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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  |  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  |  Mar 28, 2014  |  0 comments
I have been using the XTs for six months now and they have been nothing short of fantastic. The faultless line lay and the large, coned spool really aid casting, especially during big chucks. With just one turn of the front drag, the XTs can be easily turned from free spool to locked up, so it’s easy to use and it feels strong and durable when cranking in fish from long distances or through heavy weed. Small features like the discreet spring-loaded line clip are kind to the line and easy to use.
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  |  Jun 24, 2013  |  0 comments
Who says rods need to be 12 or even 13 feet long? Believe it or not, there is a definite market for shorter wands and a significant advantage to using them. I fish a small club water that suffers from quite a bit of foliage around and above the swims. Casting the short distance to the far margin can be extremely difficult in one or two areas. It’s not unknown for me to have one foot in the water and the other knee on the floor to get down low enough to avoid the branches above.
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  |  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  |  Sep 28, 2011  |  0 comments
The TC boys get to grips with tackle and bait, testing them to the limit out on the bank. Here’s what they think…FREE SPIRIT Hi-‘S’ Rods, 12ft 2. 5lbRRP: £310Website: www. freespiritfishing.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 20, 2012  |  0 comments
There are a handful of companies that produce genuinely top-end rods, and Free Spirit is definitely one of them. The Hi-S is widely admired and is regarded as one of the very best rods on the market. I’ve used variations for a long time, but last year acquired some 12ft 6in 3. 25lb versions for testing – a combination that has long been my favoured all-round choice.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 02, 2016  |  0 comments
Lee Jackson’s verdict - The perfect carp rod. I love these and use them all the time. 5/5 The Tackle Box’s Lee Jackson says: Having been involved with Free Spirit from the very start and having worked for The Tackle Box for something like 28 years, there have always been little ‘tweaks’ that I have built into my own rods that I prefer to the standard versions. The Python rod is no exception.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 30, 2021  |  0 comments

Just when you think the Powermesh rods cannot get any better, Future Fishing goes and proves us all wrong!

Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 24, 2013  |  0 comments
Nano Technology is very much the buzz word in carp-rod design right now, and Greys has spent three years perfecting its own to create what looks like an extremely decent range of wands. Its Toreno composite technology claims to create a rod with a stronger and lighter blank but with no compromise in terms of action and performance. We don’t really need to delve any deeper into the science of it all, but in layman’s terms you could say that the result should be a terrific carp rod with all-round performance. Just about every rod on the market claims to offer casting performance with sustained playability, but the reality is that only a handful probably actually deliver on this promise.
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
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  |  May 24, 2013  |  0 comments
It’s been a very long time since I used any rods apart from my own, which I have owned for three years. Although my rods have a 3. 5lb test curve I have always found them less than beefy and my casting has been restricted to around the 100-yard mark. However, having used these for some time, I can testify to their casting prowess.