Choosing the right gear for your carp fishing trips is essential for your success. There are so many options that it can use, it can get a bit overwhelming at times. But it doesn’t have to be that much of a problem, and if you break the requirements for your carp fishing down, then it will be a lot easier to put together some very effective setups that will bring you the success you need.
Carp can vary in size significantly, and understanding the rough size of the carp you will be targeting in your desired fishing spots will allow you to set up your tackle accordingly. Personally, I never like to fish using to heavy gear. It takes a lot of the fun out of it when you can just haul a fish in with no real stress on the rod, reel and line.
Being able to push your gear close to its maximum limits is always fun, and although you may lose a few from time to time, the experience you will get from having a close fight with a carp is a great one indeed.
Rod and reel
If you know your local carp fishing lake or river holds carp up to 20lb, then you don’t need to go too heavy on the rod and reel. A 4000 of 5000 maximum size reel should suffice, and a rod with 10-12lb class should do you fine for this range. There are plenty of reel options to choose from, and you can look at anything from spinning reels to baitrunner reels.
Rod length can vary too, although around 10ft seems to be a good popular size. There are plenty of options now, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to get yourself kitted out sufficiently. You can also find some very good rod-reel combos to buy, and this is often a good starting point for those just starting out their carp fishing.
There is always a big debate whether to use braid or mono line. To be honest, there is no right answer to this, and either will work. A lot of the time it is down to personal preference, and how much experience you have with either. As far as the breaking strain, as I mentioned earlier, it is always best to have a good fight with a carp, so I personally like to use line of 12lbs to 15lbs.
The type of rig you use for carp fishing will large depend on the type of bait you are using. If you are using boilies then there are many different hair rigs you can use that will present the boilie the best. If you are using another bait like bread, you may want to use a float rig, or even just free line the bread on the surface. Again, the rigs do not have to be complicated for them to work. Simple carp rigs can be very effective.