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Discussion in 'Carp Fishing' started by catfishing is fun, Jan 29, 2009.
I thought i heard somewhere that they are, but i'm not for sure
Carp are not line shy any more than any other fish until they have been caught and released a bunch of times. They seem to be able associate things with other things and after being caught repeatedly they become very wary of line, weights, bait flavors etc. that they associate with being caught...W
I never knew that thanks for the info:wink:
Thanks, i never would have thought carp were this smart
Don't think so. As if you can catch them on a white #21 line on a trot line. Don't think mono is going to bother them.
But like Winston. They may after being caught a few times remember.
Some people think Bass are like that. But I have caught bass 2 hours after they were put back into the water at a Tournament. Shoot the guy even had a picture of the fish. And a few of them were there when I caught it and we weighted it in 2 hours 5 minutes of them weighing it in. LOL
If I am fishing on topwater floating bread then I am 100% convinced that the smaller the line diameter the more takes, or attempted takes I get. With thicker line the fish nudge it and swim away. I can get hookups on bigger line but my quality fish come on the smaller diameter, like braid or small mono. This does not mean that carp will not bite thick nylon, but it does mean that a more delicate presentation will increase bites and hookups. I also use thinner leader lines because the smaller my leader diameter the better my fish and catch ratio has been.
i use 20 lb bass line and 30lb big game caught big carp one both over 20 on liver in the great miami and city ponds they were not that picky rick
Thanks for the info
Carp are probably one of the "smarter" fish in freshwater. They learn.
They have eyesight about equivalent to a trout, they have a lateral line system as good as a bass and their sense of smell is as good as a catfish. Why they are not more respected in the USA is puzzling...but I am completely fine with that. More of them for me to enjoy catching and releasing.
Big ones are a real challenge to catch consistently. Anyone can luck into a 10-15 pounder here and there, maybe even a 20-25. But to catch really big ones consistently, you have to be on your A-game. They are pretty clever.
Weird carp rigs, light lines and fluorocarbon leaders all because they remember the last time they got ganked.
Rod and Reel I use 12# Test but on Trot Lines use much Bigger.
Field and Stream or one of those magazines did a fish study years ago and the lowly carp has the best memory and smarts, after catching the carp on corn they would not eat corn for a year, they had all the fish we catch and how long it took for them to bite the same bait again, it was very interesting but the carp was the smartest