Have you ever wondered whether your clothing makes a difference to your catch rates when fishing? Are you considering buying some carp fishing clothing but are wondering which styles or designs to choose?
When fishing there are a few important clothing considerations:
This is why deep-sea fishermen wear bright-colored fluorescent suits. These suits are highly visual in case the boat sinks or the fishermen goes overboard. They are also highly waterproof for protection.
Yes, it is more comfortable to stay dry, but when you are out in bad weather, getting chilled to the core can be a serious safety issue. The same can apply to all-seasons carp fishermen.
If you sleep in a bivvy through the winter, then you absolutely must have warm clothes. Otherwise you are risking hypothermia or pneumonia.
You will be spending a lot of time in the same clothes, if you are a carp fisherman then sometimes you will sleep in your clothes. Carp fishing clothing should be as comfortable as possible.
Ever tried to sleep in itchy pajamas? Even for day sessions, you want to be able to get in the zone, to creep around the bank side like a tiger.
You want to be focused on your slow careful movements with your eyes fixed on the water looking for signs of feeding fish.
This type of atmosphere can get spoiled by wearing jeans that are too tight when you squat down, or by wearing a hood that keeps flopping over your face.
This is the main reason why carp fishermen upgrade their carp fishing clothing. Some of the “ultra cult” camouflage patterns look absolutely awesome.
You are more likely to spot an enemy sniper than a carper stalking around the side of the lake in his latest camouflage carp fishing clothing.
Wearing the best carp clothing identifies you as a serious carper, it can almost be like a uniform or a sign to show that you are part of the “in-crowd” on a lake.
You will also differentiate yourself from the general course fishermen or match fishermen.
Keep practical considerations in mind when selecting your carp fishing clothing.
Plenty of pockets are always a good idea to keep all of your rig bits and scissors handy. Bigger pockets to hold bait, a catapult and other stalking gear makes sense.
A floppy hat for the summer will help prevent sunburn. Wearing layers makes sense. Instead of one very thick jacket, a fleece, then a waterproof outer layer is more versatile.
This is slightly different to the style consideration. I talked more about camouflage carp fishing clothing under style rather than here under blending in.
The reason for this is that it is debatable as to whether fish can see what color clothes you are wearing very easily…
For the best carp fishing clothing think a little deeper, go underwater…
Have you ever swam under water then looked up at the surface? The surface looks shiny and silvery.
Obviously carp have different and better underwater vision than we have… But consider whether they are more likely to see you if you are wearing camouflage, or plain green carp fishing clothing. Do you really think that it will make a difference?
Next, imagine standing next to the water’s edge in green clothing, and then have your carp fishing buddy stand next to you in sky blue clothing… Who will stand out more? Won’t your mate blend in with the sky? after all, the carp is probably looking up? Right?
Maybe the perfect carp fishermen would wear brown socks to blend with the ground, green trousers, a blue shirt, and grey hair and beard to look like a cloud!
Just kidding… Kind of… 🙂
Seriously though, it is far more important to be aware of your shadow or silhouette rather than the color of your trousers. Try to move slowly and quietly, A carp fishermen staying completely still in pink and orange clothes is less likely to scare a carp than someone wearing camouflage carp fishing clothing who is jumping up and down waving his arms.
In conclusion though on the “blending-in” debate… Moving quietly and carefully and trying not to cast a shadow or silhouette is way more important…
It doesn’t hurt to wear the camo carp fishing clothing. If you look like a special forces nut then you are less likely to get hassle from the local thugs, or from other anglers if you accidentally cast over their lines!