Species Spotlight: Common Carp
Name: Common Carp
Also known as: Commons
Scientific Name: Cyprinus Carpio
Description: Common Carp are normally a dark brown/bronze colour and the body is covered in a mesh-like scale pattern all over its body. The head of a Common Carp has an underslung mouth specifically for bottom-feeding in the rivers and lakes it resides in. This mouth also has small barbules located around it for seeking out food.
Average Size: Common carp can reach sizes over 60lb in weight but the average you will normally find in many lakes and rivers is 15lb.
Carp being released back into Heaven Lake, Hungary
Where to Catch: You will find Common Carp all around the worlds freshwaters from the lakes of the UK to the rivers of the USA. The common Carp is as its name suggests very common in freshwater, this fish just loves to root around on the bottom of these freshwater habitats in the slower moving areas finding many food items to feast on. Common carp often give their location away by the fizzing of bubbles breaking on the surface. You can find out more about Common Carp fishing over on our YouTube channel.
Fishing methods: By a long way the most popular method used for Common Carp fishing is ledgering with one of the thousands of different flavoured boilies on the market, using one of the hundreds of different rigs designed for this exact purpose. Other more natural ways to fish for Common Carp include float fishing with bait like worms, sweetcorn and bread along with fishing on the surface when the carp are in the upper layers using floating bait like bread crust and dog biscuits.
Two Common Carp and two happy anglers at Paradise Lake
Contact us: Have you ever been Common Carp fishing abroad? Is this a favourite species of yours that you just love to fish for? If it is, and you’re ready to experience true Carp Fishing, contact us or call 01603 407596 today and we’ll make your dreams a reality.