Carefully selected carp fishing rods, just for you...
Successful fishing is the result of many different factors all coming together in harmony. It requires the right conditions, a lot of patience, skill, knowledge, a little bit of luck and of course the right fishing gear. Of that fishing gear, nothing is quite as important as your fishing rod.
There are many types of fishing rods for sale with various features and modifications suited to different requirements and specific needs. When looking for a new fishing rod it can become very confusing as to where to start. Here are some basic things to consider before buying your next fishing rod.
How to Choose a Carp Rod?
As with hobbies and interests, the world of carp fishing can seem confusing to the uninitiated. There's a vast array of equipment and accessories available and then on top of that there's all the jargon to deal with! If you have friends or family who enjoy angling then they can help you out but what if you fancy taking up carp fishing as a hobby but don't have anyone to turn to for advice? Fear not! The first piece of equipment that you will need to invest in is a carp rod so here's how to make the right choice.
There is little point in spending big money on top of the range equipment when you don't have the skills and knowledge to get the best out of it. Not to mention the fact that when you are first starting out, you don't even know if you are going to enjoy carp fishing. On the other hand, the cheapest equipment will be of poor quality and won't serve you well.
When selecting your first rod, choose an entry level model from a high-quality range. You can find rods for as little as £25 but it is worth spending as much £70 on a rod that won't let you down and which will enable you to develop your skills.
Most carp rods are 12ft-13ft in length. You should choose the length which feels most comfortable but bear in mind that you will need to be reasonably tall and strong as well as having a good technique to get the best out of a 13ft rod. In situations where there are overhanging trees, a longer rod can be a hindrance. A 12ft rod may well be the best choice and provides sufficient length for good casting whilst enabling you to control your catch.
You will find detailed information about test curves . In short, the test curve is the weight that's needed at the tip of the rod to flex it through 90 degrees as measured against the rod's butt. On most waters a 2.75lb test curve rod is sufficient. This will enable you to cast over 100 yards and the rod will be forgiving. This test curve will also make the experience of playing fish enjoyable. Rods with test curves over 3lb are specialised models which are best suited to experienced anglers with specific requirements.
You need to decide whether to go for a rod with a through action or a fast taper. The former makes for a good all-rounder and so would be an excellent choice when you are just starting out. Rods with a fast taper are designed for long distance casting and are stiffer models. They will require more practice to master.
Specialised Carp Rods
Spod rods possess a powerful and progressive action and are used to accurately cast spods of bait which can weigh up to 8oz. Spods can be vital to your success when you are fishing on waters where it is necessary to create beds of bait to draw in the fish.
Marker rods enable you to discover what is on the bottom of the lake. These rods are stiff and when partnered with a braided mainline and marker float, they will tell you what you need to know about the feeding areas in the water.
How Many Rods?
A standard rod licence covers two rods and two will be sufficient to get you started on your adventure. Some lakes only allow you to use two rods anyway. As you learn and develop, you can invest in more sophisticated and specialised tackle and create a collection of rods so you are equipped for the various waters and conditions.
Handles are usually made from cork or EVA so that the user has a comfortable and durable grip. You will spend a lot of time with your handle so it’s important to choose one that suits you. If you are looking to cast the long distance you will want a longer handle and shorter casts require a short handle. Split grips are popular amongst bass fisherman which helps to keep the weight of the rod down for those important short casts.
Rod & Reel
It’s important to select the right reel for your particular type of fishing. Reels come in three basic styles: casting, spinning and fly fishing. There are then are a number of different options for each of those styles. Do some thorough research on fishing reels before making your choice.
Fishing Rod Length
Once you understand what handle and reel you require you can decide upon a rod length. The length of a rod is usually measured from the tip to the end of the handle. Deciding on which length you require depends on the type of fishing you want to do. A general rule of thumb is that a short rod length is suited to shorter casts and longer rods for longer casts. However, a short rod might be very useful in the fight against a big fish, whereas a longer rod will suit anyone looking to cover a larger space or those who want to do some deep fishing.
- Typical rod lengths are 6-12 feet.
- The length required can depend on the type of fishing, the species of fish you want to catch and the environment.
- Beginners should start with a 7-foot rod to ease themselves into their fishing practice.
- Fibreglass rods are great for beginners or anglers as they are strong and durable.
Casting or Spinning Fishing Rod?
Casting rods are great for placing casts more accurately and with greater precision. They come in baitcasting or spincasting models dependent on the reel. The difference between the two is in the size of the guides along the rod, baitcasting guides are smaller to accommodate the path at which the line peels off the reel. Trolling rods are good sea fishing rods that are best suited to those that enjoy deep-sea fishing as they are much stronger and heavier to deal with bigger fish and bigger fights.
Spinning rods are much smaller and lighter than casting rods making them best suited to beginners or for a kids fishing rod. The guides are located on the bottom of the rod which allows the line to run smoothly off the spinning reel. Spinning rods are popular choice for anyone after a carp fishing rod.
Telescopic Fishing Rods make life easy!
These fishing rods have the ability to fold into themselves for better portability. You can get any of the fishing rod types and feastures discussed above in a telescopic format. If you do a lot of travelling or hike fishing then this is a great choice for you. They are easy to carry and store nicely in the back of your car.