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CARP
COARSE  FISHING  WITH  THE  ESSEX  ANGLER


(Cyprinus   Carpio)

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DISCRIPTION
The main varieties of carp are Common (fully uniformed scales),Mirror (lines of prominant scales starting along its back) ,Leather (no scales).All have 4 barbules.
STATS
Speciman weight - 25lb
Max length - 22 - 26 inches
Life span - 40+ years
LOCATION
Adaptable to Lakes,rivers canals.
HABITAT
They are not particularly fussy as they like to cruise around.However they do like to feed around weed beds,over hanging trees and gravel bars.
FEEDING HABITS
Mainly a bottom feeder,but will readily feed off the surface in summer months.They will feed virtually at any time of the day.
NATURAL FOOD SOURCE
Molluscs,worms,vegetation.
LIFE CYCLE
The males reach maturity at 3-4 years with the females at 4-5.Spawning occurs from May to July with eggs of anything up to 200,000 per kg of body weight,laid in amongst weed and lilies.


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TACKLE
They are a very hard fighting fish so strong tackle is needed.
RODS-2lb test curve
HOOKS -6-12
LINE - 4lb - 15lb b.s.
BAIT  Boilies,Maggot,Bread,Sweetcorn,worm,caster.



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