In this article, we’ll discuss how you can become an expert at understanding how a certain type of carp that is often referred to as grass carp operates, and ultimately how we can master the art of catching this fish.
You may initially wonder “where do grass carp live?” and ultimately “how can I find them?”, and the primary purpose of this article is to answer these important questions!
Grass carp are just a very certain type of the carp species, and this is really important to know for several reasons.
How To Identify The Grass Carp?
First, we always want to be able to identify the fish that we are catching. Sometimes we think that we have caught this specific type of carp that is largely just being sought out by anglers of all sorts across the European and American fishing circuits.
However, the differences between types of carp can be subtle and impossible to identify if you don’t really know what you’re looking for!
This link will help you understand these key physical and qualitative differences, and the following information also comes from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
The SCDNR have given us this really great source to help us as anglers identify the differences between the types of carp, and this quick link should help you figure that out fairly quickly!
For the purposes of this article we do want to focus on grass carp, but if you happen to hook a different type I don’t think that we can be very mad about that too!
As the article from that link mentions, the grass carp feed primarily on aquatic vegetation, and thus they can be great for the environment to be used as a “biological tool for control of nuisance vegetation”. Pretty cool, right!
Like the majority of anglers, we really just want to catch the fish for sport: so don’t worry mother nature! Most of us are putting the grass carp back where they return to their environment to fight on this biological front by eating tons of such “nuisance vegetation”.
The United States actually introduced carp into wild for experimental reasons in the 1960’s, and the grass carp were quickly found to be a great “biological tool” that really isn’t invasive at all, and is in fact quite the opposite of invasive!
Where To Find The Grass Carp?
Knowing what the grass carp are feeding on will definitely help us as anglers find them, and in this sense, the location is quite obviously in the name.
We catch this type of carp in typically high tides or other scenarios where there is not a lot of water that is covering aquatic vegetation and grassy areas. We typically call this part of the river (or body of water in general) the weeds, and that really is where we are going to find them.
Grass carp take to these grounds when the water rises during high tides, and they really love this section because there’s not a lot of water, so ultimately, there’s not a lot going on! They can just do what they want to do which is basically just relax, eat some vegetation, and hang out!
Now that we know their typical hangout spot, it’s hard to not want to fish for them!
How To Catch The Grass Carp?
During high tides and ebbing tides (when tides are at a dead standstill and have not reversed yet), we know that there aren’t a ton of fish that are very active unless they are in a different location or they are running through the greater channels.
This makes fishing at high tide a commonly boring occasion, so this will really be able to shake up your fishing methods and style!
Take your favorite grass carp bait, throw it on the line and set up your individual rig, and then take that setup and get it into the weeds during a high tide.
Anglers have developed methods of alerting them that a fish has indeed taken the bait, so clever anglers have developed methods of rigging a bell onto a waiting fishing pole.
So if you do please, set your grass carp line up with a bell on the top, so when the grass carp hits the bell rings and catches your attention! We are anglers, so knowing that fishing takes time and patience are necessary to catch anything really.
Using this bell set up is really practical, and it can allow you to set up more lines with different rigs and setups, so ultimately if one doesn’t work you can try your luck with another.
And depending on how much space you have and how many rods/set ups you have, you can absolutely throw in more than one line at once! We often forget about this method when we are actually laboring over a lure that we have to cast each individual time.
Always throw the second one if you can. Even if it is the same type of bait that you are throwing on the other set up, just having a second line in the water raises your chances by 200%: and we really can’t argue with that logic!