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Is it possible to catch that 30 lb. carp in my friend's pond and safely land it on ultra-light spincasting tackle? If so, how?

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Yes it's possible. You'd need line without nicks, frays or any other weaknesses, a sound knot, a properly set drag and open water in which the fish can make long runs and there are no objects which the line could rub against. And, of course, a certain level of fish-fighting skills.

I came very close to catching such a fish on 4# line, but after a series of long runs when it was within six feet of me (I was on shore) the line rubbed against a rock and that was it.

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I have caught carp on ultralight setups, shakespeare retractable rod w/ 4lb flouro.They were nowhere near 30lbs though, closer 10lb. Definitely need drag setup right like Marty said. I recommend a long handle net, near shore ( I'm a shore fisher) is where they were at most risk of breaking off for me.

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What would y'all recommend as a good drag setup?

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i have caught 25 lbs carp on 4 lb line, i used mitchell avocet 500ul with 5 foot light rod, it took me 15-25 mins to land it in

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What would y'all recommend as a good drag setup?

I can't quantify it. You'd want something heavier than a drag for bass because too light a drag won't tire out a large carp, but you don't want it so heavy as to risk line breakage. The only way I can do it is by feel. Just pulling the line out and adjusting drag until it feels right.

Having said that I use 8# mono when targeting carp.

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I fought one in that range for over 20 minutes on 3.5lb test before the line touched a tree limb. I was using an ultralight Avid rated for 1-4lb test, I couldn't hardly lift the fish off the bottom. It can be done but along with a lot of skill it's going to take a lot of luck to land a fish that big on ultralight gear.

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i love to catch carp on ultra light set ups. i use tiny hooks and i use ficus berries. i only target carp when the berries are dropping and the carp are waiting to gulp them in. it is super fun to catch a 40 pound carp with 6 pound test on ultralight setup. the only thing that sucks is getting those slimy, nasty things off the hook.

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So to get a little better picture of fighting a carp, how long are their runs, do they jump? Also, one other thing, how long will it take to wear the fish down?

Thanks.

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http://www.bassresource.com/bass-fishing-forums/topic/92107-some-get-away/page__fromsearch__1

As I picked up this guy with the scales it fell off as I almost had the entire weight of the fish in the air. The next time I went to use my scales they were about 8# less than zero and sprung.

I am not sure what this girl weighed but I do remember one of the many times I was able to get my hands on it I also had a hand on the line and it made a run and the line immediately burnt / cut my hand luckily the line did not break!

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So to get a little better picture of fighting a carp, how long are their runs, do they jump? Also, one other thing, how long will it take to wear the fish down?

Thanks.

They are not like a Bass at all. They are capable of making long runs and don't wear out quickly. I'd say they fight more like a catfish.

I'd try using 12# Yo-Zuri line, I think it breaks at around 19#.

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Should I use a type of super line?

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Yea a 50# would be good but that's not ultra lite

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I've got 50#. But I was thinking of like a 10#.

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Roughly, what does 20 equal in mono?

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If the pond has a 30 lb Carp in it, then it's possible :)

But people often "talk" about 30 lb Carp, the way they do about 3lb Sunfish, and 15lb Bass ;)

Personally, I've caught about 8 Carp over 23 lbs.... the biggest was 23.8 ! (I call it my 23 lb jinx :) but pretty much all of my big Carp are caught on micro-light gear. Come to think about, so have all of my latest 100 lb+ Sturgeon :) I LOVE micro-light fishing :)

Fear no fish,

Fish

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YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAUGHT ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......25LBS.

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But people often "talk" about 30 lb Carp, the way they do about 3lb Sunfish, and 15lb Bass ;)

Depends on the location, there's plenty of 30lb+ carp by me, perfect conditions with a canal for them to grow, super smart too.

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