Catch And Release Carp Angling
elcome to the all new Michigan Carp fishing website, over the coming months I hope it will become a second home to the many catch & release Michigan carp anglers. And also the growing number American carp fishermen who may happen to pass by and find the site interesting.
Carp fishing has been a passion of mine for well over 40 years. Ever since I caught my first carp way back in the early seventies in the UK. At that time the methods, baits, and tackle in use were very simplistic. Especially compared to some of today's modern methods. But despite being relatively simple they caught fish, and probably would today in the right circumstances.
There is no doubt that today’s carp fishing gear is much improved, from when I started fishing for carp. When it was a struggle sometimes to find the right gear to do the job. Today’s modern tackle has transformed carp fishing into a multimillion dollar market around the world. Thanks mainly to companies like Fox, Nash, Korda, Delkim, and a whole host of others equally important. The American market has some way to go to match the European market, but hopefully that will grow as carp fishing continues to grow in the USA.
But it’s not just the carp fishing gear that has advanced; the bait sector has also made massive advancements since the early seventies when carp fishing really started to take off. There are literally tons of different types of carp baits on the market today both in the form of boilies, particle baits, artificial baits, made in just about every flavor known to man and carp. It is pretty fair to say that the larger carp bait companies have got boilie making and particle bait preparation down to a science. There are so many variations of flavors available to the carp angler these days it can seem to be overwhelming at times. And it’s often the carp angler that gets hooked and not the carp.
In the bait section of this website we will explore these advancements as well as having tips on how to create your own baits and flavors. From making boilies, preparing particles, using paste baits as well as using artificial and natural baits.
We will also look at the latest gear and some of the old but good gear, it is sometimes very easy to get caught up in all the modern methods and gear especially those that have travelled across the Atlantic. Whilst I am open to anything that helps me catch more fish, and enjoy my fishing experience more. I try to keep an open mind about every new method, bait or tackle development. I do however in most cases like to keep things as simple as I can, possibly because of the time I started carp fishing. A lot of the bait products from Europe (mainly the UK) have been designed to catch fish in a highly competitive environment were the carp have been more pressurized than they have here in the USA.
I hope my website will encourage new anglers to try fishing for carp and enjoy it; most of the topics I write about will be from my own experience both here in the USA and the UK. I am open to suggestions about anything regarding the website and welcome comments both good and bad. Even though I have been carp fishing a long time I don’t consider myself to know everything far from it and I try and learn something new from every fishing trip. Michigan Carp will try to provide some of the best carp fishing information on the internet, I will try to provide a user friendly, easy to use carp angling website which has a ton of useful information for American carp anglers of all levels. It doesn't matter if you are a rookie or a veteran carp fisherman, Michigan Carp will have something of interest for you. From alarms to zig rigs, and everything in between.