carp spot near you, I recommend you check it out. Carp fishing is fun. And I'd imagine it would be fun to bring your kids too. (Something I look forward to doing one day.)
justin
17 Mar 2009, 08:12
carps are whack they are no good i onlyl fish fish for 1 thing and 1 thing only and that is catfish the king of fish carps are nothing compared to catfish. and carp are just like perch they deserve to be throwin back in
Eric
08 Mar 2009, 19:52
Trash fish as you may call them because there a too many of them in the water of North America or because they are not tasty. But only a fool would believe that they choke the waterway and kill the basses. These are not scientific evidence but merely some rednecks' imagination. The fact is people polluted the water and the basses die out, only the carps left in the water because they can stand low oxygen...They have been living in Asia for millions of years and never heard to kill other fish out there. They are not native, of course, neither is steelhead, Chinook or coho salmon in the great lakes, nor the people living here... Steve, FYI, common carp is not considered as invasive species and you can release them back into water as you like, Asian carps (silver carps, bigheads, grass carps and black carps), however are invasive and should not be released once caught.
Adam
15 Feb 2009, 00:37
CARP,TRASH FISH, GARDEN FERTILIZER. What ever you call them? They still add up to TRASH!\r\nBack when I was a boy fishing with my father who loved fishing more than a T-Bone. We seldom went carp fishing. But when we did just for pure fun not one of those garbage bags were taken home to be eaten. We used to drop them off at an Old Greek, fellow's home. He used them for fertilizer in his garden. Used to grow the damndest largest tomatoes and other vegetable around the country. And as I grew older and still hate the garbage fish. When cought I just throw their butt's up in the bushes for the flies and other critters to feed on. Now in South Korea, where they will just about eat anything swimming,walking or crawling they love the Trash Fish. But after seeing what most of them eat on a daily basis I don't question their judgement in reference to food. They are like garbage disposals. In one end and out the other!
benny
19 Jan 2009, 04:21
i loved the article.i've been fishing for carp at ponds and creeks and lakes all my life.fishing for game fish is to much work.i like sitting and waiting for that big hit.the carp i catch normaly are between 10 and 15 pounds. but i use 4' rods and ultra light gear. i have to play the fish until it's tired.i never have so much fun like that.i too use corn.but sometimes i soak it with vanilla extract first they love it. i can't wait until march. i wount to try that floating rig you talked about. i use the same rig without the marshmallow.one day i'll tell you how i know i got a hit on. something i grew up with and it's called a teller good fishing.
Dave
21 Nov 2008, 17:13
I live in SE PA and I have been carp fishing for a couple years now. I am in my late teens, and I get out fishing whenever I can! I used to do trout and bass fishing, but now carp have taken the place as my main target species. American carping is great, but I think the best way to catch them is euro gear with hair rigs, bite alarms/pods, boilies, ect. This is a great article, carp fishing is gaining popularity here in the U.S. \r\n\r\n -Dave\r\n\r\nPS: Jason, if i ever catch u leaving carp in the woods to die, i'll shoot you with an arrow and leave ya there! 0_o
Justin
26 Oct 2008, 00:29
hello i fish the musconetcong river and i was wondering if there was any carp in this river
Brandon S
18 Aug 2008, 12:07
But here is the thing, your using what is basically live bait. I dont find that fun at all, im an avid bass fisherman and i use lures to trick the bass into biting. And when you catch a bass over 5lbs....which i have 5 this year already.....biggest being 6 1/2 its a great fight. And its Jersey, go to Texas and Florida and youll catch bass that big all day long. And the fish actually jump and throw the lure. Ive caught carp before in lakes while fishing for bass...got one on a red plastic kreature bait....how many of yall avid carp fisherman have done that? They put up great fights but they are still trash fish. They destroy habitats for other fish.
fugas
28 Jul 2008, 16:03
any info about carp fishing? mean, where to go or etc.
Pansoti
03 Jul 2008, 15:08
Hi Mr. Luftglass, thank you for this great article! How fitting it is that I stumbled across your article when I literally just came back from fishing for carp (didn't catch any...). I spotted a school of these magnificent creatures on the bridge going from Lambertville to New Hope.\r\n\r\nOn a different note, it is pretty shocking to me that carps are referred to as "trash fish" by some. Being Asian, I know that carps are symbols of strength, perseverance, and a noble spirit to many Asian cultures. The Japanese would tell their boys to "face obstacles like a carp swimming up stream." "Swim like the carp!" they would say, because these fish are known to battle against extreme currents to spawn. They also fly carp flags on Boy's Day, showing that they want their boys to grow strong and tough. In Chinese mythology a new dragon is born every time a carp succeeds in swimming upstream and jumping over a waterfall. There is a metaphor here: perseverance and hard work are the precursors to glory and honor.\r\n\r\nI guess there's a bit of culture shock here, since I've only ever viewed them as positive creatures. But it's good to know there are some who love them even if they are seen as foreign creatures in these waters.
Ken Hamann
30 Jun 2008, 10:38
I live on the south end of New Jersey. We have an amazing variety of salt water fishing, shell fish and crabbing. Not many people fresh water fish as a result. Each evening when I walk my dog, off leash, in an area with two small ponds, we feed the fresh water fish. Each pond contains a considerable population of large Carp, along with Bluegill Sunfish, Large Mouth Bass & Snappers(turtles), which wait for us to arrive with their evening meal. They gather in front of us and will swim between the legs of my Jack Russell Terror as they feed. Some of the Carp are larger then my dog. She weighs approx. 18LBs. The carp will come up to the bank at times and are literaly at my feet. The fish will form a semi-circle around my dog waiting for the next round of food. I feed them the cheapest dry and canned dog food that I can find, as well as suitable table scraps and stale bread. The favorite food for all the fish seems to be raw chicken livers, which are less expensive than the cheapest dog food. I cut them into smaller chunks with poultry shears. I've taken some photos.
r
22 Jun 2008, 17:28
Jason, \r\nI'll be you'll run fast when you seem my .45
r
22 Jun 2008, 17:25
Invasive species? BS! Too bad trout and bass can't hang with them pound for pound. Not the carps' fault. \r\nAnd as for those that kill carp...let me see one of them do it in front of me and I'll exterminate them.
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BIG Steve
31 May 2008, 08:06
Jason is right is is illegal to release invasive species back into the water.\r\nthe law states that you must NOT release any carp back into NJ waters-- really ! little know law and fish and game do not enforce anyway--only if you stock them do they fine you big time
Jason
27 May 2008, 16:32
What about the fact that carp are choking the water ways and are killing off native fish and aren't even suppose to be in our water ways. Don't catch and release they breed fast enough. Catch but dont release bears and foxes love them drop'em in the woods. Or do what i do drill them with an arrow from my bow fishing bow. And then reel them in, they dont fight as hard but i bet you they run faster.
Mike
23 May 2008, 06:07
This guy is absolutly right. carp are fun strong fish to catch. We went two days ago in the Raritan River and caught two 25lbers and a 15lber!!
Modris Kruminsh
29 Apr 2008, 18:53
Hi. Just read your article, Mr. Luftglass and found it very fascinating. My own experience with carp is 0, simce I'm new here in the USA. I'm originally from Europa, from Latvia; and we don't have carp in wild in our lakes and rivers. I don't even know the reason why. Still, we raise them in our fish ponds for food, and we can order carp at our restaurants. Except that it never gets to grow large since it gets harvested before it can reach any significant size.\r\n I would like to clarify a following question. You are writing that carp likes just fresh food. At the same time, in his webpages Scott Osmond who fishes in Massachusets (and apparently is considered a carp expert in these surroundings) tells to prepare field corn or maize for carp chumming like this: To keep it in the water for two weeks and to add some sugar to start fermentization process. As he writes, "as stinkier as better." Would corn, fermentized it this way, still be considered appropriate for carp in Your opinion. Please, let me know soon, since I just started soaking 50 lbs yesterday - I wanted to catch a few carp this year, and this corn was intended for chumming. Sincerely,Modris.
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19 Jan 2008, 23:13
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