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A guide to choosing carp fishing tackle

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Carp fishing is one of the most popular forms of freshwater fishing. Carp fishing combines the excitement of fishing in a freshwater arena with the potential to catch sizable fish. For those who are entertaining the idea of fishing and are looking to catch the big one, carp fishing may be exactly what you are looking for. However, before embarking on your fishing journey, you should be aware that there are a few items to take along. These items will ensure the fisherman or woman a fun filled trip without headaches and stress.

Carp Rods and Reels

Due to their aggressive manner and sheer size you will need a sturdy rod  for carp fishing. The rod should be between eight to twelve feet long and have the ability to handle large game. Medium to heavy action rods are best – you’ll find this designation is listed near the grip of the rod. The reel needs to also be able to hold at least 150 meters of 6 kilogram test line. This is about the smallest gauge line that one should have on a carp reel. Carp can grow over thirty or even forty pounds and sharp rocks or bottom structure can easily snap off larger fish. The reel should also be of medium size. This not only ensures that the reel can hold the proper gauge of line but can reel the fish in as well. Although gear ratio and retrieve are not entirely important, one should always have a reel with at least a 4:1 gear ratio.

Accessories

Because carp are such large fish, it is vital to use a net when bringing landing them. A net should be of a decent size and as a rule of thumb should have a depth at least the same as the diameter. Along with a good net, one should also carry needle nose pliers. These pliers will allow the angler to release a hook that has been partially digested without too much damage to the fish.

Because carp are not generally taken for food, most carp should be released quickly so that they will live.

A wide variety of baits are used when fishing for carp. One of the cheapest and most readily available forms of bait is corn from a can. Canned corn can be found at any supermarket – it’is cheap and makes great bait for carp. Anything from chicken livers, hot dogs, and breads that will stay on a hook can be used to catch carp.

For fishing for filter feeding varieties, use circle hooks. These will keep the fish from deep hooking itself as they allow the carp to digest the bait –  the hook will not attach itself until it brushes against the lip of the carp.

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