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Other parts of the NCA carp fishing tackle buying guide:
Part 1: Line
Part 2: Bite alarms
Part 3: Bait
Part 4: Barrows
If there’s one downside to carp fishing it’s the amount of gear involved.
If you’re sick of feeling like you have run a marathon every time you get to your peg and you’re looking to buy a barrow to help, this roundup is for you.
These days I try to travel as light as possible so I can move easily when required but even though I fish light, a barrow is still absolutely essential.
On some lakes you’ll fish, the car park can be pretty close to some of the pegs so you might get away with it in this situation but in most cases, a bit of a walk is required and it can be back breaking work without a barrow.
You also want to be able to move quickly when you see fish at the other end of the lake and you’re less likely to make the move if you need to carry it all on your back and/or make multiple trips.
You might think that a barrow is a barrow but from first-hand experience I can tell you that’s not the case! A friend of mine bought a cheap one off eBay a couple of years ago and used it for the first time on a weekend session we did at Stanwick Lakes. Can you guess what happened? Yep, the handle snapped and it ended up in the bin!
You don’t have to pay through the nose for a good barrow though and in this post I’ll talk about 4 popular models that all have their own different features so you can choose which one is most suited to your individual requirements.
Carp Zone Barrow
This is the barrow I use and I’ve been delighted with it. As a tight fisted Yorkshireman I like to get value for money and before buying this, did some extensive research and found out that this barrow has a LOT of fans in the carp fishing community.
There are no bells and whistles with this so things like rod rests are not present but what you do get is a well built barrow for not a lot of money.
Here are some of the features at a glance:
- Compact when folded
- Chunky front wheel which is placed strategically to take as much weight as possible off your arms
- Extending side and front bars
- Height Adjustable legs with mud feet
- Removable handles
- Under bag
- 2 x cords with grab hooks to secure your gear
Carp Porter Mk2 Fat Boy
The Carp Porter is probably the most well known barrow in the UK. This barrow is very well reviewed and has stood the test of time. It’s based on the standard Mk2 but has a chunkier wheel and a frame with additional reinforcing.
The beauty about investing in the Carp Porter system is that there are plenty of add ons available should you think you need them. The products are also well supported with spare parts available.
The Mk2 Fat Boy comes with a bag, bungees, a spares kit and unlike the Carp Zone barrow, a Y bar to rest your rods on.
Other features include:
- Corner locking handle which increases stability when lifting
- Height adjustable Y bar to rest your rod bag on
- Extending front and side bars to take larger bed chairs
- Flat folding design with removable wheel
- Compatible with the range of Carp Porter accessories (including the a motor to give you a hand pushing it!)
Although more expensive than the Carp Zone, I still feel like this barrow offers excellent value for money.
TF Gear Juggernaut
The Juggernaut is the only three wheeled barrow in this roundup. It’s aimed at those who carry a lot of kit and/or need to travel a fair distance to their peg and I’ve seen it described as the 4×4 of carp fishing barrows!
Because of the fact that it has three chunky wheels, there is no lifting involved – you simply push it along. Turning is easy with this barrow as slight downward pressure on the handles will lift the front wheel, you then just point it in the direction you want to go.
What you gain in size and ease of pushing though you lose in weight and setup time. The barrow is quite heavy and with three wheels to attach, it takes a few extra minutes to build up but if you can live with that and want an easy life getting to your peg then this could be the perfect barrow for you.
Here are some of the features:
- Chunky wheels
- A lower set of handles attached to the standard ones for picking up the back wheels when required over less even terrain
- Foot brake to stop the barrow from moving
Fox Specimen Explorer Barrow
In complete contrast to the Juggernaut, this barrow by Fox is built for those anglers who are always on the move and like to fish from the barrow.
Although primarily designer for the day session angler, the barrow can be converted to ‘session mode’ and will take a bedchair thanks to the extendable front barrow bag rack.
There is a large, removable bag which has top and side access meaning that even when the barrow is fully loaded, you can access the items inside the bag.
There are also two mesh side side pockets which will each hold a 5 litre water container or items of tackle around the same size. Again, these pockets have both top and side access.
I have to say, I REALLY like this barrow – the design really has been thought out. Another feature I like are the four welded loops which you clip the barrow straps to and the straps aren’t the usual bungee type material so should be more solid as a result.
Until next time, tight lines…