This section is from the book "Fishing: When, Where, And How To Fish Without Live Bait", by William Tweedie. Also available from Amazon: Fishing: When, Where And How To Fish Without Live Bait.
The carp is a very handsome fish, very shy, cunning, and suspicious. They grow to a great size, live to a great age, and are esteemed a great delicacy. They may be caught in full condition at the end of the summer. The carp may be carried in fresh grass long journeys, if dipped in the water for a few minutes every twenty-four hours; in this way they are sent to different parts of the country, to stock waters, and they thrive well after the journey.
Pastes of all kinds, beans and corn, are recommended as the best baits for carp. Grains of wheat, steeped in water till the skin bursts, are very good. A blue-bottle fly will be sure to take him if your tackle be fine.