Carp (Cyprinus carpio)

Carp (Cyprinus carpio)

Ross Macklin with a 17 lb 4 oz carp from the Lough in Cork, August 2001

Ross Macklin with a 17 lb 4 oz carp from the Lough in Cork, August 2001

Specimen weight: 5.4 kg (12 lb).
Record weight: 29lb 13oz, The Lough, Cork. 1998.

A recent inroduction to Ireland and an even more recent angling target.

Features:

There are four varieties of carp in Ireland. These are the fully scaled Common Carp, the Mirror Carp, which has relatively few scales and a smooth body surface, the linear carp, with scales along the lateral line only and the Leather Carp which are totally scaleless and also very rare.

Spawning:

In Ireland, carp only spawn sporadically and require a water temperature of between 20-22°C over a period of three or so weeks to precondition their eggs. They are sexually mature at 3 years. Egg size is 1 -1.5 mm.

Fecundity:

The average adult carp produces approximately 250,000 eggs/kg.

Longevity (age):

Carp can live for up to 50 years.

Diet:

They are mainly benthic feeders, feeding on larval insects, chironomids and other bottom dwelling organisms.

Best Angling Methods:

Float fishing with small wagglers or float controllers; ledgering with bomb or swimfeeder.

Best Baits:

Maggots, sweetcorn, bread, pastes, worms and a range of flavoured boilies with an extensive range of groundbaits and additives.

Note: ★ Good time to fish Carp      ★ ★ Very good time to fish Carp
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