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Pleasant summer temperatures, a place by the water and a cool drink together with a fishing rod is a wishful thinking of every fisherman. In order for the experience to be even better and to be remembered for a long time, one or two big fish should of course be caught. For many fishermen in Austria and Germany, carp are the most popular fish, and the right carp rod is of course a great help. With our big carp rod test 2022 we want to help you find the right carp rod for you. We have summarised the most important criteria and selected some products for you.




Summary

  • There are some characteristics of carp rods that you should consider. Above all, the casting weight, the rod action, the ringing and the material play a major role.
  • Although telescopic rods have a remarkable market share in carp rods, plug-in rods are usually preferred. These have fewer parts and are more stable, which makes it possible to catch larger carp.
  • Most carp rods are made from fibreglass or carbon. Although fibreglass models are cheaper, advanced anglers tend to use carbon models because of their lightness and stability.

The Best Carp Rods: Our Picks

Buying and evaluation criteria for carp rods

The criteria you can use to compare carp rods with each other include:

In the next step, we explain what you should look for in the various criteria:

Rod length

Carp rods are available in different lengths. The main thing you should consider is the area you want to fish. If you prefer to fish from the shore, the carp rod should be a little longer so that you have a longer reach. However, if you prefer to fish by boat and are not close to the shore, a shorter carp rod is more suitable.

Carp rods are available in lengths between 270 centimetres and 390 centimetres. A very popular length is 360 centimetres, as this variant has a relatively long reach and is also suitable for boat fishing.

If you are mainly travelling by boat, a shorter version will suffice. If you prefer to fish in different waters and areas, a rod length between 340 centimetres and 360 centimetres is a good option.

Test curve / casting weight

Casting weight is usually measured in pounds. However, it is not the weight when casting that is measured, but the weight necessary to reach the test curve. The carp rod is held straight and weight is added until the curve makes a quarter circle or reaches an angle of 90 degrees. In order to calculate the actual casting weight, pounds must first be converted into grams ( 1 pound = 454 grams). Then the result is divided by 16 to get the actual casting weight. As a general rule, however, 1 pound of casting weight is roughly equivalent to 30 grams. To give you a better overview of the suitable casting weight, we have compiled a table with the different categories:

Weight Use
0 - 2.5 lb Carp rods up to 2.5 pounds are mainly for catching smaller carp. This casting weight is suitable for short range and still waters.
2.5 - 3.5 lb The most popular casting weight for carp rods is 3 pounds. This weight is suitable for both small and large carp. Furthermore, with this casting weight you can also fish in diverse waters and currents without any problems.
3.5 - 4.5 lb This casting weight is particularly suitable for catching larger carp or for longer reach. However, casting weights of more than 4 pounds are rarely used.

Weight

The weight of a carp rod plays only a secondary role and depends mainly on the material of the rod. Although a lighter carp rod is more comfortable to drill, it has only a minimal influence when catching fish. When it comes to the weight of a carp rod, you should basically just make sure that the rod and the reel have a good ratio. This makes it much easier to handle when drilling.

Ringing

The ringing has an important influence on the casting distance. Although the rod action and the test curve are the most important components here, you should also pay attention to the ringing. There are two different types of rings: single rings and double rings. In contrast to double rings, single rings are a little smaller and therefore have a little less weight. The disadvantage of single rings is that they are not as stable and are therefore only suitable for smaller fish and little resistance.

A carp rod should not have more than 5 or 6 rings.

This ringing is often used on smaller carp rods, as these are mostly meant for calm waters and small fish anyway. Most carp rods have double rings, as these are extremely stable and better suited to catching carp. You should also pay attention to the number of rings and the size of the rings. The more rings and the smaller they are, the greater the friction effect. This affects the range. Basically, a carp rod should not have more than five or six rings and these should have a diameter of at least 40 millimetres.

Material

The material plays an important role in a carp rod and prices can therefore vary greatly. High-quality carp rods are usually made of carbon fibre or carbon, as this material is extremely light and therefore easier to use. It is also a very stable material that makes catching fish much easier.

Carp rods with carbon fibre are preferred by anglers because they provide more stability and lightness.

Cheaper models are often made of glass fibre and are therefore a little more difficult to handle. This material is heavier than carbon fibre and also not as stable.

Rod action

The rod action is an important criterion that you should consider before buying a carp rod. The rod action describes the behaviour of the carp rod during drilling. There are four different rod actions:

  • Parabolic action: With parabolic action, the whole rod moves and works in all directions. Due to a low backbone, only minimal pressure can be built up on the fish and this rod action is therefore particularly suitable for catching smaller carp. This action is popular in calm waters with few obstructions, as the large range of movement can create a lot of fun when drilling.
  • Semi-parabolic action: As the name suggests, this action can bend in half. Compared to the parabolic action, these rods have a stronger backbone, which means that more pressure can be exerted on the fish and therefore larger carp can be caught. In addition, the semi-parabolic action also allows a longer casting distance and can therefore also be used for drilling on the bank.
  • Progressiveaction: With a progressive action, only the tip bends with light movements, but with higher resistance the entire rod is set in motion. These characteristics make the progressive action particularly suitable for long casts and make it easier to catch carp.
  • Tip action: With tip action only the tip is set in motion. Rods with a tip action have a strong backbone, but they are not suitable for larger fish. Due to the minimal range of movement, the pressure of the fish must be cushioned by the arms and can therefore be very tiring.

Decision: What types of carp rods are there and which is the right one for you?

If you are interested in a carp rod, you have the following options to choose from:

Type Use
Telescopic rod The telescopic rod is suitable for beginners and holidaymakers.
Plug rod The plug rod is suitable for beginners as well as experts, as it is available in various versions and provides more stability.

Telescopic rod

Telescopic rods have only a small market share in carp rods. Telescopic rods are constructed in several parts, which reduces the carrying capacity. This feature makes this type of rod somewhat unstable, making it unsuitable for catching larger carp. The telescopic rod is an option for holidays and suitable for catching smaller carp. As a beginner, a telescopic rod can also be sufficient. However, if you plan to use your carp rod long-term and for larger carp, this type of rod is less recommended.

Advantages
  • Inexpensive
  • For beginners and for holidays
  • Takes up little space
Disadvantages
  • Unstable
  • Multiple parts
  • Mainly for small carp

Tuck rod

The tuck rod is the preferred option for most fishermen. It is important to note that plug-in rods are available with a different number of parts. Normally, these rods consist of one to four parts. It should be noted that a smaller number of parts makes the rod more stable. The number of pieces should depend on the size of carp you want to catch. It is easier to drill with a more stable rod and therefore fewer pieces are usually preferred. However, you should bear in mind that fewer parts also take up more space and this can lead to problems during transport. Therefore, a 2-piece rod is often preferred, as it is not only relatively stable, but also relatively easy to transport.

Advantages
  • Stability
  • Available in different versions
  • Large and small carp
Disadvantages
  • Fewer parts take up more space

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Guide: Frequently asked questions about carp rods answered in detail

In order to simplify the purchase decision, we will also go into particularly frequently asked questions below.

Who is a carp rod suitable for?

Carp rods are suitable for beginners, hobby fishermen and professional fishermen. Carp are very popular fish among anglers, as the fish is considered a delicious food and can be a lot of fun to drill due to its weight and size.

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A wishful thinking of every fisherman: a blue sky, a calm environment and waiting for the first catch. To make this event even more fun, suitable equipment should not be missing.
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Carp live in fresh water and can be found in many European ponds. Therefore, a carp rod is suitable both for the pond at home and for holidays.

What action should a carp rod have?

In order to find the right rod action for your carp rod, you should first consider which areas and waters you prefer to fish in. There are four different types of rod action: parabolic action, semi-parabolic action, progressive action and tip action.

There are four different rod actions for carp rods: parabolic action, semi-parabolic action, progressive action and tip action.

Before you choose your carp rod, you should first consider whether you prefer fishing on the bank or on a boat. Then the rod action also depends on the waters and their currents. In strong currents, the carp rod should have a more stable backbone, but in calm waters this criterion is only of secondary importance. Another criterion is the size of the carp. With a parabolic action it is difficult to catch larger carp because the radius of movement is very large. For larger carp, both the semi-parabolic action and the progressive action are suitable.

What length carp rod should I buy?

The suitable length of the carp rod depends on the desired range. Shorter rods between 2.70 metres and 3.40 metres are particularly suitable for fishing at the boat or close to the shore. These lengths are extremely easy to handle, but they have a smaller range.

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Fishing on holiday at sunset? You should have a high-quality rod so that you can also drill in stronger currents.
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However, if you prefer a reach that extends beyond the edge of the bank, a rod between 3.60 metres and 3.90 metres is recommended. Anglers fishing in different waters prefer carp rods with a length of 3.60 metres, as this can be used in most areas without any problems.

What casting weight should a carp rod have?

The casting weight depends on the size of the carp and the waters you plan to fish. For example, if you plan to catch small carp in still waters, a casting weight of up to 2.5 pounds is generally sufficient. If you like to fish in different waters and you also want to catch bigger carp, we recommend a casting weight of 3 pounds. This will allow you to fish in waters with stronger currents as well as catch larger carp. There are also carp rods with more than 3.5 pounds, but these are usually only used for larger carp or strong currents.

How can I catch a carp?

Carp are very popular targets for many anglers as they are both a popular food and a lot of fun to drill. Carp are one of the larger fish species, especially in Germany and Austria, and it can be a great experience for both beginners and advanced anglers.

Can I also catch other fish species with a carp rod?

Although a carp rod is basically designed for catching carp, you can also use it for other types of fish. Of course, there are different rods for different types of fish, but you will save a lot of money if you use your carp rod for other fish as well.

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