Largemouth Bass Lineup

Largemouth Bass Lineup

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


I am thinking about targeting carp this year.  For those that already do, what size rod do you use?  Do you have a favorite one?  Line?  Reel?  If you use say a 5wt would it make a difference to learn that the carp is in the 30 pound range?  Just curious and looking for some guidance from those that have fished for them before.  I have only ever hooked one, once, for about 10 seconds.  That was it.  Period.  So please tell me what you use.  Thanks.


  1. Minimum 6wt and it better be one that has a fighting butt.

    Ir you are targeting smaller carp in still water, the 6 is good. As your average target fish are increasing, so should your rod wt. Same thing with current - if they have a good current to use, they will.

    I had one hooked, that found some current, and ripped a hundred yards of backing off in abotu 20 seconds. They will pull...a lot! The bigger they get, the hard they pull. If you are targeting true 30lb'er then you want an 8wt

    1. Also...check this forum out. It's a bunch of us crazy carp on the fly addicts. Good advise, flies, there.

  2. Check out the blog fly carpin and carp on the fly. I use an 8wt when targeting carp. That's not 30lb carp either. Pretty much any carp over 10lbs. I've hooked a carp over 15lbs and I can tell you even on an 8wt I couldn't turn the fish if it didn't want to be turned. The flies I've caught commons with were a bead head black wooly bugger. A DDH Leech style with a lot of fluffy maribou. I've caught all my Grass Carp on poppers surprisingly. It was when they were obviously feeding off the surface. I think the key to carp fishing is being slow and patient which is really hard for me. You have to hold back to cast out at a fish right in front of you if it's just not right and going to spook it. Sometimes you just have to wait for the right moment which can take a lot of time.

  3. 7 or 8 weight. Carp in different waters eat different things. A lot of carp I chase eat the same things trout do.