Short rods – okay for carp?

Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

IS AN 8ft feeder rod too short for catch­ing carp?

Tom Brant, Leeds

THIS de­pends on the size of feeder you are us­ing and how far you want to cast it. You’ll not be able to reach 50 yards or so with a 30g feeder us­ing a short rod, but for a 20-yard throw with small pel­let or Method feeder, this short rod will be ideal – in fact, this type of job is just what it was made for.

A shorter rod also al­lows you to tuck it out of the way of the wind and helps no end in tighter swims that may be en­closed by trees or rushes that would get in the way if us­ing a longer rod.

An 8ft rod will also put a fish ready to be net­ted closer to the bank, a bonus when you’re catch­ing quickly and want to get back out as soon as pos­si­ble. Don’t worry about them lack­ing power – short rods have in­cred­i­ble strength built into their blanks and they’ll han­dle dou­ble­fig­ure carp with ease.

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