Les, I will stick my second feeder/quivertip rod in, the light tip is fine for float work, the heavy is good for leger/feeder work, I am happy for you to borrow it for the day, I can even lend you a light reel or small baitrunner too. Just grab yourself a little bit of end tackle in the shop in the morning and join in the fun.
Did a little more "research" this afternoon and entered another open match on Syndicate (drew peg 97) which was around where Claudia and Mike fished a couple of weeks ago). First six casts with the feeder saw 6 carp in the net (I think there may have been a few out in front of me!!). Calmed down a bit after that but I ended up with 26 for 121lb.04oz (and probably lost/pulled out of a dozen more!).
My best ever match weight and it still wasn't good enough to win but I did pick up ?30 section money for my trouble!
1st 167lb - paste down the inside
2nd 132lb - pellet waggler shallow
3rd 130lb - "tea bags" (tiny pva bag & pellet)
4th 121lb - Me! Small open ended feeder/pellet
5th 91lb - straight lead/pellet
Welcome to the pack of Jokers Les! Have no fear, "carp gear" will catch on Syndicate. The carp average around 5lb to 6lb but there are many, many nudging 10lb with plenty of "doubles", with some approaching high teens.
Yeah! Pay your money and be like me - "pools fodder".
I did well, but I had to put up with a guy behind me (fishing Bungalow Lake), I reckon he had at least a dozen carp, most of which were "Jesus, look at the size of that" or "Get the camera". To be fair 3 or 4 were good doubles and he was "over the moon"!!
Just about all of us (along that path today) had good excuses for not concentrating too hard. There were two rather buxom young ladies sunbathing in close proximity to our pegs. I'm told one of them went topless for a while although I didn't have the pleasure of experiencing that!