Most of the time I have a hard job accepting that carp in any particular lake have soft mouths. My own waters are gravel/sand pits where the bottom is hard and, well gravely… Yet I’ve heard the same comments that my fish have soft mouths. Surely fish feeding in such circumstances would be expected to have hard mouths!
I guess if you look at the mouth or any carp then yes there will be soft bits, that stands to reason, but where does this species of ‘Soft Mouths’ come from?
While trying to get my head around this question it has made me look at the way many people play fish. New anglers coming into the sport are often in such a hurry to get the fish in the net they put a ridiculous amount of pressure on the fish. Modern lines are strong and resistant materials, just try pulling for a break and you’ll see what I mean. So in the heat of a fight bending right into a fish with a 3lb test rod and 15lb line it stands to reason that the softest, least resistant part in the whole chain is the poor carp’s mouth!!
Most of the hook pulls I see could have been avoided by more feeling in the fight. Knowing how much pressure you can apply, the limits of your tackle, but more importantly the amount of pressure it takes to rip that hook out.
Direct pressure while the fish is under the rods tops is often the most critical point in the fight… but all too many people just want that fish in the net. The bigger the carp the more direct weight you’ll have to tow. So spare a thought for the poor fish’s mouth. I don’t believe most to the time they are particularly soft, just they are the weakest point in the chain.
What are your views?