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RODS & REELS

There is no disputing the pedigree of Shimano and its wide range of reels. The big and medium Baitrunners are back and they are fully stocked with the best technology that this prestigious company is renowned for.

Following the success of the Tournos reel range, namely the 8000 and smaller 6000fs Black, Sonik has added to it with the Tournos 10000.
Since the release of the original Baitrunner from Shimano in the 1980s, 25 years of development, research and passion has pushed them to the launch of the brand-new Baitrunner X-Aero models.
Max Hendry’s verdict... 'Bulletproof and a pleasure to use'.

 The Okuma CB-60 really does look the part. With its exceptional understated and, dare I say it, carpy cosmetics, the Custom Blacks boast great performance in a compact yet durable bundle.

The all-new improved matt black cosmetics make this one of the best looking reels I have seen for a while and, yes, it has the seamless performance we have come to expect from the brand that has produced some of the most iconic carp fishing reels around.

Feature packed with X-Ship, Super Slow Oscillation 50 and Aero Wrap II, this is a steal at under £140. The instant multi-disc drag means the reel can go from free spool to locked up in just half a turn, allowing you to stay in tune with a fighting carp in an instant. Complete with an extra spool and four line reducers, you can effortlessly have two spools ready to go with different main lines and respective breaking strains. An ideal tool for 99 per cent of modern-day carp angling, with a larger 14000 model for the extreme big-water anglers among you. (DM)

£139.99

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Feature packed does not do this specifically designed long-distance tool any justice. With an optional spool, the Panther can accommodate a staggering 800 metres of 0.30mm diameter main line; impressive right? Supplied with carbon washers and a unique water sealing technology, the drag is reliable and precise from the first day to the 101st. A slow oscillation provides great line lay and an oversized one-way clutch and no less than 12 double-shielded stainless steel bearings make retrieving leads a doddle, even from range. I cannot wait to put one through its paces soon.

£120.90


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Shimano’s Aerlex has long been a hugely popular reel, with its combination of performance and excellent value. I remember being out with big caster Mark Hutchinson a few years back and some of his longest chucks were made with one of the older Aerlex reels. The Aerlex family has continued to improve over the years and these days they’re better than some reels that once would have cost two or three times this price.


Today’s Aerlex retains the robust performance at a price that most anglers can afford (expect to pay considerably less than the RRP we’ve stated) and a ‘spod’ version was added a couple of years ago.


This year’s new spod reel is a belter. With a reassuringly solid feel and extremely smooth operation it is immediately recognisable as an Aerlex. The retrieve is in keeping with its intended usage and the cranking power is noticeable and impressive.
Three line clips adorn the spool, meaning you can accurately bait all three rods. This, and the overall performance, also makes the Aerlex a great reel for marker work as well as spodding.


The list of technical spec is long and includes stuff like ARC Line Management System, Baitrunner 2 System, two-speed oscillation Aerowrap 2 and much more, none of which makes a lot of sense to most laymen, but the result is a reel that is hugely suited to its intended purpose but which is also versatile. It casts extremely well, retrieves very quickly indeed and has a build quality that you know means long life and reliability. Hurrah!

DID YOU KNOW: The Ultegra 14000 XTD comes supplied with a spare spool and two sets of spool fillers to save you needing too much line.


MARC COULSON’s VERDICT “Solid performer with great spec and at an exceptional price.” FIRST IMPRESSIONS 9/10 VALUE FOR MONEY 10/10

£94.99

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Dan Murrell’s verdict - An absolute joy to use and I have no complaints yet. Superb! 5/5

Daiwa is undoubtedly best known for its top-end rods and reels, but there is so much more to the brand than just the wallet-busting stuff, as you’ll see elsewhere in these pages with the Mission DF rods.

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