There is no disputing the pedigree of Shimano and the TX5 carp rod is based on the latest manufacturing processes, using a blend of HPC200 and Biofibre carbon. This high-pressure carbon helps to create a stronger more responsive blank with consistent performance. This extremely slim and powerful blank will enhance the casting performance of any angler, while its subtle yet stylish finish is bound to be the envy of every angler. They feature a smart red tipping on black cosmetic wrapping.
The Tackle Box’s Lee Jackson says: A good quality and very affordable carp rod range built on natural gloss grey carbon blanks with classic cosmetics, including full-length cork handles and ‘fold-friendly’ ringing for safer and more convenient storage and transportation. All of the rods in the range have a progressive action for crisp handling and all-round casting and fish-playing performance and benefit from The Tackle Box’s exclusive lifelong warranty. The range comprises 12ft, 10ft and 9ft rods, all of which have a 3lb test curve, and a 12ft 4lb test curve spod/marker rod.
LEE JACKSON’s VERDICT “An awesome rod for quality and affordability” 9/10
£44.99 to £54.99
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The Greys Prodigy needs no introduction, taking the angling world by storm a few years back. It was renowned for offering the full playing package in an affordable price bracket. The GT4 is the newest edition to this impressive stable. There’s a huge array of options, from the beefy 3lb test curve 10ft model making for an ideal boat or margin close-combat rod, to the more powerful 13ft 3.5lb tool designed for the angler wanting to push the boundaries and hit leads to the horizon. All the models have been focused around the ethos of the original and that is with a progressive curve for an enjoyable and unforgettable fish-playing experience without compromising casting performance. What’s the point in waiting several days for a take if you are not going to enjoy the fight, right? We also love the aesthetics of the GT4 – a subtle and minimalist Carbon Armour black finish that sets off the full Japanese shrink-wrap handle and black edition G-Lite guides. The 3k-UD high-modulus woven carbon fibre blank blends seamlessly into a Fuji DPS-18 reel seat, which is finished down the rod with a stylish laser-etched butt cap. There are eight models in the range, lengths of 10, 12 and 13 feet are available and test curves ranging from 2.75lb to 3.5lb. If you are in the market for a new set of rods this year, before rushing out with your Christmas money all excited, ring your local stockist and pop in to give these a try. Although the GTD might not be for everyone, there is definitely a GT4 for every fishing situation.
DAN MURRELL’s VERDICT “Looks great and from a brand like Greys i expect good things for sure.”
£119.99 to £149.99
There is no hiding away from the recent trend in getting up close and personal with your quarry utilising time and space-saving short compact setups. At the forefront of this recent craze were without doubt the Dwarf and Scope ranges from Nash. Well, furthering its claim on this market, it is proud to release the new versions of the Dwarf rod range. Starting from a miniscule 6ft 2lb model they are also available in 9ft and 10ft lengths with test curves up to 3.5lb, making for one beast of a boat rod. Packing down to 29, 44 or 50 inches, each benefits from ergonomic soft-touch rubber reel seats, reverse mounted anti-frap Lo-fi ringing, flared shrink butt grip and line clip, to name but a few key features.
£49.99 to £98.99
When you think custom-built rods, or even quality rods for that matter, Harrison has to be near the top of your list and with a prestige and undisputed reputation in the field it is clear to see why.
Designed under a strict set of guidelines from the dedicated team members at Planet Carp, they have done all the hard work for you and these easy to use casting rods are not only a concept but have been finished surpassing all expectations and really are items of beauty. Unlike the big boys of the casting world, the likes of the untameable Torrix and the insane Trebuchet, these rods can be compressed by the average carp angler to help put yards on their cast and could even offer ranges in excess of 180 yards plus.
Once you’ve got to grips with them it will seem so effortless you will wonder why you never tried them sooner. Custom built by the devoted members at Harrison, these rods offers the very best of fittings and looks, just as you would expect when paying strong money. Boasting a full Japanese shrink wrap and understated sleek black carbon DPS-18 reel fitting, each rod really looks the kiddie and will instantly draw attention when out on the bank.
With black butt cap and collars situated on the blank, just be warned that if you do purchase a set you will spend just as much time photographing your setup as you will blasting leads out and impressing your mates. Boasting 50mm black 3D Minima ringing with S4 tip ring and finished in matt black, these rods are elegant, sleek, powerful and are at the top of my Christmas present list.
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