|Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
||There are three
varieties of Carp in Ireland. These are the fully scaled Common
Carp, the Mirror Carp, which have relatively few scales and
a smooth body surface and the third is the Leather Carp which
are totally scaleless and also very rare.
||In Ireland, carp
only spawn sporadically and require a water temperature of
between 20 - 22 C over a period of three or so weeks to pre-condition
their eggs. They are sexually mature at 3 years. Egg size
is 1 - 1.5 mm.
||The average adult
carp produces approximately 250,00 eggs/kg.
|| Carp can live
for up to 50 years.
||They are mainly
benthic feeders, feeding on larval insects , chironomids and
other bottom dwelling organisms.
|| Float fishing
with small wagglers or float controllers; ledgering with bomb
bread, pastes, worms and a range of flavoured boillies with
an extensive range of groundbaits and additives.
||5.4 kg (12lbs)
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