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Old 29-08-2014, 20:22
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What is the most common TC in use these days. 10-15 years ago it was 21/4 and 11' in length.

I ask as I fancy having a go at again on the local commercial match lakes on day sessions.

There's a lot fish to mid twenty's.

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Get down there on match day and see how they do it..
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Get down there on match day and see how they do it..
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Errm, ok then?
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Test curves are barely relevant to the size of fish expected. Match them up to the weight being cast and the distances involved rather than the size of the fish. I can't think of a single one of our local commercials where I couldn't land the likely fish on a 1.75lb barbel rod. If you are going to use smallish leads (likely) and/or short chucks (likely), you really won't need much more than a barbel rod. Unless you start increasing the lead sizes, distances being cast or add PVA bags/mesh, you won't need a higher TC rod.

P.S. 10-15 years back an 11' 2.25 rod was pretty old hat. The high TC arms race had started in earnest by the start of the nineties. I recall my first proper mid-eighties carp rods being 1.75lb, the same as what's now considered a fairly average rating for a barbel rod. I then bought what seemed incrediby heavy rods (2.5lb) in 1993. I couldn't bear the thought of buying 2.75s. These days 2.75lb rods are often as light as most ranges go.

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You beat me to it, Sam. I have a Quantum Radical Old School light in 1.75lb tc that I use for short range carping. It has a marvellous through action without being sloppy and is a real pleasure to play fish on. Obviously, 4oz leads and big PVA bags are out of the question, but it'll do method feeders or 2oz lead/PVA stick/ medium PVA bag combos up to 60 yds or so.

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Get yourself a couple of these...

Brand New Chub Outkast Plus 11ft 2.25lb Small Water Carp Fishing Rod (COPR010) | eBay

Superb fish playing action, light as a feather, a real joy to use.
They will blow you away for the price.
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Depending on your budget.... Consider an 11foot Shakespeare "specialist" at about £30. Nice through action/ ringed up to use with heavier float fishing or ledgering in mind.(even has a threaded top ring) Rated up to 10lb lines. I use one for 8lb line on a heavy stocked club lake and it is great for carp but you can also feel the fish when a rudd grabs the bait.
But if its just the biggy carp you are interested in the the previous threads about barbel rods etc is spot on

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Damn!
This thread reminds me of when I had Tri- cast build me a couple of 3lb TC 11ft pike rods, back in '83. I lived in Rochdale then ( where the tri-cast factory is) , and I think Tri-cast hadn't gained they're name in the market then, so not to expensive.
Oh how I wish I had them now!
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As previously said, the size of fish is almost irrelevant to what test curve you will need... It's purely about casting (distance and weight). I wouldn't want to go much higher than 2.75 for any of my coarse fishing uses, have considered some 3.25 deadbait rods with big pits though... Hmm...
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