If you are looking for a hard-fighting freshwater fish found worldwide to catch, carp fishing is for you. Carp fishing is a popular sport in Europe, U.K., and other parts of the worlds. It is gaining popularity in the U.S. as well as evidenced by the latest organizations devoted to North American carp fishing including Carp Anglers Group (CAG), American Carp Society (AGS), Carp Fishing USA Forum, and US Carp Pro Magazine and website.
You will want these top five essential pieces of fishing gear to get started carp fishing today:
Essential #1: A Sturdy Carp Fishing Reel
Always use a reliable sturdy carp fishing reel when fishing for carp. Carp put on a much harder fight than small mouth bass, large mouth bass, trout, redfish, and other fish that you may be familiar with. Investing in a good quality, highly reliable fishing reel ensures that you fishing gear will be able to withstand the hard-fight.
I would highly recommend reliable Daiwa carp reels to get started carp fishing. Reels like the Daiwa Tournament SS2600 Whisker Reel and the Daiwa Emblem Pro Reel have incredible line lay, winding power, and smooth drag that is hard to rival. A large selection of Daiwa carp reels can be purchased through AnglingDirect.com.
Essential #2: Medium to Heavy Action Rod 6 Feet or Longer
A medium to heavy action rod at least 6 feet long is recommended by the State of New York Department of Conservation (NYDEC), according to this organization “the longer the rod, the easier it will be to land a big fish” when it comes to fishing for large carp.
For a high quality medium to heavy action rod, consider the Daiwa Infinity designed by professional carp angler Danny Fairbrass and Damien Clark of Korda. Or splurge and have a custom carp rod designed for you by Nick Buss through NickBussRods.com.
Essential #3: High Quality Line Matched to Water Color
Match your line to your expected fish weight and potential fight. You will need a heavier test line for carp than other fresh water fish. Frugal living, hunting, and fishing enthusiast and writer J. Motes recommends that you use high quality line matched to the water color in your carp fishing hole to counteract the heavier more visible line.
Sufix line and Camo Carp fishing line are high quality lines that I recommend. These lines are designed for successfully reeling in carp and other fish that put up a vigorous struggle. You will want to use a line that is reliable and strong to catch hard-fighting carp. Also make sure the line you select lays well on your reel and runs smooth when you cast. These lines can be found online and in local fishing stores.
Essential #4: Strong Tangle Free Fishing Net
A strong net is essential fishing gear for scooping the fish out of the water at the end of the struggle to ensure that you do not lose your catch during the tail end of the fight. The net will help you avoid excessively banging the carp around while trying to get the fish in your boat to unhook your catch. The bigger the carp, the bigger the net you will need. Don’t be cheap here, always buy what you need to get the job done right.
Select a durable net like the Frabill Tangle Free Mesh Net to scoop up the carp that you catch so you can more easily and efficiently unhook the fish. The larger the net, the more beneficial tangle free mesh will be because it is much less likely to snag and catch on itself in between catches, while traveling to fishing spots, or while storing in between fishing trips. The Frabill Tangle Free Mess Net can be purchased on Amazon.com and retail fishing gear stores.
Essential #5: Sharp Strong Hooks
Purchase heavy, sharp, strong hooks to effectively hook more carp. Fishing expert Bernard DeHoyos III recommends to always sharpen your hooks before you fish, even if they are new, to catch the most fish. As explained in “How to Tie the Perfect In-Line Big Carp Fishing Rig?” Richard Farnin and Jim Gibbonson are both proponents of adding a line aligner, which is a tubular extension on carp fishing hooks, for an in-line big fishing rig because it reduces the carp’s ability to eject the hook and provides better positions for the hook to take hold in the carp’s mouth.
I highly recommend Gamakatsu hooks which come in black, red, bronze, nickel, green, and chartreuse and can be ordered through Amazon.com or Gamakatsu online. According to fisherman William R. Matteson Gamakatsu hooks are “the best in the world.”
“Best Carp Fishing Website for United States Carp Anglers” — Steven Lee, Yahoo! Voices
“10 Fishing Tips for Catching More Carp” — J.Motes, Yahoo!
“Let’s Go Carp Fishing” — NYSDEC Region 1 Freshwater Fisheries Management Unit, State of New York
“Which Carp Rods?” — Gaffer, AnglersNet
“How to Tie the Perfect In-Line Big Carp Fishing Rig?” — Angling Times, GoFishing.com
“Customer Reviews: Gamakatsu 25 Pack Fishing Hooks” — Amazon