Fishing for carp is indeed a challenge for all fishermen. For many years we have struggled to understand the way carp feed and what they prefer, or at least how they act in water.
In this article I will try to highlight a complete guide on carp behavior, but also about their feeding mode.
#1 Large carp fish swim in shoals of 3 to 4
In the images posted above you can probably see how carp fish of over 5lb swim. They usually swim and generally feed in shoals composed of maximum 4. When they encounter smaller fish, they do not eat together with them, but seek a quieter area where they can ear quietly.
#2 Swimming in shoals of 3-4, they are more attentive to dangers
If one fish feels scared or senses danger, the whole shoal will swim off and rarely return to that area. It is recommended that you change bait often, at least one time at every 2 hours.
#3 Place baits on large areas
Large carp are very skeptical. If they see too much food in one place, they will sense the danger and leave the area immediately. Spreading bait over a big distance of 5-7m increases your chances of success. Since they swim in shoals, one of them will still fall into your trap.
#4 Crap fish react to odor and color
In water, odor is not very persistent. You should not rely on odor each and every time, but rather on color. I recently did a test in which I casted a colorless, aromatic lure into the water and noticed that I did not had too many catches. On the other hand, when I casted a colorful lure, I have noticed the fact that carp fish became more curious and I have obtained more catches.
#5 Get rid of small carp by adding spices on the bait
Are you tired of small carp? Do you want to catch only the bigger carp? No problem! Try to add some pepper, paprika or coriander on the bait. While smaller carp fish don’t like spices, the larger carp fish love spicy baits.
#6 Use a rod to fish in the area where you did not placed any baits
It is important to note that the biggest carp feed in areas which are less populated with other species and where there is very little food. Generally speaking, big carp fish will grab the bait which is solely on the substrate. Carp over 20kg are most skeptical and tend to feed alone, without swimming in shoals.