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Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 03, 2016  |  0 comments
Marc Coulson’s verdict - Early signs are extremely good. 3. 5/5 Okay, first things first, I have only actually had these out a handful of times because my fishing doesn’t warrant their use at the moment. Small waters and wary carp do not respond to thrashing the water to a foam with a marker and then spodding over the top.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 02, 2016  |  0 comments
Marc Coulson’s verdict. . . “Excellent specialist rod at a ridiculously good price.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 02, 2016  |  0 comments
Extra muscle for heavy-duty work 12ft 6in for increased casting distance Quality fittings throughout Awesome casting tools £139. 99 WWW. GREYSFISHING. CO.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 12, 2016  |  0 comments
I know what you are thinking, a carp rod for under £40, yeah right. Well they are as cheap as that and they certainly are fully functional carp rods. Lightweight and well balanced, these will perform in the majority of modern carp angling scenarios. Of course, if you wish to cast 160 yards then I would recommend not looking at these.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 12, 2016  |  0 comments
Awesome!Marc Coulson’s verdict - Extremely impressive – far better than I expected. 4/5 It’s been a very long time since I used a multi-piece rod and, if I’m honest, I didn’t think too many companies still made them, let alone realise how popular they still are. Ideal for keeping in the back of your car, taking on holiday or just for the angler with limited storage space, for me they served a purpose but were never actually that good. However, I was hugely surprised by this four-piece TX Compact.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 12, 2016  |  0 comments
GUEST REVIEWER Editor of Advanced Carp Fishing Magazine Max Hendry’s verdict: Faultless casting and weighs next to nothing. 4/5 I got a set a Cast’izm reels in for review last year. I was after a small, compact reel that would be ideal for using on canals or small waters with my shorter 10ft rods. Like the Cast’izm QDA reel the Mag Sealing ensures the reel remains super-smooth no matter how much abuse you give it.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 12, 2016  |  0 comments
The X. S. M, or X-treme Spod and Marker, is a specifically designed tool for baiting and feature finding at range. The 13ft blank offers a progressive power action so you can feel the power building up in the blank before it transfers down the line, sending your lead or Spomb effortlessly into the distance.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 11, 2016  |  0 comments
Small reel with big-pit attributes Boasts line clip and instant anti-reverse Complete with machined aluminium spool, rubberised handle Super-compact lightweight body £44. 99 WWW. CHAPMANSANGLING. CO.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 15, 2016  |  0 comments
Marc Coulson’s verdict. . . So far the Gravity X has lived up to all expectations.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 15, 2016  |  0 comments
Read any rod manufacturer’s brochures and they’ll describe the perfect carp rods that boast huge casting potential as well as the ability to play fish under the rods tips. Whether or not this is even possible is open to debate. Shimano’s description of the XS1 Intensity touches on that but focuses on the build of the blank and its tip recovery, something that is vital in casting accuracy and distance. It also boasts of a super-slim blank thanks to Shimano’s Cap T technology, whatever that is! In reality, the boasts are pretty accurate.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 15, 2016  |  0 comments
Dan Murrell’s verdict A real joy to use and in my opinion they look pukka ! As I have written in previous reviews, I prefer using a longer than conventional rod, favouring 12ft 6in, 12ft 9in or 13ft models. Having used 12ft models for a few months I was quick to change when a set of Terry Hearn Distance 12ft 9in 3. 5lb test curve came into the office for a Used & Abused review. Aesthetically, I think it is fair to say that ESP has hit the nail on the head.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Rods don’t have to be expensive to be good, and these are the perfect example and would be ideal for newcomers to the sport or someone on a budget who doesn’t want to compromise on quality. With a progressive action, these are great all-round carp rods. Although you won’t be casting leads to the horizon, there is enough power to comfortably fish on the vast majority of UK carp waters and, of course, you don’t have such a stiff blank that you no longer enjoy playing fish. These are responsive and bend, which is exactly what you want for modern-day carp angling.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Spodding and marker float work require an altogether different capability from a reel, compared with a general fishing one, as more anglers are realising. Daiwa has produced the extremely popular Emblem Spod Reel for a few years but has now brought such a key piece of kit into the price range of more anglers with this Emcast version. It matches the superb (especially when you consider the price) Emcast 5000A, allowing the angler to team up matching kit but without breaking the bank. If you don’t use Emcast reels, however, the features on this still make it a great choice for spod and marker work.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 11, 2016  |  0 comments
When we heard that the team at Shimano had a new big pit on the market, you can imagine our excitement. Having developed some of the best carp fishing reels over the years, we automatically set the bar high and this new launch has certainly lived up to our expectations. As soon as we opened the box the improved matt black cosmetics stuck out; this timeless finish will be a great addition to any existing setup and is sure to be a firm favourite among the ‘cult anglers’. Moving onto the reel itself, the instant drag is simply a joy to use.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 11, 2016  |  0 comments
Imagine being able to use a set of rods from the famed DF stable, but not having to take out a second mortgage to do so. WOW! PROS - GREAT RODS FOR THE MONEY CONS - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! In fact, forget that. Not only do you not need to take out such a loan, in the Mission DF, Daiwa has created a rod that falls well into the budget category. I don’t like that word, budget, because it creates an image of something of substandard quality, but that is so not the case with the Mission DF.

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