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Choosing the right test curveThis is something that you must seriously think about when choosing your rod. It can after all, be the difference between catching and not catching, so it's important that you get it right. Basically the higher the test curve the stiffer the rod allowing you to cast heavier weights and baits, which is great for casting long distance. However if you wish to fish at a much closer range with more feel for the fish then I suggest that you look to choose between 2.25 1b to 2.751b test curve. These are far softer rods than those in the higher range but make playing the fish a far more enjoyable with less chance of losing the fish, just don't try and cast too far, this just won't work!.
What rod length is best for Carp fishing?IT's always about length isn't it! Generally most people go for a 12ft carp rod and these seem to work brilliantly in most situations, however if you are looking for something that will give you an extra long cast then a 13ft carp rod works very well. If you are inclined to do a bit of stalking and sneaking around in the bushes then a 10ft rod is perfect for the job, alternatively if you decide that you want to do some floater fishing and have a go to see what the margins are hiding then an 11 foot rod is perfectly substantial.
The action of the carp rodThe best type to go with is a through action rod, as this will give you the best performance while you are playing the fish and far less chance of you losing it off the hook. However, if you are going to be casting at long range then fast/tip action carp rods are the best to go with, but you won't feel the fish anywhere near as much when you're playing it.
Materials the carp rod is made fromAs with many things the more cash you're willing to part with the better quality the item. Generally though most rods are now made from carbon fiber but the higher up the price market you go the better quality the carbon fiber get's. To help strengthen some rods they have added a carbon Kevlar material but the downside of this is that it gives the rod a far stiffer feel to it giving more chance to the possibility of losing a fish, especially in the margins. However, for long range casting these really are the best around and when you have netted that prize fish you've been after the extra pay out with be more than worth it!
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The best ways to outsmart a carpMany people claim that fish generally are all stupid, but I have to say from my own experience this is not the case at all, and most defiantly not with carp. These fish are playing you at the same time as you are playing them which makes the catch all the more worthwhile. If you have put down bait which the carp is not sure about they will test it out by sucking it in and then spitting it back out again until it feels comfortable, while this is going on your finger nails are getting shorter by the second..Waiting for that bit! Of course when that bite does come it's hard to find an adrenaline rush like it, when the bite alarms start to beep like mad it can almost feel as though your heart is going to rip out of your chest!
Baits for carp don't have to be expensive; in actual fact bread is among the top favorites for surface feeding along with chic peas, biscuits (dog biscuits are loved by all carp), pellets and re-hydrated corn. One great way of fixing the baits to the hook is by using super glue! You may need to soak some baits for a couple of minutes to soften them up and some baits will work better than others, it's all trial and error but worth it for the outcome.
Watching the fish become more and more confident feeding on the blanket of bait you have laid is a great experience and once they are feeding fully you can confidently cast out your hook bait, do not cast it directly into the main feeding area as this will no doubt spook the fish, but cast just nearby drawing steadily closer to the desired position. Then you can keep on feeding in the bait into the swim keeping their interest up and ensuring they stay there.
Carp fishing - A Woman's Point of ViewAs a woman enjoying the whole 'fishing experience' came as a bit of a shock to me as I had always sworn that it was the most boring waste of time ever! However, after watching my fish mad partner netting a fish for the first time in my life I was instantly hooked! I have never looked at a lake or river in the same way since. He started me up with float fishing, catching little fish which was fun but I wanted the big prize, 1. For my own self satisfaction and 2. To be able to say that I had caught a bigger carp than some men!! It wasn't a planned occasion, but the best buzz I have ever had!
My partner had gone to the loo and for the first time entrusted me with his carp rods, 3 of them actually, gulp! He didn't actually think anything would happen, but then off the buzzer went and I just stood there, staring at it, my heart not knowing whether to completely stop or beat even faster and fly through my chest. The guy next to me asked if I needed any help, and that was it "grab the net" I said, no one was having this fish but me!
The main problem is that I'm left handed and the rod was set up for the opposite, but I did it, I hooked it! It was awesome and although I knew it wasn't that big it felt like a monster to me. The guy next to me (who hadn't as yet caught anything) kept asking if I wanted him to take the rod, but I just kept asking, no, ordering him to get the net! And then there it was my very first carp, all 8 pounds of it, and my smile which lasted hours! Of course I had to put it back which I was gutted about as I really wanted to show it to my other half, mainly to prove it! But hey, I had back up from 'net boy' as I shall endearingly call him.
My boyfriend was very proud of me and trusted me even more with his carp rods, and I was no longer 'just the girl who made the stringers', I was a fisher woman!! We went fishing for a long weekend but ended up staying for a week, I continued to catch fish, a 16 and 18 pound carp, both stunningly beautiful and then the grand finale a beautiful and rather fat 23 (and a half) pound mirror carp, which I could barely lift and which almost broke my back but I was flying high! AND it was the biggest fish of the week.
The whole week we had slept in a small bivvy on a single blow up bed, frozen stiff by night, and then boiling hot by day, and I had a burnt nose, but I would do it all again for that feeling, the 23 pounder is still the biggest I have caught but just give me time, I will have that big monster!!