Carp Anglers Pictionary

Bait for Carp

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Big Freakin Carp. There is no size limit for a BFC as size varies between venues so each individual sets thier own BFC limitations. For our River Swim a 20 is a BFC. The term Cracker is used by some Euro carp anglers but the term should not be used in the USA because it refers to the butt (arse) crack that is revealed whenever a carp angler bends over. Also, the term Whacker as used by Eurpeans means a big carp, but again should not be used in the USA as it refers to a pervert.


Baitcasting reels are very strong and reliable, but there is an art to casting with them. When you start you will become familiar with the birds nest. This is where you didnt keep enough pressure on the spool during a cast and the spool revolved faster than the line was going out. The line gets tangled in a birds nest. Best to make sure you carry either an extra spool of line with you just in case. (Pic by Shears)


Any good reel will do for carp but having a freespool feature makes carp fishing a lot more fun and effective. No more having to dive in after your rod if you use a Shimano 3500 baitrunner. The freespool (*) lever is set to fighting drag, but with a simple flick upward it can be put into freespool. Freespooling allows the spool to turn giving out line to a carp that has picked up the bait and is running off with it in a screaming run. Once a screaming run is detected you only have to turn the handle to engage the fighting drag and strike the carp. In combination with a bite alarm, carp rod and banksticks this is our standard setup for bottom fishing for carp.

Bank Sticks

Rod holders, a bite alarm can be mounted on the end or a simple V head to hold the rod. A forked stick can not compare to a real bankstick, this is a must have for serious carp fishing. You can use two per rod, one on the front and one in back to hold the rod horizontal to the water so the carp wont feel resistance from the line if you are fishing freespool.

Bite Alarm

A Screaming Run

These alarms are great fun, they allow you to move around the swim instead of sitting on top of your rods watching for a bite. When you get a bite they start screaming. Most have two lights, one light goes on anytime the line moves and stays on for about 20 seconds so you can tell which rod just got a nibble, if the carp runs the other light blinks on and off indicating how fast its going. You attach them to your bankstick or onto a rod pod. They range in price from around 40 to several hundred dollars (see tackle dealers). If you night fish for carp or cats these alarms let you sleep and if you turn them up loud enough they will not only wake you up but will wake up your fishing partners so they can help you net the fish!

Boilie Needle

A needle with a harpoon barb used to thread boilies or particle baits onto a Hair Rig. They can be homemade but they are so cheap its easier to buy them. It is not fun to get one of these stuck into any part of your body so make sure you know where your boilie needle is at all times and never ever sit on one. See Hair Rig

Boilie Stoppers

Used to secure the bait - Boilies or Particles - onto the Hair Rig, preventing the bait from slipping off, they are inserted into the loop at the end of the hair rig and the bait snugged tight against the stopper. They can be made from many things including 2.5 mm Plastic Bead Chain available at most craft or sewing shops, my favorite never fail stopper. V Plastic Stoppers on a card can be purchased from Euro Tackle Dealers. Also, pieces of rubber band or even grass are favored by some carp anglers. See Hair Rig


Pay Laker Steve L. of Pennsylvania with a Chumzooka, now Steve can shoot his chum further than most people can cast, sometimes all the way over to the other side of the lake. Steve has been banned from many area lakes.

Hair Rig

Used to attach the bait to the hook so that the bait does not cover the point of the hook making hookups easier. It also allows the bait to act more natural than if threaded over the hook. For instructions on tying and baiting up a hair rig with a boilie needle go to the Hair Rigging Swim.

Method or Swim Feeder

These feeder cages are packed with loose feed such as a mixture of doughball makings plus small grains. The loose feed should adhere to the cage while casting but should break down on the bottom. The theory is that the carp smells this loose feed and swims over looking for something to eat. All he can find is some little bits of stuff floating around in the water and your hookbait.

Mirror Carp

A pattern of carp scales, the most prevalent are scattered, linear and fully scaled. Here are more pictures of the kinds of mirror carp.

Mirror Carp

Nut Drill

A drill bit with a handle used to bore holes into hard baits that would be split by pushing in a Boilie Needle. After the hole is drilled the Boilie Needle is then inserted and the hair loop snagged. Can also be used to drill a fellow carp angler to learn what his secret bait is that the carp are eating while ignoring your baits.


PVA thread dissolves in water. So what use does it have to a fisherman right? It is the perfect stuff to tie extra bait onto your hook so that when the bait hits the water the thread dissolves and leaves a little pile of freebies next to your hook. Boilies are the easiest bait to thread onto PVA thread but also corn or any other bait that wont dissolve the thread works. Make a knot on the end of the thread to act as a stopper to keep the bait from flying off. Then thread the bait onto the PVA, there are special long PVA needles for this or just use a regular boilie needle. Then tie off the thread to the baited hook and cast out. If the bait is a little wet let it dry in the sun a little while and it should work. Washaway is available in the USA (YLI Corp, 161 West Main St., Rock Hill, South Carolina, 29730) but has to be doubled over to be strong enough, you can also buy PVA that is thicker and meant for fishing from Euro tackle dealers.

Rod Pod

This is a European Rod Pod, it holds rods level or at an angle on any type of ground from mud to concrete, or you can even put it in the water and keep your reels dry. The front V holders can be replaced by bite alarms. Rod Pods are great wherever you can't use a bankstick.

Sling Shot

Everyone knows what a slingshot is but instead of shooting at stuff with one we fill it up with bait and shot the bait out into the fishing hole to help chum the carp into the area. We generally will shoot a couple of pouches full of fermented maize or even boilies out over the hooks, just be carefull as some places look at a slinghot as a weapon and they might not believe you are fishing with one.


This is another must have piece of fishing gear. Chum is loaded into the top and cast out until you think you have enough to attract the fish. Its easier to have a rod dedicated just for spodding so you can top off the chum pile anytime it needs it. See Story swim for a story on spodding.


A Swim is a Euro term for a particular place to fish. In American terms its a fishing hole. A Swim is usually a specific spot given an appropriate name for an outstanding feature or local occurance. A Venue is a Euro term for a larger area such as a lake or river. A Peg is even more specific, it is a defined area you get to fish from during a tournament, usually choosen by random numbers in a hat.


A European style float that can be counterbalanced by sinkers and the bait. Fished in this fashion the carp picks up the bait and does not feel the float or sinkers. Strike whenever the waggler moves or rises, this is hard to get used to as American bobbers are designed to only go down on a fishes strike. The waggler is weighed until just the orange tip sticks above the water. Also a carp fishemen who has had too much to drink is sometimes referred to as a waggler as he stumbles towards your Rod Pod. For more info go to the Floaters page.

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