Adrian and I planned a fishing trip to the lovely Pogalewo reservoir for the middle of August in order to try to catch some grass carp. Pogalewo is not a very large body of water but its bottom was a very nice surprise – we checked it out using a deeper. There are many shallow spots adjacent to sharp drops that can be five or more meters deep. There are also innumerable little bays with a variety of vegetation and a lot of sunken trees close to the banks. There are so many promising spots that we had a hard time choosing where to put our rigs.
Corn, tigernuts and protein boilies are the three primary products for grass carp baiting. The amount of bait is one of the most important aspects of catching them and can often make or break your effort. Less experienced anglers might be surprised by how much is needed. The owners of the fishery claim that if you put 30 kilograms of boiled kernels when the fish are feeding it will be gone in 2 hours. When it comes to protein boilies the conventional wisdom is that sweet ones are the best choice but I’ve found that on this body of water the fish prefer a strong shellfish scent. We had the most bites (mostly regular carp, unfortunately) using tigernut based lures. In order to prepare this very effective bait you need to boil it, cover it in sugar and pour coke on it. It’s ready for use after two weeks.
Grass carp bites are a bit different, they are not as greedy as regular carp, so the best leaders are those that have the lure very close to the hook. I use a moving lure on a D loop and a no. 2-4 Long Shank hook. Another, more universal, leader that I like is the no. 4-6 Grabber with a flat loop made with a 0,40 mm Nihonto Prime fluorocarbon.
The owners of this fishery, who have been catching grass carp for many years, proposed another very interesting leader idea. They swear by it and claim that it works great for the more hesitant, bigger fish. It really is amazing, I made it using a no. 6 Musa hook and it helped me haul out a couple of fish from more than 150 meters away.
I had a chance to test out 3-meter M-ka rods made for putting the rig in the fisher using a boat. Hauling fish in with these rod is pure pleasure. A full bend and absolute control.