Sunday, 15 December 2013

Winter Carp Fishing at the Lough, Cork

Went fishing on the Lough earlier on this week on a very cold, wet and dark day. The kind of day any normal person would have sense and stay in cosy beside the fire but not for myself and Shane. We consider ourselves true fishermen who endure the elements. On arrival the carp were active and jumping up on the surface sometimes jumping full body out the water. We were excited to say the least since the Irish Record for Carp was caught on the Lough, Cork weighing 29lb 13oz in 1998.. Two hours had past and not a tap. Then out of nowhere Shanes spinning rod moved and a fish was on!  

Carp in Ireland

There are four types 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 scale less and also very rare. Carp have been present in a few fisheries in Ireland for many years but it is only recently that a number of specialist fisheries have been developed around the country. Lower water temperatures in Ireland mean that carp do not grow to the huge weights that continental fisheries produce. A fish over 10 lbs. (4.5 Kilos) is a good one here in Ireland. Specimen weight: 5.4 kg (12 lb). 

Shane's first Carp
Braided 30pound line on a fixed spool spinning reel

10 ft spinning rod

The Lough

The Lough