much line for carp fishing
So you have your new reels and so next comes getting your main line of choice loaded on. One thing for me when I started fishing was understanding how
Well there are variables to consider and it does depend on the type of fishing you will be doing
Getting your line up to the lip of the spool can significantly improve how the line is released when casting. Big pit reels can hold a significant amount of line. To load these up with
Obviously if your fishing at long ranges, you may be using bait boats, then you would want to make sure you have enough line to get you to the range. For example, if fishing at 200 yards, I would make sure I have at least 300 yards of mainline on my spools. This is to cater for your initial fishing plus the distance you would expect a carp to run plus any loss of line over time.
How to spool a reel without line twist
The best way I’ve found that has worked for me when spooling a new reel with main line is to soak the line in warm water for 20 mins. You then leave the line in the bucket of water while you are loading the spool. I then make sure the new line spool is sat in the bucket with the label up. I attach my reel to the rod and just use the butt eye section to run the line though keeping some tension on the line. Take care with this and consider using a damp flannel to hold the tension as running the line through your fingers can cause injury! After a few turns on the reel, I check to see if there is any line twist. At this point if there are some twists I turn the spool over in the bucket so the label is facing down. This will see the line coming off the new line spool in a different direction. I then put some more line on the reel and check again. The key is to determine which direction you need to pull the new line off the spool on to your reel.
A good way to get the right amount of line on your reel with backing is to use a spare spool, so with some bulk lines you have tabs at 250 yds, so what
How to stop line twist carp fishing
One of the most annoying things is line twist even more so if you’ve only just put on your new line. If you’ve followed the steps above when putting new line on your reel you shouldn’t have any problems. Line twist can happen over time from using the clutch instead of
Another thing that causes line twist is when you’re setting up your rods. You have cast to the perfect spot, and are settling your rods down on the rest. If you are like me you will want your reel handles nicely lined up. I open the bail arm and take some line off then wind it back on rather than using the clutch. It can be a bit more time consuming to do it
There is a contraption by Gardner called a spin doctor. The idea with this is that you attach it to your mainline and cast it out. As you retrieve the line it spins it in the opposite direction to the line twist so un-twists the line. With about 3 casts you should get the line straight again.
Lastly, another way to remove twists is to stretch the line. This is a method I have used in the past to remove line twist which has worked. The key is to stretch the line very tight. Get someone to walk up the bank with the line and get them to pull it nice and tight!
How to spool a carp reel with braid
When spooling braid on a reel I have found the best way is to get the braid wet first. Also, it’s a good idea to put some mono on the spool first. This is because braid can slip on the spool which can cause problems in getting the braid on the reel in a tightly packed way. The mono also acts as backing and is the far cheaper way to load up your braid.
I have found using an Albright or a double grinner knot to join the braid to the mono. When winding on the braid make sure it’s under good tension. Be sure to use a glove or a towel to hold the line as braid cuts through fingers easily!
How often should you change your fishing line?
So how often should you change your mainline. This very much depends on the type of lake your fishing. Some lakes have gravel bars that can be very abrasive to your line whilst some lakes have muscles or crayfish. You, therefore, might be changing your line more often as a result. For me it’s about every 2 years I change my line as the lake I fish do not have too many nasty features that damage my line. More often than not I end up changing my line because it’s dropped down a bit too low on the spool which can happen due to losing some line from snapping off on the
A good way to check your line is when pulling your line around your m
How often should you change fluorocarbon fishing line
How often you should change your fluorocarbon line is the same for me as
How often to change braided fishing line
I would say with braid you do not need to worry about replacing it regularly like you would with mono or