Golden Ghosts or carp as they are more commonly known are really great fish to pursue. Carp put up a hell of a fight and if you have not yet thought about trying to catch one, I would really suggest it, if you have caught one or two, you very well know that they put up a great fight. Carp reach gargantuan sizes, the largest I have seen to date was around 88 pounds. That is monstrous, however a nice 6-12 pound carp is going to really take you for a few long runs, and if your fishing for them in a kayak, you can really expect a fun time as they take you for that sleigh ride.
I have caught a few carp in my life, one out here in California and three in Colorado. I have only tried one time to catch a carp specifically and that one was at around 13 pounds out here in California. The ones that I caught in Colorado believe it or not were all caught trying to catch bass. Some people have very specific, almost religious way of trying to catch carp, specifically saying that they did not want to use an easy bait like bread balls or sweet corn or things like that. I really wont get into what kind of lures to use for carp because I think it is a little to touchy to speak on.
If you would like to catch or at least try to catch carp, there are many ways to go about it and pretty much any rod and reel that can hold the higher line weight will suffice. Bait is controversial and many things will work for catching carp, they really are not very picky in most cases, I have even watched a video where a carp ate a duckling. Keeping in the tradition of my recent blogs, I will talk about an MHX rod that would be awesome for going after carp and larger sport fish. This time the MHX rod I will speak of is made for fly fishing, I believe fly fishing to be the purest way to catch these great fighting fish. You truly have to fight them in and one little mistake can easily break you off. On top of all that, presentation is everything. MHX makes a rod blank called the F907-4-MHX, it is a 4 piece 9' rod that has a fast action. This rod is in 7 WT and paired with a matching reel, you most likely will not find a fish in fresh water that you aren't capable of reeling in. I am recommending the 4 piece because at 9' each piece is under 2.5 feet making this rod the perfect traveling companion. Put together this rod will have great casting distance and will be very accurate, something a shorter pole will lack.
Take a look at the Fly Series that MHX has put together, and go out there and use whatever you prefer to catch carp, it is a great time.
Joshua Christensen has been fishing since the age of three, always honing his skills towards bass fishing in both fresh and salt water. His passion for the sport of fishing is only surpassed by his passion for doing it by sit on top kayak. In addition to the work he does with Fish Explorer, Joshua is also the host of Beast Mode Outdoors on You Tube.