Carp fishing in tandem

Published by: Marcin Wieczorek

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September 3, 2018

Carp fishing in tandem

Most carp fishing trips aren’t solitary adventures. We tend to go in pairs, sometimes even bigger groups. We usually go with friends who share our passion, or family members that we managed to convert. The need to share this experience probably comes from the fact that the very essence of our hobby is highlighting the beauty of nature in the ecosystem the carp live in. Even the most beautiful pictures can’t do justice to the true beauty and size of your catch and there are no words to express the adrenaline rush. In addition to this, group trips have some more trivial advantages.

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Carp fishing trips rely on good cooperation and trust on two levels: carp angler - carp angler and carp angler - tackle. Choosing reliable tackle is easy. You pick stuff that you think will do the best job. I would like to focus on the relationship between carp anglers, which can make the time spent on a fishing trip much more enjoyable and easier. 

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Starting with the planning phase, it’s important that the anglers complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses, especially when it comes to logistics. I want to describe this in more detail using my own, two-person trip as an example. We don’t have to take two portable kitchen units, two kettles, two pans, etc. The responsibility of getting all the necessities together is split between two people. We just have to figure out who’s going to take what. Adam and I have been fishing together for ears so we don’t even have to talk about it each time - we know the stuff we need to take and this system means each person has fewer things to worry about. There is less to remember and more space in the car.

Cooperation is also crucial in getting to the actual fishery. Cars are fairly reliable but sometimes you need to move your tackle by boat and if the weather is bad you might need assistance. We have a few spots that are only accessible by water. If there is strong wind and/or rain it’s very hard to take two boats filled with tackle. I think those who’ve done it know what I mean.

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Добираемся на место и устраиваем лагерь. Совместная установка палатки и разгрузка снаряжения занимают меньше времени, что при неблагоприятных погодных условиях имеет огромное значение. В конце-концов наступило время установки триподов, оснащения удочек и подготовки поводков. Эти действия являются мероприятиями индивидуальными и самостоятельными. Каждый из нас по своим убеждениям и предпочтениям подбирает поводки и виды приманок. Тем не менее проверка на практике нескольких, независимо друг от друга сделанных конечных оснасток позволяет в более короткое время установить наиболее эффективные методы и принять оптимальную тактику, позволяющую достигнуть цели. Тот же принцип касается выбора мест ловли. При большем количестве оснасток, расположенных в разных местах, мы быстрее сориентируемся, кормятся ли карпы глубоко, мелко или под поверхностью воды. Может, они ищут пищу среди кувшинок, а может на песчаных мелководьях. Всю эту информацию мы анализируем и делая из этого выводы, получаем результат, повышающий наши шансы на успех в форме поимки желаемого карпа.

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You get to the fishery and set up camp. It’s easier and faster to set up a tent and unpack all the tackle together, which is especially important if the weather is bad. Then it’s time to set up the tripdos, rig the rods and prepare the leaders. These things we do alone, each according to their own likes and dislikes. We choose our own leaders and lures. If every person has their own, different rigs we are able to identify what works faster, which allows all of us to decide on a good strategy. The same rule applies to the choosing of spots. More rigs in different places mean that you will find out sooner where the carp are feeding - are they deep, in mores shallow waters or just below the surface. Are they feeding in the water-lilies, or on the sandy shallows. You have to analyze all this information and extrapolate, then use it to your advantage.

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Finally, if you’re lucky, you will get a bite. Sometimes, especially in the dead of night, you might make some mistakes as you’re rushing to your rods. You might forget your flashlight, coat or even shoes. Having someone to help can make a huge difference and sometimes it can even be the difference between a successful haul and an unsuccessful one. You can help your friend with the haul by preparing a pontoon and going with them to the place where their catch has become entangled. When the fish reaches the bank you will need a cradle, water for pouring over the fish and, most importantly, a camera. Most people pose for their pictures so you have to prepare both the fish (by cleaning off any weeds, etc.) but also your friend, so they’re both camera-ready. Almost all good carp pictures were taken by someone other than the angler who caught it. 

Marcin Wieczorek
Mikado Fishing Team

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