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How does one catch wild koi?
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danzig
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PostPosted: 2003.07.03(Thu)17:57    Post subject: How does one catch wild koi? Reply with quote

Many years ago, my friends had a pond disaster when their lining broke, spilling out all the contents, fish and all. Some of the koi were rescued and taken to a pond in the woods. They have thrived there for over a decade, and we visit them from time to time.

Now, a new housing development will be constructed where the pond is, and the pond drained. We are urgent to rescue some koi. We have been very unsuccesful so far in catching them. They just seem to be too smart. We've used a variety of baits from waffles to meal worms. Anyone have any suggestions on how to save our koi before it is too late?
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meairlinepilot
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PostPosted: 2003.07.03(Thu)21:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

How big is the pond in the woods that they are in? Have you tried a piece of bread and allowing it to float on the surface?
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SherryNE
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PostPosted: 2003.07.03(Thu)23:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

When the pond is drained a bit, you'll have to dredge the pond with a net. You aren't trying to catch them with a rod and reel, are you?
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PostPosted: 2003.07.04(Fri)14:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

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They just seem to be too smart. We've used a variety of baits from waffles to meal worms.


Kois and carps are very smart, they can disappear with just a drop of sinker in the water. So, to catch them, you use fly line. Any trout setups would be perfect. For baits, you can buy special bait from the store, or you can just use corns and peas, or worms from your backyard. The key, IME is to fly-line them. Once you spot them on the surface, cast your line to that spot and with some luck, your will catch them.
Catching Kois and carps are fun! They can be challenging and they fight pretty well. You should use barbless hooks if you want to bring them home to your pond.
Good luck!
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meairlinepilot
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PostPosted: 2003.07.04(Fri)14:26    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exactly right...if you want to catch them, you need to use barbless hooks, light line (2 or 4 lb. test) and NO sinker. Just tie a SMALL hook directly to the line, bait up with something such as an earthworm, small piece of bread, or cheese and just lightly place the bait where the fish is. As Magnus stated, the key is to flyline the bait, with no weight.
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dan
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PostPosted: 2003.07.07(Mon)9:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I use to fish for carp corn was the magical bait nothing else came even close. A big part of the technique was to chum them buy throwing a handfull or two of corn and juice out there, this puts them into a feeding frenzy and makes them a lot less leary and cautious of the line, hook and the weight and resistance.
But I have to ask where are you going to go with these monster sized koi? netting them could be an option or getting a length of chicken fence or snow fence and starting on one end and working your way to the other.
If you need help try talking to the local fish stores and pond stores or fish club and tell them the storyI am sure someone would be willing to help for free, or for a koi. An extra hand or two can make a world of difference.
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