5 of the Effective Rod Pods Money Can Buy for Carp Fishing

Top five rod rods in carp fishingThis week, we check out the top five rod pods for carp fishing.

In a world where using banksticks and buzz bars are the most fashionable and reliable way to present your rods on the bank, ready for a bite, there maybe be times when this type of setup is not that effective.

When your fishing somewhere where there is uneven ground, gravel or wooden platform swims, using a rod pod can save the day.

Rod pods offer your rods stability on the most uneven of ground, your rods will be positioned at the same height and rod pods are usually easy to set up and pack away on the bank.

Below is our top 5 rod pods for carp fishing, listed in no particular order. We created this top 5 by taking into consideration the features offered by each rod pod, the design and overall quality.

So without anymore time to waste, let’s get started!

Cygnet Quicklock Rod Pod

  • Easy to assemble and pack away
  • Buzz bars are included, alarms and butt rests can be left on for an even quicker setup
  • Fully adjustable legs and pod length
  • Slick black design
  • Includes rod pod bag

You can find it here

Fox X Pod Plus with Goal Post Buzz Bars

Fox X Pod Plus with Goal Post Buzz Bars

  • Adjustable legs and pod length
  • Supremely light and boasts stability on any ground surface
  • Easy to transport
  • Quick and easy set up
  • Includes pair of 3 Rod ‘Rod Lok’ Buzz Bars

You can find it here

Nash H-Gun Rod Pod

nash rod pod

  • Available in 2 rod and 3 rod versions which include buzz bars
  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Fully adjustable pod length and legs
  • Bank sticks can be removed from the pod and used as separate bank sticks if you wish to do so
  • Includes a compact carry bag

You can find it here

Fox Black Label Compact Pod

  • The most compact rod pod on the market
  • Would most likely fit any carp luggage such as a backpack or tackle bag
  • Full adjustable legs and pod length
  • Use with 2-Rod and 3-Rod Black Label Buzz Bars (not included but sold separately)
  • A slick black design used throughout

You can find it here

JAG Black Super Compact Pod Kit

  • Super light and fast set-up design
  • Built using only the highest quality materials which you would expect from Jag
  • Fully adjustable and fits compactly in its included carry bag
  • 3 rod buzz bars are included
  • Quality UK made product

You can find it here

Our thoughts

There many rod pods on the market but you’ve just read our top five.

We recommend if you’re on a budget to consider the Cygnet Quicklock Rod Pod or the Nash H-Gun Rod Pod.

If you take you fishing seriously and are looking for a reliable rod pod, that’s strong and stable and is to the highest quality, we recommend the JAG Black Super Compact Pod Kit.

Conclusion

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5 Handy Gadgets for Carp Fishing – Part 1

mobile carp fishingA gadget specifically designed for a carp angler can make an experience of carp fishing on the bank just that much more enjoyable.

This week we take a look at 5 handy gadgets designed for the carp angling enthusiast.

This guide is designed to list gadgets useful to every type of carp angler, whether you’re a pleasure type angler or a hardcore 24/7 angler.

And when we say gadgets it doesn’t need be complicated but it must be super useful to carp anglers whilst on the bank.

Let’s get started…

Aqua Black Series Rig Tying Tray


This product essentially is a sturdy platform with raised edges, perfect for tying and sorting out your rigs on your lap whilst on the bank.

The bottom of the rig tray has plenty on polystyrene beads inside so it can lay perfectly flat on your lap and giving you extra comfort. Whilst designed with rig making in mind it can be used in a matter of different ways, such as dinner tray.

You can find it here

RidgeMonkey Action Station


The RidgeMonkey Action Station is an all-purpose robust session essentials tackle tray with a sliding lid to keep all the items inside, nice and dry. The thing that sets this item apart from the others is it also includes a 3 way adjustable clamp allowing you to place the action station essentially anywhere you want.

You can find it here

Gardner Deluxe Weed Rake


This product is great for those times when you just can’t find a clear spot in the weed. It can be easily attached to your line (ideally braid) and casted out, creating a perfect clear spot to present you rig on to. No need to use a huge uncastable weed rake and this product can be easily kept safe in any tackle box due to its compact size.

You can find it here

Highlander Compact Gas Heater


These type of compact heaters are perfect for sessions in the harsh winter seasons. Extremely lightweight, compact and can heat up your bivvy relatively quickly. Includes a sturdy handle and swivel body functionality. Apart from it being a super useful winter gadget, it’s also cheap so it’s highly recommended.

You can find it here

Korda Krusha


This product is a super effect hand held bait crusher. Although designed with crushing boilies in mind the Korda Krusha can break down most baits available for carp fishing including pellets and tigernuts.

You can crush baits into bigger pieces, ideal for particle/spod mixes or you can crush your chosen bait into a fine dust, ideal for stick mixes and groundbaits.

The Korda Krusha is simple you use and fits compactly into any item of carp luggage, we highly recommend them.

You can find it here

Conclusion

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Best Bite Indicators? A Buyer’s Guide to the Best Indicators in Carp Fishing

This week we’re going to check out the best bite indicators on the market, designed with the carp angler in mind.

Why are indicators useful?

Well it says it in its name, it indicates bites. It helps aid your bite alarms, giving you the sensitivity you need from different weather or fishing conditions.

If setup correctly, any time you hear your alarm beep it could be a real bite and not false indication.

Below is our guide to the best indicators on the market that will suit every type of angler and every angling situation.

Let’s get started!

FOX Black Label Slik Bobbin

  • Dual purpose adjustable Slik Clip for improved bobbin sensitivity
  • Supplied with a 3ins Black Ball Chain, a Slim Head and a Hockey Stick
  • Fully interchangeable parts, which allows you to create different types of indicator for every situation on the bank
  • Comes in 7 different colours: Gun Smoke, Red, Orange, Purple, White, Green and Blue
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Korda Black and Whites Bobbin

  • Supplied with two different weights, light chains with unique magnetic bayonet style hockey stick.
  • Fully adjustable line clip, where line flows through the clip and is not gripped.
  • The new style hockey stick is fully compatible with the existing Korda ‘Stow’ range
  • Comes in two different colours… black and white
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Delkim NiteLite Pro Illuminating Hanger

  • Illuminating hanger with no need for a isotope
  • Compatible with any Delkim Plus Alarm
  • Magnetic line clip
  • Extremely strong and solid design
  • Fully interchangeable weights sold separately
  • Available in six different colours: Pink, Red, White, Blue, Green and Orange

You can find them here

Delkim SlimLite Indications

  • Slim lightweight illuminated hanger
  • Compatible with any Delkim Plus Alarm
  • Including 3 different interchangeable weights
  • Line clip and free running functionality
  • Ideal for slack and tight lines

You can find them here

Gardner Bug Indicators

  • Dual position precision line clip moulded in reinforced nylon will not damage your line
  • Supplied with New 15cm Anti-Rust Ball Chain
  • Extended antennae will grip line, allowing to fish slack lines & avoid wind bleeps
  • Quick & easy to convert, just screw the parts together in seconds
  • Comes in 6 different colours: Orange, White, Red, Purple, Green, Carbon
  • Comes in various shapes, sizes and weights

You can find them here

ESP Barrel Bobbins

  • Barrel Bobbin with interchangeable ball clips
  • Interchangeable grip clips
  • 3g stainless add-on weight
  • Stainless hockey stick
  • Include different weight and chain sizes
  • Comes in 7 different colours: White, Orange, Yellow, Purple, Blue, Red and Green

You can find them here

Korum Bite Indicators

  • 4″ mega-strong chain included
  • 12″ lightweight cord included
  • 5g interchangeable weight included
  • Four interchangeable bobbin heads including a glow in the dark head which comes with the set
  • Isotope compatible (takes 6mm x 2mm isotope)

You can find them here

JAG Safe Liner Indicators

  • Ideal for short range and slack lines
  • Solid stainless steel design and comes in two different coloured bodies: steel and black
  • Coloured inserts are available separately, giving you a unique looking indicator
  • Dacron cord indicator chain
  • Hockey sticks are purchased separately and not included with the indicator
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Wychwood Slug Bobbins

  • Includes a two-point pivot system giving you a unique form of indication, allowing you to pivot the head in anyway you want
  • Ideal for both slack lines and tight lines
  • It includes one multi-functional head, one spare white body, one 3 inch and 8 inch chain, one 12 inch dacron cord and 3 interchangeable weights
  • Comes in a variety of colours including: White, Acid Pink, Groovy Orange and Lean Green
  • Interchangeable weights are available separately

You can find them here

Korda Stow Indicators

  • Designed to make small adjustments easy, without removing the alarm etc
  • Line clip style indication
  • Interchangeable chain lengths and weights are available separately
  • Comes in a variety of colours including: Black, Orange, Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Purple and Green
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Avid Carp Bobbins

  • A fully interchangeable set including: 4 inch chain, 15 inch chain, hockey stick, 2 sizes of heads, 2.5g and 5g weight and two styles of line clip: free running clip and line clip style ideal for slack lines
  • Comes in six different colours: Yellow, Clear, Purple, Green, Blue and Orange
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

The Verdict

In our opinion the FOX Black Label Slik Bobbin have to be our best overall choice that we would highly recommend to every carp angler.


They range covers every type of fishing situation, the overall design is very stylish and they come at very affordable price. Simple to use and highly reliable.

If you’re a Delkim bite alarm user, the Delim Illuminated Hanger or SlimLite indicator would be well worth the higher price tag.

Both these indicators work extremely well in conjunction with any Delkim bite alarm, offering you plenty of bite sensitivity options and other functionality you won’t find with a conventional indicator and have been built to the high quality you would expect from Delkim.

Conclusion

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The Best Night Fishing Lighting System? The Bivelite Bivvy Lighting and Pressure Mat System Review

This week’s tackle review is the new Pressure Mat Lighting System from Bivelite.

The Bivvy Lighting and Pressure Mat System is an pressure activated lighting system, ideal for any night fishing situation.

I’ve been looking for a product like this for a long time, but does this lighting system by Bivelite really live up to our expectations?

Thanks for reading and let’s get started…

The Review

My first thoughts of the Bivelite lighting system was how great the quality all the components are, that are included in the system.

The light system has been purposely designed for anglers who prefer not wear a headtorch while sleeping whilst night fishing, as this can be uncomfortable to some.

The bivvy light system includes the following:

  • Two bivvy lights, one is a reading light and one is runs light which turns on when pressure is applied to the included pressure mat
  • Includes a control box so you can easily switch from the reading light to the activated runs light
  • Comes with a camo velcro bag to keep all the items safe, such as the included wires, lights and control box

The lighting system is fairly simple to set up and pack away after a few attempts. Magnets are included in the system which are handy for attaching the lights to anywhere you wish on your bivvy, but if you are prone to losing small things, a coin (not copper) will work just as well for attaching the lights to the bivvy.

The whole lighting system is run on a single 9 volt battery which is impressive achievement and should last you a decent amount of time.

Being a wired system this may put off some anglers but the wires included are of high quality and are long enough to be used on larger bivvies.

The lighting system includes a bivvy mat but the pressure mat system will work in conjunction with any other bivvy mat. Simply slip the pressure mat inside your chosen bivvy mat or put it underneath it and you’re good to go!

How can it be better?

Below is a list of my thoughts on how this product can be improved in the future.

  • A wireless system kit that includes two lights, a run type light and a reading light
  • Optional modular light system including a waterproof light or led strip, which could be purchased separately
  • A non camo option for the lights and mat
  • Although I had no issues myself, it would of been a nice touch for the bivvy matt to have been gripped on both sides

After talking to Bivvylite, I believe they are working on a wireless system and could possibly include multiple different types of lights like I mentioned above, so look out for this on their website or Facebook page.

What’s the verdict?

This lighting system by Bivelite is of high quality and would be great for those who dislike wearing a headlight while sleeping during night fishing and want to go from their bedchair to rods without faffing around in the dark trying to turn on a light.

The system is lightweight and doesn’t take up a great deal of space and is highly recommended.

How much and where can you find it?

The Bivelite Bivvy Lighting and Pressure Mat System is retailed at £39.99. It can be purchased on eBay or BivvyLite’s own website.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading our review of the Bivelite Bivvy Lighting and Pressure Mat System.

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4 Successful Carp Rigs You Should Try This Spring

Spring Rigs

This week, we take a look at the most successful and popular rigs to use in the spring months.

With longer daylight, carp will be starting to wake up and starting to feed, so we thought it would be great time to talk about the best rigs to use at this time of the year.

Although they will be starting to feed it’s always good to start a spring session with a small amount of free offerings. Using rigs that are not too obvious, that can be picked up with by shy sluggish carp and can give you a good hook hold, would be an effective rig to use this spring.

Thanks for checking out this guide and let’s get started…

The Chod Rig

The chod rig is the ideal rig especially if you don’t know what lake bottom you’re fishing over. A great rig for silky, choddy and light weed lake bottoms and presents itself very well, ready for the fish to pick it up. There are so many variations of this rig but we believe the most effective way to fish the chod rig is to fish is naked (no leader) with a semi slack line and a short chod rig.

If you like to know the list of items to make this rig please click here,
which will take you to the useful links section below this guide.

The Ronnie Rig

The Ronnie rig is a pop up rig that sits not as obvious on the lake bottom which is great for capturing those cautious big carp. It also offers great hooking properties and has very flexible presentation on the lake bottom. It can be a little complicated to tie at first but can be very effect for big carp so it’s all worth the learning curve.

If you like to know the list of items to make this rig please click here,
which will take you to the useful links section below this guide.

Balanced Rig

A very popular rig with lots of well-known anglers. The balanced rig (may have other names) is a semi buoyant rig with a longish hair and can be set to sink a different speeds depending on what lake bottom you are fishing on.

The balanced rig is essentially a 6-9inch hair rig, long hair, a single buoyant bait like a pop up boilie and a shot to sink the rig. Use a larger shot for quick sinking and a smaller shot for slow sinking if you’re fishing over weed or debris. Ideally use a semi stiff hooklink material so if the rig is blown out of the way by a fish it will reset the presentation of the rig, ready for a fish to pick it up.

If you like to know the list of items to make this rig please click here,
which will take you to the useful links section below this guide.

IQ D-Rig

The IQ D-Rig is a great bottom bait rig which has excellent hooking properties. It’s fairly simple to tie and works great with a single boilie or boilie and plastic corn combo. Great rig for a casting at distance due to the semi stiffness of the IQ fluorocarbon hooklink. This rig has been made famous by Korda’s Danny Fairbrass and other well-known anglers and is one of their favourite all rounder bottom bait rigs to use especially in spring.

If you like to know the list of items to make this rig please click here,
which will take you to the useful links section below this guide.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading our top carp rigs to use this spring. If you have any questions or if you have any favourite rigs you like to use this time of the year then please share them in the comments below.

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Useful links section

Items you will need to make a Chod Rig

Items you will need to make a Ronnie Rig

Items you will need to make a Balanced Rig

Items you will need to make a IQ D Rig

My Carp Fishing Setup 2017 Part 2 “Luggage, Shelters and Gadgets”

mirror carpThis week we take a look at my very own carp fishing setup guide which is part TWO of the series.

If you missed part one please check it out here, it includes the rods, reels, rod support and bite indication tackle I currently use in my carp fishing set up.

This guide has been designed to help newcomers to carp fishing and also help those experienced anglers that are looking to upgrade and change their current tackle set up.

In this part of my carp fishing set up guide I will be showing you the chairs, luggage, shelters and other useful items I use in my own carp fishing.

Thank you for reading and let’s get started…

Chair

JRC Stealth X-Lite Recliner ChairThe JRC X-lite Chair is one of the lightest, compact chairs on the market and has to be one of my favourites.

It’s very low and comfortable but if you’re looking for a chair with ultimate comfort this may not be the chair for you as it has no major padding or head/neck support.

Great addition if you’re looking to scale down your overall tackle weight or travel around a lot.

Bedchair

The bedchair I use is the super light and compact Wychwood Tactical Bedchair. It’s very stylish, packs away quickly and I highly recommend it.
wychwood tactical bedchair

Luggage

Luggage again is all down to personal preference and whatever suits your storage requirements. Personally I don’t really like to take to many bags so I often only take a rod bag and tackle/food bag.

Rod Bag

foxquiver
I use a Fox Royale Quiver Combo to store my rods in, also a Trakker Sanctuary Retention Sling, Wychwood net and Avid distance sticks all fit into it. The quiver comes with 3 separate zipped rod sleeves, allowing you to store rods and reels already set up and ready to cast out into the lake. The quiver is fully secure, includes useful handles for putting it in the car, plenty of pockets and is very lightweight and surprisingly compact.

Tackle/Food Bag

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Continuing with the Fox Royal range, I use the Fox Royale Cooler Food Bag System to keep my food and tackle in. This bag is great from short sessions or if used just as a food bag it could keep you going for a few weeks. The bag comes with all the pockets you will need and includes a Fox branded cooking cutlery set too. The straps and handles are well-built and extremely padded and I highly recommend it.

Transportation

carpporter
For transporting my gear around I use the ever faithful Carp Porter MK2 barrow. Apart from replacing the original tyre with a puncture proof tyre, it’s been very reliable over the past 6/7 years. I probably will never replace it and just replace certain parts when they get too old and possibly give it a repaint job. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a reliable barrow.

Shelters

Wychwood Brolly
I mainly use my Wychwood Solace Oval Brolly as it’s super quick to set up, lightweight and compact.

maxpluschubbivvy
If I’m doing a longer session, and need more room or it’s during the winter months I will use my Chub RS-Plus Max Bivvy. The Chub Bivvy is well-built, roomy, can withstand strong winds, includes a peaked extended roof and rod straps, which is great for changing your rigs quickly.

Cookware

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Cookware is another that’s really down to personal preference. I currently use a Fox stove and Wychwood compact kettle. Both small, compact and just work.

I don’t do a lot of cooking on the bank but I am contemplating purchasing a RidgeMonkey Toaster Pan, they look very simple to use and easy to clean.

Other useful tackle

Conclusion

carpfishingsetupThanks for reading My Carp Fishing Set up Part Two and I hope you found it useful in any way.

If you have any questions on my current carp fishing set up or would like to see us review a curtain item of tackle, please give us a comment below.

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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

gardner hd line
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

foxblacklabelrange
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.

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