Fishing for crucian carp with a float rod – the right choice of equipment
Fishing for crucian carp with a float rod has always been considered the most effective among anglers, especially in June, July and August. It is easy to use, does not require long and careful preparation, like a donkey with a feeder. You can throw a float just a couple of minutes after arriving at the pond, and its lightness and compactness allow it to be used in a variety of conditions. A separate word is deserved by the sensitivity of the tackle, which even an ultra-delicate ultralight spinning rod can envy.
But the fishing rod is different. Not everyone is suitable for angling crucian carp, or rather, not everyone will be able to effectively catch it. Which rod to choose for this type of fishing and how to equip it so that the result is even better than expected? Which tool is more comfortable to wield?
The tackle should perform two main functions: to satisfy the male instinct of the breadwinner, that is, to give rich catches, and to make the favorite activity comfortable. Let’s answer ourselves honestly: we get up neither daylight nor dawn and go hundreds of kilometers to enjoy comfortable fishing and bring home more fish. The realization of this desire largely depends on how competently the tackle is selected and correctly configured. So, what kind of fishing rod is needed for catching crucian carp.
Rod selection criteria
Previously, everyone fished with swing rods with a rigid attachment of the rig at the tip of the rod, but today long-range Bolognese tackle has become popular, allowing you to reach promising points far from the coast.
The first one also has its advantages, especially since now it has been significantly improved, but still, the lapdog is preferable. This is the same telescopic rod, familiar to most fishermen, only equipped with guides (one for each knee) and a reel to set the required line supply. In specialized fishing shops you can see many different variations of Bologna rods, differing in cost and performance. It is important to choose the one that is best suited for catching crucian carp with float gear. What should you pay attention to before giving money to the seller?
Some novice crucians make mistakes, guided by an unspoken rule: the longer, the better. For example, catching undersized crucians on a small pond with a heavy 6-meter stick will be at least inconvenient. These can be pulled out of the water with a shorter tackle, for example 3 meters long, with one hand. To choose the right rod, you need to take into account the conditions on the pond and the size of the fishing object.
A 5-meter float rod is considered universal. You can take a meter and a half longer if you plan to fish in a large reservoir and catch large specimens.
Trophy fishing does not involve frequent casting, so it makes sense to use a more powerful tool.
As already mentioned, fishing for crucian carp with a float rod should be not only prey, but also comfortable. It is not very pleasant to wield a heavy rod, because the hand is constantly tired, you have to put the tackle on a stand and, as luck would have it, the strongest bite occurs at this very moment. Therefore, you need to choose from those that are easier.
There is one rule: the cheaper the rod, the heavier it is. The explanation is simple – inexpensive models are made of rough and often low-quality materials. The most affordable fishing rods turn your favorite activity into a real test of endurance. But it is also not worth overpaying, the rod itself will not catch at an exorbitant price. Experienced fishermen have long noticed that a good rod is about 3 times more expensive than the cheapest one. Well, then – as finances allow.
Bologna rods are made from carbon fiber and composite compounds (fiberglass, carbon and others). Cheap composite rods are suitable for crucian carp fishing and even preferable when it comes to capturing trophy fish, but they are too heavy to hold them in weight. Carbon fiber, on the contrary, are lightweight, springy and at the same time quite strong, but they are more expensive and require careful handling. Yet this option is preferable.
Reel for lapdog
The choice of coils by type is small, there are only two of them: either inertial or non-inertial. Each fisherman decides for himself which of these mechanisms to put on his instrument, based on his own preferences and accumulated experience. Both have their advantages, but there are also disadvantages.
The conventional pull-back reel is lighter and more compact. It is suitable for those who are not a supporter of long casts, since it will definitely not work with it to throw the bait far. It serves as a line storage facility. Another disadvantage is the absence of such an important device as a friction brake. Thanks to the friction clutch in the tackle, you can use a thinner mono line that does not frighten the fish. If a trophy crucian carp sits on the hook, the clutch will release the thread with each powerful jerk and will not allow it to break.
For this reason, it is better to abandon the inertial coil on those reservoirs where carp is adjacent to the crucian carp. He can always peck, even on pieces of worms intended for crucian carp no larger than a palm. If this happens, the line without the shock-absorbing properties of the friction clutch will instantly stretch and burst like a string, since the angler will not have time to release it.
The spinning reel is good because it allows you to cast the bait a decent distance from the shore, and to rewind the line back, you just need to make a few turns with the handle. The critical role of the friction brake has already been described above. Now about the cons. The spinner has a greater volume and weight, therefore it negatively affects the balance of the tackle. It is not recommended to install it on a short 4-meter Bolognese rod, such a combination is unlikely to make fishing pleasant and comfortable.
Fishing rod equipment for crucian carp
Beginners often ask the question: how to equip a crucian lapdog? The fishing rod rig for crucian carp includes several carefully selected elements, namely:
- fishing line;
Let’s start with the first point. The monofilament line is used, with a cross section from 0.12 to 0.2 mm. Where did such a large range come from? The fact is that crucians are different. For some, crucian carp is a silvery fish no longer than the index finger, but someone is used to getting kilogram specimens out of the water. In general, this species can grow to a serious size and gain a mass of 4-5 kg, although such individuals are extremely rare, even in poaching nets. The average crucian for most of those who like to sit with a fishing rod at the morning dawn is a fish weighing 250-300 g, but if it turns out to pull out a 1.5-kilogram handsome man, we can assume that the fishing is a success. So, the 0.12 line will quite cope with medium carp up to 300 g, but it may not withstand the jerks of a larger one. Therefore, it makes sense to put monofilament 0.18 or 0.2 mm… Such a diameter will not affect the biting of small and medium-sized crucians in any way and will help to emerge victorious in the “fight” with a trophy fish.
Some people use 0.3 mm line, but this is a clear overkill. The eternally hungry crucian carp behaves boldly in comparison with other underwater inhabitants, but too coarse equipment can alert even him. The number of bites will be noticeably reduced, they will become neat, and it will be very problematic to hook the fish.
The float should be invisible to the object of the catch and as sensitive as possible. Most often, a Bolognese fishing rod for catching crucian carp is equipped with an elongated sliding float. The most sensitive are models of the “goose feather” type, capable of transmitting even the most gentle bite. On such a fishing, this is of decisive importance, since the crucian sometimes starts to be capricious. He does not drown the float, does not pull it to the side, only small fluctuations signal the approach of the fish.
Narrow-bodied models are good not only for those periods when fish are harmful, they also perfectly capture confident bites. True, in windy weather, when there is a wave, they become unstable, lean to the side and create the illusion of a bite on the rise. However, in strong winds with a barrel float, you won’t catch much either.
The load is selected according to the carrying capacity of the float used. The body of a well-loaded float is under water, and only one antenna remains on the surface. If it is a feather, then no more than 1/3 of the part protrudes from the water. In this position, the signaling device becomes much more sensitive, and it is easier for the fisherman to see an uncertain bite. The weight is placed between the leader and the main line so that it can be moved higher or lower if necessary.
The karayatniks constantly argue about the leash. Some say that it is impossible to fish without it, others do not see any need in it. Crucian carp is not a fearful fish, you cannot frighten him with a thick fishing line. Meanwhile, the leash can help out if an overweight individual sits on the hook. In this case, only a small piece of thin line and a hook will be lost, and not the entire rig. The minus of the leash is in additional knots, which, as you know, reduce the reliability of the tackle.
When choosing a hook for catching crucian carp with a float rod, you should take into account the size of the bait and the intended prey. If you have to catch small carp with bloodworms or worms, then the best option would be hooks made of thin wire No.16-12 according to the international classifier. For worms, bulky vegetable baits like corn or fishing with so-called sandwiches, hooks with a straight forend No. 10-8 are more suitable.
Buying the most expensive hooks does not guarantee a 100% result, so you need to focus not on the price. First of all, you should pay attention to the shape, thickness and quality of the material. A reliable product has the correct hardening, which can be checked by lightly pressing the tip with your finger. With a good hook, it will resist resiliently, and if released, it will immediately return to its previous position.
The best float tackle for crucian carp
Based on the foregoing, we can draw the following conclusion: the best tackle for fishing crucian carp will be a set consisting of:
- lightweight 5-meter Bolognese rod;
- small and lightweight spinning reel;
- mono lines 0.18 or 0.2 mm;
- a leash with a slightly smaller diameter;
- long float;
- a weight that sinks the float by 2/3;
- a sharp hook, matched to the size of the bait and fish.
Each fisherman has his own secrets of catching crucian carp with a float rod and the tackle is eventually refined for a specific body of water.