Mosquito Lake – In Search Of The Common Carp
Introduction to this Guide
This guide was written with the intension to show players of Russian Fishing 4 how to catch Common Carp on Mosquito Lake. I like to point out to you that this guide is not a “catching guarantee”, but a guideline to help you catch common carp on Mosquito Lake. Please remember that in our game fish might change spots and baits over time. All the data handed to you in this guide is meant for your own interpretation and getting you on track for this magnificent creature.
A total of 21 in real life hours were spent fishing on the 4 best producing spots. These spots were chosen by my experience as a real life carp angeler and as outcome of trying a whole lot of spots and narrowing them down to the best producing spots. The equipment used is based on the lower levels (level 1 to approximately 16) because these levels are most prevalent on Mosquito. The collected data has been analyzed and put into graphs to get a better understanding of the preferences and behavior of the common carp on Mosquito.
Species Overview: Common Carp
Picture 1 A trophy Common from Bear Lake
The common carp, also called the European carp (Cyprinus Carpio), is a widespread freshwater fish of eutrophic waters in lakes and rivers in Europe and Asia. The common carp is a native species and has been introduced to every part of the world except the poles. Carp are still used as food in many areas, but are also regarded as a pest in several regions due to theire ability to out-compete native fish stocks. The average size of the common carp is around 40-80 centimeters (15-31 inches) and a weight of 2-14 kilo (4-31 lb). Although tolerant of most conditions, they prefer a large body of slow or standing water and soft, vegetative, sediments. Carp are able to tolerate water with very low oxygen levels by gulping air at the surface. Common carp are omnivorous. They can eat a herbivorous diet of aquatic plants, but prefer to scavenge the bottom for insects, crustaceans, crawfish and benthic worms. They like to feed in shallow areas, often near the banks of a waterbody, although they can be found in deeper water too.
Picture 2 Some Items of the Carp Menu
Common carp has become extremely popular with anglers in many parts of Europe. Their popularity as quarry is slowly increasing among anglers in the United States, though they are still considered pests and destroyed in some areas of the US.
Getting Started: Fishing spots
Based on real life experience and what I read on different websites, carp like to live in areas with reeds, water lilies and algae. Those are the places where they can find their food most of the times. This also means that in strong winds these foodparticles and insects will drift with the wind to other parts of the lake. Be aware of this fact when you choose your spot to fish. When I fished Mosquito Lake the weather was mostly dreadful: consecutive periods of sunshine, clouds, overcast and storm, combined with turning winds. Not the most ideal circumstances so I tried to fish as many spots as possible in all conditions. At the end I narrowed it down to the following spots.
Picture 3 The spots i fished for common carp
As shown in picture 3 the best producing spots were at the westside of the lake. The water is pretty shallow here and contains a lot of water vegetation, it's like a drive-inn for carp. Shallow waters also warm up faster than deeper parts of the lake and carp are warmth loving fish. For the purposes of this guide I`ll focus on the green areas, the spots where you are most likely to catch common carp.
Getting Started: Tackle
The equipment used is for bottom fishing, with level 16 tackle as a maximum. For reels I used the Syberia Sabre 60S. Carp will put up a good fight, so the 10 kg. drag of the Sabre is more or less the minimum I like to use. Reels with less drag can handle small carp, but hooking into a bigger fish increases the chance of breaking your equipment proportionally. I fished mono, braid and fluocarbon lines, using the basic bottom fishing rig at the beginning.
Picture 4 Setup
For rods I used the Express Fishing Persey FD140 medium action feeder with a load capacity of 16,5 kg (36,3 lbs). Weight of the sinkers I used ranged between 28 gr. for fishing near the banks and 42 gr. when casting a bit further. Starting out I did not use any leaders. As I like to choose my hooks on the size of the bait I use, I picked the Syberia CHK201 S4 to start out with. When it comes to baits its not that simple, due to the fact that carp will feed on almost everything and there are so many baits available to choose from. So I started out using natural baits and later on boilies. As for groundbait I used the ingame “Carp Mix” all the time.
Now the technical part is done, lets go fishing!
On the banks: Spot 1 (“The inlet” at 40:61)
This spot appealed to me for several reasons. First the little “inlet”, that breaks the shape of the bank. From irl experience I know that these breakings attract fish in general. Being real shallow it also allows the sun to warm up the water faster then the deeper parts, meaning carp will show up. Secondly there is a lot of vegetation. These two combined should make it a good spot for carp.
Picture 5 "The Inlet"
Picture 6 Spots producing carp
Next to common carp i caught some trophy gibel carp at these spots too. In general you will catch a lot of species on Mosquito, fishing for common carp with natural baits.
On the banks: Spot 2 (“The Dolphin Tree” at 35:55)
Fishing this spot, waiting for a bite, I noticed that the tree had the shape of a dolphin. For those who wonder, I was not under the influence of any substance…..
Picture 7 "The Dolphin Spot"
Picture 8 Spots producing carp
This spot has a lot of features carp like, so I wasn`t surprised this was the best producing spot. Due to the constant weather changes while fishing for this guide I could not max out this spot, but i`m sure you can catch biggies here.
On the banks: Spot 3 (36:47)
Picture 9 Spot 3
Picture 10 Spots producing carp
At this spot I also caught a lot of tench. A tench of decent size can put a lot of stress on your setup, and can be held responsible for a lot of tackle breaking on Mosquito Lake.
On the banks: Spot 4 (46:41)
Picture 11 Spot 4
Picture 12 Spots producing carp
The spot by the tree was discovered reeling in a rod for a recast. While doing so I had a bite on a different rod so I had to put this one down, but a few minutes later I got a bite on it being a common carp.
Summary and conclusions
Four elements are really important when fishing for whatever species of fish. First the right gear. The balance of your gear has to be somewhere between “safe” and “as light as possible”. Safe is fishing with high capacity rods, reels and lines, so the fish can be reeled in with no problems at all. The downside of this method is that a thicker line increases visibility of your rig under water and the cautious (often the bigger ones!) fish will be spooked. Too light on the other hand can cause a lot of wear on your tackle and more breakage of gear. As a angler you will have to balance between these two extremes. Adapting to the fishing circumstances is very important and needs a lot of reflection. It's almost impossible to state whats the best tackle for a certain species, take a good look at the situation and try to find the matching gear for that moment in time.
I`ve tested mono, braid and fluocarbon lines during my sessions. The best results I had on mono line between 8 and 12 kg. (17 – 26 lb) not using a leader. Mono is also a lot cheaper then the other lines, so I would stick to that as a lower level player. The leader seems to have some effect when fishing with braid, although not a huge effect, probably due to the circumstances I was fishing in. Under optimal conditions braid can benefit your fishin due to the smaller diameter and higher strenght compared to mono and fluocarbon. In combination with a fluo leader it makes youre rig almost invisible to the fish. Fishing with fluo lines didn`t make a huge difference either.
While fishing the spots on Mosquito I used the ingame carpmix (quality 10/10), combined with two types of rigs. The basic bottom rig and the inline rig. The feeders used on the inline rig were all Mesh Feeder #4. I decided to use only these rigs because of the ever changing weather, knowing these type of rigs are doing a good job most of the times.
Picture 13 Mesh Feeder
Fishing the basic bottom rig I threw balls of groundbait at the fishing spots. Not concentrated to just one spot, but spread over a wider area to attract wondering fish, about five balls per rod, maximum of 10 balls. When i started getting bites i`d threw in some extra balls of groundbait to keep the fish interested. Remember it is easy to over feed a spot, in particular when there are not as many fish in a spot.
The advantage of the inline rig over the basic bottom rig is fishing over different spots without leaving a lot of feed in a spot. This enables you to fish more active in search of bites.
Picture 14 Type of Rig versus number of fish
In this case it did not make a whole lot of a difference as shown in the graph.
The next two elements are in conjunction with each other. These are weather and location, location, location.
Picture 15 Weather versus catches
Picture 16 Time of day
The graph shows you under which weather conditions I caught the carp at Mosquito. As mentioned before the weather was dreadfull most of the time, but it shows that clear and sunny weather are highly appreciated by common carp.
Picture 16 Wich spot was the best?
Location is very, very important in fishing. Even having the best gear money can buy, fishing in the wrong spot won`t catch the fish you're after. Knowing the habitat the fish lives in is part of solving the puzzle. Based on that knowlege the angler increases his chance of catching that big one. During my fishing spot 2 proved to be the best choice at that moment under the given circumstances. When the weather would have been different it could have been a complete different spot that produced the best. Keep in mind that NO spot will produce under ALL circumstances, not ingame as not in real life, except your local fishmonger.
The fourth element is probably the most discussed topic of all: Baits. It`s impossible to give a list of all species of bait you can buy for catching carp these days. Also ingame there are a lot of different baits to choose from. In general carp eat almost everything, but can be picky at the same time.
I tried a lot of different baits, starting with naturals. In the next graph you`ll see which of them caught me some carp at Mosquito.
Picture 17 Baits....wich to choose?
Picture 18 Wich bait for the biggest catch?
These two graphs show although only 22% of carp was caught using potato as bait, it delivered, in relation to the other baits , the most kg. Corn seeds did well too, but with 48% of the fish caught on corn seeds means the average weight was less than using potato under the given circumstances.
I hope this guide has put you guys on the right track for catching common carp on Mosquito Lake. Have a lot of fun fishing and If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask me on the forums!
Greetings and tight lines,