The only successful way of catching carp with hook and line is by the old-time English method. A very light, but strong line is used, and a six-foot single gut leader. The hook should be very small, about 10 or 12, and the sinker is a single split buckshot. A quill float is used. It is not necessary to have a reel, and the rod may be of common cane, but a bait rod and reel may be used. The sinker is placed about six or eight inches above the hook and the quill float so placed that the sinker will just reach the bottom when the line is stretched up. This outfit is prepared and the feeding place of the fish looked up in advance of the actual fishing, and the place is well baited the evening before to get the carp to working there.
Green corn, angleworms, minced meat, bread and small dough balls are used for baiting the water, and for baiting the hook a red worm or a pill of half-baked dough, or a piece of clam may be used. The hook should be well covered so that the fish cannot feel it when he takes the bait, or he will reject it. Early in the morning and late in the evening are the best times to fish for carp. Approach cautiously and drop the bait at the proper place with as little noise and disturbance of the water as possible. Then place the rod in the rests, which should also be placed there beforehand, and retire to a little distance where you can see the float and not be seen or heard by the fish. When the float goes under water go and get your fish. If you have a reel on your rod you can handle him easily, but otherwise you should have a limber cane or wood rod, so that the line or leader will not be so likely to break. It is well also to have a landing net or a gaff hook.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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