Catching Carp with Bombs!

I finally caught a carp using the traditional mielie bomb method of fishing. This is a method used commonly in South Africa when targeting carp, but not a method or species that we, ourselves fish very commonly at all.

Decent Carp

The rig I used was a sliding baby shoes trace. For a feeder or “Bomb”, as it is often referred to, I used a Super Cast Original Super Cast Dry Feed Ground Bait mixed with Oorlog Quadro Ground Feed. I then used a variety of Floaties by Super Cast and Champion Dips for the actual hook bait along with Eco Catch carp dough and earthworms. Because the baby shoes trace consists of a feeder bomb with two small hooks attached, it allows you to use a variety of hook baits per rig. What worked for me was hooking a tutti-fruitti flavoured floatie on one hook and a small piece of Eco Dough on the other. I then hooked a small Kariba worm as an extra attractant on each hook as well. I also used a variety of dips on both the actual feeder ball and each baited hook for extra flavour. Carp seem to like sweet attractants so for the hooked baits I used a Super Cast banana concentrate dip and for the feeder ball I used bomb dips by Champion Dips in Honey Glo and Tutti-Fruitti. It is often clever to use different coloured dips for visual variety, and if you walk into any fishing store you will find these in a wide variety of flavours. In fact selecting flavours and colours for floaties, bomb dips, and bait dips can be an extremely intimidating exercise if one considers the hundreds of types that exist.

Mielie bomb

All dams fish differently so it is wise to find out what flavours are working at particular venues before making your selections. Because I had no knowledge of Bronkhorstspruit carp baits, I decided to rig three different rods each with its own bait flavour configurations. I simply mixed and matched floatie bomb dips and bait dips randomly for each rod. Floaties I took in Tutti-Fruitti; Caramel; and Pink Sweets flavours, bomb dips I took in Honey Glo; Bubblegum; Vanilla; and Tutti-Fruitti flavours, and bait dips I took only Caramel and Banana.

My Tackle

Because I never really fish for carp I also had to buy myself the appropriate hardware. As a beginner I did not want to spend a fortune on my first Rod and reel outfit and what I ended up buying could, in my opinion, be the greatest entry level rod and reel carp combination out there. The rod that I chose was the Sensation 10’ Carp hunter and I matched that up with a Shimano Alivio 4000RB Spinning Reel. I picked these up for Just under R600 for the set, and the combo casted, and fished BEAUTIFULLY. I would recommend spooling the reel with 10 Lb monofilament line. The lighter line makes a massive difference in casting distance, and when fishing for carp one often has to cast as far as possible. The line I chose, purely for its attractive price, was Rovex CARP monofilament, which turned out to be exceptional value for money. I then tied a thicker 15 lb leader about twice the length of the rod to the end of this. I used Jackel Adaptive Camouflage Fishing Line.

Alivio 4000RB

Again, I would seriously recommend the above setup for anyone thinking about giving carp fishing a go. And on a final note I would strongly suggest that all those exclusive trout and bass fanatics out there open their minds, broaden their horizons and give carp fishing a shot. You won’t be disappointed.





12 responses to “Catching Carp with Bombs!

  • Chris M

    Whilst on holiday I hooked 2 carp at different times on my bass rod, both times the MONSTERS broke my spinners off, they were possibly the biggest carp I’ve ever seen and it would have been awesome if I had some gear at hand to make some bombs and give it a bash 🙂

    Well done on the catch!

  • Andre

    Good to see that you are also trying carp fishing for a change 😉

    • thebassboat

      its tough to say in this case. it as from the bronkies reserve side, probably hallf way between the gate and the end of the road along the bank. really cant pin point the same spot. will look through some other pics for a landmark for you. sorry man 🙂

  • som

    карп мощная рыба, ловить одно удовольствие. Вытаскиваешь какого- нибудь здоровяка- любуешся

  • david

    please im looking for the phone num of bronkies nature reserve. thank you David.

  • paul koekemoer

    I am firstly a fisherman secondly a fly fisherman very often one can see the carp feeding this is at places that all the small bubles rise to the top I use a mielibom rig and while waiting for the carp to take the bait I cast my fly at them very often they pick up on blood worm. Catching caep on a fly is very diferent from long rod and mielie bomb . It is a very good quary.

  • Ridwaan

    I’m planning a trip to loskop dam in September with my kids any tips on the toe of baits or traces recommended for this dam

  • hendrik

    Hay , me and my friend is going to bronkhorstspruit dam for the long weekend and we’re looking to catch some carp , its been cold the last few days ( winter !) And I wanted to know if the baits u recommended would work in the winter and if it won’t what will ?

    • thebassboat

      Hi Hendrik. The same baits can work in winter too, but it is always a bit more of a waiting game. One thing that many anglers try is putting an earthworm on the hook with the bait because the fish often prefer something a little more meaty in the cold months. Let’s us know how it goes. Keep in mind that fishing is always slower in winter.

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