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Species Spotlight: Common Carp

Species Spotlight: Common Carp

Name: Common Carp

Also known as: Commons

Scientific Name: Cyprinus Carpio


Common Carp Cyprinus Carpio are normally a dark brown/bronze colour and the body is covered in a mesh-like scale pattern all over its body with large a dorsal fin. The head has an underslung mouth specifically for bottom-feeding in the rivers, lakes and small ponds it resides in. This mouth also has a small pair of barbels 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.

Common carp
Carp being released back into the River Ebro, Spain

Where to Catch

You will find this species all around the worlds freshwaters from the lakes of the UK and Czech Republic to the rivers of the United states where they have lived since the middle ages. Carp are omnivorous and 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 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 include float fishing with bait like worms, sweetcorn and bread along with fishing on the surface when the carp are in the upper layers due to water temperatures using floating bait like bread crust and dog biscuits, this often works well for wild Common Carp.

Contact us

Have you ever been 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.

Alternatively, visit our Carp fishing trips pages or request a brochure containing all our fishing holidays trips and vacations.

Tight Lines,

Paul Stevens

Blog Comments

  • Anthony

    How much does it cost for a weeks angling.
    Also is it possible to fly to Hungary.

  • Peter Collingsworth

    Anthony. Yes you can fly to Hungary and all our packages include the flights. The prices for a weeks fishing including flights etc is £1,400 per person. You can see the full details on this link.

    Hope that helps? anymore questions please feel free to ask.

    Regards peter

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