problem is a matter of using the wrong bait or rigs
Over the last few days I visited Beck three times with the intention of catching carp. The first two times I used a hair rig with a sinker attached to a snap swivel about 2 feet from the hook. I used canned sweet corn as bait and fished near the inlet on the southeast part of the lake. Both times I got skunked.
The third time I used a similar set up but ditched the hair rig and just put three kernels of corn on a size 8 hook. This time I also got skunked, but the first time I put the rod down about a minute later I had a good pull, yet nothing got hooked.
I don't think my problem is a matter of using the wrong bait or rigs since when searching the forum others reported success with similar or exact same setups. I figure either the spot I chose was poor or I may be casting too far. From my readings I remember that people were able to spot the carp from shore, and were able to throw corn where they were casting, while I'm using a 1/2oz sinker on a 6'6 rod, and let's just say that thing flies with relatively little effort.
I didn't find the right solution from the internet.