Have you ever been to a carp fishing shop? I haven’t. I don’t know if there are any carp fishing shops in the world, I expect there must be some somewhere.
More importantly, is there one near you?
What we tend to find at the local fishing store is a carp fishing section, where there is either limited choice, or far too much choice depending on the size of the store. Who can help you?
Why you should look online for stores and information about carp fishing
If you are in a large store it is unlikely that anyone can give you the advice you need. The assistant is likely to be interested in a different type of fishing, or is perhaps not even a fisherman at all.
If you are in a large store then there will likely be a carp specialist around. Will they help you? Yes they will, but will you hear the best information about what is working on your local fishing venues? Unlikely.
That might sound crazy, but let me explain. Carp fishing is often “cult like” and clicky.
Dedicated carp fishermen can go weeks or even months without a bite, putting in huge amounts of time and effort. When they eventually find fishing hotspots or hot carp bait they will not want the information spread around the local fishing shop.
In carp fishing shops, the assistants will have a relationship with the top carp anglers…
The carp specialist shop assistant will have built up bonds with the local carp anglers. He will understand that if he keeps successful bait and tactics a secret, he will be let in on more information.
Over time he is likely to call these experienced carp anglers when some new bait additive arrives in the store. Perhaps he organizes a little discount for the regular customers.
If you ask him about which rod to buy you will get some great advice.
Ask him about the best carp rigs, baits or tactics that are catching the most fish, you will not usually get a truthful answer.
You are actually putting him in an awkward position.
The best way to get good information about carp fishing?
The best way of getting new ideas is to spend time fishing and socializing with the regulars. Over time they will let you in on hot information.
In the meantime the best place to get information about carp fishing is online. The top carp fishing tackle companies produce additional information and advice to help you utilize their products more easily.
Look for carp fishing forums and social media communities. People will certainly open up to what is working for them with others who aren’t in direct competition with them on their local fishing venues.
It stands to reason right? Lets say you have been getting up early every day to go and pre bait before work… You will do this to prime the swim ready for your next visit. This type of tactic involves a lot of time, money and effort.
The results are worth it, but are you going to tell some kid who just asked you for a spare cigarette?
How about the guy who keeps jumping in your favorite spot by arriving Friday morning while you are still at work?
It is not likely that you will share your best information. If the carp assistant in the local fishing shop tells everyone your carp fishing secrets you might even consider changing suppliers…. Right?
But if someone who you have built up some rapport with online asks you what you are doing, you might just tell them. After all, they live on the other side of the country, or even on the other side of the world.
I conclusion, the internet as a fishing resource has lagged the popularity of fishing shops, but it might be time to spend a little more time online and a little less time in carp fishing shops trying to eavesdrop conversations between the top local carp angler and his buddy the assistant.