When someone gets the “carp fishing bug” it can be a very exciting time. The temptation is to get deeply involved as quickly as possible. The problem is that there is so much carp tackle to buy until you have a complete collection. It is easy to buy cheap carp fishing tackle in order to get the full set up right away.
Often, the person concerned has been involved in a different type of fishing.
For example you might have been out coarse fishing for tench or bream, then latched into a carp who tore off and broke your line. This experience might have left you a little shaken, but keen to come back and pit your wits against the unseen monster once more.
Often, carp fishing is discovered at a young age. I remember as a teenager walking around the fishing bank in awe of matching carp rods and mysterious equipment lurking under over sized umbrellas. As a kid, to say my carp fishing tackle budget was limited would be an understatement.
Is cheap carp fishing gear a sensible option?
I mean, what if you buy your cheap carp fishing gear, go down you your local fishing lake, then latch into the biggest fish in the lake?
Maybe this fish is a 30 pounder, maybe even a 40…
… How will you feel if your cheap carp rod snaps, your budget carp reel jams, or your children’s fishing line breaks…
Relax, it is not going to happen.
It is far more likely that you will lose the fish because you have not tied your fishing knots correctly. You are also likely to lose the fish because you pull too hard and the hook pulls out of the carps mouth. It is also likely that you will fail to prevent the carp from finding refuge in some underwater snags.
The chances of carp fishing gear failure as a result of bad quality is very low.
To draw a comparison…
Comparing carp fishing equipment to Mountain bikes
I have owned a few mountain bikes in my time, some low-budget, and one or two that were more expensive. The cheaper bikes and the more expensive ones both did the job that they were designed for. They all had similar manufacturers warranties, they all broke or needed replacement parts occasionally. But they all did the basic job.
When you move up in the price ranges, you get refinement, additional features and lighter weight. For example a cheap carp rod, and a cheap mountain bike will both be heavy and clunky. The chances are that they will actually be stronger than the top of the range models. The top of the range models will be light weight.
With carp fishing gear, the cheapest equipment will do the basics, although the operation might not be as smooth, and the overall weight might be on the heavy side. As you move up in the price range you will find extra features, more smoothness and refinement , and a better strength-to-weight ratio for ease of use.
A full set up of budget carp tackle is a great idea.
If you are on a budget, then getting everything you need is a priority.
•What is the point of having expensive carp rods, if you cannot afford reels to go with them?
•How will you feel if you latch into a huge fish but do not have a landing net?
•How about having to go home early all the time because you do not have an umbrella?
If you are a carp fisherman on a budget, then either buying a set of used carp fishing tackle, or a set of cheap carp fishing tackle is a great idea.
You can find a complete set at a fraction of the price of what it would cost to buy all of the items individually.
I remember coming back from living overseas and without carp gear, or much budget available. I bought a complete set up where they even threw in tackle, boilies and bags. I was able to go out carp fishing right away. Some of the gear was very good quality, and some items were a little annoying to use, but there complete set up did the job. I then simple replaced one or two items at a time over the course of the next few years.
Cheap carp fishing tackle allowed me to get out there and indulge my passion. Life is too short for waiting and patiently saving.