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Fish: Grass Carp

How to catch grass carp?

Post By: Hogaboom      Posted: 7/13/2017 8:12:38 PM     Points: 205    
Found a couple lakes with some big,spooky and smart grass carp. I've casted out corn and other baits in front of them that sit on the bottom and they don't take it. They like bread on the top of the water but it doesn't stay on the hook very well. Any alternatives?
 Reply by: rkhancock      Posted: 7/13/2017 8:48:26 PM     Points: 21867    
I would say try bread more. Really pack it on the hook. My buddy caught one on a fly and bubble rig except instead of a fly he used bread. I've also heard cherry tomatoes and other store bought fruits and vegetables work
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 7/13/2017 9:19:04 PM     Points: 29819    
My experience has been do your regular carp baits and hope for the best. You can sight fish them with a piece of crawler or some dough though.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 7/13/2017 9:35:47 PM     Points: 679    
They can be caught on flies sight fishing. Be stealthy.
 Reply by: tracks      Posted: 7/14/2017 8:08:41 AM     Points: 267    
I've caught them on a foam hopper pattern fly. Need to gently drop it right in front of them.
 Reply by: Alwaysfishing      Posted: 7/14/2017 3:22:35 PM     Points: 0    
I had I lot of luck this spring on the Colorado river. Using shrimp and pepperoni on circle hooks. I was using a 1oz slip sinker with a 12in leader and a 2ot circle hook.
 Reply by: Crankster      Posted: 7/14/2017 5:33:54 PM     Points: 0    
Dough balls work for common carp. I used to catch grass carp in AZ on grass. They put them in the irrigation canals to keep the banks from over growing with grass. I would pull up some grass and wrap it around my hook. Throw it out there weightless. They also call them white amur.
 Reply by: spicyhombre      Posted: 7/14/2017 9:08:27 PM     Points: 5380    
Alwaysfishin-
Pretty sure those are all common carp. Grass Carp are more selective.

If you ask a Bron, he will tell you that grass carp have the power to shape shift to mimic almost any species of fish so you never know.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: 7/14/2017 9:34:07 PM     Points: 29819    
I was going to leave it alone Bill but you are right on all counts. Nice carp catches by the young man but no grassies.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 7/14/2017 11:11:11 PM     Points: 5040    
So I used to catch common carp on bread at a local duck pond all the time. There used to be some monsters in there until the pond filled in with slit and couldn't keep them alive anymore.or anything for that matter.

I did figure out how to catch them with bread off the top of the water. It actually became one of my favorite ways of catching carp there.

I would rig up a size 2 or 4 hook weightless. Then take a piece of bread and just take a corner of it off with a large piece of crust on still. Now hook the bread threw the crust in one size and out the other. This is the strongest part of the bread without balling it up. The fresher the bread the better. If it's too dried out it will just crumble.

The trick to casting this out is to just loft it out. A good spinning reel with plenty of line will make it easy. You cast too hard or ur just feeding the fish😉
Done right and bread will float on top and just wait for it to be in hauled and set the hook hard and hold on lol.

One the most exciting carp fishing I ever had. Man I miss that pond.
Good luck