Taking sleeve off of rod

Step 1.

When you’re transporting your rods it’s great to have either a rod bag or tip protectors to keep them from getting broken.

Lining up eyes of a rod

Step 2.

When you put your rod together you will need to look down the eyes and line them up, this will help with casting as if they are crooked and off to one side the line won’t cast as nicely. 

Tighting reel on a rod

Step 3.

To attach your reel unscrew the handle on your rod and slot your reel in place, once it’s secured twist the handle to tighten up your reel. I like to use 12lb monofilament as it’s a great all-around line which is adequate for most carp venues. 

10ft 3lb Test curve rod

Tip 1.

As a beginner, I would recommend going to a small body of water where the fishing is relatively simple. For this style of fishing, I would recommend a 10ft rod with 3lb test curve, it makes it a lot easier to cast than a 12ft rod but is strong enough to land most carp. 


Threading line through your rod

Step 4.

Once you’ve got your reel on your rod the next thing to do is open up your bail arm and take the line out of the clip. Thread the line through the eyes of the rod making sure you don’t miss out any of the eyes, if you were to miss one out this will just hinder your fishing. Once that’s threaded through you can then close the bail arm. 

Tip 2.

Now attach your rig, in recent years I’ve quite liked using the lead clip action pack as it has everything you need to start fishing. 


Step 5.

Cut off around a foot of tubing and thread this onto your line. Cut the line at an angle to help with threading this through the tubing. 


Step 6.

Thread your tail rubber on. 


Step 7.

Next thread on the lead clip. Lead clips are allowed at most fisheries as they are safer for the carp, if you get snagged the lead will fall off meaning the carp isn’t dragging a lead around the lake. It also enables you to change the size of your lead easily. 


Tying a blood knot

Step 8.

Now take one of the swivels provided and tie that on the end, I like to use a blood knot. It’s very easy, just go around the line 7-8 times and then push the line through the loop that’s created, moisten the tighten down and trim the tag end. The swivel should then click into the bottom of the lead clip. 

I have another tutorial that demonstrates the blood knot in more detail here: https://www.fishwithcarl.co.uk/tutorial/how-to-tie-a-blood-knot/


Attaching a lead

Step 9.

Attach the lead onto the lead clip, moisten it slightly and then pull the tail rubber over the lead clip to hold the lead in place. You can then pull the tubing into the tail rubber and this part of the rig is complete.


Size 6 basix ready tied rig

I have other tutorials about tying your own rigs however when you’re first getting into carp fishing you can’t beat a ready tied rig. 


Threading on bait

Step 10.

Take a size 6 basix ready tied hair rig and use a baiting needle to slide on your bait of choice to the hair. 


Putting on a bait stop

Step 11.

Provided inside these ready tied rigs are some bait stops, take one of these and slip that onto the loop of the hair rig and pull the bait down. This will lock the bait into place and stop it from sliding off your rig. 


Looping a rig on

Step 12.

Take the lead clip and loop the loop of the rig over the crook of the swivel, then slide the anti-tangle sleeve over it and your rig is complete! 


Cutting a pva bag

Step 13.

A PVA bag is optional but can definitely help with catching more! Scoop up some bait and place it into the pva mesh, then tie a couple of overhand knots. Once you have two knots you can take some scissors and cut in between the two, leaving a made up pva bag in one hand and a knot to make another pva bag when you need it. 


Hooking a pva bag

Step 14.

Hook the pva bag onto your hook, this will leave a nice little bit of bait right around your rig once the pva has dissolved! 


How to make a cast

Step 15.

To make a cast trap the line under your finger and open the bail arm, line up to where you want to cast and pull your rig back behind you. If you’re casting far you will want to pull hard with one hand and push hard with the other. Touch the line on your spool just before your rig hits the water, this will enable you to feel the lead down to make sure you’re casting in a clear area.


Sinking your line

Step 16.

Close the bail arm and lay the rod tip just under the surface of the water and pull on the line gently to sink it. The line will then be sitting down on the bottom of the water where you want it. 


Resting your rod

Step 17.

Place the rod onto your alarm and bank stick, I like to put the rod with one of the eyes behind the alarm, when you get a bite this will help keep the rod from getting pulled into the lake. You won’t need a bite alarm if you’re just day fishing, but you will need one at night if you’re planning on sleeping!


Setting drag on a reel

Step 18.

Slacken the drag slightly by turning it a couple of times, or alternatively switch on your baitrunner. This will enable the fish should it take your bait to pull line and avoid pulling your road into the water. 


Bobbin being clipped on

Step 19.

Take your bobbin and clip that onto the line. If a fish takes your bait and comes toward you the bobbin will fall whereas if it swims away from you the bobbin will pull up, this really helps with knowing when you have a bite! 


Carl playing a fish

You’re Ready!

Sit back, relax and watch the world go by and hopefully you get a screaming run 🙂 


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