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Itsdrew93

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Can anyone please tell me how big of a carp will a 15lb fluorocarbon hooklink and 20lb mono mainline hold before it will break

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Nice one mate i normally buy pre tied rigs but wonna start tieing my own was just wondering if this is good enough so what your basically saying is as long as i dont play the carp to hard/pot luck I'll be able to land a 40lb carp
 

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You won’t break 15lb fluorocarbon by playing a fish & 20lb mainline is way to thick, it will not be easy to cast with.
 

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From reading this post and your other one it appears you might be relatively new to fishing.
Have you considered starting with fish a bit smaller before trying to move onto real specimen carp.
I’m sure I speak for most on this forum when I say a 40lb carp is beyond my wildest dreams as an angler and is the fish of a lifetime for most people.

As for the gear you mention it is very strong indeed, there are very few venues in the country where you will catch 30-40lb carp regularly and the setup you describe could be classed as overkill for the majority of waters you are likely to fish.
 

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Although there are some very good big carp anglers on here with an impressive portfolio IMO if you are planning on targeting 40lb carp you would be better reading specialist carp forums. You will get all the info you need then and especially that relating to the waters you might be fishing.
 

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The fish in my avatar was 28.12 and was caught on 12lb main line and a 10lb hooklink in winter in a (fairly) snag free water... I'd drop the mainline to 15lb mono and use a coated hooklink of no more than 15lb... I'm not entirely confident in fluoro as a hooklink and it's a matter of record that its knot strength is poor... if you are new to carping start off with smaller carp and work up until you are confident... also handling large fish is a bit of a challenge if you are just starting out... get some practice on smaller ones first
 

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Another point to take on board is not all waters carry 40's.... most commercials the biggest is about 23-28... waters with known 30's are few and far between and are often syndicate waters... rarely will you find commercials with 40-50 lb carp... there are a couple... Oxfords Linear fisheries for one... but good luck getting a swim... start small and work up as your experience grows... and I'll just mention one of the hardest fighting fish I ever caught was an 11lb common... I thought I'd hooked a 40.... it went totally handstand in the water and on the bank... take it easy and tight lines
 

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Another point to take on board is not all waters carry 40's.... most commercials the biggest is about 23-28... waters with known 30's are few and far between and are often syndicate waters... rarely will you find commercials with 40-50 lb carp... there are a couple... Oxfords Linear fisheries for one... but good luck getting a swim... start small and work up as your experience grows... and I'll just mention one of the hardest fighting fish I ever caught was an 11lb common... I thought I'd hooked a 40.... it went totally handstand in the water and on the bank... take it easy and tight lines
Thanks mate been fishing few years but i stoped fishing for like 5 years but now im starting again just wanted a rough idea thanks again mate appreciate it
 

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The lake i fish is one of the best lakes in the uk goes up too 47lb carp thats been caught so far people travel from all over the world to fish this lake
 

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I’m about as far from a carper as you can get but I certainly wouldn’t worry about using anything over 15lb line for Stillwater fish that’ll likely be under 40lbs. I’ve seen a fair few people land mid 20s on 8lb easily so I’d imagine with 15lb you could stop almost anything.
 

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if the water you are fishing has got fish to 47lbs I'd look long and hard at your carp care package.. a good mat or preferably a large cradle, a heavy duty weigh sling, a carp care kit from Korda with the solutions for hook marks and scale/fin damage, an decent set of scales and a tripod for the scales... leave nothing to chance... at those weights the fish can be fragile out of water so you need to take extra special care of them.... always hold your fish over the cradle for the trophy shot and if you get the fish of your dreams in the middle of the night... please don't sack it till morning... take your trophy pic there and then and get the fish back ASAP
 

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15lb main line, 10lb hook length has got me fish to 38lb. You are too much over the top with your lines. The thing with Carp that size is care, as stated by @Arry, don't try dragging them in because you'll lose every time and probably cause the fish damage. Take your time and play the fish sensibly with a well adjusted drag (or back wind if that's preferred). If you have never caught one that size, then go to fisheries that has a number of mid to upper 20's or a few 30's and target those first. Practice, practice and practice is the key to success with capturing Carp in their 40's. And don't expect to get fish that size first chuck, or even in the first session. They are battle hardened and very, very wily, they know every trick in the book and every snag in the water so be prepared to lose some end tackle. Also make sure you have the net to land them, £15'ers off eBay won't do it.
 

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if the water you are fishing has got fish to 47lbs I'd look long and hard at your carp care package.. a good mat or preferably a large cradle, a heavy duty weigh sling, a carp care kit from Korda with the solutions for hook marks and scale/fin damage, an decent set of scales and a tripod for the scales... leave nothing to chance... at those weights the fish can be fragile out of water so you need to take extra special care of them.... always hold your fish over the cradle for the trophy shot and if you get the fish of your dreams in the middle of the night... please don't sack it till morning... take your trophy pic there and then and get the fish back ASAP
Yh ive got all that and i do take good
if the water you are fishing has got fish to 47lbs I'd look long and hard at your carp care package.. a good mat or preferably a large cradle, a heavy duty weigh sling, a carp care kit from Korda with the solutions for hook marks and scale/fin damage, an decent set of scales and a tripod for the scales... leave nothing to chance... at those weights the fish can be fragile out of water so you need to take extra special care of them.... always hold your fish over the cradle for the trophy shot and if you get the fish of your dreams in the middle of the night... please don't sack it till morning... take your trophy pic there and then and get the fish back ASAP
Yh ive got all that heavy duty everything got carp care kit i take care in the fish i catch i know what im doin just aint ever tied my own rigs i normally buy pre tied rigs as its easier for me but now i want to start tieing my own rigs and haven't tied a rig before just wanted some straight up advice on rig tieing and any ideas about what hooks to use thats all thank you tho
 

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Youtube is the best guide for rig tying... a straight knotless knot is a good starting point and easy to do, the more intricate ones are best looked at via the net as they'll give you an indication as to which components you will need, in what quantity and size too....
for example
 

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Yh ive got all that and i do take good

Yh ive got all that heavy duty everything got carp care kit i take care in the fish i catch i know what im doin just aint ever tied my own rigs i normally buy pre tied rigs as its easier for me but now i want to start tieing my own rigs and haven't tied a rig before just wanted some straight up advice on rig tieing and any ideas about what hooks to use thats all thank you tho

I have answered your question on hooks in your other thread. But, as stated there, it all depends on the rigs you are tying as to choice of hook. Those I mention are my choice, others will have their own preference.
 

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This rig is pretty universal, you can use it for bottom baits or popups and the best bit is that if the hook gets blunt you can swap it out easily without changing the whole rig
 

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15lb main line, 10lb hook length has got me fish to 38lb. You are too much over the top with your lines. The thing with Carp that size is care, as stated by @Arry, don't try dragging them in because you'll lose every time and probably cause the fish damage. Take your time and play the fish sensibly with a well adjusted drag (or back wind if that's preferred). If you have never caught one that size, then go to fisheries that has a number of mid to upper 20's or a few 30's and target those first. Practice, practice and practice is the key to success with capturing Carp in their 40's. And don't expect to get fish that size first chuck, or even in the first session. They are battle hardened and very, very wily, they know every trick in the book and every snag in the water so be prepared to lose some end tackle. Also make sure you have the net to land them, £15'ers off eBay won't do it.
Thanks i completely understand what ur saying but i know how to fish was just asking for some advice on tieing rigs and what hooks to use as i normally buy pre tied rigs and I haven't tied my own rigs before but i want to start tieing my own now had enough of pre tied rigs lol thank you tho appreciate it but im asking for advice on rigs not how to catch and care for the fish i already know that part lol thanks again
 
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