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My Carp Fishing Setup 2017 Part 1 “Rods, Reels, Line and Indicators”

carp fishing setupThis week we take a look at my very own carp fishing setup. I’ve had plenty of emails recently asking me about what tackle I use for my own carp fishing so I needed to write this guide.

This guide will help newcomers to carp fishing and also help those experienced anglers that are looking to upgrade and change their current tackle set up.

I’ve been fishing for over 13 years now and have used a large range of tackle over the years.

In this guide I will show you the tackle I use, give you useful information and give you my honest opinions on each of my tackle items to help you not waste your money (like I have in the past).

This guide was originally going to be a single post but got too long so part two of this guide will be coming very soon so don’t forget to subscribe!

Thank you for reading and let’s get started…


wychwood c201 carp rods
The Wychwood C-201 3lb test curve rods are the latest addition to my current setup. They replaced my ever faithful JRC defender carp rods which I used for over 5 years. Why replace them you ask? Well I just fancied a change and I’ve always been a fan of cork handle rods but never owned cork handle carp rods.

These rods are thinner, lighter (half the weight) and look so much more stylish than my old JRC rods. I will be reviewing them as soon as I’ve used them for a few months, giving you a full honest review as usual.


shimano ultegra 14000 xtd
I recently added the Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd reels to my current setup replacing my old Wychwood Exorcist reels. These reels have to be the best looking reels for your money and are a joy to use. Super lightweight and spool off line on the cast with ease.

Check out the review for the Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd reels here.


gardner hd line
Recently switched to Gardner GT-HD line on recommendation from other anglers at my local club water. It’s a great line overall and especially good for weedy waters and when you need to sink the line quickly.

Rod Support/Indication

I’ve been a fan of the Fox Black Label range for while now, the banksticks, buzz bars and indicators look great. All the items in the range are well built and have been very reliable for over a year now.

These items are just personal preference but I would highly recommend them especially the the black label indicators. The indicators are are highly customisable suiting every type of fishing situation and comes in a large range of colours (I have purple ones!).

Bite Alarms

tfg-mag-runner-ignite-bite-alarms-receiverI’ve had my set of TFG Mag Runner Ignite Alarms for over 3 years now and to be brutally honest I would not recommend them to anyone.

Occasionally the battery slips from the back making the alarms unusable and the receiver only works when it wants to it seems and finding an instructions for them is impossible.

The only reason for not upgrading them is mainly down to not having the spare cash and these will be the next items I will be changing in my tackle set up. And for anyone wondering I have be looking at Delkims and Gardner ATT alarms as they seem to be reliable, well built bite alarms.


mirror carpThanks for reading My Carp Fishing Setup 2017 Part 1.

Make sure you check Part 2 next week as we will be exploring what other tackle I use in my own carp fishing such as shelters, luggage, cookware etc.

If you have any questions on my carp fishing setup, then please leave them in the comments below.

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