11 Best Carp Rucksacks 2022

Fishing Rucksack Reviews

We’ve reviewed the best carp rucksacks so you can make a choice based on comfort, capacity and how well it’s made. Let’s dive in!

The main benefit of choosing a fishing rucksack is that it can be worn on your back – a great advantage over a cumbersome carryall! 

They usually feature many compartments, capable of storing banksticks, roll mats or even an unhooking mat, making a it an essential piece of kit for staying mobile.

Choosing A Rucksack: What To Look For?

Three things to look for when choosing the best fishing rucksack is how well it’s made, space, and how comfortable it is to carry around.

A quality rucksack won’t fray at the seams, or let in moisture, whilst you’ll need plenty of space to store your tackle.

Padding, especially on the straps, will make it easier to carry.

Let’s move on and run down our list of the best fishing rucksacks.

Saber Supra Compact Rucksack

Ideal for those shorter sessions, or for when you need to stay mobile, this Saber Compact Rucksack offers plenty of space to store all the tackle you’ll need!

Saber Compact Rucksack

The main compartment is incredibly spacious, and with three external pockets for keeping scales, tackle boxes or cookware – such as a stove, there is even a top strap for securing an unhooking mat or banksticks.

A free-standing design that allows you to fish quickly without any stress of fiddling around trying to open up pockets or zips. A handy zip wallet pocket is a great idea for storing your wallet, fishing licences or permits.

Capped off with a firm padded shoulder strap that can be adjusted to suit your posture.  A great ‘no fuss’ roving rucksack that suited a day session down my local canal.

Best Feature: Strap for securing an unhooking mat
Cons: Could be bigger for longer sessions

  • Fully adjustable and padded chest and waist harness
  • 3 external pockets
  • Balanced design
  • Elasticated bankstick loops
  • Free standing
  • Ultra compact design
  • Colour: Green
  • Capacity: 40 Litres
  • Dimensions: 30cm x 33cm x 26cm
  • External Pockets: 3

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Nash Scope Ops Ruckall

Featuring the classic DPM pattern featured in all of the Scope Ops range, this large capacity rucksack has been well designed – and received great compliments from anglers all across Europe.

Nash Scope Ops Ruckall

There is a tray that is revealed when you unzip the top EVA compartment so you can keep all your necessary bits of end tackle close by – a great feature that sets it apart from other rucksacks.

After opening up the main section, there is a spacious compartment that features a stiffened divider for keeping tackle boxes tightly secured.

The opposite side actually has a smaller cool bag area to keep food and bait fresh.

The zip up waterproof base offers an area for storing clothes, whilst eight retaining loops offer extra storage to carry all your bank sticks or even bite alarms.

The Nash Scope Ops Ruckall has bags of features where the anglers needs has been well thought of, whether for a day session or longer weekends when you require one bag to store many tackle items and fishing accessories!

Looks great alongside the Nash Cool Bag too.

I’d say this is certainly one of the best carp rucksacks this year.

Best Feature: Zip-out top EVA tray for rig making
Cons: A bit on the expensive side

  • Impact protection fascia with zip out EVA top compartment tray
  • One side features two compartments with a stiffened divider
  • Opposite section combines a 2/3 zipped compartment and 1/3 insulated cool compartment for bait and food
  • Sculpted, padded and adjustable shoulder straps
  • Zip up waterproof base conceals straps when used on a barrow
  • Eight retaining loops with base pouches for alarms and banksticks
  • Buckles and webbing top and bottom secure the Scope Ops Flat Mats
  • Colour: Camo
  • Dimensions: 47cm x 40cm x 25cm
  • Compartments: 3

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Trakker NXG Rucksack

The Trakker NXG Rucksack features five spacious external pockets, each featuring twin-direction zips making them ideal for storing fishing scales, a kettle or smaller accessories that you need easy access to.

Trakker NXG 50 Litre Rucksack

Made from a quality 600D fabric in a nice light shade of olive green, the strong base is actually made from Nyplex which is robust and waterproof.

This material also prevents moisture from rising  up through.

Anglers will appreciate just how comfortable this rucksack is to carry due to the fully adjustable padded shoulder straps to suit fishermen of all shapes and sizes.

A great all-rounder that has lasted me a long time, with no damage sustained, even at the seams which often fray or leak after prolonged use.

The best carp rucksack that offers plenty of pockets for extra tackle.

Best Feature: Plenty of external pockets
Cons: Too many zips

  • 600D Polyester
  • Low profile slim design
  • Reinforced waterproof Nyplax base
  • Ridged EVA table
  • 2 zipped mesh pockets on ridged table for rig tying storage
  • Long external pocket for storage of bank ware with padded divider inside
  • Triple row elasticated loops on long pocket to secure short and long bank sticks
  • 3 zipped external pockets
  • 2 internal zipped mesh pockets on underside of main rucksack opening
  • 2 internal mesh pockets
  • 1 internal zip pocket
  • Comfortable adjustable shoulder straps
  • Stiffened EVA grab handles for easy lifting and loading
  • Heavy-duty twin-direction zips
  • Accessory straps in base for carrying additional items like the Sanctuary Self Inflating Crib
  • Colour: Camo
  • Dimensions: 57cm x 48cm x 27cm
  • Capacity 50 Litres

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Fox Specialist Range Rucksack

Made from a 500D polyester, which is both waterproof, and robust, the Fox Compact Rucksack is a fantastic addition to the range.

Fox Compact Rucksack

A great addition is a full length external pocket which is ideal for keeping your bank sticks or landing net poles handy, and secure.

The opposite side has two smaller pockets for items such as scales, catapults or a lead bag. 

If you’re seeking an all-in-one rucksack, this allows you to go fishing fully equipped, whether that’s for a day session or longer weekend at your local venue.

Fox Fishing Rucksack

Additional features you may like is the waterproof base which minimises damage and prevents any moisture damaging the rucksack, or your tackle.

I prefer to use the handy top pocket for storing my fishing knife, my Ridge Monkey head torch or catapult as it allows for easy access.

Finally, the fully padded back section makes travelling comfortable. A top rucksack from a trusted brand means you will not go wrong if you choose this fishing backpack.

If you are after luggage to keep bait fresh, or your food cool, why not check out our fishing cool bag reviews?

For longer sessions, this has to be the best carp rucksack hands-down.

  • Front pocket fits Large F-Box
  • Top pocket fits Medium F-Box
  • Three side pockets for accessories
  • Elasticated accessory strap for catapults, banksticks, forceps etc.
  • Features straps so that Compact Unhooking Mat can be clipped on
  • Stiffened EVA grab handle
  • Fully adjustable shoulder harness and waist strap
  • Wipe clean, hardwearing base
  • Colour: Dark Green
  • Dimensions: 57cm x 48cm x 27cm
  • Capacity: 35 Litres

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Speero DPM Stalker Rucksack

Although the Speero DPM Ruckbag may look small compared to your standard rucksack, this does not affect just how useful this is!

Speero DPM Rucksack

As you can probably tell, this is well suited as a ‘grab-and-go’ pack for a quick session, perhaps at first light or dusk when you just want a quick fish or two when they’re on the feed.

It doesn’t shirk on quality either, noted by military grade zips and a robust 600d waterproof fabric is sure to make this last you a while.

Fully padded, with a detachable (and adjustable) shoulder strap, the heavy duty base can easily be wiped clean.

speero carp rucksack

Anglers are offered bags of storage too, considering the size, features four external pockets as well as an internal zipped mesh pocket for smaller bits of tackle.

At first glance, I was very unsure due to the size, but once I had loaded it up with a few necessary bits of tackle – this rucksack offered plenty for a few hours fishing when you don’t need to pack mountains of tackle!

How carpy is this? Does this make it the best carp rucksack?

Best Feature: Military spec zips and clips
Cons: Quite small

  • 600D Cordura
  • Military grade zips
  • Wipe clean heavy duty base
  • Internal zipped mesh pocket
  • Detachable adjustable shoulder strap
  • Four external pockets
  • Fully Padded
  • Colour: Camo or Green
  • Dimensions: 35cm x 30cm x 27cm
  • External Pockets: 4

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Sonik SK-TEK Ruckbag

Anglers wanting something a bit more ‘stylish’ should consider the Sonik SK-Tek Ruckbag.

Sonik SK-TEK Ruckbag

In fact, it’s actually a three-in-one – a ruckbag, carryall and barrow bag, making it very versatile however you intend on using it.

The free-standing design is rigid, and a quick peek inside reveals a full lining that offers complete protection for its contents, whether that’s a couple of tackle boxes, clothing or rig wallets.

Featuring both a padded shoulder and waist strap that feels comfortable over the shoulders and round your middle, with no rubbing or corners poking into you. 

The inclusion of two ‘D’ rings allowing you to attach a weigh sling, roll mat or even a headlamp (such as the awesome LED Lenser H14.2) which is a great touch to what is already the best carp rucksack for your money.

Best Feature: Long length side pockets
Cons: Could be too heavy duty for some anglers

  • Fully padded and lined
  • Two internal mesh pockets
  • HD 600D PVC backed SK-TEK camo material
  • HD waterproof base
  • Padded harness with sternum strap
  • Two side grab handles
  • Shaped for maximum pocket size
  • Low profile for easy under bed storage
  • Top and bottom D-ring accessory attachment points
  • Colour: Camo
  • Dimensions: 28cm x 28cm x 50cm

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Solar Tackle Undercover Ruckbag

Styled around the SP Ruckbag, this rucksack is feature packed to ensure your days fishing goes hassle-free!

Solar Tackle Undercover Ruckbag

Kitted out in a really cool DPM, the Solar Tackle Undercover Camo Ruckbag is hardwearing and features stiffened sides to allow the bag to keep shape, even when empty.

There are four spacious external pockets that offer plenty of room for extra bits such as catapults, scales, cookware and other essentials.

Each features a robust zip puller.

One of these pockets is full length designed to store any buzz bars.

Three elasticated straps are there for anglers to attach bank sticks for easy access.

As for comfort, the neoprene shoulder straps can be fully adjusted to accommodate your shape or size, with an additional chest strap to secure the rucksack even further as you walk around the lake hunting for that perfect spot for a bite.

A worthy contender for best carp rucksack 2021?

Solar also make other carp luggage, in particular a barrow bag if you prefer something that stacks easier?

Best Feature: Six internal pockets
Cons: None

  • 600D, PVC backed, camouflage fabric
  • Reinforced, hard-wearing, PVC base
  • Twin zip pullers on all pockets for easy access
  • Six internal pockets
  • Stiffened and padded sides
  • Twin carry straps
  • Adjustable, neoprene padded shoulder strap and chest strap
  • Four external pockets
  • One full-length pocket for taking buzz bars etc
  • External bankstick holder straps
  • Colour: Camo
  • Dimensions: 60cm x 42cm x 24cm

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Korum Transition Ruckbag

The Korum Transition Ruckbag has been around for well over 10 years its various names – and still provides a great solution for roving anglers, with the latest addition the best yet!

Functional, and extremely portable, this rucksack is feature packed, which includes using a high spec fabric in the construction process.

Korum Transition Ruckbag

The ripstop storm storm proof materials used for the base and lid (the most prone to damage) are really robust, yet lightweight even when the luggage is full of tackle.

Stress points have been reinforced with mega strong 600D fabric, whilst comfortable neoprene handles and high-density rigged webbing are used for the carrying straps.

How versatile, strong and long lasting does that sound?

This year also sees the inclusion of D loops for attaching slings and mats, a holster and much improved carabiner clips – perfect for connecting your mug or for attaching to your fishing chair to to transport it a bit easier.

Leisure anglers may say this is the best carp rucksack for fishing on rivers, or generally keeping mobile?

Best Feature: Easy access compartments
Cons: Only really suited to day sessions/roving

  • Unique chair-carrying straps
  • Two Velcro loops on the top of the bag
  • Four D loops designed for carabiner attachments
  • Compatible with ITM and Transition tackle boxes and pouches
  • Two large side pockets
  • Padded shoulder straps and chest strap
  • Colour: Green
  • Dimensions: 52cm x 30cm x 39cm

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Nash Rucksack

Weighing at 60 litres, the Nash Rucksack offers plenty of capacity for a good amount of tackle!

Nash Rucksack

Peering into the main compartment, with access via a zip, offers plenty of room – even for a large tackle box.

Externally, there are five zipped pockets which can hold plenty of smaller tackle cases and essentials. 

The back of the rucksack is stiffened, which offers better comfort and helps the rucksack keep shape when empty.

Padding is featured across the waist belt and shoulder straps so you can be sure you won’t have to keep stopping to adjust yourself as you rove around your local lake.

Fuss-free, this rucksack is ideal for anglers who like to carry plenty of kit with them at all times.

I also like the Nash Cool Bag which compliments the rucksack nicely.

The best carp rucksack in 2021?

Best Feature: Quick-release lid webbings for attaching clothing or unhooking mats
Cons: Zips feel a little awkward

  • Spacious zipped main compartment and five zipped external pockets
  • Quick release lid webbings to carry clothing or unhooking mats
  • Stiffened back with foam padding and lumbar support
  • Padded shoulder straps and waist belt
  • Colour: Green
  • Capacity: 60 Litres
  • Dimensions: 49cm x 43cm x 27cm

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NGT Camo Rucksack

Offering plenty of protection for all your fishing gear, the NGT Camo Rucksack is available in a striking (and quite unique!) camouflage pattern.

NGT Camo Rucksack

Made up of not one, but two main compartments, divided by a zip, there are also three additional sections for keeping items such as bivvy lights or baiting accessories close by.

It’s fully padded – giving you peace of mind that your tackle is safe, the base is made from a hard wearing vinyl to prevent damage when rested down on rocky terrain.

Padded rucksack straps and an additional waist strap make it less cumbersome to carry. Not a bad effort, despite the colour. Its certainly not the best carp rucksack on our list though, but it is great value!

Best Feature: Fully padded & great value
Cons: I think the camo is horrible

  • Two main compartments, divided by a zip
  • Three additional side compartments for storing accessories
  • Vinyl base giving
  • Waterproof
  • Colour: Camo
  • Capacity: 60 Litres
  • Dimensions: 45cm x 50cm x 27cm

Korda Compac Rucksack

The Korda Compac 45 Litre Rucksack was designed to maximise as much space as possible!

Korda Compac Rucksack

It features four modular side pockets which really compliments the rest of the Kompac luggage range of EVA pouches.

The oversized front pocket of the rucksack accommodates the well received Korda Tackle Box, which saves you space in the main section for other bits and pieces such as lead pouches, a cool bag or clothing.

We’re mightily impressed with the whole of the Compac luggage range, which the rucksack fits into perfectly and brings everything together on your next fishing trip.

It maybe the last on our best carp rucksack guide/list, but its right up there in terms of capacity and comfort.

Best Feature: Great use of space
Cons: The colour could be better. Maybe a camo version.

  • Durable and water-resistant fabric
  • Reinforced waterproof base
  • Fully padded back panel
  • Fully adjustable shoulder harness with chest straps
  • Five external pockets
  • Internal zipped storage pocket
  • Reinforced carry handles
  • Heavy-duty zips
  • Wipe-clean lining
  • Colour: Khaki
  • Capacity: 45 Litres
  • Dimensions: 45cm x 42cm x 32cm

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Best Fishing Rucksack: Final Verdict

That concludes our round up of 11 of the best carp rucksacks currently available.

Whether you’re looking for something compact, or a carp rucksack that can provide plenty of space for your next weekend away, we hope you’ve given you plenty of insight.

Be sure to check out our other fishing  articles across the website, and let your friends know about us if they’re looking at buying fishing tackle but are unsure on where to start


What capacity fishing rucksack should I choose?

The capacity of fishing rucksacks can range from 20L to 50L, so it really depends on how much gear you need to bring with you. If you are only going to fish a day session, then a smaller rucksack should suffice. However, if you are planning on fishing overnight or for multiple days, then you will need a larger rucksack to accommodate all of your gear. Think about what tackle you want to store inside, and any pockets for additional fishing accessories.

What are some other features to look for in a fishing rucksack?

Some other features that you may want to look for in a fishing rucksack include a waterproof or water-resistant material to keep your gear dry, padded straps and back panel for comfort, and multiple compartments or pockets for organization. Additionally, some rucksacks come with a built-in rain cover for extra protection against the elements.

How to carry a fishing rucksack?

The best way to carry a fishing rucksack is to wear it over both shoulders. This will evenly distribute the weight and make it more comfortable to carry. If you only have one shoulder available, then make sure to put the strap over your dominant shoulder.

How do I clean my fishing rucksack?

To clean your fishing rucksack, simply wipe down the exterior with a damp cloth. If the interior is dirty, you can remove the lining and wash it in the sink with some mild soap. Let the lining air dry completely before putting it back in the rucksack. Additionally, you can spot clean any stains on the exterior with a bit of rubbing alcohol.

What are some tips for packing a fishing rucksack?

Some helpful tips for packing a fishing rucksack include packing heavier items near the bottom, using compression sacks to reduce bulk, and utilizing all of the compartments and pockets for organization. Additionally, make sure to pack essential tackle items near the top so they are easily accessible. And finally, don’t forget to pack a rain jacket or extra clothing in case of poor weather.

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