How to Catch Grass Carp in A Pond?

Grass fish is a herbivorous fish found in freshwater sources like lakes, ponds, and rivers. These fishes have massive appetites and feed themselves with submerged aquatic vegetation. Slightly different from all the other omnivorous carp fish members. Though very reclusive in nature, the anglers can notice grass carps swimming along the water surface, displaying their long dorsal fin. Grass carps are, by the way, massive fishes. So, when they swim along the shoreline, you are hardly going to miss it. And the same way, the fish, too, will notice you even from far and be wary about you. Such a cautious specimen requires a lot of patience and application of different techniques to angle.

So, let’s divulge our little tips and techniques on how to catch grass carp in a pond. We will keep it very easy and simple to motivate you to take your first step towards grass carp fishing.

How to Catch Grass Carp in A Pond?

how to catch grass carp in a pond

Tips and Techniques #1 – Locating The Pond

Grass carps are farmed in water bodies to control the growth of plants and weeds naturally. So finding a pond that has grass carps shouldn’t be so difficult for you. It could be someone’s personal property, so before you randomly start fishing in a pond, first check whether the owner allows you to invade and angle in their property. Locating a pond nearest your residence is better. If the pond has grass carps, there will be plenty of them. These are not some rare specimens, so finding a pond with grass carps is necessary. The other things will fall into place gradually.

Tips and Techniques #2 – Pursuing The Right Spot

After you have found the chosen pond, time to pursue the right spot, where you can comfortably sit and set your fishing equipment. Remember, grass carps are very cautious and get alerted with even a little movement, so you need to find a spot where the grass carps are seen frequently, but you can notice and apply your carp fishing techniques staying at a distance.

Tips and Techniques #3 – Be As If You Don’t Exist

Try to wear something that camouflages your existence. The moment the grass carps will notice you, it will disappear and will never look back, no matter how tempting your bait looks. It’s better for you to blend with the greeneries and slowly and gently take every step of yours. Do not talk, do not make noises, and be gentle, slow, and very patient while catching the carps.

Tips and Techniques #4 – Preparing The Bait

We prefer sweet corn as bait. You can use any, but we like regular corn because it is inexpensive, and using ample amounts will not hurt. To prepare the corn bait for catching the carps, you will need to make it palatable for them. Soak the corn. The quantity is up to you. Soak it in plenty of water for at least 24 hours. When your corn is well soaked and puffed, throw them into a pan filled with boiling water. It might take half to one hour for the corn to cook and be the perfect soft. You can add sea salt to enhance the taste. The salty flavor will entice the grass carp’s taste bud further, and it will not easily leave it.

Tips and Techniques #5 – Chumming

We have already stated that grass carps are spooked easily and will not take the bait quickly. They will get even more cautious if they see an odd thing hanging or floating in the water. They will stay out of it. The best way to get the grass carps to take your bait sooner is to make them familiar with the bait. So, you can invest some time throwing the corn randomly in the pond. Chumming is actually making them familiar to the bait, so when you hang it from the hook, the grass carp will not avoid it thinking it is something unusual thus need to be avoided. We have talked about choosing a pond near your abode, and the reason was for easy chumming. You can spend two to three days chumming the grass carps, and then the next few days could angle for them.

Tips and Techniques #6 – Ledgering

The best way to fish for a grass carp is to ledger. Ledger is the process where you cast in at a great distance so that the grass carps cannot notice you. That is why it is essential to have a long and loose fishing line. Also, your reel must freely spool. If it doesn’t and gets stuck stopping the grass carp from taking the bait, it will immediately leave it. Also, the weight in the rig helps to hold the lure stable and at a specific position.

Tips and Techniques #7 – Investing In Fishing Equipment

Grass carps are not just massive but are powerful fighters as well, especially when they are caught. So, you will need the sturdiest of fishing equipment. Not massive because the cautious grass carps will easily notify big things. But durable, of course.

  • You will need a fishing rod, 7-10 feet medium to heavy at best.
  • Fast action rods are the best in sensitivity, so as you are going to cast at a distance, you need to feel the bite.
  • A clear monofilament fishing line will be the best as it remaining unseen by the grass carps is mandatory. Keep the line loose and extra.
  • You will also need a medium-sized spinning reel.
  • A 1/0 or 2/0 size circle hook will be perfect.

Tips and Techniques #8 – Careful Casting

The first rule will be to rig the rod well, with proper knots and baits, and cast in at a good distance. And when you cast in, it should be gentle. Please don’t throw it in a way that creates a splash and waves in the water. Keep in mind that you have just one chance to cast. Recasting will only keep the grass carps away by alerting them. So, try to hit the bull’s eye by casting in the specific spot. Now, time to wait. Also, make sure your fishing line is not too tight. It must be loose without any tension. Even a little tension in the line will stop the fish from taking the bait. The fish must freely assess the bait, and for that, the loose extra fishing line is crucial.

Tips and Techniques #9 – Cautious Hold

When the grass carp has taken the bait and pricked by the hook, the rod will give it away. Now be alert; from this moment onwards, the grass carps will turn vicious. It will try to get free from the trap. And when it notices you and the fishing net, the situation will worsen, and the grass carps will go out of control. Thus the necessity of a sturdy line, rod, reel, hook, so forth. It will jump, it will move vehemently, to the extent that the strongest of arms and sturdiest of equipment could hardly have a good hold on the fishing rod. So, when you have finally caught a grass carp, don’t just be too casual or hurry to free it and show off.

Tips and Techniques #10 – The Final Step

Take it slow, let it stop its erratic movement, and in the meantime, get it into the fishing net. It will still move erratically. So better to wait until it stops. Once it’s tired of moving frantically, take it out of the fishing net from the water. Pamper it, assess it, take pictures, do what you wish but at the end drop it in the water too.

You have already got an idea that angling this herbivorous fish is no mean feat. It doesn’t matter whether they are plenty in the pond; the one you targeted must be handled cautiously. If somehow you failed to get hold of it, know that you will alert all the other grass carps in the pond. So, apply all your might, techniques, and be gentle and shrewd with the grass carps.

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