Jump to content
Carp Anglers Group Forums
  • Announcements

Sign in to follow this  
mr_fitzz

Guide to carp care

Recommended Posts

Thought this maybe useful as we need to look after are carp, feel free to add to this.

Guidelines are designed to minimise the handling of carp and to return the carp unharmed

as soon as posible.

The landing

When the fish has been netted allow it a few moments rest before lifting from the water.

The longer the fight the longer time the fish should be given to recover.

Allways check the fins are lying flat against the body before lifting.

Before lifting check the hookpoint Is not exposed,as this can tear against the weight of the fish.

If possible remove the hook with the fish In the water before the lift.

Position the unhooking mat so that the fish is transported the shortest possible distance.

Unhooking

Ensure the unhooking mat has been wetted before the fish is placed on to it.

Ensure the mat is large enough to safely cushion the fish.

Lay the fish gently on to the mat,again ensuring that the fins are not twisted or bent backwards.

Carp should never be put on their stomachs,as it contains vital organs & is highly sensitive.

most hooks are easily removed using thumb and forefingers, The vast majority of carp hooked, Are in the bottom

lip,this should simply pop the hook out with minimum fuss.

For deeper hook holds it may be necessary to use a pair of forceps.

Weighing

zip up both ends of the sling keeping the fish low and over the unhooking mat at all times

Again look at the fins to make sure they are not bent.

Before the weigh, make sure the sling is wetted and zero the sling.

If you can get somone to slip the sling under the fish as you hold it low over the unhooking mat.

Photography

Hold the fish low and over the unhooking mat at all times

If the carp flaps. lower it back down to the mat and lean over it,If It flaps before you can get it down to the unhooking mat, then hold the fish firmly to your chest with both arms around it, at the same time lean forward so that the carp is close to the unhooking mat.

Never stand up with the fish

Try to return the carp as quickly as possible, carp should not be out of the water for more then a few minutes.

The Return

Carry the fish to the water in the carp sling (zipped)

Never carry the fish in your arms

useing the sling simply unzip the end (with head pointing out) and flood the sling with water, the carp should swim out.

Occasionally the carp will need alittle time to recover before swiming off,support the fish until its ready to go.

Edited by mr_fitzz

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Very good guidelines. I suggest that people print these, laminate if possible and read, read, read in between bites. GOOD STUFF! :D

Ray

Edited by Eich

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Ray, most of this came from Fox, But I thought It would be a good to type and post, I see so many pics of carp not put on a mat or even grass (the next best thing), Im not judging anyone, But putting your fish on a hard or rocky ground to take a pic, just seems wrong (to me) as we all know that carp like to flap around.

I dont want to get into a slanging thing over this, but a $10.00 carp mat dose not seem to much to pay and Im sure the fish will be greatful.

Edited by mr_fitzz

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

macfish here. mr fitzz/Kev, great wisdom there. Thanks for having the presence of mind to share it with us. Most of the mistakes you mentioned I think I've committed, mostly because of not thinking beforehand about how I would do it. If I had read this a few fish would have been treated better. I now do a much better job but there's room for improvement. Thanks, Jonathan

Edited by macfish

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Me and you both Jonathan, I still find myself making mistakes, but not as many as I used to, I just try to get them back In the water as fast as possible, I only take pics of fish over 15lbs, anything under, I just unhook and let go, most of them dont leave the water.

I just wish some of the bigger unhooking mats with the high sides were alittle cheaper, Nash makes a great unhooking mat, with large sides to stop the fish from leaving the mat, I forget the price but It's up there. :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest snakecharmer

One thing I'd like to add. If you wear a watch, please remove it before pickung up a carp. Steel clasps can, and will, cause damage.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
One thing I'd like to add. If you wear a watch, please remove it before pickung up a carp. Steel clasps can, and will, cause damage.

Uhh--That raises the question----- why would anybody pick a carp up??? That causes damage in itself, and really raises the risk of dropping one by a few % points. :D:D

They ain't kitty Kats.---and they stink. :D:D:D

:D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Cats stink too.

Yeah--But Kats land on their feet--always-----unless you ----Oh--never mind. :D:D:D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest Vissen varken

Kicking pussy's again Buster :D

Seriously though, if I ain't weighing them, I unhook them on the mat still in the net, and put them in the water without touching them.

Keeps the carp huggers happy that way :D

And yes, they do smell :D

Edited by Vissen varken

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

When I begin a session I always set up all the safety gear first. If I have the mat out, slings and pliers in place, a pail of water handy and the net put together and waiting before I assemble my rod and bait up, it will save the pandemonium of a sudden fish on and no where to put it. It's a routine now. :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The landing,care, and releasing of fish leaves alot to be desired here in the States from what I have seen. Everyone thinks that hoisting a fish onto the bank or into a boat is the way to do it, since the Pro's they watch on the tube all do that.

I have been to stores in 2 different states, and finally had to order an unhooking mat from across the pond because I can't find one here, and the selection of nets is just awful. I bought the best one I saw. It's from Frabill. The mesh is small, and it has been large enough to land the biggest Carp I caught (28 inches). All the others had mesh big enough to throw a cat through, and that was if they even had any nets at all.

I have seen people unhook Cats and Pike by putting their foot on the fish, and twisting a big, barbed hook out like it was the only one they had. There are even some Bowfin videos out there, were people hoist them up 10ft onto the asphalt where they flop around bleeding out the gills and mouth, and another dragging the fish 50ft up a rock and stick strewn bank before they unhooked it. Absolutely pathetic.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Steve

Actually Wacker Baits are still operational under new ownership. I bought some leads and other items last week.

Iain

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 8/30/2016 at 8:30 PM, redcoat said:

Welcome Steve

FYI there are outlets that sell carp gear and baits over here in the US, much of it being exactly the same brands that you will be familiar with in Europe, Click on the Vendors and Sponsors button on the entry page and you will find some options in the US and Canada. One of them (Resistance) has ceased business but I believe the remainder are still trading.

Best wishes.

Iain

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have managed to pick up most of the gear that I need to handle and release fish now. I just need to order some size 1 Daiichi Circle Hooks. The ones I'm using in 3/0 work well enough on bigger fish, but the point comes out near the eye on smaller ones.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I recently got interested in carp fishing with spinning tackle and hair rigs, boilies, and the like, so logic led me want to have an unhooking mat. I looked at the ones commercially available, and didn't want to pay the price they wanted for both a mat and a weigh sling together, so I made 2 which can be used for both tasks quickly. The total cost turned out to be around $30 but I made 2 for that price, so I can get a friend into this sport and provide him (or her) one. Mine simply fold up, and have a 1/2" thick padded center.

Might want to entertain the idea for your solution.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  

×