How to Buy Carp Fishing Tackle

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How to Buy Carp Fishing Tackle

There is a huge range of carp fishing tackle equipment out there covering rods, reels, baits, leads, alarms and camping equipment. Many sellers on eBay are experts on what is required and will offer ranges of gear that will suit everyone from the beginner to the hardened professional carp angler. Everything depends on the budget available, the fishery being visited and what level the ability of the angler is.

The one rule of thumb as with many things is that really cheap is often a false economy. So try and buy the best quality products within the budget. Given that a ticket to fish is so expensive plus food, petrol or diesel, the tackle budget is always going to be tight but try and get the best possible. It will last longer and perform better.

There are some good ranges of tackle on the market with start-out rigs from trusted brands that include all the required basics and some extras right up to the specialist pro gear for the experienced angler. Research what’s available on an affordable budget. When the big carp takes your bait and ploughs off and the cheap spool falls to bits, the angler will soon wish he had spent a little more. There is no need to buy the high end tackle as the mid range is genuinely affordable and does the job well

Look out for good packages if just starting out, they offer a full range of all the required kit to get started. It is reasonably priced and each element will certainly be good enough quality to see a season or two through.

Selecting Carp Rods

When it comes to selecting a rod there are various useful questions to ask. Many people feel that the Test Curve is an important measurement. This refers to the amount of weight a rod requires to bend through 90 degrees from the tip to the butt of the rod. All this measurement actually explains is how stiff the rod is.

A more important measurement or description is the ‘action’ of the rod, which is often referred to in carp rods. This will give the angler an idea of how far the rod will cast. For example a ‘through action rod’ is probably best suited to short of medium range casts. A ‘fast taper’ is used for fishing at much greater distances.

So when buying rods it is good to know what the fishery is like and how it is going to be fished first. Knowing what weight of fish, are likely to be taken from the fishery is another important factor.

By combining the test curve and the action a better picture of rod performance and its relevance to the fish and fishery.

A generally accepted rule is to go for 2 ½ to 2 ¾ test curve which will be able to case leads of up to 3.5oz and is good for most fisheries.

The brands that tend to the most popular across the board are Shimano, Daiwa, Shakespeare, Chub, Greys, Leeda, Nash and Wychwood. All offer a good range of different rods to suit all budgets. They all are of a good enough quality to buy used and providing they are not in any way damaged should serve the buyer well.


Again these will come as part of a package, enabling you to get a more affordable bulk price. There are good quality, mid range reels available from Daiwa, Nash, Chub and Shakespeare.

Leads and Weights

These should come with any package but set out below are some must have options for different swims, beds and casting requirements.

Range of leads:

Flat Pear Bomb

Distance Tear Drop

Tournament Distance

Back leads

Square Barrel


Stumpy Pear Inline

Riser Leads

Small Long Pears


Bivvies/ Tents /Sleeping bags

Really important to get these right but don’t spend too much on the very best arctic gear. Good quality kit is available on eBay.

Bank Rigs

Rod pods are a really useful piece of kit for stony banks and fisheries. The standard bank stick is fine but useless on really hard ground. The good pods are high quality aluminium and come with a good pair of alarms and bobbins so the sound set up is included. Do not be tempted by cheap alarms, as the wet quickly gets into them and they fail. A bank rig like this should cost in the region of £40.

Buying a mid range package is a good way of getting into the sport. With the price of fishing anywhere good getting ever more expensive and with all the other tackle, baits, leads, bivvies and equipment needed it is worth looking at the used market for good deals.


The final point to note when buying carp tackle, is to check out the availability of a warranty or guarantee. Many manufacturers will offer lifetime guarantees so if the paperwork is available it can be very useful. With carp rods this isn’t always the case but it is definitely worth asking the question.


There are many different ways of fishing for carp. The buyer must be very clear on what type of angling approach is going to be taken. This will depend on the fishery and the rules it maintains, the weather conditions, the bait being used and the preferences of the angler. If possible consult with an expert. If the fishery is close to where the tackle is being purchased then it is likely that the seller will have a good knowledge of the fishery and be able to advise on what rod to buy.

As with all fishing getting good advice from local experts and working on gathering as much intelligence as possible before any purchase is made will always lead to the most satisfactory results. 

How to buy Carp Fishing Tackle on eBay

Now that you've worked out which Carp Tackle you want, find them quickly on eBay. While you shop, don't forget Line, Bait, Fly Tying Tools/ Materials, Bait Tools/ Accessories and Tackle Boxes. Click the Sporting Goods portal and click Fishing.

Categories: The Categories list on the left side of each page will help you narrow down your listings by item type. You'll find links for Clothing & Footwear, Coarse Fishing, DVDs, Fly Fishing,, Sea Fishing, Tackle Boxes, Universal Accessories, Videos and Trophies. As you refine your search you'll be able to narrow down your choice by subcategory.

Product Finder: Use the Carp Tackle Finder to quickly narrow down item listings by brand, model and condition.

Keyword search: Search eBay listing titles for specific words. For example, if you want to find carp tackle, type the keywords "carp tackle" (without quotation marks) into the Search box. Click "Search title and description" to expand your results. Visit eBay's Search Tips ppage for more tips on searching with keywords.

If you can't find exactly what you want, try browsing eBay Stores or tell the eBay Community what you’re looking for by creating a post on Want It Now, or save a search on My eBay and eBay will email you when a matching item becomes available.

Buy Carp Fishing Tackle with Confidence

Make sure that you know exactly what you’re buying and understand how eBay and PayPal protect you.

Know your item

Read the details in the item listing carefully.

Remember to add delivery costs to your final price. If you’re buying a high value item, check that the seller will insure it until it is delivered to you.

If you want more information, click the “Ask seller a question” button on the seller’s profile or the “Ask a question” link at the bottom of the item listing page.

Always complete your transaction on eBay (with a bid, Buy it Now or Best Offer) otherwise you will not be covered by eBay Buyer Protection.

Know your seller

Research your seller so that you feel safe and positive about every transaction.

  • What is the seller’s Feedback rating? 
  • How many transactions have they completed?
  • How many positive responses do they have?
  • What do buyers say in their Feedback? 
  • Are they positive about the seller?

Most top eBay sellers operate like retail shops and have a returns policy.

  • Do they offer a money-back guarantee? 
  • What are their terms and conditions?

Buyer protection

In the very unlikely event that you do not receive your item or it is not as described, eBay Buyer Protection your purchase price plus original delivery cost.


Do not be overwhelmed buying carp fishing tackle, with the huge range of tackle covering all rods, reels and leads, you’re sure to find the right sort of tackle to get the most out of your fishing trip. eBay has a great selection for you to choose from, and having the right equipment can mean the difference between landing that big catch you've always dreamed of and simply having another one that got away story.

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