Carp Fishing Gear
Introduction to Carp Fishing Gear
There are many great types of fishing out there, and carp fishing is quickly becoming one of the most popular, making carp fishing gear higher demand products, as well. In the United States the process has taken much longer to come about as catfish, bass, walleye, and pike are all extremely popular while carp has long been one of, if not the, most popular fresh water fish for anglers in Europe. Because of this, European anglers designed and developed some of the best carp fishing gear around. There are many different styles of carp fishing, which use a variety of different fishing techniques and carp bait in order to give anglers the best chance at landing a giant trophy. While many anglers are beginning to come around to the idea of chasing the big carp, they still need an education to be fully prepared to chase these giant game fish. And the right carp fishing gear to land that giant when they hook it.
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Finding a Good Carp Fishing Rod
When you're talking about high quality carp fishing gear, one of the first pieces of equpment you need to look at acquiring is a good carp fishing rod. Now this can get a little bit complicated because a large measure of what constitutes a great fishing rod depends on what type of carp you're fishing for and where you're fishing. The ideal fishing rod for reeling in a giant trophy carp in Europe (maybe even during the World Carp Angling Championships, perhaps) can be vastly different than the rod you'd use in up state New York in order to catch a bunch of smaller 5-10 pound grass carp. There's also the question if you're going to use a single rod in a more traditional way of freshwater fishing, or if you're going to use an adjustable rack called a "pod," which many carp anglers will use to fish three rods for carp at one time. There are voracious carp anglers from Europe who will carry over $1,000 in special carp fishing gear to chase down their favorite sports fish.
If you don't have the money for this type of set up, there is some good news. Plenty of "carpers" enjoy plenty of success with a simple fishing rod. For the beginner, many fishermen will reccomend medium action fishing rods that are at least 6 feet long or even more. This gives you a good chance to land big carp while enjoying the fight - and without sacrificing the feel you need to still enjoy catching smaller to middle sized carp. So if you're looking for a great beginner's carp rod, that's the way many anglers will tell you to go.
Great Carp Fishing Lures
One of the most stunning differences that brand new carp anglers will find when fishing for carp as opposed to other fish is how "set it down and leave it alone" carp fishing can be for long periods of time. This isn't bass fishing with rapalas or other constantly moving jigs or bait. For carp angling, the best carp fishing lures are often actually strong smelling bait that get tossed out into the water and then the anglers wait for the carp to come and feed while the rod can be held or even set in a rod holder. Many experienced carp anglers will tell you to bring more than one rod, and to be prepared to enjoy nature, as long quiet waits will take place as you wait for the trophy carp to show up and really take the bait. Because of this, the question about what makes the best carp fishing lure can be really deceptive, because usually the answer is no lure, but to catch trophy carp you will want good carp fishing bait.
Advice on Shopping for Carp Fishing Gear
It can be hard to find good advice on where to find really good carp fishing gear. One of the best bits of advice is to ask any local carp angler. When it comes to fishing for any type of fish, asking the anglers who have spent years at it makes the most sense. An avid carp fisherman is going to be able to give you much better advice on buying really good and effective gear as opposed to an angler who has gone mostly after trout or bass or something else.
The second obvious option is to look online. There are some fantastic websites online about carp fishing, and I've included several of the most helpful links down below. Carp fishing fans will talk about all aspects of angling for carp, and because of this you should be able to find plenty of advice on what type of fishing tackle and gear to consider purchasing and (just as importantly) which to avoid like the plague.
Oh, and you might want to consider finding a good portable folding fishing chair while you're out and about.
More on Carp Fishing Gear
There is so much information that could be covered on picking out good carp fishing gear. In Europe, fishing for carp has been considered a major and legitimate pursuit for decades, and professional gear from there can range in the thousands of dollars. Obviously most novices are not going to be able to afford that type of investment early on. The other major issue that could come up is that it is much harder to find quality carp fishing gear in an American sports or outdoor store as opposed to a similar shop in Europe where carp fishing is, at the present time, far more popular.
That said, there are some general things to look for. If you're looking for higher end carp rods, graphite is common and kevlar is also popular - although pricier, options for the carpers. You will also want to have a reel that holds a minimum of 150 yards, because these guys can run! Look for 12 lb+ test line, and if you're on a budget there are cheap graphite rods to start out with. Once addicted to carp fishing, there will be plenty of fellow carp anglers to help guide you towards better and better equipment.
Don't be afraid to ask for help! I've rarely met an outdoorsmen who didn't love to talk about their particular sport of choice, and carp anglers are no different, so take advantage of their knowledge and reccomendations!
Terry Hearn on Carp Fishing
Advice on Carp Fishing Gear and Carp Lures
Weed Carp Jigs
Carp Fishing Videos
Over to the right you'll see several YouTube videos about carp fishing. Sometimes the visual aspect of a video combines with the audio for better retention of information. Basically, we all like watching videos :) These were some pretty good videos I found on the subject of carp fishing, and I hope for all the novices out there that you'll find these useful.
In addition to this, I hope you found the rest of this hub on carp fishing gear helpful. Like many Americans, I was all about the bass fishing and trout fishing until one day shortly after I graduated college when my Dad called with some strange words: "I caught a world record out of Hannen Lake. It's a record for grass carp for this test line." He received a plaque from the world fishing hall of fame, a pin, and a hat. It had taken two hours, and instead of a bass hitting that day a carp hit the rapala and tugged him up and down the lake, and he got his name in the record books.
Whatever your experience with carp fishing, there's a reason that Europe has gone bananas over these fish and this is a trend that many American carpers hope will follow "across the pond."
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Consider a Good Fishing Chair
Carp fishing is growing in popularity, whether it's with anglers who like to catch up on their reading while by the lake, or by serious sportsmen who are willing to wait for the freshwater fight of a lifetime. Finding a great fishing chair is a huge part of staying comfortable by your land rods while waiting for some trophy carp to take the bait. While some people are still going to prefer the boat to sitting on shore, there are plenty of portable fishing chairs available for individuals who like to lounge on shore in pure relaxing bliss while carping.
Fishing & Carp Fishing Gear Links and Resources
- Carp Fishing Tackle Guide
Carp fishing blog dedicated to all types of carp fishing tackle reviews, as well as general information on all topics related to fishing for carp.
- American Carp Society
The American Carp Society is a great group who are working tirelessly to see that the carp gets the respect as a game fish in America as it receives in Europe. Give these guys a look!
- Welcome to the Carp Fishing USA
Carp-USA.info contains information on carp fishing and carp tackle to hopefully help fill some of the void that presently exists in the US world of carp fishing. A fantastic overall resource for carp anglers.
- C.A.R.P. Tournament Series officials: 2011 world championships on St. Lawrence River - Outdoors Blog
Article describing how the world championship carp competition will be held in the United States for the first time in 2011.
- Wall Street Journal Article on Carpers
Great article from the WSJ on carp fishing in Europe and the United States, as well as information on the type of carp fishing gear that avid anglers use.
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