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Check this guy out, I am amazed by this as it is such a different style of fishing.  Sort of like a cane pole but on steroids.  It also has a small cup full of "castors" on the end (I presume, castor beans) that he rolls over and pours in where his hook is.

 

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Seems like your kinda limited on where you could fish with that technique, if you don't have a lot of room behind you you can't fish with a really long pole... And if the spot your fishing isn't producing it might be a little bit tedious to just pack up and move. Pretty cool though

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Seems like your kinda limited on where you could fish with that technique, if you don't have a lot of room behind you you can't fish with a really long pole... And if the spot your fishing isn't producing it might be a little bit tedious to just pack up and move. Pretty cool though

 

Using a 15 foot pole, you don't cast. There is no reel. The pole comes apart in sections and you swing your bait out. You pull the pole in. If you watch the video, you see how they do it. Lots of very specialized equipment. very long thin floats that go down when even the smallest fish takes the bait.

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I watched the video. I'm saying you couldn't roll the pole behind you if you didn't have room, like a lot of the places I fish are surrounded by thick trees.

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Watched a European fishing tournament on WFN once. They all fished like that and sat around a doughnut shaped pond in a field. Everyone sat about 50' apart and fished for carp.  

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Casters are maggots (fly larvae) in their chrysalis stage when they transform into flies. That form of fishing is stupifyingly dull and contrived. The ponds tend to be dug so that everyone has a similar bit of water in front of them, then filled with stunted carp that are hungry all the time, so relatively easy to catch. The winner is the one who's managed to catch the biggest weight in the period of the match. The guys that do it are very skilled at feeding the fish enough to keep them in front of them and to catch them as quickly as possible, but it's a long way from the wild water hunting that most people enjoy when they go fishing.

 

The trouble with the UK is that it's a small island with a lot of people and very limited resources. Almost all land and lakes are owned by somebody, so access is by arrangement and fee by the day or season or year. Teddy Roosevelt should be the most celebrated man in the US for his far sighted and revolutionary (not to mention a tiny bit socialist ;)) actions when he created the national parks and the access to waters that you guys enjoy.

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Casters are maggots (fly larvae) in their chrysalis stage when they transform into flies. That form of fishing is stupifyingly dull and contrived. The ponds tend to be dug so that everyone has a similar bit of water in front of them, then filled with stunted carp that are hungry all the time, so relatively easy to catch. The winner is the one who's managed to catch the biggest weight in the period of the match. The guys that do it are very skilled at feeding the fish enough to keep them in front of them and to catch them as quickly as possible, but it's a long way from the wild water hunting that most people enjoy when they go fishing.

 

The trouble with the UK is that it's a small island with a lot of people and very limited resources. Almost all land and lakes are owned by somebody, so access is by arrangement and fee by the day or season or year. Teddy Roosevelt should be the most celebrated man in the US for his far sighted and revolutionary (not to mention a tiny bit socialist ;)) actions when he created the national parks and the access to waters that you guys enjoy.

 

Sounds like you just described fishing in So. California to me.

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We have some serious carp anglers out here who have the whole setup. They bring the rod holders, the 15' rods, boilies, a carp mat (so the fish doesn't get hurt when releasing,) etc. Oh... and a chair, of course.

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Chair! Amateurs! LOL 

 

You should see some of the guys who are into big carp fishing. The pride themselves on fishing huge lakes with a known head of carp in, usually about a dozen total, and spend weeks at a time camped out there in their carp "bivvies" (overpriced tents). They have "carp beds" which are very extravagant camp beds, "bivvie tables" "bivvie slippers" etc the list goes on. Special wheelbarrows to cart all the gear to the spot their going to set up in. Once they're there they typically cast out to the other side of the lake, or sometimes drive their bait out on special remote controlled "bait boats", then spend time making sure their three or four rods are perfectly lined up next to each other, with the handles all in the same position, and wait, for days, weeks, sometimes months for a bite.

 

Apparently that's fishing?

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Chair! Amateurs! LOL 

 

You should see some of the guys who are into big carp fishing. The pride themselves on fishing huge lakes with a known head of carp in, usually about a dozen total, and spend weeks at a time camped out there in their carp "bivvies" (overpriced tents). They have "carp beds" which are very extravagant camp beds, "bivvie tables" "bivvie slippers" etc the list goes on. Special wheelbarrows to cart all the gear to the spot their going to set up in. Once they're there they typically cast out to the other side of the lake, or sometimes drive their bait out on special remote controlled "bait boats", then spend time making sure their three or four rods are perfectly lined up next to each other, with the handles all in the same position, and wait, for days, weeks, sometimes months for a bite.

 

Apparently that's fishing?

 

I think you're looking at it in the wrong light.  I've never done this but it sounds intriguing.  It seems like something that requires a lot of skill, patience, mental toughness, etc... to get good at...more than I have.  IMO, if someone is going to go through all that trouble to catch a fish and they are successful at it, more power to them.

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From the gear, bait, set-up and target fish there is nothing about this that interests me.

 

 

 

 

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I guess you're right. I absolutely love fishing, it's a huge part of my life, but if that was the only way of fishing I wouldn't be an angler.

The findamental difference between carp fishing and fishing with flies or lures is the same as hunting versus trapping. Except you carp traps require you to be there when they're tripped. A lot of tedious waiting.

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Very interesting video, I actually watched the whole thing! There is no way I could enjoy that kind of fishing. I get antsy when I have to retrieve bass lures slowly, so sitting and watching a pole might kill me! 

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Nothing personal to those who like carp but I don't want to live in a world where that is all there is to fish for.

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Check this guy out, I am amazed by this as it is such a different style of fishing.  Sort of like a cane pole but on steroids.  It also has a small cup full of "castors" on the end (I presume, castor beans) that he rolls over and pours in where his hook is.

 

Holy smokes a 60 foot fishing pole!!!

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   I think carp are really fun to fish for, but I usually sight fish with light tackle and I move around a bunch. Both grass and common carp are pretty fun on medium light and light action rods with 4-6lb test. 

  In terms of other species including bass, I can fish for hours on end without a bite as long as I'm moving around and trying to figure something out, but plop me in a seat and I can't even wait for an hour.

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meh, not my style of fishing. I didn't watch the video, because I watched a similar video last night, and the pole he was using was 14 METERS long! he had to set 3 or 4 lawn chairs behind him to rest the pole on. I wouldn't mind having a pay lake with some big carp and other fish and do some UK style of fishing once in a while though. They have some big bream type fish and they look fun to catch. But I like a rod and reel.

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I became friends with a guy I saw all the time fishing that was from Romania. He taught me how to rig hook and make the boils to catch carp and what to use for bait ect. There was a place I knew that was infested with carp and we could never catch them. After my new carping knowledge I went back with a couple friends and we had a blast that day catching tons of carp on light spinning rods. The most important thing he taught me was you need to make it a competition between the carp for food. It is very hard to get them to bite a bait by it self. But toss out a bit of chum and they are racing each other to get the most and your bait gets mixed up in it all and that's when they will grab it.

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