A carp tackle box system is likely to look a little different to the tackle boxes that other fishermen use.
A sea fisherman is likely to have a big toolbox type box with compartments. The box itself needs to be impact proof, weatherproof and very sturdy.
A match fisherman might have a seat box with many drawers in the side. Rod rests, and bait tables get attached so everything is close to hand.
A carp tackle box system is different
The average carp fisherman will be tying his rigs sat on the side of a bed chair in a bivvy, or possibly on a smaller folding chair sat next to a radio and a stove ready for a cup of tea. Carp fishing is more relaxing and laid back. It is not frantic like match fishing, and the tackle box doesn’t need to be as sturdy as a sea fisherman’s.
A carp fisherman’s priority is for having everything nicely organized, and there is a tendency to have a number of different boxes, cases and bags for different purposes.
These different carp tackle boxes and bags will be slipped into different side pockets of the carp anglers huge bag with more compartments and pockets than you would care to count. He knows exactly where each rig or tackle box is located in which specific pocket. Unless of course he catches a fish, knocks over his cup of tea, and can’t remember anything at all!
So here is a quick checklist of useful tackle boxes, bags and containers for carp fishermen:
The main tackle box.
The chances are that this will be a flat tray type, such as the ones made by Fox International. These boxes will fit nicely on the lap with no risk of falling over, there will be plenty of compartments for hooks, swivels, lead clips, hook link dispensers and so on. The lid will be watertight, and when you close it, you can use the flat top as a lap table while you tie a new rig.
The rig wallet
This is to keep a supply of ready tied rigs to different specifications. The wallet might be soft with plastic sleeves, or it could be stiff, with foam and pins. A stiff rig wallet is for stiff link rigs. These are rigs designed to lie straight on the bottom, they are the opposite to the usual fishing requirement for very supple hook lengths. Depending on the venue, stiff links can give the carp something new to deal with and have anti-eject qualities.
The PVA bag/ tube case
The priority here is to keep your PVA dry so that it doesn’t melt before you use it. You can use a tube with a screw top for PVA tubes, and any kind or watertight box for PVA bags. The priority is keeping the PVA separate to everything else and away from humidity.
For marker floats and stalking floats it makes sense to have a float tube like the match fishermen have. A separate tube protects the floats the might be made from balsa or polystyrene. Also the standard flat carp tackle box is usually too small.
Lead weights are very heavy, they can bash other tackle, and it makes sense to have a few different lead boxes or zip containers. Going to fish long-range? grab the bag with the 4 ounce leads. Fishing the small pond? grab the other box. It is easy to segregate the different types of carp tackle for different venues in different places.
Bait bag / boilie bag
If you are bringing frozen boilies they will keep fresher for longer in insulated boilie bags.
Other cases and bags.
Carp anglers are very proud of their fishing tackle and equipment. They are likely to have cases and bags for everything. From the obvious reel cases, to weigh scales cases, camera cases and weigh sling and sack cases.