The Common Carp, Latin name Cyprinus carpio is a widespread freshwater fish across lakes and rivers in Europe and Asia, where it’s native. It’s has been introduced to every part of the world except the poles, and they’re the third most frequently introduced fish species worldwide, with history as a farmed fish dating back to Roman times.
The Common Carp can eat herbivores diet of aquatic plants but prefer to scavenge the bottom for insects, crustaceans and blood worm. If given adequate space and nutrients, they can grow to enormous sizes of over 80lb; however, they typically average between 5lb to 40lb. The oldest recorded age of the species was over 38 years old. Although tolerant of most conditions, Carp prefer large bodies of slow or standing water and naturally live in temperate climates in freshwater.
The fish are extremely popular with anglers in many parts of Europe, and their popularity as a quarry is slowly increasing among anglers in the United States. They grow big and fight hard, and as schooling fish, preferring to be in groups of five or more, anglers can often catch multiple fish in a session. There are many different ways you can catch Common Carp, but the best and most popular method is ledgering with one of the thousands of different flavoured boilies that are on the market.
Below are the top destinations in the world for Carp Fishing.
If you’re looking for a family fishing holiday, our River Ebro Villa in Spain will tick all the right boxes. Ideal for large families or groups of friends, it gives travelling anglers a chance to fish for an array of hard-fighting species, including Catfish, Carp, Zander and Perch, and provides non-anglers with a range of fantastic amenities and activities.
The beautiful Gillhams fishing lake resort is located in the stunning area of Krabi Southern Thailand and is surrounded by limescale Karsts which are covered in a protected tropical rain forest. The resort can cater for single anglers, pairs, groups and we can also arrange full lake exclusivity.
Ever dreamt of doing battle with one of the hardest fighting freshwater beast on the planet? Well, now is your chance, as we are offering Catfishing at its best. Imagine standing on the side of a huge fast running river holding on to a very angry Catfish as it tries to get back to its hole? As you can imagine, it is an experience not to miss!
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"Wow-what a great weeks fishing. We had 9 Carp between 31lb and 52lb, 36 Catfish biggest being 145lb. That river is alive with fish, unlike our UK rivers. Awesome holiday highly recommend to any serious angler"
"Thanks for the tips Paul those little hook baits done very well for the Carp. We had them to 39lb and you were not wrong about how hard they pull"
"Never got so messed up with mud and slime, but then again I have never ever had as much fun as that fishing in my life. Unbelievable trip."