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…

Rods

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.

Reels

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.

Line

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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

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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.

Conclusion

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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11 of the Lightest Brollies on the Market

lightest-brollies-for-carp-fishingThis week we continue our “Lightest” series by taking a look at the lightest brolly style shelters currently on the market for carp anglers.

Brollies have become very popular over the years because they offer more mobility, quick erection 😉 and can be packed away compactly than compared to a conventional bivvy system.

With so many benefits of owning a brolly style shelter, we’ve compiled a list of the lightest covering all the features, materials and other benefits of each brolly featured.

For this guide, we chose not to feature instant pop up style shelters such as Fox Easy Shelter and Nash Scope Rapid Deploy Bivvy because they lack the stability compared to a brolly system. They also don’t offer as much internal space which is required for longer sessions.

So let’s get started…

Wychwood HD MHR Brolly System – 8.95kg

Wychwood HD MHR Brolly System

  • Includes the new Wychwood HD ripstop material throughout
  • Unique MHR central boxx system
  • Rod retainer straps
  • 2-part flexi rib stabiliser design
  • Internal storage pockets throughout
  • Wychwoods multi-door system
  • Includes Wychwoods 5-year warranty

You can find it here

Fox Supa brolly MK2 camo – 8.3kg – 8.5kg

  • Optional Fibreglass front support rib
  • Includes rod retaining straps, great for changing rigs
  • Supplied with solid, clear PVC and black mesh door options
  • 4 back ribs touch ground, which greatly aids stability
  • Includes 2 24 inches storm poles, bivvy pegs, a heavy duty groundsheet and an oversized carry bag

You can find it here

Aqua Fast and Light Camo Brolly – 5.5kg

  • Space Saver frame system
  • Extended storm sides
  • Rod retaining straps
  • Unique heavy duty DPM Camo Aquatexx material used throughout
  • Storm rods and Groundsheet are not included but are available separately

You can find it here

Wychwood HD MHR Compact Brolly – 5kg

  • Includes HD ripstop material
  • Unique MHR central boss system with internal storage pockets
  • Supplied with two storm poles and heavy duty groundsheet
  • Rod retainer straps included
  • Comes with a Wychwood 5 year warranty

You can find it here

JRC Contact Camo 60″ Oval Brolly – 5kg

  • Lightweight, compact and fast set up
  • Detachable heavy duty nylon groundsheet
  • Oversized side panels from stability
  • Aluminium telescopic support poles
  • Quality nylon materials used throughout
  • Supplied with pegs and nylon carry bag

You can find it here

Nash Scope Black Ops Brolly – 4.9kg

Nash Scope Black Ops Brolly

  • Extreme waterproof 5000mm Aquasense Hydra cover
  • Rain gutter prevents front water run off
  • Rod straps included
  • Space frame hub for increased internal room
  • Four rib ground contact for total stability
  • Includes two 28 inches storm poles, set of bivvy pegs and compact carry bag

You can find it here

Chub Oval Brolly – 4.5-4.8kg

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  • 5000mm Hydrostatic head cover
  • Sprung steel frame
  • Lightweight groundsheet included
  • Velcro rod straps
  • Includes 2 26 inches storm poles, a set of bivvy pegs and carry bag
  • Great value for money

You can find it here

Trakker Tempest Brolly – 4.4kg

  • Unique patented design
  • Ultra-strong, easy to use and ultra-quick to assemble
  • Incredibly lightweight with a compact pack down size
  • No internal ribs for maximum internal brolly space
  • Supplied with tension strap, carry bag and bivvy pegs

You can find it here

Trakker MC-60 Brolly – 4.1kg

  • Fully customisable profile for different weather conditions
  • Includes velcro rod-retaining strap
  • Space saver frame for optimum room inside
  • Fits into most quiver-type holdalls with ease
  • Zip in full infill and insect panels available separately
  • Supplied with two 24ins storm poles, bivvy pegs and drawcord top carry bag

You can find it here

ESP Lo Pro Brolly – 4kg

  • Unique low profile design
  • Freestanding meaning it does not require storm poles in most situations
  • Compact footprint while still being roomy and providing excellent coverage
  • Space saver mechanism maximises internal headroom
  • Fits into most rod holders/quivers
  • Quick setup and take-down
  • Includes a set of bivvy pegs and carry bag

You can find it here

Nash Groundhog Brolly – 3.2kg

  • Based on the original classic Nash oval brolly
  • Spaceframe rib and hub for increased internal room
  • Extreme waterproof Aqua Sense Hydra cover
  • Supplied with two 36 inch storm poles, a set of bivvy pegs and carry bag
  • Groundsheet and winter skin for the brolly are available separately

You can find it here

Conclusion

Thanks for reading our guide to the lightest brollies available to carp anglers. Hope this guide has helped you find a brolly suited to you and your style of fishing.

If you have any questions on any of the brollies featured in this guide, then please leave them in the comments below.

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Best Carp Rod? The Free Spirit CTX Carp Rod Review

free spirit ctx carp rod close upThis week’s tackle review is the ever so popular Free Spirit CTX Carp Rod.

The review this week is brought to you by our special guest reviewer, Ben Bentley. Ben is an avid carp angler, blogger, video creator and tackle fanatic.

Ben has been using his Free Spirit CTX Carp Rods for around a year now. Below he shares his thoughts, knowledge and techniques on these incredible carp rods.

Ben, it’s over to you…

In early in 2016 I decided that I needed a new set of carp rods in order to allow me to fish any type of water using any type of method. Knowing that I could not afford the very high end of carp rods that can up to £400 each, I still wanted quality, strong and reliable carp rods so I decided the 13ft 3.5lb Free Spirit CTX carp rods, which would serve me well on most waters.

free spirit ctx carp rods with carp

The first time I used the Free Spirit CTX rods I decided to fish a local, high stocked runs water and I was not disappointed with the performance of the new rods.

I fished using size 10 hooks on 10lb fluorocarbon hook lengths and landed carp to double figures, proving the fish playing capabilities of the CTX rods.

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The next session I decided to try the rods out on a large open water type venue. This time I fished zigs at over 100yds, using 15lb mainline straight through. The rod was easy to compress and the action of the blank allowed me to remain reasonably accurate at casting at that range.

Since using the CTX carp rods on a number of other different venues around the country, they have performed incredibly. Suiting all kinds of carp fishing methods, from flicking small chods down the margin to casting heavy PVA bags out at over a hundred yards.

The main features

The blank has been made with 40t and 30t carbons and the resin content has been kept below 25%, this means the rods very slim and with the added ‘Perdurable’ finish, this keeps the rods in a near to new condition.

The rods have a distinctive x weave down the blank, which comes from the manufacturing process. This increases the rods performance and looks super stylish.

The action is best described as a progressive tip action, being a long, powerful rod they’re designed for long range casting so the butt of the rod doesn’t tend to bend unless you’re playing the fish aggressively. Some may say that a 3.5lb test curve rod may be a little stiff, but CTX rods are soft enough in the tip to protect that all important hook hold avoiding losing a fish during the battle.

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The rods are fitted with a 50mm S-lite ring set that is designed again to reduce the amount of weight built into the rod, they’re robust and look very stylish. I did suffer the occasional dreaded butt ring frap, but this was largely caused by overloading my reels.

If you’re looking for a stylish carp rod in which suits waters large and small, then these Free Spirit CTX carp rods could be the ones for you.

The range goes from 12ft 2.5lb, which are well suited for smaller waters, floater rods and stronger rods up to a 13ft 3.5lb, which will allow you to cast as serious distances. If you’re in the market for new rods then definitely check them out, you won’t be disappointed.

How much?

The Free Spirit CTX carp rod range is priced between £99 to £150 depending which length, test curve and model you decide on. The 13ft 3.5lb Free Spirit CTX carp rod featured in the review will set you back around £150 which we believe is value for money for the functionality and the build quality of the rod.

Conclusion

free spirit ctx carp rodsThanks for reading our review of the Free Spirit CTX carp rods.

If you have any questions on Free Spirit CTX carp rods then please leave them in the comments below.

A big thank you to our guest reviewer Ben Bentley. We highly recommend checking out his carp fishing blog ‘Avoiding The Blank’ and his superb angling YouTube channel, thanks Ben!

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9 of the Lightest Carp Fishing Bivvies on the Market

This week, we guide you through the lightest bivvies available, designed with carp fishing in mind.

Why lightest you ask?

Well due to the popularity of our lightest bedchairs guide and with more carp anglers demanding even more lightweight, compact carp tackle to avoid ferrying heavy gear to and from a desired swim, we felt this guide would be very useful to a lot of anglers looking to scale down their gear.

In this guide we’ve put into consideration quality, the features included and of course the overall weight of the bivvy.

Let’s get started…

Trakker Armo Bivvy – 8.5kg

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  • An improvement on the iconic Trakker Armo Bivvy
  • Aquatexx fabric throughout
  • Strong poles, with a powder coating finish
  • Zipped and Velcroed mozzie back vents and front windows
  • Interlocking frame-support system
  • Front and rear rod straps
  • Clear window option
  • Dual-zipped doors, allowing you to create a letterbox opening
  • Heavy-duty groundsheet and T-pegs are included
  • Zipped NXG carrybag

You can find it here

Trakker Tempest Air Bivvy – 8.5kg

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  • Stylish design and build
  • Aquatexx material throughout
  • Boasts easy of use/very quick to assemble
  • Spacious interior
  • A lighter, smaller, stripped down version of the original Tempest
  • Full, removable infill panel with mozzy windows

You can find it here

Sonik SKS Bivvy – 8.4kg

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  • Hydrostatic head waterproof cover
  • Strong Matt Green Aluminium poles
  • Tensioning elastic pegging points
  • Removable front panel with Tank Zip
  • Elasticated groundsheet with strengthening points
  • Mosi-Mesh Panel on front door and supplied with removable clear window
  • Full set of SONIK pegs included

You can find it here

Chub Rs-Plus Max Bivvy – 8kg

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  • Extended hood and storm side panels
  • Velcro rod holders attached to the roof
  • Inline bivvy tension bars
  • Detachable lightweight groundsheet
  • Full zip off front section
  • Shock-corded pegging points
  • Supplied with T-pegs and carry bag
  • Completely removable 2-way door system
  • Mozzi and clear door window options

You can find it here

Avid Tardis Bivvy – 8kg

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  • Stylish rain peak
  • Fully removable front with mosquito panel door
  • 2 Rib System that saves weight
  • 4 Break pole system
  • Quick to put up and take down

You can find it here

JRC Stealth X-Lite Bivvy – 7.9kg

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  • Hydratex waterproof material throughout
  • Tape sealed seams throughout
  • 2-way door system to create a letterbox opening
  • Large back vents
  • Mozzy mesh in door and vents to keep the bugs out
  • Heavy-duty PE groundsheet
  • Supplied with heavy duty pegs and heavy duty nylon carry bag

You can find it here

Nash Scope Bivvy – 7.25kg

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  • Extreme waterproof Aqua Sense Hydra cover for total protection in wet conditions
  • Extra strength 3 rib design for maximum internal space
  • Spacer bars for rigidity
  • Front panel with letterbox door & mosquito mesh panels with tie backs
  • Rear mesh ventilation panel
  • Front panel zips out transforming the bivvy into an open fronted shelter
  • 4 Velcro rod supports

You can find it here

Trakker Tempest Composite Bivvy – 5.5kg

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  • Ultra-strong weather resistant materials
  • Easy to use and very quick to assemble
  • Spacious interior without huge footprint
  • Dual-zipped doors create a letterbox opening
  • Roll-up mozzie window in door
  • Supplied with two 36″ Quicksticks
  • Includes a mid-weight groundsheet, tension strap, carry bag and T-pegs

You can find it here

Aqua Atom Camo Bivvy – 3.5kg

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  • Smallest, lightest one-man bivvy in the industry
  • Perfect for the mobile style angler
  • Mozzi Door
  • 2 Rib System
  • 5 Break pole system
  • Ultra-compact pack size
  • Stylish design

You can find it here

Conclusion

Thanks for reading our guide to the lightest bivvies on the market. If you have any comments on any of the bivvies featured or if you have any bivvy recommendation of your own, please leave them in your comments below.

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5 of the Best Carp Tackle Reviews of 2016

This week we take a look at 5 of our favourite tackle reviews from throughout 2016.

We’ve seen some exciting and useful new carp tackle this year, designed to help us anglers catch more carp or make our time on the bank a much more enjoyable experience.

We would like to take this moment to thank everyone that’s supported this blog throughout 2016 and to thank all the subscribers that continually come back to enjoy our carpy content.

With a moment of delay, let’s get started with our favourite reviews from 2016!

The Wychwood Tactical Flat Bedchair Review

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The Wychwood Tactical Flat Bedchair has to be one of our favourite bedchairs of the year. Made up of super lightweight materials and weighing between 6.5kg to 7.5kg for the largest bed in the Tactical Bedchair range, this bedchair caters for the everyday casual angler as when as the mobile type carp anglers. The Tactical bedchair is well built, well priced and has a very stylish overall design.

Read the full review here


Vass 600 Series PVC Chest Waders Review

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The Vass 600 Series PVC Chest Waders are well built, robust and full of useful features. Waders can seem a little expensive at first but it you need to wade out into the water regularly, these wader by Vass are well worth the price.

Read the full review here


Fox Royale Cooler Food Bag System Review

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The Fox Royale Cooler Food Bag System is a food cooler bag that’s fully equipped for any length of fishing session. This cooler bag by Fox is great for day sessions too, as you could keep your tackle bits in one side of the bag and your food in the other, due to its separated compartments. It comes with extra side pockets and as a bonus comes with some handy Fox branded cutlery including cups and plates.

Find the full review here


The Ridgemonkey Bivvy Lite Duo Review

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The Ridgemonkey Bivvy Lite Duo grabbed a lot of peoples attention this year and has become a popular item for any night fishing enthusiast. It essentially attaches to your bivvy or any bank stick when using it with the bank stick light adapter (sold separately). It’s simple to use, includes 120 hours of battery life and is easily charged.

Read the full review here


The Chub RS-Plus Max Bivvy Review

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The Chub RS-Plus Max Bivvy is a fully featured bivvy that’s also affordably priced. Even when using the largest of bedchairs, you will still get a tonne of room for tackle bags, buckets etc. The Chub RS-Plus Bivvy has a solid, robust structure and is fully customisable. Designed with the angler in mind, it has to be one of our favourite bivvies of 2016.

Read the full review here

Conclusion

Thanks for reading our 5 favourite tackle reviews of 2016. If you have questions or any suggestions of what we should review next, then please leave them in the comments below.

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The Best Carp Fishing Christmas Presents for 2016

merrycarpxmasThis week we take a look at safe but impressive gifts to buy a carp angler this Christmas.

I was recently asked by a close friend who has no knowledge of carp fishing to come up with some safe but impressive Christmas gift ideas for his dad who’s a keen carp angler.

Not knowing what his carp angling dad actually wanted or needed, I came up with a list of gift ideas that any carp angler would love this Christmas. I believe this list would be useful for alot people buying a Christmas gift for a carp angler this year.

If you’re looking to really spoil a carp angler this year, don’t forget to check our Luxury Christmas Gift Ideas for Carp Anglers guide, which we posted a few weeks back.

If you have any questions on any of the items featured in this Christmas gift guide, then please leave them in the comments below, we would be happy to help.

Let’s get started!!

Fox AD Royale Large Loaded Tackle Box

fox ad royale large loaded tackle box
This large tackle box, fully loaded with useful terminal tackle is a great gift idea this Christmas. It includes leads, hook, rig tools, rig materials and much more.

Even if you think the angler in your life has enough bits and bobs, this kit would make any carp angler very happy this Christmas.

You can find it here

Ridge Monkey Modular Bucket

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It’s just a bucket you say… well, the Modular bucket is a super smart way to organise your different baits and anglers will often take multiple buckets to achieve the same thing.

The Ridge Monkey Modular Bucket includes 2 self-seal containers and a main bucket section and has become a very popular piece of kit in the last couple of months, which takes organising your baits to the next level.

The Modular Bucket would make an ideal safe and affordable gift for any carp angler.

You can find it here

Carpy Clothing

22lb14lbmirror-chequertreeWith so many carp tackle brands producing their own clothing designed with the carp angler in mind, it’s hard to ignore clothing as an option as a gift idea.

Most tackle brands produce their own hoodies, t-shirts, trousers/joggers and other clothing accessories. The most popular clothing brands in carp fishing are Korda, Fox, Trakker, Wofte, Navitas, Wychwood, just to name a few.

Another great clothing gift idea for carp anglers are thermal clothing. Items such as vests, bottoms, socks, beanies, gloves are ideal carp fishing gift ideas.

If you like to read more about carp fishing clothing, please check out the posts below:

Korda Rigsafe Combi

korda rigsafe combiThe Korda Rigsafe is a handy device for keeping your pre-tied rigs safe, ready for you to start fishing as soon as you get on the bank.

The Rigsafe Combi comes with extra storage ideal for keeping small rig components such as boilie stops, hooks, swivels etc. The Rigsafe Combi is a very well built rig storage unit, it’s highly reliable and we believe every angler should have at least one in their tackle bag.

You can find the Korda Rigsafe Combi here.

PVA accessories

pva bagYou can never have too many PVA products in your tackle bag.

PVA can be used for numerous amounts on methods in carp fishing including creating a small concentrated amount of bait around your chosen hookbait.

A bundle gift including PVA Solid Bags, PVA Mesh, PVA Tape would make a safe but useful carp fishing gift idea.

Artificial Baits Selection

Like PVA, a carp angler can’t have enough artificial/plastic hook baits. Plastic baits are super handy when getting a bite can be a matter of switching to a colour of hookbait that’s working at the time. Plastic baits have accounted for so many epic captures over the years and ideal as a single hookbaits or tipping off ‘real’ baits.

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Enterprise tackle is well known for producing top quality plastic baits, they can take on flavours and colours exceptionally well. Recently Enterprise Tackle started producing a range of selection boxes, including a selection of plastic corn baits and a variety of course and carp fishing plastic hookbaits. These are very well priced and make useful carp fishing gifts.

http://enterprisetackle.co.uk/category/selection-boxes

Gift card

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If you’ve got this far and still have no ideas then why not give your carp angler a gift card. Online tackle retailers such as Angling Direct offer an ideal gift card option. You can buy gift cards ranging from £10-£1000, which you can redeem online and spend on a large range of carp fishing gear.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading our safe but impressive Christmas gift guide. If you have any comments on anything featured in this guide make sure you leave them in the comments below, we’re happy to help.

If you need more gift ideas, check out last years still relevant The Best Christmas Presents For Carp Anglers 2015 guide.

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Best Carp Reels? The Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd Review

In this weeks tackle review, we take a look the Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd big pit carp reel.

I’ve been using these reels for a few weeks now, so will share my thoughts including all the top features and will be keeping this review up to date regularly.

So what did I want from a new carp reel?

Well I needed a big pit carp reel that guaranteed me reliability, built from quality components, which are lightweight and stylish but not too expensive.

When researching for new carp reels I looked at videos, reviews and asked other anglers their recommended big pit carp reel, I was recommended by a lot of anglers to check out the Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd reels.

Big pit carp reels from a design perspective haven’t really changed in the last 10 years, but Shimano are known for listening to anglers feedback and by making small improvements and tweaks, has resulted in the production of the best carp reels on the market.

I’m so far very impressed with them and are definitely the best carp reels I’ve ever used.

Below is my full review including all the features that make up these carp reels.

The Review

One of Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd’s main features is the instant drag, going from taking line to a tight drag when playing the fish with a single turn.

There’s no need for continued turning like a lot of other carp reels on the market, giving you ultimate control. This is great for weedy or snaggy waters where reel control can prevent you from losing a fish of a lifetime.

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The next feature I noticed on first inspection may sound a little silly, but these reels have a simple but well designed line clip.

I’ve used a few different carp reels throughout the years, which included fiddly, cheap and flimsy line clips so the line clip on the Shimano’s are one of the little things that makes them one of the best reels on the market.

The reel includes a unique slow oscillation and brilliant line lay, which means the line can pull off the spool fast. The slow oscillation is great for distance casting, making the reels ideal for most European type waters.

One of the main things I notice when using the reels for the first time was how lightweight they are compared to others I’ve used in the past.

In my opinion they’re half the weight of my old Wychwood exorcist reels which makes casting very enjoyable and keeps my overall tackle weight down yet again, which is great for the mobile angler.

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One of the biggest issues I’ve had with reels in the past is the line getting caught up in the back of the spool, resulting in you having the take off the spool, sort out the twisted line and put the spool back on again.

The Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd reels come with a unique line guard, which is placed behind the spool, that eradicates the line issue, which is a big thumbs up for me.

These reels have silky smooth handle turning, this is due the bearings and gear system hidden away in the reel.

The reel comes in matt black with chrome parts throughout, giving it a super stylish look and in my opinion the best looking reels on the market.

These reels work well in conjunction with Gardner’s HD line and is super simple to re spool line onto it.

These are excellent carp reels for the money and most likely, the best carp reels you will find for under £150.

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The key features include:

  • Super Slow Oscillation
  • Instant Drag (1 Turn)
  • Lightweight (645g)
  • Large line capacity
  • Comes with a spare spool and accessories

How much?

Buy cheap and buy twice is something that comes to mind when I think of carp reels.

I’ve been through numerous carp reels ranging from £50- £80 and seem to last for a few years. If your into your carp fishing and looking for a well built, reliable reel that I’ve been told can last for over 10 years than a Shimano carp reel could be the one for you.

You can find the Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd big pit carp reels for around £159 each from most Shimano stockists. You can also find the them a little cheaper at around £127 from sites such as ebay and amazon.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this review of the Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd carp reels. If you have any questions about the reel I’ll be happy to answer them in the comments below.

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