Choosing The Correct Rod & Reel
CHOOSING THE CORRECT ROD AND REEL.
When choosing which carp rod to buy, there are a couple of things to consider. Firstly you need to be aware of your budget, also what you are going to be asking it to achieve? In other words, are you looking for an all-round rod, or an out and out long distance rod?
Then you should consider what type of reel is to go on the rod.
Let’s assume that you are going to use a free running spool reel of medium size. It would be out of balance matching it up with a 13ft 3.5lb test curve rod. As the reel would not be capable of the sort of extreme range that a high test curve rod could achieve.
Likewise, using a big pit reel on a 2lb test curve rod would be equally unbalanced.
In conclusion, you need to look at the size of waters and distances that you are mostly going to be fishing and gear up rods and reels to suit those needs.
If in doubt, try a medium size reel such as a Shimano 6000 ST RB Baitrunner®, combined with Daiwa Black Widow 12ft 2.75lb Rod. (Short/medium venues) Alternatively try a big pit reel such as a Daiwa Crosscast-BK 5000 Reel, with a Fox Warrior S 12ft 3lb Rod for tackling larger venues where the fish might be at long range.