How to Clean and Keep Your Carp Tackle in Pristine Condition

Cleaning your carp reelsThis week we look at how you can keep your carp tackle looking brand new without breaking the bank.

With spring just around the corner, now is the best time for cleaning and making sure your tackle is in top condition.

In this guide we will look at the products and techniques that will keep your tackle in pristine condition, ready for the new fishing season.

Let’s get started…


With many different techniques for cleaning rods we simply recommend using multi purpose cleaning wipes for the rod blank.

For the rods guides, clean them using cotton buds heavily coated with WD40.

Cork Handles

If your rods have cork handles and are looking a little worn or damaged, we recommend cleaning them, filling in the gaps with cork dust paste (Carpenter’s Wood Filler) then use a standard coarse and fine finishing sandpaper on the handle.

Custom rod companies such as Cotswolds Rods offer a refurbishment and rebuild service, if you would much rather a professional bring your old rods back to life.


To bring your reels back to life we recommend firstly washing the reels with warm water and then dry with a fine fibre cloth.

Lightly top up any of the moving parts with an oil lubricant (3 In One Multi Purpose Drip Oil) this will leave the reels feeling as smooth as when you first used them.

Cleaning reels

We don’t advise you lubricate them excessively as this can have a negative effect on the reel mechanism.

If your having any major issues with your reel, companies such as Shimano offer a reel refurbishment service.


If your bivvy is looking a little worn you may need to replenish it’s waterproof coating.

Brands such as Trakker recommend Fabsil Universal Fabric Cleaner and Fabsil Gold Reproofer which will clean the fabrics and give the bivvy a brand new waterproof coating.

Other useful products

WD40 – Great on any metal items such as bank sticks, bedchairs and barrows, giving them a new like look and a rust protective coating.

Pledge Furniture Spray – Ideal for polishing metal and plastic items but we don’t advise you use polish on items such as rods excessively.

Summit Stainless Steel Cleaner – A cleaner specifically designed to keep stainless steel items such as bank sticks looking as good as new.

Gardner Tackle Fluoro Plus – A product design to keep your main line in pristine condition.


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Carp Tax? Where to Find Cheap Alternative Carp Fishing Tackle

We all spend a small fortune on the tackle essentials such as rods and reels, which is a must for any budding fishing enthusiast.

But there are some areas in carp fishing where you can save some of your hard-earned cash.

Ever heard of the carp tax?

Well I could’ve just made that up, but essentially the carp tax is the cost added to a generic product that is re purposed and sold to carp anglers for much more than it’s sold elsewhere.

Now I’m not saying that the carp tax is a bad thing because most tackle brands take the product and make small adjustments with the carp angler in mind but this is often cosmetic changes, for example adding camo to the product.

If these small changes are unessential to you to save you some money then you’ve come to the right place.

The items below are products very similar to products targeted to carp anglers without the carp tax which can be found at a much cheaper price.

Let’s get started…

USB Rechargeable Headlight

USB Rechargeable headlights are the latest trend with carp anglers but can be an expensive purchase. With a good search around online, similar headlights with the same features can be found at half the price.

usb headtorch for carp fishing

The iKross USB Rechargeable headlight includes most of the functionality that you will get with most carp branded headlights such as including White LED’s that can light up to 220 lumens of brightness which provides 500 feet lighting distance on high mode.

The iKross USB Rechargeable headlight includes a powerful red light mode which allows you to better preserve night vision which is ideal for casting in the dark.

The iKross USB Rechargeable headlight can be found for around £20 which is more than half the price of most USB rechargeable headlights you will find in the tackle shops, bargain!

Shrink Tube

If you love rig making and want to save some money, most shrink tubing types are used and sold in the electrification market. It can be often bought in larger quantities and at a much cheaper price than most carp branded shrink tubing.

For example, you can find 1 metre of 1.6mm brown shrink tube on Amazon for around £1.59, this is a great price and will last you a surprisingly long time.


Lots of carp brands have their own range of cookware but they can often be expensive but if we look at the camping market you can find a great deal and save a lot of money.

For example, the Aloc Kettle includes heat transfer technology which means you save fuel and will be 30 percent faster to boil. The Aloc Kettle has 0.9L volume capacity, heat proof lid, dedicated drawstring bag and can be found on Amazon for around £10 cheaper than other similar kettles.

Pop Up LED Camping Lantern

If you’re looking for cheap and cheerful LED lights to place around your swim whist night fishing then look no further than these pop up LED camping lanterns from iGadgitz.

These lights can be hanged and placed anywhere, super compact, lightweight and can be found for under £6 on places like Amazon.


We all love super stylish carpy clothing but sometimes you need to find some cheap and cheerful alternatives that still work well as bank side clothing.

Green Hoodie

You can find super cheap earthy coloured hoodies on Amazon for under £11, which are are surprisingly comfy and long-lasting.

In the winter months, waterproofs are a must if you plan to be on the bank for the duration but they can be expensive.

Don’t worry, you can find the Regatta Stormbreak Fully Waterproof Leisurewear Jacket for under £11 and will keep you nice and dry in those winter months and also a great item to always keep in the car throughout the year.

Terminal Tackle

If you fish a lot of snaggy or weedy specimen carp waters a popular technique is to drop the lead which brings the carp up in the water and can often be the only way to land these specimen carp but there is only one draw back.

Each lead lost will cost you around £2, which doesn’t sound a lot but you could end up losing around 10 leads per session and this price can build up over a period of time.

The way to save a huge amount of money is to buy leads in bulk. Company such as Buzz Tackle Leads offer bulk leads that are high in quality and each lead will cost you around 60-80 pence.

Bait Containers

If you’re a fan of pre-soaking hookbaits or simply make your own carp baits, these containers from Sourcing Map are so cheap and superb quality.

The Sourcing Map range includes containers ideal for homemade carp liquids or goos, screw lid containers that are ideal for soaking pop ups or nuts and smaller screw lid containers that are ideal for soaking plastic baits such as plastic corn.


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The Latest FREE Carp Fishing ‘Edges Volume 3’ DVD By Fox

It’s finally here! The latest installment of Fox’s Edges saga. The four hour long (Yes four hours) helpful guide features all the pro’s at Fox such as Mark Bartlett, Tom Maker, Steve Spurgeon, Lewis Porter, Scott Day, Rob Hughes and of course presented by the legend that is Ian ‘Chilly’ Chillcott.

The DVD also includes an extended version of the Fox Challenge series with Mark Pitchers which is a joy to watch. The DVD features numerous UK fisheries and covers every fishing situation. This DVD also shows of loads of new tackle from Fox including the new Fox Spomb/Spod and lots of carpy end tackle.

So what are you waiting for, sit back and relax, make a cuppa and watch this showcase of all things carpy.

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