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Carp Fishing Tips


carp fishing tips - MarkingMarking presents the most important part of good fishing, because our estimation and choice of place depend on it. A quality underwater map of the place we want to fish on can bring us much better results than just good baits, because there’s no use to feed the place without any knowledge about the configuration of the ground in front of us. With good baits and marked ground we increase possibilities for great fishing. As using small boats and depth sounders on most waters are forbidden, this is the only way to get information about the ground where we plan to fish. It’s not possible to learn this technique fast, you have to learn and improve it constantly, as well as fishing. In the last three years I’ve invested a lot of time in marking because the ability of quality marking shows the best in competitions, and, as far as I’m concerned, it is crucial for good standing.


The most discussions connected with marking are about usage of braided or nylon fishing line. I’ve tried both and concluded that braided line has a lot of shortcomings in regards to nylon fishing line, and just one advantage – it doesn’t stretch. A distance to which I can cast my marker is very important to me and that is the reason because I don’t like braided line. As long cast reels are intended to fishing with nylon fishing line, which means that they have that kind of winding up, braided line often cuts in the other circles on spool, causes great resistance and shortens casting. The other thing is the fact that braided line absorbs water and becomes heavier what effects casting and coming out of marker on greater distances. But, the biggest problem is: braided line doesn’t have marked distances with colors, like nylon fishing line has. So, fishermen who use braided line, put approximate distances on their maps, what is, according to me, the biggest mistake because the water “deceives” and you can never determine the distance of some interesting fishing spot you want to put on the map, for sure.

Definitely, the best choice is conical fishing line in colors, starting with 0.23 mm in diameter and ending with 0.57 mm. The end is thick enough so you don’t have to use shock leader and you don’t have a knot on your fishing line (which connects shock leader and basic fishing line) which often makes problems on greater depths because it gets stuck.


carp fishing tips - MarkingMarker floats are floats intended exclusively for measuring depths. Shape and floating ability are the most important characteristics and we choose them according to the ground we plan fishing on. During marking on greater distances "a belly" on nylon fishing line appears and causes a wrong measured depth. We solve that problem by using fishing line with smaller diameters, which are of course lighter and marker float pulls them out easier. While marking grounds full with grass, it’s recommended that markers have better floating abilities. The best choices are marker floats with aerodynamic shape made of balsa, which don’t absorb water.


Marker leads are specially designed for marking or examination of ground’s configuration and depth. The basic characteristics of marker lead are: informing about configuration and type of the ground, anti tangling, preventing rolling down the slopes and long and precise casting. I have noticed that a lot of fishermen use ordinary leads with swivel during inspecting the ground and that they make a big mistake. With that type of the lead, not only that you can’t feel the kind of the ground you are pulling your lead over, but it’s also impossible to mark the most of slopes because the lead rolls down the slope immediately. I used to use marker leads that were not aerodynamic enough and I couldn’t cast them far enough because of their shape, but since "Carp System" released a new marker lead, it is my only choice as it covers all of my marking needs. All my friends were enthusiastic while testing it. It looks like the same as usual swivel long cast lead but has little wings which help you to fell a type of the ground perfectly, it doesn’t roll over, and you can cast it very far and precisely.


When you have already chosen fishing rod, reel, marker float and the lead you plan to use for marking, all you have to do is to arrange the system properly.

My marking system consists of cited marker and lead. I tie the lead with stiff, thick nylon fishing line (diameter 0.40-0.50), length 20 cm to 40 cm to a swivel. The length of the thick nylon fishing line depends on water vegetation the most. If there is grass in the water you should put a longer nylon fishing line from the lead to swivel, so that marker doesn’t get stuck in the grass. The length of that nylon fishing line you have to add to measured depth so that you can get the right one while drawing in the map.

On your fishing rod, you have to mark measures from 1 m and 0.5 m from the reel to the first ring. The length of 0.5 m you can divide on every 10 cm so that marking could be as precise as possible. Mark the casting place on the bank so that you always measure the distance to the marker from the same place. You should get the map in the shape of hand fan in the end. Before casting the marker, draw in landmarks on the map, towards which you will cast your marker. When you cast marker, wait for the whole conical fishing line to sink. As conical line is often very tighten then, it is good to pull out a couple of meters from the reel, so that marker can rise a little bit, and then wind up again till marker lowers down to the lead, what you’ll feel on your fishing rod. By colors on conical line you will know the distance that you’ve cast your marker on. Now, pull out conical line from the reel, counting meters on the rod till marker appears on water surface, and only then you draw the depth in the map. That is how we measure depth.

You don’t draw in only the depths and their changes (sandbanks, stairs, plateaus etc.) on maps but also every change of bottom structure (gravel-mud), tree stumps, grass, fish appearing or their activity. You will need a lot of time for such map in the beginning, but the more you practice you will be faster and more efficient. Marking is the technique that you constantly learn, improve and advance but also rewards anyone who put the time and effort to it.

I hope that I’ve helped you at least a little bit in improving this technique, but the biggest part of the work is on you – to improve it on the water. I wish you a lot of success and luck in the following season, whether in fishing or competitions.

Mihovil Vudrag

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