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Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 19, 2013  |  0 comments
Small on size but big on performance, these great-looking reels will cope with the biggest of big pits and they’re also super-smooth and great looking. Each reel is supplied with a spare spool and soft-touch cloth bag. RRP: £99FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: www. wychwood-carp.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 21, 2013  |  0 comments
Nowadays you can get a lot of rod for your money and the CF-X rods from The Tackle Box are a prime example. For the modest price tag you get a range of rods that perform brilliantly and look the part. Available in 2. 75lb, 3.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 21, 2013  |  0 comments
12ft 3. 5lb-test-curve marker rod with 6in and 12in markers on the blank for accurate depth measurement. The rod is a fast action for casting but has a softer tip section for improved feel. Full SiC rings with a full Japanese shrink-wrap handle.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 21, 2013  |  0 comments
A neat, compact, big-pit-style reel with a free-spool mechanism. Features a unique line clip that allows you to keep the line in the clip even during fishing. RRP: £99. 99FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 15, 2013  |  0 comments
Small lightweight reel packed full of features including three stainless steel ball bearings and lightweight aluminium ergonomic handle and Shimano’s trademark Baitrunner freespool system. RRP: £114. 99For more information go to: www. shimano-eu.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 18, 2013  |  0 comments
The original sk4 rods from Sonik were somewhat of a revelation. The cutting-edge technology involved and the resulting performance far outweighed the moderate price tag of around £180. New for 2013, the sk4XTR is effectively an extreme version with improvements noticeable across the board. Despite this, the top-end version has only increased in price by 20 notes.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 18, 2013  |  0 comments
Having first ‘Used & Abused’ this reel last year, I felt an update, after another year’s use, fitting because this robust Emblem Spod reel is still going strong. It remains an absolute workhorse and has coped with significant use on both my spod and marker-rod setups. The big spool makes casting a doddle and the impressive retrieve also winding those long casts back a simple affair. I wrote last time that I liked the twin line clips and the possibilities it opens up, but since then I have broken the clip off my marker and, truth be told, it’s made little difference, so perhaps it’s not that essential after all.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 19, 2012  |  0 comments
A 12ft rod with double-legged SiC rings throughout and available in 40mm and 50mm options with test curves ranging from 2. 75 to 3. 5lb. Sonik is offering a ‘buy two rods get the third free’ deal.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 19, 2012  |  0 comments
An upgraded version of the brilliant Ultegra XTB, this has improved line lay thanks to the super-slow oscillation and a super-smooth drag. It looks great and performs even better. Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTC Reel – £229. 99Available: NowFor more information go to www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 18, 2012  |  0 comments
Stylish 12ft carp rod featuring unique ALPS reel seat with a neat high-modulus-carbon-ribbon blank, giving a smooth through action for playing fish and great tip recovery when casting. Zebco Ritual Carp Alps Rods – 3lb test curve £268. 95; 3. 5lb £322.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 26, 2012  |  0 comments
An upgraded version of the original Axeon, featuring a graphite body and anodised-aluminium spool. It is excellent for use as a fishing reel but also lends itself to heavy spod work. £69. 99For more information go to www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 24, 2012  |  0 comments
I’d never used any top-end big-pit reels before so was excited when asked to test this one for a few months. So far, that excitement has been well founded. It’s an out-and-out big-pit reel designed essentially for casting. I am not a huge caster but I’d definitely say that this Ultegra has added a few yards already.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 24, 2012  |  0 comments
Slim carbon rods with full Japanese shrink-wrap handle, stainless butt cap and carbon line clip. Despite the forgiving tip, they’re also capable casting tools. Two 12ft models, in 2. 75lb and 3lb test curves.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 24, 2012  |  0 comments
Large-capacity casting reel with extra-wide tapered spool for long casting. Five bearings and one roller bearing, combined with 4. 1:1 gearing, instant anti-reverse and graphite spare spool. £39.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 24, 2012  |  0 comments
Compact free-spool reel ideal for stalking, surface fishing and small-water carping. It features twin bearings, double handle and comes complete with free graphite spare spool. £29. 99For more information go to www.