The many jobs of carp anglers - who we are?
Carp angling is a popular branch of fishing that requires skill, knowledge and ability. Not Ever angler is a carp angler but every carp angler is an angler. To earn the name of “Homo cyprinus” you need to be on an even higher level and demonstrate ecological maturity and a high level of ethics.
“No kill” is the most important rule of carp angling. The “Catch and Release” credo means we are obligated to constantly educate ourselves about protecting the fish we catch and keeping them safe. I would like to note that a true carp angler considers any fish they catch a specimen, no matter their species and size). We have to know something about ichthyological medicine and the physiology of fish. This may sound a bit weird but it basically means that there a few rules you have to follow and they include: making sure the fish is in a landing net made for that purpose, laying the fish down on a special mat or cradle, which won’t do any damage to the animal, pouring water on it periodically and healing any wounds we see, whether we caused them or not. Let’s not kid ourselves - every fish we catch is important to our ego and serves to fulfill our ambitions so we want a picture. Time is of the utmost importance. Do all of it quickly and put the fish back in the water as fast as possible. Keeping to these rules will make your fishing more eco-friendly and allow you to call yourself a true carp angler.
Our trips, which often last a few days, require us to have some survival skills, especially when it comes to cooking in the wild. No breakfast will ever come close to the scrambled eggs you made on the fire at dawn, spiced with the scent of morning mist and eaten in the forest by the water.
On top of remembering about your own dietary needs, you have to consider the true purpose of your trip - the carp. They also like specific smells and flavours. Their menu is influenced by water temperature, atmospheric pressure, the current season and many other factors. You have to be able to cook for both yourself and the fish.
As you’re looking for fish in your chosen body of water you have to learn about the sort of bottom it has, how it’s shaped and what grow on it. You also need to observe the activity of your prey and, all in all, become a seasoned hunter.
All these thoughts, theses and “truths of life” are the result of many hour spent waiting for the bite indicators to beep. This time makes you more contemplative, and opens the way for interesting discussions among anglers.
All the skills I mentioned are a product of the knowledge you need to be an angler, ecologist, cook, hunter, ichthyologist, meteorologist and other roles you have to play and which I haven’t mentioned. You should also think about strategy and tactics and use your economics skills in buying your tackle before a new season starts.
All in all I think the Homo cyprinus is the Da Vinci of modern fishing.
A good carp angler needs a lot of knowledge of different domains of life. Unfortunately you can’t learn it all in one trip. You have to learn from other anglers and your own experience. Doing this will bring you closer to perfection.
Mikado Fishing Team