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   Old Thread  #52 15 May 2022 at 2.28pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Good Iím pleased we are both part of the 1% group.

Iím not advocating the op wastes money I think you can cut the learning experience and faffing about moving up the scale of equipment. To me there are benefits from both approaches. I do think getting casting lessons would be money well spent and allow the Op to experience a few different rods.
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   Old Thread  #51 15 May 2022 at 1.54pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Not really. Iím a sarcastic **** and I often say what I think which upsets people.
The fact remains that buying high end gear when you donít know why or what aspect of carp fishing you prefer can be a costly mistake. Nobody wants to waste money, least of all those who have worked hard to earn it
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   Old Thread  #50 15 May 2022 at 1.53pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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To be fair 99% of people on here are great. We have different views at times which is healthy.
To clarify Noj is part of that 99%
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   Old Thread  #49 15 May 2022 at 1.51pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I wasnít suggesting 20lb fish as small fry, I still love catching tench. Iíd treat all fish with the same respect as Iím sure we all do. Iíll always remember hearing on the grape vine during the 80s that Nash unfortunately dropped a 40lb sadly, from that equipment developed. One of the first items I purchased as a kid was a decent unhooking mat.
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   Old Thread  #48 15 May 2022 at 1.41pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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noj your a nice fella aint you

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   Old Thread  #47 15 May 2022 at 1.39pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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That is great advise one that I would equally advocate. And probably why I still have three sets as Iíd get little for them if I sold a set.

My initial intention was to offer alternative possibilities for the op to consider. There isnít a one size fits all in this life.
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   Old Thread  #46 15 May 2022 at 1.38pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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iv had 20s when course and match fishing at places like bodington res and larford lakes! Not novice in fishing bud just not had the experience going for big carp!

yah just saying that if i want smaller carp id just carry on course/match fishing! And said holme fen because i like bigger waters not just because got monster carp
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   Old Thread  #45 15 May 2022 at 1.31pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I really think you are missing the point, why do people wear 100k watches or iPhone cases covered in diamonds. Out of my reach and maybe off point hereís another example I could buy a black and decker drill or a Dewalt or a Hilti. I believe the Hilti to be the best I may only need it for putting a few screws in and like shoes I invest my money wisely and buy quality knowing from all sorts of examples that in the most part paying for good quality equipment usually pays for its self in the long term.

I have seen people like to look of a particular CD player a well liked brand, auditioned it and willingly spend 12 grand on one, in one instance a particular lady bought her son one as well.

Sorry Noj I re-read your post and you where on the money regarding err money spent. As for size of fish Iíve put another post on
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   Old Thread  #44 15 May 2022 at 1.29pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I would recommend seriously considering going down the second hand route. Carp fishing has always been a rotisserie of gear with people chopping and changing gear for no practical reason whatsoever. As such, there's some great bargains to be had on the second hand market if you've content with (a) not owning the latest model and (b) not bothered about using the most in-vogue rod spec. For example, I regularly see the older Century and Harrison model rods for between £50 - £125 each on ebay.
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   Old Thread  #43 15 May 2022 at 1.20pm  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Yes. Especially the first post where the chap states he doesnít know what lengths and test curves to go with and his other thread asking when to use a solid bag.
No offence intended to anybody but if youíre asking those questions thereís very little point in having tackle worth double what Terry Hearn and Jim Shelley use.
I donít care if somebody uses Rolex straps as hangers and free lined truffles as bait, itís their money. Itís the dismissive attitude of 20s as small fry that comes across as arrogant and ignorant
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   Old Thread  #42 15 May 2022 at 1.06pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Have you even bothered to read the thread. The chap claimed he was a tackle tart from the off and provided a list of equipment that would cost more than most avid carp anglers wish list.

I am assuming he has been fishing for sometime and heís not new to
sport, for all I know this guy could go shark fishing.

I get where you are coming from as I certainly wouldnít ďbe able toĒ get the finest set up from the off else I would have donít it 35 years ago (obviously things move on). None the less Iíve worked for many a person that will buy the best they can.

Again anglers that went from catching 20lb fish in the UK to catching 50/60/70s in France Iím not suggesting you go into it willy nilly as we have the internet which has lots of information.

Offer the guy and myself some words of wisdom about larger fish. as he is hell bent in doing it regardless of what we say.



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   Old Thread  #41 15 May 2022 at 7.12am  3Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Gentle You need to be confident, not gentle.
Iím not talking about how heavy a fish is. Pretty sure locals on Holme fen and the like would be really chuffed if a newcomer accidentally dropped or tethered a big fish because its all a learning curve isnít it?
And rodsÖ thereís no point buying high end with attributes you donít actually understand yet. Buy the best by all means if you can afford it, but 3-4k for your first set up is bonkers
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   Old Thread  #40 15 May 2022 at 2.13am  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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No itís not, one set was purchased of my selling 2/3 of my inheritance of my Grandfathers Trout and Salmon gear I kept the rest once I retire from carp fishing I a decade or so.

It will be interesting to hear what Rods you like/purchase.
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   Old Thread  #39 15 May 2022 at 2.04am  1Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I hadnít handled a 20 before I caught one nor a 30 if you have had plenty of tench bream and smaller carp then imho should be fine with larger fish, just be gentle.. Iíd like to catch a 50 and have the potential to do so on one of the waters I still planning on fishing I canít practice holding one prior to catching one.

By all means be prepared and have decent sized mats etc.it is worth noting though that a landing net with a collapsible spreader block is imo essential for larger fish.
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   Old Thread  #38 14 May 2022 at 11.54pm  Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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I guess this is where the point of different strokes for different folks applies, if itís what heíll enjoy then he should do it 🙂
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