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Before you set off with your carp rod to target some monster carp you need a carp fishing reel. From fixed spool, freespool, baitrunner and big pit reels, we stock a perfect range of reels for carp fishing but all have their own specific purposes.

When you’re looking to invest in a premium reel, consider the material it is manufactured from as it will affect its weight, durability, and performance. Investing in a lightweight reel offers enough strength whilst sitting perfectly on your rod, holding its own against any fish in a hard-fought battle. Materials used in most reels include graphite, carbon, and magnesium. Daiwa reels use Air Metal engineering and a Zaion magnesium-based material, stating that its the lightest and most rigid material.

The rigidity of the reel body and durability of the spool are important as it will hold all the internal components of the reel in the right place, even when under strain from a hard fighting fish, enabling you to maximise the power that you exert through the handle of the reel. Most spools are manufactured from aluminium because it’s both lightweight and hardwearing to withstand the constant rotational friction of carp angling.

The right gearing and rotor of the reel create great precision, affecting the cranking power that has the ability to handle your specific carping scenarios. The gear ratio will give you some idea of how much line your reel is able to retrieve with each handle turn. The ball bearing also determines a reel’s durability and power. Whether these are ball bearings, shielded bearings, corrosion-resistant bearings, or roller bearings, these are all designed to reduce the internal friction in the reel, creating a smooth-running reel and making casting more consistent. The more bearings the reel has, the smoother running it will be. An additional bearing that you might find, in fixed spool reels that offer a freespool function, is an anti-reverse bearing (one-way bearing /clutch bearing) which prevents the handle from reward back play, helping retrieval.

Carp reels need an even and consistent line lay to help in spooling your line correctly and therefore using the reel to its full potential. Line lay also has implications on the accuracy of the casting distance– an essential consideration for the distance angler targeting the far-side margin.

Carp fishing reels are mainly fixed spool (spinning reel) which is an extremely versatile reel type. Fixed spool reels are easily identified as they hang below the carp rod and have a handle on one side. Some fixed spool reels offer a freespool function (baitrunner reels) or you can use a big pit reel when distance casting, Whichever kind of fixed spool reel you use you’ll want to look out for the drag it offers, whether it is rear drag (easier to operate) or front drag (baitrunner system).

Classified by size, fixed spool reels range between 1,000-3,500 for small reels, mid-range of 4,000-5,500 and anything exceeding 6,000 is known as a large reel which is perfect for big carp on big waters. Most British carp anglers will plump for a medium or large-sized reel, as these allow you to enjoy the vast majority of the UK’s carp fishing venues.

We have a huge range of carp reels in stock here at Angling Direct. These include reels from some of the world’s best-renowned carp fishing brands of  Daiwa, Shimano, Shakespeare, Sonik, Fox and Nash. With a range of prices available, you can pick the reel that not only suits your needs but also suits your budget too.