Carp fishing is growing in popularity. More and more, those who are interested in fishing as a serious sport have begun to discover the challenge these “big fish” have to offer. They have also discovered the importance of using the right equipment. And E.S.P. Fishing Tackle is a brand preferred by many carp fishermen.
The first thing you should keep in mind when choosing equipment is that carp are big, heavy fish. You can expect to catch them with your garden variety fishing rod or fishing pole. No, if you try to catch a carp with something that isn’t strong enough to do the job, you can pretty much count on a broken line, and no fish to show for your efforts. So, if you’re after carp, you need a sturdy, high quality rod and reel with a 15 pound test line.
Another thing to keep in mind is that carp are fighters. Don’t expect to just catch one and reel it in. In fact, trying to do so is another way to get your line broken.
When fishing for carp, you have to look at it as a game. A game where patience is the best way to win. When you feel the carp at the end of your line, don’t immediately try to reel it in. In fact, the opposite. Let your line out as much as possible so the carp can run with it. This will lull the fish into a false sense of security.
Once you’ve let the fish run for a bit, start reeling it in. But do it slowly. If you do it too hard and fast, the carp will know it’s in danger, and will start fighting really hard. Not that you don’t want the carp to struggle at all. In fact, you want the fish to tired itself out, which is what will happen with you pulling in one direction and the fish trying to swim in the other. But, if the fish gets upset enough to really fight, you could end up losing them.
So just keep reeling in slow and steady. This will tire the fish out enough not to put up a real fight, and will bring him close enough for you to pull him out of the water.
Finding equipment strong enough to handle carp can be tough. Fortunately, E.S.P. Fishing Tackle has plenty of rods available that are more than strong enough to handle a 10 or 20 pounder.
Written by Glen Buchanan, Keep-Fishing.com, Carp Fishing with ESP Tackle.