Everything you need to know about terminal tackle

From the hook that holds your bait in just the right position to the floats that provide that all-important bite indication, terminal tackle is the kit you find at the business end of your line. You need the leads that enable you to take your line out to where the fish are hiding together with the swivels and clips that hold an effective rig to the line and much more besides.
Anglers rely on terminal tackle to deliver the results they are looking for!

What should you look for?

Your specific needs will depend on your chosen angling discipline, the species you are targeting, and the kinds of venues you usually choose to fish. Venues often have their own rules regarding what types of terminal tackle can be used and these may dictate what you decide to invest in when you are equipping your tackle box.

You should look for strong, durable and corrosion-resistant terminal tackle. Colours that can be seen from the bank but which are low-profile when below the surface are essential. You need shapes and textures that will draw the fish in and won’t spook them when they are feeding on your free baits.

How much terminal tackle should you buy?

Less is rarely more with terminal tackle. It is best to give yourself numerous options, so choose various patterns, sizes and weights. This will give you the greatest chance of having the perfect rig for any given circumstances.

On the other hand, you don’t want to weigh yourself down too much or clutter up your tackle box! To give yourself the best chance of success, research the venues that you will be fishing to discover what hook patterns and types of terminal tackle are typically allowed or are favoured by those who fish there.

You can then decide what to buy and, depending on where you are heading for a particular trip, you can always choose to reduce what you have to carry by leaving any items which you are unlikely to use at home for the day.

Experiment with your terminal tackle

As you progress on your angling adventure, you can experiment with different options and find out what works for you at each venue. You will discover what feels right and what delivers the best results.

No guarantees

If we could tell you which terminal tackle is guaranteed to work well for you, we would. But there are no sure things with angling! What works for one person or at a certain venue, may do nothing at all for the next guy. You will also find that a set-up which yields you amazing success one day will leave you scratching your head on your next trip. Patterns will emerge if you are paying attention and you will learn what tends to work and when.

Ultimately, it is your skill and initiative which will get you the results you are looking for. Your terminal tackle is just the final piece in the jigsaw.

How to fish for carp with corn

Due to its sweet scent and bright colour, you would do well to find a more consistently effective bait than sweetcorn. Corn is an excellent choice all year round, and is probably one of the cheapest and most readily available options you could go for. On top of that, you can be sure that this natural option will not be harmful to the carp’s digestion.

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How to Find Carp

Whether you have the perfect bait and rod or not, you cannot have a successful carp fishing trip if the areas which you are targeting contain a small amount of carp. Therefore, it is for this reason that choosing your spot is arguably the most fundamentally important factor to consider when carp angling.

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Do carp feed in the Winter?

What does this mean for you?

Carp are cold blooded and therefore, when the water temperature drops over the winter, so does their body temperature. When the temperature of carp drops in this way, unlike humans, they cannot heat themselves up by moving about. In fact, in these conditions, carp actually move a lot less and their metabolism is reduced. When a cold period goes on for a long time, carp can sit more or less motionless at certain times in the day. Continue reading “Do carp feed in the Winter?”

How to Catch Carp in the Spring

The spring is a time of reawakening and renewal. This is certainly the case for the flowers and the trees, as sunlight hours increase, and the temperature rises once more after the dark winter months. But the reinvigorating conditions of life and of general activity on dry land can also be said to happen in the waters, as the rise in the water temperature means that the carp become more active and in turn need more food to fuel this increase in activity. With carp on the hunt for food, the potential for bountiful angling also heightens. Continue reading “How to Catch Carp in the Spring”

What is the best bait for carp fishing?

If you can find bait which seems to stir some extra enthusiasm in the waters, then you are already some way towards a successful session. There are various options though when it comes to bait for carp fishing and the market for great quality products in this department appears to keep on expanding. It can only be useful then to take a moment to consider a few of the various options on offer that give you the best chance of success.

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How to Set Up a Simple Carp Rig

One of the most important aids to effectively targeting carp is the use of a safe rig. This type of rig features a safety clip which ejects the lead easily in the event that the main line breaks or becomes snagged. The rig also enables you to change the lead quickly if you need to. The rig is easy to set up and here’s how you do it. Continue reading “How to Set Up a Simple Carp Rig”

How to Make Groundbait for Carp Fishing

Mixing Groundbait

Not so long ago you had little choice when it came to groundbait. It was breadcrumbs or bust! But now you have a mind-boggling choice! But that newfound choice means life is a little more complicated. Regardless of which groundbait you choose you will have to prepare it properly to maximise its potential. Continue reading “How to Make Groundbait for Carp Fishing”