Carp, Grass (Ctenopharyngodon idella)

Grass (local name)

White amur have an elongate, chubby body form that is torpedo shaped. The terminal mouth is slightly oblique with non-fleshy, firm lips, and no barbels. The complete lateral line contains 40 to 42 scales. Broad, ridged pharyngeal teeth are arranged in a 2, 4-4, 2 formula. The dorsal fin has 8 to 10 soft rays, and the anal fin is set closer to the tail than most cyprinids. Body color is dark olive, shading to brownish-yellow on the sides with a white belly and large slightly outlined scales.

Grows up-to  Max. published weight 45.0 kg
Where to Catch Occurs in lakes,ponds,pools N backwaters bodies
When to Catch May, June,  September


Occurs in lakes, ponds, pools and backwaters of large rivers, preferring large, slow-flowing or standing water bodies with vegetation. Tolerant of a wide range of temperatures from 0° to 38°C, and salinities to as much as 10 ppt and oxygen levels down to 0.5 ppm. Feeds on higher aquatic plants and submerged grasses; takes also detritus, insects and other invertebrates. One of the world’s most important aquaculture species and also used for weed control in rivers, fish ponds and reservoirs.Spawns on riverbeds with very strong current.
They eat up to 3 times their own body weight daily


Very commonly and widely found in Pakistan, in slow flowing and still water bodies.

Angling Methods

The most important being the “suspension method”, usually consisting of a large dough ball that disintegrates slowly, surrounded by a nest of tiny hooks that are not embedded in the bait. The entire apparatus is suspended below a large bobber. The fish feed on the small particles that are released from the dough ball and will bump against the dough ball, with the intention of breaking off more small particles that can be filtered from the water, eventually becoming hooked on the tiny hooks.
Also see Hair Rig and Charai in PGFA archives under Q and A and Articles.

Fight Characteristics

Carp fight. Not the wild, leaping fight of a bass or trout, but the deep-down, pulsing, bulldozer kind of a fight that comes only from determined brute strength. You play a carp and he plays you until he’s either exhausted on the beach or hands you back your tackle in your hat.

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