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    Default Carp rod question

    Hi all,

    So I only started fishing around 6 months ago, I've been trying a bit of everything using various hand me down kit from my dad.

    I really enjoy float fishing and I've got an old float rod which is in great nick and has provided me with many days of fun.

    I also recently started trying fishing using larger baits on a hair with a feeder. I was using an old river rod for this since it seemed most appropriate - The only other rods I have are little spinning rods and huge beach casters.

    The river rod just can't cope with chucking out these heavier rigs and it's TERRIBLE when I get a snag.

    So now I know I'm probably hooked on this sport for a while I will have to start investing in more appropriate equipment.

    As I said, my float rod is great, but now I need something I can use alongside it that is heavier duty for heavier weights and that can tackle snags in reeds etc.

    It should maybe be noted that the fisheries near me don't have HUGE waters, so I'm not casting hight distances. Therefore something strong but accurate.

    Should I be looking at a carp rod?

    A feeder rod?

    A carp stalking rod?

    Also, if I get a heavier duty carp rod, is a bite alarm essential? Or can I use a swingtip or a chain bite indicator?

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    Default Re: Carp rod question

    The first question is what are the size of the carp in the fishery?

    If there around 6 to 10lbs have a look at a 1.25 or 1.75 T/C rod or and Avon twin tip rod which you will have the best of bother world with a feeder and pellet waggler float rod for most fish in commercials there will land bigger fish just take your time playing them

    You don’t have to spend mega bucks on a rod

    As for a buzzer no not really only if you planning on fishing after dark, all I use is a bobber type bite indicator
    Have a look at the Derent valley rod made by the tackle box in Dartford

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    Last edited by chrissh; 30-09-2019 at 14:13.
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    Default Re: Carp rod question

    If it turns out during the course of this thread you need a heavier rod, I can recommend this 3lb TC rod from the Tackle Box which has rave reviews on here.

    I’ve actually bought this for mackerel fishing but it may get used for carp at some stage!

    Sonik Vader X Carp Rod 10ft 3lb

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    Default Re: Carp rod question

    I cannot comment on any carp rods but the Darent Valley .75 tc Avon rod is brilliant and cheap. You will not better it at over twice the price. It's nice to use as well.

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    Default Re: Carp rod question

    If you are not going to fish large waters with 75 to 100mtr-plus casts then I would get myself a lighter 2lb Tc or 2.5lb Tc Carp rod. These lighter test curve rods are all you would really need (unless your fishing a snag-pit) and your only going to be fishing at close to medium ranges. They will handle decent sized Carp too. They are also good for surface fishing as well.

    However if you are only going to be targeting smaller sized Carp on a lake that is not full of Lilly beds and/or does not have relatively close islands (which the carp can take you around); then a semi through actioned Avon/Barbel type of rod in the region of 1.75lb test would probably suffice; plus this kind of rod will more often than not include a quivertip with it as well.

    I often use a 1.5lb/2lb multi-tip Specialist rod or a 1.75 Barbel rod on the smaller venues, and have quite easily played and landed Carp over 20lb on these rods.
    NB: I played and landed a 22lb common last season using my 1.75lb Barbel rod.

    I also often use my multi-tip specialist rod with its 2lb test curve tip section fitted, or my 2lb test curve Diawa Powermesh Carp rod; for surface fishing for Carp of all sizes, and they both have nice relatively forgiving actions and are ideal rods for this.

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    Last edited by Keith M; 30-09-2019 at 14:54.
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    Default Re: Carp rod question

    Quote Originally Posted by Keith M View Post
    If you are not going to fish large waters with 75 to 100mtr-plus casts then I would get myself a lighter 2lb Tc or 2.5lb Tc Carp rod. These lighter test curve rods are all you would really need (unless your fishing a snag-pit) and your only going to be fishing at close to medium ranges. They will handle decent sized Carp too. They are also good for surface fishing as well.

    However if you are only going to be targeting smaller sized Carp on a lake that is not full of Lilly beds and/or does not have relatively close islands (which the carp can take you around); then a semi through actioned Avon/Barbel type of rod in the region of 1.75lb test would probably suffice; plus this kind of rod will more often than not include a quivertip with it as well.

    I often use a 1.5lb/2lb multi-tip Specialist rod or a 1.75 Barbel rod on the smaller venues, and have quite easily played and landed Carp over 20lb on these rods.
    NB: I played and landed a 22lb common last season using my 1.75lb Barbel rod.

    I also often use my multi-tip specialist rod with its 2lb test curve tip section fitted, or my 2lb test curve Diawa Powermesh Carp rod; for surface fishing for Carp of all sizes, and they both have nice relatively forgiving actions and are ideal rods for this.

    Keith
    I will mostly be targeting sub 20lb fish.

    Overall its between 5 - 15lb carp.

    There are plenty of cheap 11ft 1.5 lb specialist/barbel rods.

    Would that be a good one for smaller stillwaters?

    Most of the places I go don't have many features apart from a few of the waters having big "islands" of reeds in the middle. (that's only a few though, most of the ponds are fairly plain with the features only really being a few overhanging trees here and there)

    Otherwise there's a good selection of 10ft feeder rods.

    I'm going to go cheap to start with, which usually I'd avoid but I'm getting married soon so I'll get told off if I dont go cheap!

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    Default Re: Carp rod question

    Quote Originally Posted by chrissh View Post
    The first question is what are the size of the carp in the fishery?

    If there around 6 to 10lbs have a look at a 1.25 or 1.75 T/C rod or and Avon twin tip rod which you will have the best of bother world with a feeder and pellet waggler float rod for most fish in commercials there will land bigger fish just take your time playing them

    You don’t have to spend mega bucks on a rod

    As for a buzzer no not really only if you planning on fishing after dark, all I use is a bobber type bite indicator
    Have a look at the Derent valley rod made by the tackle box in Dartford

    Link

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    Thanks.

    I'm looking now at an 11ft 1.5lb specialist/barbel rod.

    Seems like it might be a good all rounder?

    It comes with two different tips.

    It's only a cheapie but I'll get something posher next year as my skills and knowledge improve

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    Default Re: Carp rod question

    Your 11ft 1.5lb specialist/barbel rod sounds fine for 5lb to 15lb Carp on small lakes without too many snags around them.

    Plus you also have the extra benefit of having a Quiver tip section as well as the Avon type tip section.

    I’m looking forward to reading your results on the ‘How did you get on?’ Thread.

    Tight lines

    Keith

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