What Equipment do You Need to Start Carp Fishing?

Any new hobby or pastime can seem daunting initially. You will always be aware that you don’t really know what you are doing and won’t want to look foolish. On the other hand, you have an exciting adventure ahead of you. Most experienced anglers will be happy to help and will understand how you feel.

Before you can get started you will need to invest in some necessary equipment. You don’t need to go crazy and purchase top-end gear as this would be a cost which is hard to justify when you don’t have the skills to take advantage of its benefits. But the cheapest equipment can also be a poor choice as it might not be sufficiently robust or you will be looking to upgrade soon if you become hooked! Mid-range equipment is a great choice and particularly pieces that are aimed at beginners but are of high quality.

Carp Rods and Reels

You certainly don’t need to spend a fortune on a pair of carp rods. £70 will buy you a good quality model that’s likely to stand the test of time and enable you to develop your skills. Look for a rod with a test curve of 2.5lb and this will be a decent all-rounder. Rod Hutchinson Enduro rods would be the perfect choice and offer exceptional performance at a great price.

Choose a reel with a free-spool facility. £80 will buy you a reliable model with smooth operation.

Rod Pods

These are an essential investment for fishing stony swims and sun-baked banks as bank sticks are not going to work on hard ground. Treat yourself to a good quality aluminium pod which should set you back circa £40 and team this up with pair of decent alarms and bobbins. Cheap alarms will probably cease to function when it rains which, of course, it eventually will!

Terminal Tackle

There is no point investing in a good rod if you do not attend properly to the business end of proceedings! Don’t be tempted to skimp on hooks, swivels and hook link material. Buy the best because it won’t cost the earth and always keep a supply with you. Store everything in a good tackle box. £80 should buy you all of the terminal tackle you need to cope with most eventualities and £35 is a good budget for the box.


You can’t go wrong with boilies and pellets and there are plenty to choose from. You will have both shelf-life and frozen options and, either way, these are a small investment. Don’t forget to keep an eye on use by dates if you decide to stock up on bait. A catapult for your bait would also be a useful accessory.

Chairs and Bivvies

Comfort is key if you wish to maximise your enjoyment of your sport! A decent chair will cost around £70 whilst a bed chair will set you back in the region of £180 but you will probably end up feeling this is money well spent. You can get your hands on a good Rod Hutchinson one man bivvie for just £120 but a higher end model at £300 would probably provide greater satisfaction.

With a few additional pieces like a landing net and sleeping bag, you can expect to spend £1000 in order to assemble everything you need. This might sound like a lot of money but when compared to the hours of enjoyment that it will yield, fishing gear is potentially amazing value!

Environment Agency Clamps Down on Illegal Fishing

It looks like the authorities are stepping up their war on illegal fishing. Six anglers have found themselves in court recently after fishing in Hampshire waters and three of them ended up having to pay more than £800 each in fines and court costs. Continue reading “Environment Agency Clamps Down on Illegal Fishing”

World Record Carp Landed in Thailand

At Fishing Bait World Blog we’ve recently highlighted some of the record carp specimens which have been landed in British waters. However, if you want to grapple with a veritable monster then it seems you must head to Thailand! Last month angler Tim Webb spent 90 minutes battling with a really serious specimen. But the fish turned out to be well worth the trouble when it weighed in at 222lb and set a new world record. Continue reading “World Record Carp Landed in Thailand”

Giant Catfish Landed by British Anglers in Spain

The Rio Ebro in Spain is a magnet for anglers from all over the world. Beautiful landscapes abound and the river is legendary for producing impressive catches. It is possible to fish for catfish, bass, black bass, carp and zander. Despite the fact that fishing tour operators tempt visitors with stories of enormous specimens, it is always tempting to think that these have been largely the ones that got away. But recently a group of anglers from Carlisle discovered that Continue reading “Giant Catfish Landed by British Anglers in Spain”

How is Your Rod Licence Money Spent?

Nobody relishes paying fees and taxes. Anglers are obliged to pay for their rod licences and this is a fee which many would doubtless prefer not to pay. Perhaps this is how you feel but you might be more enthusiastic about the charges if you knew that the money was being put to good use? Continue reading “How is Your Rod Licence Money Spent?”

Fishing Rod Licences – Current Laws and Proposed Changes

In England, Wales and the Esk region of Scotland you require a rod licence to legally fish for salmon, trout, freshwater fish, smelt or eel on any waters. You need a licence even if you are fishing on private lakes and only children under the age of 12 are exempt. Even then, if you help a child by holding the rod, you need a licence! Continue reading “Fishing Rod Licences – Current Laws and Proposed Changes”