Modern sports gear for carp fishing
The need to cast heavy (80-100 grams) weighed 100 meters or more requires the use of powerful, very rigid semi-parabolic fishing rods. The usual length of a carp fishing rod is 3.5 meters, although some anglers prefer 4.5 meters to increase casting distance. A long but rather rigid rod allows you to send equipment far away without forcing the cast, which means that there is no risk of breaking the fishing line or breaking the fishing rod itself. You can easily recognize carp fishing rods in the display case of a fishing store by the short-handle reel holder extended far ahead. The other handle is located near the butt of the rod. This placement of the handles is dictated by the casting feature: the main effort is on the butt, and the right hand near the reel is just the point around which the rod rotates during casting. Recently, on the shelves of our stores you can find special carp fishing rods from Silstar, D.A.M and others.
The use of modern power inertialess coils is quite justified, especially if you take into account the size of the possible production. But even with such a reel, the fishing process consists in alternately pulling the fish with the rod and reeling the line. I did not have to observe that any of the professionals dragged a large carp like on a winch, using only the power of the reel. Another distinctive feature of carp reels is a wide, large-diameter spool, which allows for ultra-long casts. It should accommodate at least 200 meters of fishing line with a diameter of 0.3 mm, which expands the possibilities when fishing a large specimen. The design should provide a very uniform filling of the spool, contributing to an increase in casting distance. An example of such a coil is Daiwa’s TS 6000T. The last word in fishing equipment is carp reels that have two adjustable brakes at the same time (for example, Shimano’s Baitrunner AR GT). When biting, an auxiliary, very soft brake starts to work, which allows the carp to reel the fishing line from the reel with minimal effort. The carp will never pull the fishing rod and will not get off the hook due to the constant tension of the fishing line. After cutting, the main brake is activated, adjusted for the maximum breaking load of the fishing line. When the carp threatens to break the tackle with powerful jerks, the reel automatically drops several turns of fishing line.
The fluorescent fishing line, which has not yet been recognized by our fishermen, has long been quite popular in the West. The fact is that the fish are not at all disturbed by the bright colors of these woods, but the observation of it during fishing is greatly simplified. The desire of some anglers to “play it safe” while fishing with large fishing line is not justified for two reasons: firstly, with a thick fishing line there’s nothing to think about long casting, but long casting is not an end in itself, but often necessity (when the carp is careful and stands far from the coast); secondly, the margin of safety of a fishing line with a diameter of 0.35 millimeters (the most common among the “carp”) is quite enough for fishing specimens weighing more than ten kilograms.
This is an important element of carp equipment. Its shape is selected taking into account the nature of the bottom of the reservoir. For a muddy bottom, a spherical sinker is most suitable, and for a denser clay one, an “olive” sinker is the best, easier to enter the soil. The point is that the sinker seems to be stuck in the bottom soil and during bite of the carp promotes self-pruning. For the same reason, the weight of the sinker should be in the range of 80-100 grams. Only such a heavy sinker provides reliable self-locking of large carp. Far throwing a sinker weighing 100 grams is not an easy task. Matching the power of the rod to the weight of the casting bait is the key to success.
Despite its relative high cost, braided fishing lines found fans among both foreign and Russian fishermen. The main feature of these lines is much higher strength compared to ordinary fishing lines of the same diameter. And although braided woods have a number of drawbacks (they are confused, difficult to tie, devoid of cushioning properties, and have high friction in fishing rods), nevertheless they are an ideal material for making carp leashes due to their strength and flexibility. The length of the leash is of great importance, because with a “dull” installation it is the length of the leash that determines the distance that a carp with a hook in his mouth can swim before self-cutting! In France, fishers use very short (up to 10-20 centimeters) leashes in ponds that are not subject to strong pressure from carp hunters, as the carp boldly takes the nozzle lying at the bottom and starts moving fearlessly. In addition, the shorter the leash, the less likely it is to overrun the main line. At the World Championships in Fishebil, many athletes used longer leashes.