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More Knowledge and Skills Catch more Fish!

Guest Blog by: Nate Zelinsky 8/31/2013
Through the years I have tried all kinds of fishing and eventually
started guiding for about all of them. About the only thing we don't
target here at Tightline is Grayling,.... I think! Either way, through out the years of fishing and learning to target different species I
feel it has strengthened my skills for species I already target. Every
specie requires different skills, equipment, techniques, and knowledge
of the resource. Once you develop these skills they are embedded into
your tool belt of knowledge and can take you a long ways when targeting
your go-to species.
For me, my latest challenge was Carp. After targeting these fish for a
few years I am comfortable and good to guide for them! Now that I am targeting them on a regular basis I can honestly say that they might be The Ultimate game fish! They are big, they eat just about everything, they can be tough to catch, and they are in a large variety of waters. I would almost be willing to bet that wherever you are reading this that there are Carp in the waters near you.
I started fly fishing for Carp and continue to do so but find myself in love with euro style fishing for them. Some of you know what I mean but for those who don't it is a fancy way to bait fish. Depending on the distance I need to cast I typically use a rod between 8 and 12 feet long and at the end of the rod is a 2 to 4 ounce sinker that is pegged on the line. From there I have a hair rig. My hair rigs are tied of 20 pound braid and have a long shank size 6 hook that is
snelled and extending past the hook is a short 3/4 inch piece of line
that I attach my bait to. My bait varies but lately I have been using
pop up (floating) artificial corn. I typically add my own scent on top of this to
create my bite. Carp are extremely intelligent as well as have one of the best taste glands around. My go-to is either something sweet like Pineapple or Hot like Hot Sauce. Both of these are great triggers for Carp. In Europe they are allowed to bait or chum for the fish so they can get them hooked on a bait and then present a stealthy version of that bait. In Colorado we are not allowed to chum so heavily scented baits that draw the Carp in from long distances are best. The way these hair rigs are set up is when the Carp picks it up the heavy
weight sets the hook and the Carp takes off running. I have my rods in a Euro-style beeper rod pod or rod holder. My rods sit on a horizontal holder and the line runs through an electronic beeper so when the Carp takes off running
my beeper goes off telling me I have a fish. It is hard to describe this in words but this is a high action sport. The thing that gets me is learning and making different rigs with different scents to increase hook up rate. I know some of you are thinking that Carp are not hard to catch but have you really tried? I encourage everyone that says Carp are easy to catch then I challenge you to go out and in 3 hours produce 10 fish on rod and reel hooked in the mouth. It is way tougher than it seems but once you dial them in we have 20 and 40 fish days.
Lastly, I hear people saying they are a trash fish or junk. Carp were originally brought into the USA as a food source and have gotten a bad reputation since but how many of you catch and release anyways? I know I do so at the end of the day I am just looking for a challenge and a hard fight, Carp fill both those needs!

Nathan Zelinsky is a full time professional walleye angler. He has fished the MWC along with many other tournaments. Besides tournament fishing Nathan is owner/operator of Tightline Outdoors guide service which is an all species guide service, fishing for Walleye, Smallmouth Bass,Northern Pike, Trout, Catfish, Carp, Perch, Tiger Muskie, Kokanee Salmon and Wiper. Nathan spends around 300 days a year on the water or ice. Nathan also runs a Ice Fishing School in the winter months. He is a frequent guest on ESPN Outdoots with Terry Wickstrom and also appears frequently on Angling Adventures, Fishful Thinker and Lip'em & Rip'em. Nathan is also a member of ICE TEAM. Nathan is sponsored by Lund Boats, Mercury Marine, JRs Tackle, Interstate Batteries, JIffy Augers, Berkley, Fenwick, Phlueger, White Caps, Crowly Marine, Replicas INC, The Sign Guys and Gal, Ice Armor, Clam, Vexilar, Mr. Heater, Ice Team, Blue Quill Angler, Todays Tackle and Line-X.
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Member comments
takeakidfishing, CO   8/31/2013 6:58:01 PM
Great Read. Love Carp Fishing..
Tiny Stevens, CO   8/31/2013 7:42:47 PM
Good job Nate! Carp are a very under rated fish here. Cool that you feel it has strengthened your other fish fishing abilities.
C-DOG, CO   8/31/2013 7:52:06 PM
Yes I agree 100%. We have all caught Carp. But when you target them, and accessorize yourself for them it's very rewarding. It's not hard too have A 100LBS. in A day..
Good Sam, CO   9/1/2013 10:26:12 AM
Carp Slam 2013 next Saturday. Steve
Walter, CO   9/1/2013 2:39:45 PM
My grandkids love going carp fishing! It's way more fun than catching 4"-5" bluegill in local ponds, and they're getting experience catching larger fish.
Jay, CO   9/2/2013 1:38:49 PM
I love fishing for carp. I got a 36" and a 27" today. The European style of fishing for them can be as complicated as you make it, but you explain it nicely. Having a guide like you to show someone how it all works is the best way to go.
lilbreigh, CO   9/2/2013 6:15:12 PM
Thanks for the write up... I totally agree with what you have said. I have learned alot from your techniques and others....The idea is to hopefully catch more fish on all my trips...
JOHN_COSprings, CO   9/3/2013 5:28:48 PM
Great article of these days we will have to get out on the bankside together.... as i well know here, I am obviously obsessed with my carp fishing..... Tight lines John Carp Anglers Group (Cag) Colorado
JKaboom, CO   9/4/2013 1:15:00 PM
Great BLOG and good points to ponder :)
Nate Zelinsky (TightLine), CO   9/6/2013 4:22:25 AM
Thanks guys! I appreciate it!
Nate Zelinsky
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