Edited by Nicole Willson and 27 others
You're fishing something heavy hits your line. You try reeling in fast, but it won't move or surface. Chances are that you've hooked a carp or catfish, and only a few techniques will get these biggies in without breaking your line.
Method 1 of 3: Casting Corn Method
1. Make sure that using corn to fish is legal in your area. Some states it is illegal to fish with corn so know your local laws.
1. Let out as much line as possible after the initial strike and then set the hook.The fish will be off guard and thus increasing the chances of hooking the fish.
1. Find a river. Carp can be found in most rivers all year round.
- Using creamed corn attracts carps by smell.
- If possible, have a friend or family member help you pull the fish in.
- You can also boil potatoes slightly and substitute that for the creamed corn.
- Be patient. Carp have good senses, often at times a lot of Carp are lost to impatience.
- Let the fish "win" the first round of the fight, if there is no place for it to swim into and snag the line. This will make it easier to reel in.
- Always pull the rod back in the opposite direction of the fish, if you keep the rod straight it will create an easy getaway plan for a carp.
- It's good to bring a net to hold your fish.
- Bring an additional fishing rod, this will raise the chance of a carp biting the hook.
- Bring plenty of hooks because the hook can be ripped off by a monster fish or even sea weed and kelp.
- Have a net that you can put your fish into then stick the net back into the water and secure it using a rock. This will keep your catch alive for some time.
- Remember the thinner the line and the smaller the hook the more Carp are going to bite. This will make it harder to reel it in because it is easier for them to break the line.
- A lot of times kelp or sea weed would get caught in the hook.
- You should loosen your drag when fighting the fish. Once you have it worn out and by the dock or boat, tighten the drag and "bring it home".
- Don't leave trash at the spot you are fishing at, it can also get you into trouble because somethings like hooks can kill a fish or injure another person.
- Watch out for the hook and make sure it doesn't end up piercing your hand or leg.
- Watch out for ticks and possibly snakes or any other insect that may bite, do some research on the area you will be fishing at.
- Carp and catfish grow to large sizes. Make sure you can handle the fish before "committing" to setting the hook.
- Most rivers have regulations on the minimum and maximum size of certain types of fish, find out how big or small your catch has to be to stay out of trouble.
- Carp have certain sharp spines on their back, watch out not to stick your hand in one.
- Be careful not to slip and fall into the water, it's pretty deep even a few feet away from shore and can cause injury or death if you drown.