Carp Science

Carp Genetics and Catchability

July 14, 2017

Have you ever noticed that some carp are nearly impossible to catch? What makes one carp easier to catch than another? Searching to answer this question, I came upon a handful of scientific studies that discussed some of the issues involved. Of course, there are many factors such as the… Read more

When do carp spawn? (The short answer)

March 9, 2017

The short answer is: when the water temps are somewhere between 62 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit…give or take. But that is not the only factor… Read more

Could probiotics help carp?

May 2, 2016

From a “health” stand point, the studies done on incorporating bacteria into carp food have been generally found boosted food conversion (how well much of the food turns into fish), promoted faster growth, and in some cases helped to support the immune response. Read more

Carp Food

October 23, 2015

Unlike in trout fish, carp fishing rarely relies on matching the hatch yet it’s not often that a carp finds a boilie or pile of sweet corn if someone has not put it there, so the majority of food a carp eats are actually things that are living there already.… Read more

How the Thermocline Impacts Your Fishing in the Summer

September 3, 2015

The thermocline is an layer in the water column where the temperature rapidly changes. This occurs during the warmer months when the surface of the water heats the the area below does not. These drastically different temperatures cause the water to no longer mix with the result that the colder,… Read more

Carp in Space and Time

April 30, 2015

As carp anglers, we are always looking for that little bit of extra knowledge that will get us more fish on the bank. Tons of effort has been spent on making a better bait or rig, and lots of excellent information is available on choosing the best spot to cast… Read more

Betaine: how much is too much?

March 2, 2014

Betaine (BEET-uh-een) is a feeding stimulant for a number of fish species, including common carp, and less fortunately, channel catfish. Studies have shown that Betaine hydrochloride (HCL) is better at stimulating a feeding response than pure Betaine and has been tested to determine the optimum concentration in a paste type… Read more

What Makes a Big Carp Water?

July 5, 2013

In the parts of the world where carp are less than popular with the general public, it can be very hard to tell if a body of water will hold large carp before actually fishing in it and finding out (and possibly wasting your time). The factors that allow a… Read more

Carp feeding in the spring—the ecology of zig rigs

March 19, 2013

Zig rigs are a popular type of rig, especially in the spring. Most articles and anglers generally attribute their success to carp sunning themselves near the surface in the newly warmed water. While carp may indeed be higher in the water column to raise their body temperatures, another reason is… Read more