Carp reels are available in many different sizes and models. Of these choices, the freerunner reels are the most used reels for carp fishing. However, also other reels are used for carp fishing.
What is the best carp reel for you
What all the carp reels must have is at least enough strength and line capacity. Carp are very strong fish so you have to have, besides a strong carp rod, a strong carp reel. Because the carp is so strong, the carp can also take a big amount of line from reel, so enough line capacity is important.
In addition, there are a number of points to keep in mind to buy the best carp reel.
A common mistake is that the number of ball bearings tells something about the quality of the reel, this is incorrect. For example, Shimano reels may have less ball bearings than a random beginners reel, but the quality of the Shimano ball bearings are much better. Quality goes above quantity.
Freerunner reels are also called lifeliners and often baitrunners, but only freerunner reels of Shimano, can be called baitrunners. The difference of a freerunner reel with other reels is the extra drag, which is specially made to stop as soon as you turn the handle or turn a button. This extra drag is made so that the carp can swim away freely, but this drag is adjustable so you can mitigate or aggravate the swim away. A Great solutions for carp fishing, because the carp often goes hard after a self-hooking.
Tip; always test if the freerunning system is enabled, if not then the carp can draw the rod into the water on the normal drag.
Big pit reels
Big pit reels can be identified by the large coil. This large coil often has a much larger line capacity than other reels, and makes it easier for the reel to roll away the fishing line at a throw.
In addition to a large line capacity, these reels often a high gear ratio, which means that they each "turn" more lines run inside. Note that these reels are heavier than other reels.
Reels with front and rear drag
A freerunning system or bigger line capacity is not necessary for carp fishing. Therefore, the "regular" reels with front and rear drag are also suitable. The advantage of these reels is that they are often much lighter. Especially if you want to fish with the float rod for carp, these reels are perfect.
But for those who do not like a freerunning system or a big pit reel, of course, there is a reel with an 1 drag function.
On this page you can find new and used carp reels. On the new reels there is a minimum discount of 20%.
Do you might want to fish with a carp reel, but you have doubts? Let us advise you.