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Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 08, 2019  |  0 comments
Wychwood's top-end offering in two compact versions.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 02, 2019  |  0 comments
We give you the lowdown on arguably the best rod of 2018.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 22, 2017  |  0 comments
Daiwa - Black Widow Spod Rod & Windcast Reel£59. 99 and £109. 99 As you would expect from the Daiwa corner, this rod and reel combination screamed quality from the off. With a graphite body and quick drag feature complemented by the 4.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 03, 2017  |  0 comments
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.
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
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.
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  |  Jan 27, 2017  |  0 comments
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.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 23, 2017  |  0 comments
Reliability and performance for a reasonable price… the Black Widow rod and reel combination gives the angler quality Daiwa pedigree without having to break the bank. The rod is made from a lightweight carbon blank, with slim DPS-style reel seat for that custom look. Decals have been kept to a minimum to give it a classy look, with 50mm ringing on all but the 10ft version, while super-sturdy stainless steel rings and ceramic guides keep friction to a minimum. The Black Widow reel complements the rods perfectly.
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
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.
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
You could easily be mistaken when searching for rods that they are all built with casting in mind, but what’s one of the most enjoyable parts of carp fishing? Yes, that’s right, the playing of the carp; the battle you waited so long to enjoy. Avid believes in the feel, action and sensation of the fight and that’s why the new rod range encompasses a smooth, bendy parabolic action with hand-picked cosmetics for a true first-class finish. Each of the four models feature Non-Lock carbon materials boasting a super-slim diameter. As you would expect, each comes fitted with high-end Fuji reel seats and Japanese shrink-wrap handle seamlessly finished with lightweight SiC guides along the rod.
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.