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Euro Gear whats it all about?

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Euro Gear whats it all about?

Postby MrTwisters » Sat Jul 22, 2006 10:00 am

Euro-Carping is quickly growing --Example? A tourney of 100+ anglers in Austin, Texas this April 06, Alan St. Cyr was paid $250k for landing a 43 pound common carp (released)...its High time to take a closer look at this growing way of fishing

A quick over view of what is used to catch carp by euro anglers, it should be noted that SOME of these ideas and tackle can be used on bass or steelhead gear


This is a rod pod where rods rest, with the line running through a bite alarm that beeps when the line moves out or toward you.

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The alarms are adjustable for sensitivity, beep tone, and loudness so you can tell which rod has a bite plus a light that comes on when a take is detected--the little light feature is very handy at night

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Reels are have a bait runner feature--basically a second drag that lets line come off the reel under tension with the bail closed--baitrunner tension is adjustable--it is engaged with a lever in the back and disengages when you start reeling.
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Rods are usually long from 9-13 feet powerful butt sections to cast distance and soft tips for playing big fish close without hooks pulling out

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The rigging is called a hair rig/bolt rig

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this is how they are tied
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a baiting needle is used to pierce a bait –in this case a boilie-but corn or many other semi hard baits can be used this way

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Then the back of the hair is draw through the bait
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then the bait is snugged up on a stop
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some tools and examples

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Fish can take the bait without feeling the hook before its too late---it also is less likely for the fish to be gut hooked with this set up.

They do not feel the hook until the bait part is swallowed then as they feel the hook the fish try’s to expel it and is stung by the hook--one of the reasons the hair is tied the way it is--to have the hook turn in as it is expelled, the fish “bolts off” and hits the fixed lead , driving the hook home!!! Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz fish on
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One of the best tricks is to use PVA ( poly vinyl alcohol)--they make webbing and bags just for fishing-- -which dissolves in water—


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Chum is put in pva and it is tossed out with your hook bait to draw fish in and keep them feeding

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Sometimes when bites are faster chum is squeezed around a special sinker called a method feeder

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With fish that can be huge a big net is a must light weight, these euro nets can be used with 1 hand--the net itself has no crossbar just two arms that are usually at least 40" long, fish slide over the bar less lip of the net & then lifted vertically as the net was not designed to lift fish horizontal like traditional nets

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Fish after netting are usually placed on a padded mat--for 3 reasons--

1) to protect the fish
2) to calm the fish, they flip around less on a mat
3) many mats double as a weighing sling just loop the handle in the hook of the scale and subtract the weight of the mat--many times big fish are damaged putting the hook of the scale in a fishes gills


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Chasing that biggest carp in the lake may take a few days--so in Europe they camp right on the water in fishing tents called bivys


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One of the backbones of euro style fishing--is chumming--since you do not have the luxury of moving around looking for feeding fish--chumming is used to bring fish in and keep them in the area feeding

Here is a catapult


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spods tied to the line and cast out--the nose floats and the bait falls out--better when the fish are at distance

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Remote control bait boat--chum is placed in the center dropper hopper piloted out to place the chum bed

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As you can see the whole bank fishing thing is as sophisticated as you want to make it--

Euro fishing offers a challenge to even the most hard core angler--


Many anglers may look down their noses at carp, if you try it a few times you will quickly get addicted to the powerful runs carp are known for. Few fish can rival even a 10 pound common carp for line stripping run after line stripping run--you can just imagine the fight of a fish of 20 pounds!

Eating smaller carp is an option, doing so may even help a lake produce bigger carp, but releasing the biggest ones to catch again -- many times you will recatch the same big fish again and again over several years--usually a little bigger each time

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So where to get this kind all this kind of gear?

lots of Euro stuff can be bought at Bass Pro & Cabelas—Big Carp Tackle,

http://www.wackerbaits.com/

http://www.americancarpsociety.com:8080/ACS/home.jsp

http://www.royalcarp.com/Scripts/default.asp
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Carp Fishing Tackle

Postby MrStitch » Mon Apr 16, 2007 5:33 pm

Yeah... seen this same post somewhere else before.

But he's right. The carp fishing is growing pretty hardcore in Europe. Don't know what the deal is. Maybe they need better fish to eat. hahahah

But seriously, has anyone really looked at all the carp fishing gear out there? I've seen all kinds of crazy gadgets and gizmos. From electronic bite alarms to little tiny boats that drive around and drop chum in the water. It's just weird. :lol:
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