Report Oz carping rods....? in Australian Bait, Tackle and Equipment Posted August 29, 2010 Thursday saw four 12ft 2.75lb test curve rods turn up in Canberra, courtesy of UPS and a two for one special at a purveyor of fine fishing equipment in the UK. In case anyone is interested, even with the freight of 80 pounds to get them here, they worked out to be 94 dollars each. Absolute bargain. The first thing that caught my attention was the size of the guides. These mothers are HUGE. Well, the first one is anyway. Leaving this rod vertical will encourage large athletic men to try smashing a basketball through it. I wandered around some of the various tackle shops in Canberra to see what reel will complement it. At one place the proprietor was quite taken with this rod, having never seen anything quite like it. "Wow. What the hell is that?" he asked. " It's a 2.75lb Test Curve Carp rod. " I said. "It turned up from the UK this morning." "Are you going to fish for Carp with it?" he asked. At this point, I was struck dumb. I guess to me, the point of getting a specialised rod, would be to used it for the purpose that it was bought. Why would I not fish for carp with a carp rod? I can't think of any way to answer this question other than, "Why would I not?" He suggested that he would use it as a light rod for fishing from the rocks. I guess that I could see that, but there's no way that I'd do it. Unfortunately, (or fortunately) the reel that seem to match it well is my old Shimano Aero baitrunner. The problem is that I only have one, which is currently on my feature finding rod. But for a test cast or two, it found its way onto the new stick with the feature finding 30lb braid still on it. For a bit of a giggle, I bought it with me for today's session. Using big rods underneath trees is a recipe for disaster, but with care, it can be avoided. For the epitome of laziness, I can sit in my chair and cast the big rod out to 40 metres or so with not much more than a flick. With a couple of reasonable sinkers and caution, I get zing it out to 90. With lighter line, no top cover and a shock leader, this thing will be amazing. Then it's just down to getting around to the places on the different lakes to see if we can get all the support baits out to the same distance!