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Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 02, 2020  |  0 comments
Small and compact but with enough grunt for specimen carp, it's the brand new Sonik Xtractor 5000 reel!
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 18, 2019  |  0 comments

Okuma delivers a true workhorse of a reel, with stunning looks to match its performance!

Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 06, 2019  |  0 comments

Not all reels will look at home on every carp rod but sit the new Daiwa 45 SCW-QD on any blank and it will be an instant match!

Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 27, 2019  |  0 comments
A compact reel with free-spool facility, which offers exceptional value for money
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 03, 2017  |  0 comments
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. In addition, I simply love the excellent value for money, making this a truly affordable, functional big pit reel. It has a super-fast clutch, sealed bearings and a wooden handle that has been outfitted with a weight on one side, so it always angles down so you don’t have to align your handles perfectly every time.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments
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.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 31, 2017  |  0 comments
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.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 15, 2016  |  0 comments
In response to public demand for a larger version of the popular EOS 10000 reels, Fox has introduced this larger 12000 version in two models. Considering the price tag, each is a pretty smooth operator and I hope Fox has ordered plenty in advance because they’re surely going to be big sellers. The list of features is impressive, especially with that price tag in mind. I keep referring to the price but with good reason; this is a heck of a lot of reel for that sort of money.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
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.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 04, 2016  |  0 comments
The old Tournament reels went down in the annals of carp fishing history as absolute classics and you’ll still see plenty of old-school anglers using them. They were built to last and I once described them as the Land Rover Defender of reels. They weren’t without their issues, but one or two of them, including the squeaky retrieve, almost added to their charm. More recently Daiwa upgraded the classic Tournament, with improvements internally and with some material upgrades.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments
It’s easy to become a little cynical when reviewing as much fishing tackle as and Dan and I do. Immunity to manufacturers’ wild claims about this product or that is not uncommon. We make our own minds up about products in a bid to help you make the correct buying decision. Most tackle is of a decent standard these days, but by the same token it takes quite a bit for me to really get excited about a particular item.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments
Rods and reels can be described as the most important and crucial hardware an angler needs. Instead of just serving a purpose, it has been duly noted that we care what these items look like too. Reels are great bank bling items. Aesthetics are important to many but what we feel the discerning carp angler wants is value for money and performance.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments
Heavy-duty, long-cast, big-pit reel Slow oscillation for brilliant line lay Sealed Drag System and watertight design Spare spool included Cool, wooden handle Excellent value for money £199. 99 WWW. PENN-FISHING. CO.