Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
Specimen weight: 5.4 kg (12 lb).
Record weight: 29lb 13oz, The Lough, Cork. 1998.
A recent inroduction to Ireland and an even more recent angling target.
There are four varieties of carp in Ireland. These are the fully scaled Common Carp, the Mirror Carp, which has relatively few scales and a smooth body surface, the linear carp, with scales along the lateral line only and the Leather Carp which are totally scaleless and also very rare.
In Ireland, carp only spawn sporadically and require a water temperature of between 20-22°C over a period of three or so weeks to precondition their eggs. They are sexually mature at 3 years. Egg size is 1 -1.5 mm.
The average adult carp produces approximately 250,000 eggs/kg.
Carp can live for up to 50 years.
They are mainly benthic feeders, feeding on larval insects, chironomids and other bottom dwelling organisms.
Best Angling Methods:
Float fishing with small wagglers or float controllers; ledgering with bomb or swimfeeder.
Maggots, sweetcorn, bread, pastes, worms and a range of flavoured boilies with an extensive range of groundbaits and additives.
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