Warm weather & warm water are two ingredients to produce plenty of aquatic vegetation and the right conditions to get carp feeding. I have noticed quite a few social media posts by kayakers enjoying catching big carp fishing canals and near shallow shorelines.
I have done many Carp TV shows over the years ranging from the Otonabee River, Peterborough to Lake Ontario, the Welland River and small inland marshes. To some anglers they are considered “trash” fish but to many anglers, especially in Europe they are considered a very admirable piscavorial adversary. In-fact, some anglers spend thousands of dollar on specialized Carp gear like special rods, bait-runner reels, tripods, strike indicators, landing mats, special nets, and a wide plethora of prepared baits, special hook rigs and baiting rigs.
I especially love catching Carp using a center-pin outfit. Benjamin Reubeni and I have enjoyed soaking up the summer sun, relaxing in lawn chairs and landing beautiful carp right from shore using his Ber Float Reels with long steelhead rods.
The Kubasseks (featured image), enjoy fishing the rivers in the Kitchener, ON region right form shore. Anglers would be amazed how even large Carp up to 30 lb. will make their way up the many tributaries of the Grand River, the Thames River and even the rivers in the GTA.
A few keys for success are:
- pick a location that has a hard or semi-hard bottom so that your offering can be easily spotted
- pick a quiet shoreline location with little or no boat traffic
- “matt” the area with some boiled cattle-corn or special custom cornmeal mixtures prior to fish the area
- use a “feeder” and a “hair-rig” to attract Carp to your bait and when they do inhale it they only get hooked in the lips (as opposed to swallowing the hook & bait).
If you love Carp fishing, Carp Zoom makes available everything you may need and you can find their products in southern Ontario tackle shops.