Carp Fishing in France
Carp is a common name for various species of an oily frehswater fish. Carp have long been an important food fish to humans, as well as popular ornamental fishes for some of them.
In Europe and more precisely in France, carp fishing is very sought-after by anglers even when it is not for food. Carp fishing in France is indeed considered as a one of the toughest type of fishing, with carps considered as highly prized coarse fish that are difficult to hook.
The UK has a very strong carp angling market, with more and more people interested in trying carp fishing abroad. Carp fishing is the fastest growing angling market in the UK and has brought to life many specialised carp fishing magazines and publications such as 'CarpWorld' and 'TotalCarp', as well as many related websites.
Nowadays, French carp fishing is a respected activity, and quite a huge market as carp angling holiday companies represent a multimillion-pound market.
Carp Fishing tournaments
The most important tournaments take place in the USA. There is the C.A.R.P (Catch and Release Professionals) tournament series, which is a carp fishing angling circuit in the United States that is getting more and more famous. In 2009 for instance, during the Northeast Regional event, there were 43 two-person teams who hauled in over 16 tons of fish, making it the highest carp fishing tournament in the world in terms of volume of fish.
The European carp, also known as the Common carp, comes from Eastern europe and Asia. Common carps are very popular among anglers in many parts of Europe and are getting more and more famous among anglers in the United States. Howver, carp is not only anglers' target, but is also fished by spear and bow fisherman.
In terms of size, they can grow to a maximum of 1.2 metres (3.9ft), and the oldest recorded age for a carp is 38 years. As for the largest ever recorded carp, it was caught by an angler in 2007 at Lake Rainbow near Bordeaux, France. It weighted 40.1 kilograms (88.4 lb).
Silver carps are filter feeders, meaning they can ne be caught as easily with traditional hooks and line gear. Specific methods have been developed for these fish, the most important one being the "suspension method" which generally consists of a large dough ball that desintegrates slowly, surrounded by a nest of tiny hooks that are not embedded to the bait.
The fish feed on the small particles that are released from the dough ball and will bump against the dough ball, with the intention of breaking off more small particles that can be filtered from the water, eventually becoming hooked on the tiny hooks.
Although bighead carp reach large size, they are difficult to capture with a rod and reel because of their filter-feeding habits. They may be captured by the "suspension method" used to catch silver carp.
Bighead carp cannot be shot from the air like silver carp, because, unlike the silver carp, they do not jump from the water in response to moving boats. However, they often feed near the surface where they can be shot by bowfishers. The bowfishing record, captured in the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois in May 2008, is 92.5 lb (42 kg).