Rods Buyers Guide
With hundreds of different models on offer, the choice of rods
can be a bit overwhelming. Tackle Fanatics is here to help you narrow
down the options. With most carp anglers today using at least two
rods, it’s essential to make sure you get the right rod that best
suits your angling needs, chosen venue and angling ability.
If you’re chosen venue is a small runs water or estate lake with
carp into double figures then a light rod would be recommended with
a test curve of between 1 ½ to 2 ½ lb sufficient to tackle the biggest
of the lakes residents. For waters that are bigger with typically
bigger fish then a rod with a heavier action will be required, not
only to tackle the fish but also to cast the distances required
to reach them.
Once the required test curve has been chosen the action of the
rod must then be considered. Fast taper, medium and through action
rods are available to the angler with all doing the same job just
slightly differently. For casting extreme distances with heavy leads
a fast taper action rod is best suited. This enables a forgiving
tip to reduce the chance of hook pulls whilst retaining a great
deal of power in the butt section required for casting heavy leads.
At the other end of the scale is the ‘through action’ type of rod.
Although these are beautiful to play fish on due to the entire rod
taking on a parabolic curve when under compression from a fighting
carp, they are not well suited to casting any distance, heavy leads
or PVA bags.