For successful spring carp fishing, be as agile as the carp, and play around with the versatility of boilie scent and colour !

Male mirror carp* are always active when searching for food, even when the female carp is spawning!

Carp are continuously travelling during Spring time. Larger groups form and travel, depending on weather conditions. A minor drop temperature sends them to deep water, in search of food. A few sunny hours are enough for them to reappear, swimming around at the depth of less than a meter.

When the conditions are stable, they inhabit places where food is available. In such conditions it is necessary to pattern fish the area, arranging the rigs in different directions and at different distances. There is no need to make the carp change its' route, but to set up the rigs in locations where carp would naturally come looking for food.



Favourable Zones

When carp makes its' presence known to you by jumping out of the water, appearing at the surface or by patches of bubbles coming up from deep down, there is no doubt that you are in the right location. If is a lack the of external signs, you should pay close attention to four zones.
Obstacles in tight areas, with the understanding that the water is deep enough.
Close to deep holes, but always from the deeper side where carp can quickly escape when first alarmed.
Muddy zones rich with blood worms and various larvae.
Finally, their future spawning grounds, which are mild slopes covered in water grassess which are rich with insects.


Use of braided line* for making a leader contributes greatly to the flexibility of this rig.

Self-hooking Rig

This rig is designed for decreasing the number of false bites when some fish swallow too fast, and still faster eject the lure. It consists of a non-sliding heavy lead set-up, weighing 80-150 g or more, whose inertia offers an immediate resistance during the bite in such a way that the hook is thrust into the carp' s mouth.

A 10 cm long flexible plastic tubing, widely known as Anti-tangle, designed to avoid entanglement, is set up on the line from the reel. Round lead is clasped by the hook of a fixed protection bead. On one end of the line is attached a barrel swivel, and on the other the leader. A stop-float* stops line movement of the anti-tangle, into which partially enters the swivel. The leader is relatively short so as to limit the lure movement.


To make sure the fusible string melts as soon as possible, tie a knot between every boilie.

A good strategy for ground bait

Ground baiting by familiarization* is doubtlessly the most effective solution, to lure the carp to the chosen location quickly and safely. However, during the course of one day or weekend we don't have time to make it happen. We also cannot gather the carp in one certain location, nor attract smaller fish! In such situation the only solution is to use boilies on a fusible string.

This ground baiting in the heart of the zone, the immidiate vicinity of the hook, is complimented by casting approximately a 100 lures at the beginning of fishing, over the entire zone. Only after the first bite, do you groundbait again with about 50 boilies. The more numerous and frequent the bites, the larger the new groundbaiting. Do not hesitate to double the marked quantities, if more carp show up at the same time.


It is difficult to know beforehand which scent will give the best results. Improve your chances of success on each rig by using different boilies. For example, if you fish with four rods, with two of those rods you can try your luck and use fruity scents such as banana or strawberry, and on the other rods, with two boilies with the scent of honey and vanilla. It is the right opportunity to go out of your way and to test unusual aromas, colours and dimensions. The colour contrast, and the use of boilies of larger diameter (from 20, 22 mm and up) increases the possibilities of a good catch.



Remonter   * mirror carp: carp whose body is covered with only a few scales; the common carp is fully-scaled, while leather carp have no scales.
* braided line: very flexible line, without elasticity, designed by braiding in synthetical threads, two to three times more resistant than nylon.
* stop-float: a small plastic bead designed to set up the rig on a nylon line in the desired location. Some of the rig elements or, in case that the depth of fishing is greater than the length of the rod, a sliding float.
* groundbaiting with familiarizing: groundbaiting done a few days in a row before the beginning of fishing, so as to acquaint the fish with the offered food, location and time of feeding.

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