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Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 24, 2012  |  0 comments
A superb starter reel, featuring six ball bearings and a free-spool facility. Supplied with two spare spools. £49. 99For more information go to www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 21, 2012  |  0 comments
Designed to be true all-rounders, I can confirm that they are exactly this, and brilliant at it too. I’ve been using the 2. 75lb versions and, excluding fishing at 100 yards plus, I can’t think of any reason why I would not continue to do so. The progressive, through action is right up my street and it makes for an exhilarating fight every time a carp is hooked.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 22, 2012  |  0 comments
Mid-priced big-pit reel that is built with strength and longevity in mind, without compromising on looks. It’ll cope with the demands of the modern carp angler and will double as a great spodding or marker reel as well as for big-pit fishing. £174. 99For more information go to www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 22, 2012  |  0 comments
Budget big-pit reel that is supplied with a spare spool. Big line capacity means that this will cope with even the biggest venues. £30For more information go to www. dragoncarpdirect.
Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 22, 2012  |  0 comments
Compact reel with super-smooth drag and boasting many of Daiwa’s bespoke reel features. A firm favourite with several top carp anglers when surface fishing. £99. 99For more information go to www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 18, 2012  |  0 comments
Tackle tart, me? Well, maybe just a little bit and, as such, I liked these wands straight out of the bag. Cork handles, especially proper ones like this, and the neat carbon-wrap finish make the Horizons look the business. It then took me a while before I had the chance to actually go out and test them, but having now used them on half a dozen occasions I have to say that they are mightily impressive. I’d go as far as to say that they’re the best rods that Fox has produced for a very long time.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 17, 2012  |  0 comments
Dedicated spod reel that boasts massive retrieve ratio, large casting capability, big-pit line capacity and two line clips to allow baiting of two spots at once. Doubles as a great marker reel too. £159. 99For more information go to www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 17, 2012  |  0 comments
Two carp rods in one as the Multiflex features a single butt section but with two separate tips. One has a 2. 75lb test curve and the other is 3. 5lb.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 27, 2012  |  0 comments
Daiwa’s Basia receives plenty of coverage and has many admirers, yet the ISO seems to be afforded considerably less airtime. Having tested a set of these over a period of months (and having previously also used Basias) I think that the ISO is worthy of similar acclaim. So important to carp anglers, the ISO looks sublime. The black finish with red trim offers an air of luxury and the wooden handle sets it all off perfectly.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 27, 2012  |  0 comments
Short for Nano-Carbon Technology, NCTs are Sonik’s first foray into the high-end rod market. They certainly look the part and the details gained from Sonik’s Ian McCormack were just as impressive. “The rod blank is the key feature. A completely new type of carbon is used, boasting a decrease in the amount of resin, while maintaining reliable strength,” explained Ian.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 22, 2012  |  0 comments
For almost a decade the Warrior range of rods has been among the best-selling budget carp rods in the world, with the most recent addition being the Warrior S. It’s often said that if you buy cheap you buy twice but, trust us on this, with these you won’t. They look, feel and perform way above their retail price and, to put more emphasis on this point, none other than TC regular Ian ‘Chilly’ Chillcott uses the 2. 75lb Warrior S for plenty of his fishing.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 22, 2012  |  0 comments
Open up the box of a Crosscast X and a thing of beauty is revealed. In a world where first impressions mean so much, the Crosscast X ticks all the right boxes. The requisite Daiwa quality is immediately obvious and the reel screams ‘look at me’. There is an element of deception here because you could be forgiven for thinking that what you have just unpacked is likely to have set you back a small fortune.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 22, 2012  |  0 comments
Updated version of the classic Long Cast Baitrunner. Everything has been improved, including the Baitrunner, drag and general build quality. This remains a workhorse big-pit reel that will cope with lots of use and abuse. A medium version is also available.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 26, 2012  |  0 comments
Nowadays you can get a lot for your money when buying a set of rods and the Kevin Nash-inspired Entities are no exception. Despite being extremely competitively priced, they’re packed with performance. They are available in three test curves, namely 2. 75lb, 3lb and 3.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 26, 2012  |  0 comments
Brand-new rods featuring the revolutionary Nano Carbon Technology, which takes carbon rods to the next level of performance. Expect some more in-depth reviews of these fabulous rods in forthcoming issues. Available in 12ft 2. 75lb, 3lb, 3.

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