|Carp nets are large nets that feature|
fish friendly, soft netting.
Nets- Carp nets differ from bass nets in that they have a fish friendly mesh that does not remove or do harm to a carp's scales. These nets are soft and not abrasive like a nylon bass net. Carp nets are not cheap. They start at about $70-80 at online carp stores. Check out some of these nets at www.bigcarptackle.com
|This carp was weighed with the |
weigh sling and then brought
to the water's edge with
the sling for release.
Weigh Slings- These are sacks made of durable but carp friendly material in which a carp is placed for weighing. The sack usually has a rope or string onto which you hook your scale for weighing the fish. Note that you should NEVER stick a scale hook in the gill or mouth of a carp because it will most likely cut the carp's sensitive gills and kill it. By the way, you should also NEVER stick your fingers under its gill plate to lift it up. Once again, this will harm the gills. Inexpensive weigh slings sell for $15-20. Check these out at Big Carp Tackle.
When it comes to carp care, the Europeans are masters at this, and much of these carp care techniques originated in Europe where they have the greatest of respect for this fish. We have a long way to go here in the US and many newcomers often have no idea about how to practice carp care for a fish they intend to release.