07 Jul 2020

Carp Care – Important Notice!!

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We appreciate we may have many new members this season, but regardless of your experience the responsibility of Carp Care and Fish Safety falls amongst us all equally, it’s imperative we all take upmost care to preserve the health well-being of our carp, ultimately this will ensure the longevity and prosperity of sport and future enjoyment for all. Its vital that all Blackfords members are aware of our rules and adhere to the following guidance…

Rig Safety

  • In the event a hooked fish is snapped off, the lead ‘must’ be able to eject from the rig, ensuring the fish is not tethered. Some of our waters contain dense weed and a carp trailing a lead and long leader could potentially become injured or prove fatal.
  • We would ask that when choosing lead setup/systems that all members opt for lead clip systems or in-line & Helicopter arrangements. Leads should not be tied on to mainlines at any point.
  • When using lead clips, please ensure the tail rubber is not pushed on to hard allowing the lead to eject if needed.
  • With in-line & Helicopter set ups, please ensure there are no objects preventing either the lead or hook-link from passing off the end of the leader, if the mainline is broken the lead or hook-link must pass over the leader at all times. At no point should any leader be attached to the mainline by a swivel as shown in the diagram below….
  • Please only use dedicated hook link materials for rigs, braided mainline is not acceptable to use as a cheaper hook-link material
  • Braided mainlines are banned as a carp fishing line, braid can only be used for marker or spod rod setups.

carp rig


  • When fishing for carp a minimum of 36 inch landing net and large padded unhooking mat or cradle must be available and in use at all times
  • Please ensure mats/nets are set up and in position prior to casting in any baited rigs.
  • At no point should any carp regardless of size be placed on any surface other than on unhooking mat or in a carp cradle.


  • In the event of a capture it’s good practice for all carp anglers to be in possession of a‘carp care kit’ so any hook holds or sores can be treated prior to the fish being returned.
  • We all like to take photos as a momentum of a special capture but please ensure no fish are held standing up, you must be knelt holding the fish over an unhooking mat to minimise risk to the carp if accidentally dropped.
  • When returning carp they should all be returned in a landing net or weigh sling, no carp should be returned by hand in any situation.

We are well aware that all anglers must start somewhere, but this guidance is essential for the welfare of our carp, we have some very special fish at Blackfords and need to protect them, please be aware of our rules, anyone found being negligible and not following club rules may be asked to leave by our bailiff team or even worse, find themselves banned.

We really appreciate your compliance with all matters related to fish care!!

Best Regards


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