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Koi (carp) bait #5080933 04/20/19 04:30 PM
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I have this question out on a few forums...

Someone released koi into our pond, the incredible stupidity of releasing these invasive fish into a pristine pond can be the subject of another thread. Needles to say, these are very destructive to the native species and we have some of the best bass fishing locally. We want them gone. The State won't help as the conditions of the lake, cool and clear, will not let them establish a huge population but they will sustain in the shallower, weedy lagoons where the best fishing is and where the native fish spawn.

These fish are now closing in on 3 feet...monsters. I have only seen 3-4 of them, but there must be more. Our neighbor took out a few with a bow, but folks haven't had any luck landing one. I've tried worms, bread balls and sinking and floating flies with no luck. Someone said to try sweet corn kernels on a small hook, that will be next.

Some here must fish for carp..help.

My plan is to try myself, but I also pinned a few $20's up in the basement as a bounty for any family or friends children who land and kill one.



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Re: Koi (carp) bait [Re: wings&wheels] #5080960 04/20/19 05:03 PM
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Bottom feeders. They may not hit at typical bait.

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Originally Posted by cjcride
Bottom feeders. They may not hit at typical bait.


yes, and picky ones at that...


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Re: Koi (carp) bait [Re: wings&wheels] #5080968 04/20/19 05:09 PM
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Look up "dough ball bait".

Re: Koi (carp) bait [Re: wings&wheels] #5080989 04/20/19 05:27 PM
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I wish I was close ! I can't catch a fish if my life depended on it but trying is what is fun.


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Re: Koi (carp) bait [Re: wings&wheels] #5080998 04/20/19 05:38 PM
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Carp will definitely feed on top. Throw a handful of trout chow or catfish chow in the shallow water, and see if they go after it. If you can get them feeding on top while baiting them, bait a #4 Eagle Claw widebend or #1 plain shank hook with a few pieces of corn, attach a bobber with a 12 inch drop, and hold on because it's going to get fun. Spawning time is right around the corner, so they should definitely be in the shallow water.


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Re: Koi (carp) bait [Re: wings&wheels] #5081027 04/20/19 06:16 PM
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Thanks all. Ill try all of the above.

CT8, your probably not a kid, but i'd still give you $20 if you got one grin


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Re: Koi (carp) bait [Re: wings&wheels] #5081035 04/20/19 06:24 PM
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Sweet corn is indeed effective. I've landed a huge carp that I had to drag up the shore at a local lock where they are plentiful.


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Koi Carp are very invasive in NZ, every lake and river in the area where I live is covered in them, they are very destructive. They love to feed in the shallows, and when the river floods they will move onto the land now covered....when the water recedes they are stranded by the hundreds. We have a Bow Hunt every year, and huge amounts are caught - a large tractor powered mulcher turns them into burly.


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Re: Koi (carp) bait [Re: wings&wheels] #5081076 04/20/19 06:59 PM
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I'm not sure what your fishing laws are there but I'd just get a frog gig and put it on a 10 to 12 pole and start gigging.


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Re: Koi (carp) bait [Re: wings&wheels] #5081081 04/20/19 07:02 PM
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We used to carp fish when I was a kid.

White bread moistened with olive oil was OK but satisfied the urge to fiddle...but sweet corn never missed.

Europeans would pay us 10c per inch if they were over a foot long, and tell us to throw them back if too short (which is illegal, they have to be disposed of 10 metres from the waterline)


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Re: Koi (carp) bait [Re: wings&wheels] #5081098 04/20/19 07:22 PM
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thanks all, I like the gig idea. i'll get one and tie a rope to it. I'll look like Neptune out on the dock!



Last edited by wings&wheels; 04/20/19 07:24 PM.

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Also sorry to hear that these fish are such a problem in Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.


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That is a terrible situation..

I've seen some nifty looking homemade fish traps on youtube or the likes. Might be worth a try.


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Us e a .22 rifle with hollow points when they surface for feeding. A lot more effective than trying to line catch them!


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