To go from a carp fishing novice, to a “fully fledged” carp angler, involves countless hours on the fishing back and often costs thousands… There are a few short cuts to help get you on your way. One of them is research and learning before you go fishing. Another recommended shortcut is to buy used carp fishing tackle.
Getting a head start on your carp fishing
There is little substitute to actual fishing experience when it comes to learning water craft and solving problems when the carp just aren’t biting. One thing that you can do when you are not fishing is to learn from books, magazines, and websites like this one.
The biggest problem when starting to fish for carp is getting all the necessary equipment. There are few people with the budget to buy a full kit and set up at once.
Usually, we gradually upgrade our equipment. After a few years we will be lucky if we have 3 complete carp set ups for small, medium and large fishing venues.
Other problems that we encounter are the inevitable mistake buys, the wear and tear replacements. Plus the fact that new and better equipment is being thought up all the time by the fishing tackle manufacturers.
One great way of short circuiting this progress curve is to buy used carp fishing tackle.
If you can find someone who was a keen carp fisherman, and is now selling a complete set up, you can save yourself a fortune, and get yourself a few years ahead in the tackle and set up game.
What you need to look for is someone who chose their carp fishing gear carefully, then looked after it.
The reason for selling might be that they are moving abroad, they might have given up fishing due to pressure from the Mrs… Or they might have decided to buy a complete new set up.
What you tend to find is that you can get a complete carp fishing set up including:
- 5+ Rods.
- 5+ Reels.
- 3+ Bite Alarms.
- Rod pod / visual bite indicators.
- Landing net.
- Bed chair.
- Rod holdall.
- 3+ tackle boxes full of kit.
- Bait ingredients.
- Carp fishing videos.
- Weigh sling.
- Carp sack.
- Etc etc.
You should look for an advert with a huge list like this. When searching for used carp fishing tackle, ideally you want to look for brand names like Fox, Daiwa, Shimano, Free Spirit, and so on.
Try to find a complete carp fishing set up if possible
Do your best to search for a complete kit, and lots of top quality carp fishing brands. You will end up spending roughly the amount that it will cost to just buy one set of rods and reels.
Of course later on you will find that some of the gear might need replacing or might not be quite right for your purposes, but this happens every new season with the fishing gear that you have built up by yourself anyway.
With rig bits and carp tackle costing quite a lot per packet, this value soon mounts up. A tackle box full of tackle might no look like much but if you took the time to add up each item you will end up with more value that a rod or reel.
If when you inspect the full carp set up, you find things broken, you can use this to negotiate a better price.
If later on you find that you have gear that you do not need then you could sell it individually. In fact, there are people who actually earn a full-time living on EBAY by buying complete sets of things then selling them individually. Usually after you have sold about half, the rest is effectively free, (Minus your time of course).
If you search and buy carefully, used carp fishing tackle will help you get caught up really quickly with the more experienced carp fishermen.