It’s no secret that carp fishing has struggled in gaining the type of popularity in the United States that is enjoyed by bass fisherman, northern pike fishermen, or even catfish anglers. Angling for carp has been extremely popular in Europe for decades, but it’s only now just beginning to catch on in the States. Long considered by most American anglers to simply be an annoying and invasive species, there are some who are coming around to the thought that chasing a forty pound freshwater trophy fish could be a lot more fun than chasing one that is five pounds.
The thrill of this should be obvious to any angler. Imagine teaching your kids to fish. What’s more exciting: a two pound bass or a twenty pound carp? Carp fishing is not a new phenomenon. In fact, in Europe carp angling has been one of the most acceptable and predominant forms of sports fishing for years. It’s in the United States where this form of angling has struggled greatly.
As carp fishing increases in overall popularity in the States, finding good gear that is specifically designed for chasing trophy carp will become far easier than it is now. In Europe this is no problem at all because there carp fishing enjoys the same level of reputation as bass angling does in the U.S.
Basic carp fishing equipment is still easy enough to find if you know exactly what you are looking for. The most basic is the rod. Medium action fishing rods that are at least six feet or longer are generally the preferred choice, and graphite rods are better than most other types.
There’s plenty of excellent carp bait that can be found cheap, or you can try good old fashioned “chumming” to get their attention. When you’re looking for a fishing reel to go with that rod, make sure it can hold at least 150 yards of 12 pound test line (or stronger). You’ll need to be able to give out a lot of line in order to fight and land the big trophy carp.