There is a pond in front of my apt. and you can see carp around 24 inches. They look pretty big. I have fished the shallow end where they are swiming I have tried corn, corn meal worms packaged carp bait. I have fished early in the morning, mid afternoon and late at night and have not gotten any action. I fished on the bottom, fished with a float, the carp actually hit the flot with it tailI am using very light equipment. My wife says they must think I am using bluegill bait because thats all I catch. I would love to hit one of them big ones.