If you are a general fisherman, or are considering specializing in carp fishing, you might have heard the term “advanced carp fishing”. What does this term really mean? and what does it take to become an advanced carp fisherman?
What is the difference between advanced carp fishing? And any other type?
It is all about the degree of specialization, the depth of knowledge and the level of commitment and passion…
To give you an example, lets compare the concept with other pursuits:
For example, you might be a person who likes music and enjoys listening to music in different categories. You might love pop, rock, hip hop and rap music. This would be similar to a general angler who might go sea fishing one week, and river fishing the next, using the same fishing gear.
If you decide that you really love heavy metal more than any other type of music, you might only listen to it and nothing else. This is like someone deciding that they only want to fish for carp. They do this exclusively and buy fishing equipment designed purely for this purpose.
…Over time, the heavy metal fan might start to wear a leather jacket and grow their hair long…
…Over time, a specialist carp angler will gradually be seen wearing more and more exotic camouflage clothing patterns, even when not fishing. His hands might constantly smell of fish meal boilies or halibut pellets, possibly mixed with fruity flavors!
When the heavy metal fan has hair down to their waist, and the carp specialist starts waking up early in the morning to go and pre bait before work, there is a level of commitment and passion bordering on obsession.
The evolution of an advanced carp angler
It is at this stage that an advanced carp fisherman is created. The specialist carp fisherman simply has a more advanced stage of the “fishing bug”. At this stage he will know most of the historic techniques for catching carp. He will have tried every conceivable carp rig, bait and tactic. The complete carp angler is likely to be part of one or more groups of like minded carp experts.
An experienced carp fisherman is unlikely to refer to himself as an expert, nor is he likely to go around the lake shouting about his catches. He has learned from experience that this results in being bugged by everyone and pumped for information.
He also knows that the louder he is, the less likely he is to get back into his favorite swim.
So, how do you go about starting advanced carp fishing?
Start at the beginning like everyone else. You need to gradually build your knowledge and experience over time. You need both. You need to learn things from websites like this, from magazines, videos, and during visits to local tackle shops. You also need to get out there on the bank to get practical experience of carp fishing.
It is not just the knowledge of tactics, rigs and bait, but the experience that teaches you how and when to apply this fishing knowledge.
How will you know when you are an advanced carp fisherman? It is a bit like being a teenager, in the beginning you have a thirst for life and adventure, you are almost desperate to become an adult. You are desperate to drive a car or fall in love (or lust). What do you do? you keep living, keep learning and developing. Growing up happens on its own. So does becoming an experienced carp angler, or anything else in life that you might aspire to.