Talking Carp Tackle, Part 1 – Carp Rods

Need an insight into what tackle is used by some successful anglers abroad?  We asked some of our experienced and highly respected anglers to give an insight into their own tackle choices. Unbiased, as they are not ‘sponsored anglers’, we simply asked what they use and why they use it.  This week we start with […]

Bivvy Power Lights the Way!

Power Pack and Lighting system sets available for hire at Glehias for 15 euros per set per week. Complete set includes: Power Pack, Charger, Internal Light and External Light with Remote Control. The ‘Remote Lighting System’ not only allows you to illuminate your bivvy, but the area outside it too… and all from a remote […]

Hire The Carp Tackle For Your French Trip

Carp Tackle Hire can provide an extensive range of excellent quality carp tackle from individual items to complete set ups. They have over 20 years experience of carp fishing in the UK and Europe and understand the needs of carp anglers. More Details Here

Bait Boat Hire For Your French Carp Trip

Carp Tackle Hire can provide an extensive range of excellent quality carp tackle from individual items to complete set ups. They have over 20 years experience of carp fishing in the UK and Europe and understand the needs of carp anglers. More Details Here Carp Tackle Hire

Bivvy Power!!!

The Power Pack Ben Young and Gary Sawyer of Bivvy Power are here for the week at La Gléhias and they’ve brought with them their ‘Bivvy Power’ pack and ‘Remote Hit and Run Lighting System’. The ‘Remote Lighting System’ not only allows you to illuminate your bivvy, but the area outside it too! – And […]

Best Bit of Carp Fishing Tackle in 2010

I was sat in the bivvy at the week-end thinking about the various bit of kit we add to our arsenal and how every so often one item will become one of those you really couldn’t do without and would replace immediately should anything happen to them. There have been four items of kit for […]

What distance carp rods would you recommend?

Dean asks; Hi there, would like your help… I’m looking to upgrade my carp rods & I’m prepared to spend up to about £600’ish.  I would like something that would give me a little bit more distance.  I’m using Wychwood 2.75 t/c rods at the mo.  Any suggestions would be great, thanks. Reply from Shaun […]

Buy & sell used carp tackle on-line

Here’s a site all carp anglers might be interested in – a chance to buy & sell second-hand carp fishing tackle.  Run by the same company that operates Golf Bidder, a hugely successful second-hand golf equipment website, they definitely know what they are doing & are unlikely to let you down.  Check it out; www.tacklefanatics.co.uk

Carp Hooks – Barbed Vs Barbless… you decide.

A very interesting series of posts on the Forum at the moment covering the Barbed Vs Barbless debate. As with most things in life there’s 2 sides to every argument and whilst I’d always thought that the pro-barbed argument was more about it being to the anglers advantage (as opposed to the carps) I must […]

Line strength for France?

Gary wrote;  As I’m going to France next year and the average fish is 20 – 25lb, but there are bigger ones in the lake, so what line should I use? I normally use 12lb. Should i go up to 15 or even 20lb?  Could you let me know many thanks.   Hi Gary,  When […]

Carp fishing – I’m confused about Line, Leaders and Braid

Mike Burt wrote: I’m a reasonably experienced angler but new to dedicated carping and very confused about lines, braid, shock leaders, hook lengths etc. I have all the tackle but am not sure what line to put on the reel. What I really need is a configuration of the type of lines from my reel to the […]

Can you recommend a fast sinking line for carp fishing?

Trevor wrote:  Can you help… I’m fishing a place and need a line that sinks like a stone. Could you recommend one ? Hi Trevor, We asked Shaun Harrison and he suggested looking at one of the Fluoro Carbon lines. Shaun uses the P Line Halo when he wants a fast sinking line, whilst several […]

Carp hooks – barbed or barbless?

By Jon Perkins This is a subject which has been debated for many years and both barbed and barbless hooks certainly have their place in modern carp fishing.I beleive that on the majority of waters and in the majority of angling situations, barbless hooks are better for the carp. Most fisheries these days have a […]

Carp Fishing Knots

David Mills wrote: I have just started fishing. Could you tell me the best knot to use to join a main line to a hook line? At present I’m using a 6lb main and 4lb hook line. Hi David, I wrote an article on the type of knot you wish to know about a few […]

Bivvies – what does twin skin mean?

Tom wrote: With regard to bivvies what does twin skin mean ? Gareth Watkins replies: I wrote a blog piece a week or so back on this subject hope this replies to your query: Ever since carp anglers started night fishing we have been searching for the perfect overnight shelter. These bivvies, as they have […]

Carp fishing tackle : What bivvy options do I have?

Ever since carp anglers started night fishing we have been searching for the perfect overnight shelter. These bivvies, as they have been christened need several essential qualities. Firstly they need to be spacious enough to cover a bedchair and all your tackle in order to protect it from the rain. Secondly they need to be […]

Should I use Braid in France?

Michael wrote: This is going to be my 1st adventure of France. I have been carp fishing a few years and know the basics that get me by in the UK. I was looking for advice mainly on essential fishing in France obviously a lot of the fish are much bigger than what i catch. […]

Carp rod support systems – the pros & cons

While writing the recent post on carp fishing tackle Icons, I touched on the fact that a battery of parallel rods has become synonymous with carp angling over the years. I got to think about modern carp fishing rod support systems and their pros and cons. A practical, efficient and stable system is essential for […]

Top ten carp fishing tackle icons

Like so many things in life, carp angling follows fashion. In fact, it is fashionable to go carp fishing at the moment. Hundreds of young anglers are taking up the sport because of the trendy image that it has, the tackle and the fashions. Trends though always throw up objects that achieve iconic status, and […]