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Pastie carp as we affectionately call them down here in Cornwall are generally fish under 2 pounds, and we introduced loads of them into Pollawyn and Python Pools.
There are also loads in the other pools too and to enjoy a good day catching them you don’t need the most sophisticated tackle. They will come in quite close and you can catch them with a short pole but you do need to keep feeding to hold them in your swim.
By nature they are ravenous fish often on the lookout for food so it pays to start your swim off with some groundbait. A few balls of fishmeal based feed is what you need and to keep things simple try cupping them in at 3 – 4 metres out. A good helping of casters and corn, or if you are pleasure fishing pellets and corn should help to attract them to the swim. The Sensas caramel flavoured corn is great on the hook. It comes in jars and is soft enough to allow the hook to penetrate easily.
Don’t use too light a float, the pasties swim round in large shoals and when they move in on the feed they will bash the rig about. I reckon a rig of 1-1.25 grams is about right with a small olivette and two or three dropper shot below.
Rig line needs to be quite strong as you want to catch plenty of fish without the rig letting you down even though the size of the fish should not trouble the breaking strain. You need to match your hook to the size of the bait and a Tubertini 808 in size 16 is about right for the single piece of corn or even a single banded or soft hooker pellet.
It may take a little while for the fish to arrive but once you start to get those early bites I would suggest you start to loose feed over the top of the groundbait and also feed a small groundbait after every third or fourth fish, this will keep the fish in the swim.
Landing your catch
These small carp are perfectly formed and can be great fun to catch on the pole and they will stretch your number 10 or 12 elastics, however although they may be quite small I insist that they are all landed using a landing net and that none of them are swung in.
Unhooked and on show
In fact most fish you catch can be unhooked in the landing net and returned straight away to the water. Of course if you want to take the occasional photograph that’s OK but make sure you don’t hold the fish up high, instead hold nearer the water so that if the fish jumps it will land in the water. If you have an unhooking mat you can kneel down and hold the fish over the mat while the photographs are taken