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Total Carp Staff  |  May 11, 2016  |  0 comments
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. The Emcast 5000A is another similar example, with a retail price of just £100. Just about every company that makes reels will tell you that the mid to lower-price range products feel like a reel costing twice as much. It’s not always true but in the case of this reel it has never been truer.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 23, 2016  |  0 comments
We love these! - great product at a great price Designed around the medium-sized-water premise, the new Emblem BR 25A is a compact size coupled with big-pit performance. In recent years it appears the trend has been to either go back to ‘cult retro’ reels or look for large big-pit machines because bigger is better, or so everyone thought. It will be equally at home on an intimate five-acre water as it will on a large expanse of 80 acres. Is this possible? According to the technical guys at Daiwa it is not only possible but a reality, while keeping the price within a sensible range.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 23, 2016  |  0 comments
To match the impressive Gravity X range of rods, Sonik has introduced one of each of the utility rods and they both appear, at first inspection, to be well up to the task. I’ve not had the chance to really put them through their paces, but a few casts on a local lake have provided me with at least a first impression and, I must say, they feel spot-on. Both boast a clean crisp action, with the spod rod obviously being the beefier. In fact, it’s so beefy that I had to load a spod right up to feel like I was properly compressing it, but bear in mind that I do not consider myself a huge caster.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 23, 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  |  Mar 23, 2016  |  0 comments
Following the success of the original Tournos 8000, Sonik has introduced a new version, this time with a free-spool facility. In keeping with modern trends, the FS retains its black finish, chunky bail arm and minimalist design. The free-spool lever and adjust knob are not overly obtrusive, yet remain accessible and easy to engage. The free spool disengages with no more than a third of a turn of the handle, which is essential when taking on your battle with the carp.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 18, 2016  |  0 comments
Introducing the S3 and S4 rod ranges, Sonik has pulled out all the stops with some great incentives and real money-saving deals that could just tempt you to that set of new wands you have been waiting for. The S3 is available in a range of lengths, starting from a compact and stealthy 9ft through to 10ft, 12ft and a 13ft models. The 9ft features a slim shrink handle while the other models are all available in both cork and slim shrink. The 12ft rods at 3lb test curve and over also feature 50mm butt rings as standard.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 18, 2016  |  0 comments
We like this! The reel market has to be the most difficult to make your mark in, such has been the dominance of Shimano and Daiwa over the years. However, several companies are now finding that their products, when they get them right, are currying favour with lots of carp anglers. Having not been a huge fan of the earlier Stratos that Fox produced, I am an absolute convert in my belief since the release of the FX11 and, now, the scaled-down FX9. I have not used or tested the bigger Fox reels (12000XT and so on) so cannot comment on those, but the FX11 is an impressive performer and this follows in that reel’s footsteps.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 18, 2016  |  0 comments
great value! Ideally suiting smaller venues and lightweight setups, the Tournos 6000 is born. Following the popularity of both its larger brothers, the Tournos 10000 Big Pit and 8000 Tournos, Sonik managed to utilise its vast expertise in reel development to produce a feature-packed, superbly built and reasonably priced reel in a much smaller package. Where performance, durability and control are concerned, the Tournos 6000 ticks all the boxes. Built from a high-strength carbon composite the body and rotor has been built to last and withstand the rigours of modern-day carp angling.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 27, 2016  |  0 comments
If ever a product belied its price tag it has to be this reel. When I visited Shimano HQ and was treated to a first look at several new items, the firm’s Richard Griffiths moved on to the Speedcast and said: “You’re gonna like this, mate. ” He wasn’t wrong and as he ran through its host of features I was impressed with what it had to offer. The build quality too was typically Shimano – rugged and built to last but with pleasing aesthetics (it really does look the part with its near complete black design).
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 12, 2016  |  0 comments
Designed for the modern-day carp angler, the devoted team behind Chub set out to bring to the market a carp rod that would cover 90 per cent of your carp fishing criteria, while being stylish, reliable and, of course, without breaking the bank. Well after it was first unveiled to us at the Chub trade show we were immediately impressed and ever keen to give one a try, and here’s why. To suit the majority of modern carp anglers, the RS-Plus benefits from a superb and crisp progressive action that has enough backbone to cope with casting solid PVA bags while retaining all the enjoyment you wish to undergo when playing the carp at close quarters – the moment we all live for. The blank is a 12ft slim and lightweight carbon construction finished with a trendy matt-black look and fitted with the popular double-leg SiC guides throughout.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 11, 2016  |  0 comments
Daiwa has always had a certain prestige surrounding its products, particularly where reels are concerned. We ventured to its latest trade show to find out all about the new releases for 2016 and to say we left impressed would be a severe understatement. Renowned for its traditional big-pit designs, we were particularly intrigued by the new and very exciting Emblem Bait N Run model. The smaller reduced shape makes this version an ideal choice for small to medium-sized waters.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 24, 2015  |  0 comments
Marc Coulson’s verdict. . . very impressive and exceptional value for money.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 07, 2015  |  0 comments
I’ve said it many times before, but it still amazes me just how good modern carp rods are in this price range and this C-101 from Wychwood is no exception. I remember, not all that long ago, when a rod with this spec would probably cost £100 or more, but with trickle-down technology it’s no longer the case. Built on a Japanese carbon blank, the C-101 feels relatively crisp (we’ve tested the 3. 25lb version) and tip recovery is more than acceptable, never forgetting the price tag.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 07, 2015  |  0 comments
Certain items of tackle gain a cult-like following within angling and the original Terry Hearn rods did exactly that. When Terry rejoined ESP it brought much speculation and hope that there would be some long-awaited collaborations coming our way and, after extensive field testing and being tailored and tweaked to his exact and demanding standards, ESP is proud to launch new versions of a much-loved old favourite. The two rods are the ESP Terry Hearn Classic and the ESP Terry Hearn Distance, both in 12ft 9in lengths. For all you purists out there, the Terry Hearn Classic is the model designed for you.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 06, 2015  |  0 comments
I’ve long been a massive fan of the Tournament and have had a set of the originals from however long ago. This year Daiwa has introduced the very same reel but in black, in keeping with the current trend for the stealthy look. If ninjas made a carp reel, this would be it. It looks absolutely superb and, if ever the word carpy really was relevant to an item of tackle then the Tournament Black would claim it hands down.