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How to catch Grass Carp?

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Hey. Ive seen these grass carp along the edge of a pond near my house.  I hear they're fun to catch.  Ive tried regular carp bait with no luck.  Any suggestions on what kind of bait to use?

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I've caught alot with bread balls when they are schooled up feeding on the bottom.

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i don't know where you are located, but here in florida the BEST carpbait is a ficus berry. they are very difficult to cast, but carp can't resist them.

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You can't go wrong with bread.  Throw a bunch out first to chum and just include in that bunch of bread your piece with a hook in it.

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Sweet corn works just as well.

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Sweet corn works just as well.

Just don't chum it beacuse it doesn't digest and smaller fish can't pass it.  A fish with a stomach full of corn will starve to death.

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my personal favorite is taking my hoyt compound bow out with a fish outrig on it and shoot them.  Its always a fight, but that probably won't go over well since it sounds like a community pond

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a bow and arrow ;D ;D ;D bread has always worked for me!!!!

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The bow and arrow thing seems pretty cool.  I read an article about it, great way to get rid of a nuisance fish.  

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it is a blast so much fun!!!!! I do it every summer way to much fun!!!!

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I think you gotta use different baits other than bread and corn to catch grass carp.

I use bread and corn all the time but the carp i catch are either common carp or koi carp.

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I don't know how well this stuff works on Carp because i have yet to go carp fishing. But I bought Berkley Powerbait carp doughballs in a Natural scent, (which is green) I know the blue gill love it because i tried a small piece of it on a hook and chummed with it a ltitle, and the gills come up and blast it. So fish like it...is it a productive carp bait...I dunno

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I have always heard that carp will feed on mulberrys, and if you can keep a berry on your hook you can catch good ones.

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Grass carp are an entirely different animal and require different baits than the common carp.

What types of vegetation are around the pond?  Trees, fruit-bearing plants, etc?

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By far the best bait that I have found for grass carp that you can see is a Jitterbug. Grass carp love cicadas which is what a jitterbug looks like.

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I catch a few from time to time I usually use bread. There is an old woman a few houses down from me that feeds the ducks bread the carp come in to clean up leftover crumbs. I use light line and no sinker because if they feel resistance they will spit the bait out

here is an average size grassie but I see some much bigger

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I use two baits. My go to bait is a cherry tomato when I see them near the surface. Gotta love the adrenaline when they suck in that tomato and I set the hook. The other bait is a homemade strawberry dough bait that works equally well

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snag em' with rattle traps. ;D

You do realize that grass carp are stocked for the purpose of vegetation control and therefore are a protected fish?

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snag em' with rattle traps. ;D

You do realize that grass carp are stocked for the purpose of vegetation control and therefore are a protected fish?

Good point.

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At a local golf course the workers dump grass clippings in the ponds and the carp devour it. For a killer bait, mix some wet grass clippings into a dough ball.

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Since it is a grass carp and it eats vegetation,  wouldn't broccoli work?  it is tough and will stay on the hook and has some weight to it.

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It is illegal to catch grass carp in some states

It is illegal to keep/spear/kill grass carp in many states

Though if you are allowed to catch them try a "wad" of tree leaves

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Make sure it is legal to catch grass carp in your state.  Florida regulations are: "Triploid grass carp are used for aquatic vegetation control and may not be stocked or harvested without a permit."

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A few of the ponds I go to here in Indiana are over stocked with them.  It is not uncommon at one pond I go to to see 75-100 carp that are 20lbs+ hitting the top of the water at sundown.  The problem is that there are so many that the bass seem to get smaller and smaller every year.  

I have caught a few and thrown them back but I often find one from time to time tossed on the bank left to die.  I don't get it.

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