Many DVDs, books, articles, and individuals will have you believe there is only one way to fish for carp. That concept runs from the rods you use, through to the way you bait up for them. This often includes ludicrously expensive rods, and shed-loads of boilies. Now, I am not saying they are wrong, far from it, if it works for you, then happy days. However, I would suggest there is no go-to rig, method, rod, or baiting campaign that works best for any species. I want to offer up an alternative way of thinking.
One thing I do know is that on any venue, the fish really don’t care how much you paid for your gear. Before we had the all singing carbon rods, we were using fibre-glass, cane, split cane and so on. We still caught big fish. Izaak Walton wrote 350-years-ago of catching 50lb Italian Commons. He was using bread-paste mixed with latex and honey and spending days and nights in their pursuit. We are just reshaping the wheel.