Carp fishing in the UK requires some specialised tackle. In this web article, we'll present some suggestions about carp fishing tackle
from our in-store experts.
Carp Fishing Tackle - What Type of Fishing Rods Are Best for Carp?
There are 3 basic types of carp rods: all through action, medium tip action and fast taper tip action. Rod selection depends on the distance being fished. All through action is best at short distances. For greater but not extremely long distances, a medium action rod is a good choice because it has more power in toward the handle or butt. In the case of very long distances that require long casts, the fast tip action rod is recommended due to its power and capacity for handling the weight needed for successful distance casts. Any carp fishing rod will also have a test curve that's calibrated to the weight of the fish. For carp up to 15 pounds, a test curve of up to 2 pounds is adequate. For larger quarry, choose a rod with a test curve of 3.
Be sure to consider the rod when choosing a reel for your carp tackle setup. Also consider casting distance, rod diameter and line strength. Reel choice is highly variable, but if, like many carp fishermen, you plan to use more than one rod, be sure to choose a "bait runner" type reel. This feature will allow the carp to run with the bait instead of pulling your gear into the water if you're occupied managing another rod. A bait runner mechanism allows the line to be pulled from the reel with very little tension but is easily disengaged at the angler's discretion.
Carp Fishing Tackle - Line and Hook Selection Preferred in Fishing Tackle for Carp
When choosing line for your carp fishing gear, you can use this simple rule: Multiply the test curve of your rod by 5 to determine the line weight. This means that a rod with a 3-pound test curve requires a 15-pound test line. This formula applies to monofilament line only, and not to the newer braided type line. Buy the best hooks you can afford to avoid problems like breaking, bending and lack of adequate sharpness. For your fishing tackle for carp, have a range of sizes on hand; a good selection should include sizes from number 4 to number 12. Also, be sure to follow your local fishery's rules regarding the use of barbed or barbless hooks.
To complete your kit, choose a set of weights ranging from 1 to 3 ounces and be sure to acquire a sturdy tackle box with plenty of compartments to store your gear. For further information on carp fishing tackle
, call our UK store at 01656 722448.