Why differentiate between carp fishing rigs, and any other type of fishing rigs? I mean, don’t carp get caught on many different types of rig set ups? There are plenty of general course fishermen, match fishermen, as well as other specialist fishermen who also catch carp.
Other specimen anglers will use rigs similar to carp fishing rigs
Someone trying to catch barbel, chub or tench will often use a rig that is normally classed as a carp rig. In other situations, carp will be caught using rigs that a self-respecting carp fisherman would never use. For example, many carp are caught on a heavy pole set up, this is where a long pole without a reel is used. In order to absorb the lunges of the fish, some custom elastic is incorporated.
Other types of specimen hunters who target tench, barbel or chub will often use similar rigs to carp fishermen but they will be toned down. They will often use lighter mainline and hook links, with smaller hooks and lead weights.
So I guess that there are many rigs out there that are suitable for many types of fishing, and with many types of target fish in mind. For example a simple running ledger rig, with a swivel and 12” trace will be effective in the lake, river and sea. It will be effective when fishing for most species imaginable.
So, back to the original question, Why differentiate between carp rigs, and any others?
The answer lies in the passion, the commitment and determination exhibited by the typical carp angler. A thinking carp angler will always be looking for a new technique or a new edge to put himself ahead of the pack.
He knows the winning formula for being top rod on the lake:
Watercraft (location) + Bait type and application + efficient rig = Top Rod
Getting this equation right on a regular basis isn’t the difference between one or two fish in a year, we often find that the 80/20 rule comes into play. This is where 80% of the fish get caught by 20% of the fishermen.
On a pressured carp lake, the 80/20 rule can even be as skewed by as much as 95/5. The top person or people with the winning formula can end up taking the water apart and catch nearly all of the fish that see the bank.
One person can catch 10 fish over a weekend, while the rest of the lake blanks.
I know that there are those of us who aren’t fishing to catch the most fish. We must never forget the relaxation, stress relief and pure happiness experienced by being amongst nature, and by being close to the waterside.
But really, who hasn’t either wished that they had a huge result, or has loved the experience when it has happened?
So, if you are serious about carp fishing, then your knowledge of rigs is very important. Of course, the first priority will be to select the correct hooks, hook link, swivel, lead system and so on. You will want them to be strong enough to do the job, but still refined enough to be as unobtrusive as possible.
The second priority will be to learn the common and basic types of carp fishing rigs, and the necessary knots needed. keep an eye on the latest developments, but also research the “old-fashioned methods” that still work. Then you will be in the best position of waiting for that inspiration from your own mind, the inspiration that causes you to refine your rigs and tactics and become a more rounded fisherman.