World Record Common Carp from Hungary (101lb)
Posted on June 13, 2013 by

Hungary For Carp Over 100 Pounds?

That’s right! If you’re a die-hard carp fisherman you probably have dreams of epic fishing destinations in Europe for massive carp. But did you know that Hungary is home to 3 of the 4 European world records for carp? It’s true. In fact it’s one of the few places where you could catch over a hundred of pounds of carp in a single day, let alone on a single fish!

Check out these two amazing, and current, world records from Hungary.

World Record Common Carp from Hungary (101lb) World Record Grass Carp from Hungary (89lb)

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Compound bow
Posted on March 14, 2013 by

A Beginner’s Guide to Bowfishing

Compound bowBowfishing is a great outdoors sport and alternative to regular fishing. Bowfishing is a type of fishing where you use archery tools to shoot and catch fish. Instead of using a rod you use a bow that shoots a barbed arrow. It is connected to a line that will reel the fish in. It is easy to learn the basics of bowfishing and if you are into hunting and normal fishing you will not want to miss the experience of bowfishing. It is a great sport for both children and adults and it is very easy to get started.

The first thing you will need before you go out is the right equipment. There are two types of bows that can be used—recurve bows or compound bows. These are the same type of bows that are used in land archery so if you already have a bow you may be able to use the same bow. Some bow manufacturers make bows that are specific to bowfishing. Bows that are used for bowfishing cost generally around $200. Some good manufacturers of bowfishing bows are Oneida, Pearson, and Browning. You will also need to buy accessories such as reels, arrows, and rests. These accessories range in price depending on their level of skill. For example, hand-wrapped reels will cost less than a more advanced spincast reel. If you are a beginner to bowfishing, consider buying basic used equipment to start out with. If you find that you really enjoy the sport and want to pursue it then consider buying newer and more advanced equipment.

Next, you will want to know what kind of fish you can catch while you go bowfishing. The common types of fish that you will catch are carp, buffalo, gar, skates, or rays. You will have to check your local regulations on what kinds of fish you are allowed to catch in your area. It is best to go bowfishing at night. Some bow manufacturers make lights that you can mount to your bow to assist you. Even if you are an accomplished archer, the light and the water will make the fish hard to hit since they are not located exactly where they appear to be. It will take time and practice as you learn the best techniques. You will also need to get a fishing license. You will have to check with your local and state authorities on what types of license and permits you will need.

Finally, once you get the hang of bowfishing, there is more to discover. You can do it for recreational purposes or you can enter bowfishing tournaments. You can also join a bowfishing organization in your area. Bowfishing can be a very fun, intense, yet relaxing sport as you get to surround yourself with nature, which can be very calming. It is also a great sport to introduce to your children. If you want to get started, use this beginner’s guide to bowfishing as your starting point. You will need a bow as well as arrows, a reel, and a rest. You may also want to invest in a light. Start out small and easy and work your way to advanced and complex.

Jeff Stevens writes and edits the Hunting and fishing website He enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with family, and writing. He recently published a buyer’s guide for bowfishing bows.

My First Carp
Posted on March 5, 2013 by

My First Carp by Tristan MacRae

This report comes from Tristan MacRae and was submitted as part of our 2012 Contributor Contest.

My Dad and I had met Ken (a.k.a. Muskiebait) a couple of months before and he suggested that we go fishing together someday. Since I had never caught a carp before, we decided to fish for carp at the Islands. We met Ken at the old swan pond on Centre Island and cast out three lines with corn on a hair rig under a float. We also threw a few handfuls of corn in the area where the hooks were. We waited a while and eventually we hooked a nice sized one. I tried to fight it and it ended up snagging on something. Ken helped me, but eventually the fish cut loose. There was no action after that, so we moved to another spot on the pond and cast out with the same bait. We were starting to think about going when a carp hit. I fought it for a couple of minutes until finally I got it in with some coaching help from Ken. When I got it out of the water I had a hard time trying to lift it, but eventually I got a hold of it for the picture.

Tristan MacRae - My First Carp

– Tristan MacRae

Posted on March 4, 2013 by

4 Eel Fishing – Hard Carpin’ Trailer

After years of being duped by the wary and popularly undesirable carp that are thriving in the Toronto harbor, the Kokemachine finally finds a method that works. Join the him and his giant Estonian associate as they figure out how to catch the dark brown monsters of the Toronto water ways. One question remains is it “Hard Carpin’ or “Carpin’ Hard”? Release date: Unknown.

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