The carp is much loved and hated among freshwater anglers. Bass and Trout anglers are especially not fond of the fish. The carp is considered a threat by many and in some regions they are removed by means of poison out of river systems. The carp is an alien species that originates from Europe and Asia.
Carp are omnivorous, feeding on almost anything they can find. From insects to worms and vegetation. You get a few different carp species and the ones most common here in the Eastern Cape are the Mirror Carp and the Common Carp. The mirror carp have only a few big scales and in some cases none. The common carp has a full body of scales which is of similar size. Both these carp are found in most rivers and dams in the Eastern Cape and can grow to well over 20kg. Carp breeds mostly in spring and summer and a large female can lay up to a million eggs. These eggs are very sticky and stick to the vegetation in the shallows. The mortality rate is high with only a small percentage of the eggs hatching.
There are different kinds of carp fishing. There’s bank angling or papgooi as referred to by many. When practicing bank angling the angler will use two rods with reels and will have a variety of dips (bottled flavoring) packed neatly in a muti box (wooden box on stands) and will use rigs such as a rietvlei, baby shoes, vaaldam etc. Baits used are bread, dough, corn, worms, floaties, boilies etc. This is also the norm for competition angling. Specimen Carp Angling has taken South Africa by storm. Specimen Carp Angling, in sort, is were only bigger specimens are targeted and fish are always released. Some of the baits used include boilies, corn and tigernuts. Baits are normally rigged on a hair rig. Specimen anglers have caught carp in excess of 25kg and the world record is somewhere in the region of 40kg.