Description: Cyprinus carpio
UK record Carp - Common Carp 56lb 6oz K. Cummins Wraysbury Berks
Carp - Crucian Carp 4lb 9oz M Bowler Yateley Lake Surrey
Carp - Grass 39lb 2oz K. Ballard Horton Church Lake Slough, Berks
Carp - Mirror 61lb 7oz L. Jackson Conningbrook Lake Ashford, Kent.
Irish Record weight: 29lb 13oz, The Lough, Cork. 1998
Carp is a common name for various freshwater fish of the family Cyprinidae, a very large group of fishes originally from Eurasia and southeast Asia. Some consider all cyprinid fishes carp and the family Cyprinidae itself is often known as the carp family. In colloquial use, however, carp usually refers only to several larger cyprinid species such as Cyprinus carpio (common carp), Carassius carassius (Crucian carp), Ctenopharyngodon idella (grass carp), Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (silver carp). There are four barbules tow are the corners of the mouth and two smaller ones n the upper lip these are loaded with taste buds.
Location: Carp Love features! Shallow bars and marginal shelves are good areas to fish for carp. Over hanging or sunken trees. Floating baits work well in the margins of reed or lilies for carp.
Distribution: There are four types of carp in Ireland. These are the fully scaled common carp, the mirror carp, which has relatively few scales and a smooth body surface, the linear carp, with scales along the lateral line only and the leather carp which are totally scale less and also very rare. The are few venues with carp in Ireland but commercial fisheries are becoming more popular. The are not many wild only carp lake left in the UK but the there is an abundance of commerical fisheries hold great carp for both the specimen, match and pleasure angler.