How to catch grass carp?

Discussion in 'Carp Fishing' started by flatheaddundee, Nov 17, 2005.

  1. flatheaddundee

    flatheaddundee New Member

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    I've caught regular carp before on purpose and by accident, but I have seen some monster grass carp cruising the shallows of ponds before and was wondering if there was a way to fish for them? I've heard that you can fly fish for them?
     
  2. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    i read you can chum them with corn. then you putt a cherry tomato (or some other kind of vegie )under a bobber to catch them. never tried its just somthing i hurd.
     

  3. Catfish Fever

    Catfish Fever New Member

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    We've been doing some pretty good Carp catching lately, we chum with corn mixed in corn syrup and vanilla. I made one batch with Anise and one with Garlic, all three work pretty well. It's kinda of slowed down some since the water cooled.
     
  4. crossxsticks

    crossxsticks Member

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    I use canned corn , the cheep kind is best , use a hair rig or just a small hook and fish on bottom
     
  5. Hannibal Mike

    Hannibal Mike New Member

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    Corn is a good grasser bait (sweetcorn), but fishing it with a float close to the bank is the best technique. They are skitish and often very gentle on the bite, so a small float helps you spot the pull down or lift up of the bait. Some guys use small cherry tomatoes on the surface too! There is a source of really great corn (italian), and carp stuff from Wackerbaits.com out of chicago. Breadcrust also works! Since it has cooled off, I have had trouble catching, but a friend in St Louis has caught carp in park ponds all winter. Hannibal Mike
     
  6. BassMassey

    BassMassey Well-Known Member

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    ive heard of people snagging them, but I heard to actually have one bite your bait, then use a small piece of bannana peel..........I'm not sure if this is true, but it came froma reliable source........grass carp are great for keeping a pond or small lake very clean..........
     
  7. willisjj

    willisjj Guest

    We had good luck with a recipe I gave Jim (catfish fever) a while back. We had one urban lake in Phoenix and grass carp was all that it contained (no common carp). My son caught a 25 pounder on that recipe. I think I posted it in another thread, if you can't find it, e-mail or pm me and I will give it to you if you want. I have also seen people catch them with just a worm which really surprised me. I guess if you try enough, they are liable to bite anything. You'd think they wouldn't bite anything but grass, being a grass carp, lol, but you ought to try keeping some on your hook, lol.
     
  8. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I know some people who have caught some big grassys using cherry tomatoes.
     
  9. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    I couldnt do that Jack. I'd run out of bait. I love Cherry 'Maters! Good thing we use Shad to catfish with, I don eat shad. I could never be a 199% carper. Cherry 'Mater, Wheaties, Jello, Corn, heck..... I like all that stuff. We'd be out of bait in no time!
     
  10. Catfish Fever

    Catfish Fever New Member

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    Jeremy, sorry I forgot to mention your dough bait, I ALWAYS have one pole baited with it, if I don't catch anything with it, usually we don't catch any at all on our other baits. That is some fantastic stuff :thumbsup: . I'm already working on my second batch.
     
  11. micus

    micus New Member

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    If you can find it. They love cottonseed cake on a limb line about 6"-8" from the surface. Use very strong tackle.
     
  12. lonegunman88240

    lonegunman88240 New Member

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    you might want to check the laws for your area, i say that because here in nm you are highly encouraged to release grass carp unharmed, the state had them shipped in and released to control the water plant life
     
  13. C_wernett

    C_wernett New Member

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    Me and a buddy caugth a few off a hot lake on...nightcrawlers...yes, nightcrawlers on a slightly modified slip rig. The same rigs we catfish with on the lake. We just put on a smaller circle hook and gob on two nightcrawlers. The always hit in a certain feeding lane though, and we never catch any on any more than one rod! The just keep coming back around hit that same rod, like they're travelling a certain path, and don't deviate from that "lane". Also, we haven't caught any under 40lbs. Really fun though!
     
  14. micus

    micus New Member

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    You are highly incouraged to keep all carp out of the main rivers. We have so many that they are in competition with the native fish.
     
  15. lonegunman88240

    lonegunman88240 New Member

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    common carp is fair game here, and most do thier part to get them out of the rivers, but grass carp is a no no for some reason
     
  16. lonegunman88240

    lonegunman88240 New Member

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    as soon as my boat is ready to go again i plan on setting up to bowfish common carp
     
  17. micus

    micus New Member

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    The impounded Mississippi seems to be an ideal environment for them. I think the record on pool 26 is 56# or so. Its floating ice now so I guess I won't be after 'em anytime soon. :crying:
     
  18. kaleigh

    kaleigh New Member

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    Do you keep and eat them,or catch and release?Never fished for them or caught them,but I have seen some that had to be at least 36". :0a21:
     
  19. kaleigh

    kaleigh New Member

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    I am from up north,what is cottenseed cake? This must be a Southern thing cause nobody I asked ever heard of it.