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Rod & pole tests


64 lb UK sturgeon is world record for fish caught on pole tackle

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A POLE seen recently in Angler’s Mail magazine’s red-hot Product News pages has landed probably the biggest fish on a pole – a 64 lb 4 oz sturgeon to Garbolino and Bait Tech consultant  Jason Le Bosquet.
Jason, a previous UK Champion, used his brand new Garbolino G MAX Power Legion Pole to land  the 6 ft monster which is believed to beat the…

VIDEO: Will Raison uses amazing new £5,999 Daiwa Air pole

ANGLER’S MAIL – No.1 magazine for product news – includes an exclusive on the pole that match-style anglers are getting excited about.
Match fishing legend, and former World Champion, Will Raison has been out fishing with the much talked-about Daiwa Air pole, which follows up the Airity, and carries a near £6,000 full RRP!
We like to bring you extras every week…

PELLET WAGGLER RODS – TESTED!

Tested by Steve Lockett

11 FT HARDY MARKSMAN XT
£169
Boasting a full warranty, and supplied in a cloth bag and plastic tube, this rod should not let you down.
At 11 ft, it may be a little short, especially with a 21 in. cork handle. A keeper ring and metal butt cap show the class of this rod, but add to the weight.…

MARGIN POLES UNDER £300 – TESTED!

Tested by Steve Lockett
GARBOLINO VIPER CARP
£69.99
This pole is undoubtedly strong, but looks rather old-fashioned. The gloss finish will make shipping difficult in wet weather. Carbon composite construction makes it heavy, and although it feels reasonably stiff, it is floppy when moved.
Measuring 9.1 m with only seven sections gives decent balance at full length. Very long, possibly 100 per cent carbon…

VIDEO: brilliant new Daiwa Mission carp gear

THE giant June 12 cover-dated issue of Angler’s Mail gave a chance to win £1,500-worth of kit from the Daiwa Mission carp range. Don’t worry if you missed it – you can still watch a video on this superb range.
This high spec but affordable tackle will appeal to so many carp anglers, and our man Brian Gay has been putting…

PIKE DEADBAIT RODS – TESTED

Tested by DUNCAN CHARMAN

DRAGON ‘DR SPIN’ POWERCASTER 12 FT 3 LB
£10
Multi-fibre non-flash matt green blank with double-legged butt guide and thereafter single-legged Matsuku guides whipped in black. Weighing 500 gr, this is a good budget starter pike rod but it comes with its limitations, as the action doesn’t lend itself to casting baits very far. For the lesser experienced angler…

12 FT 1.75 LB BARBEL RODS – TESTED!

Tested by DUNCAN CHARMAN

J.W. YOUNG TRAVEL BARBEL
£99.99
An innovative five-piece travel rod that will appeal to those wanting to store it in the boot of their car for an after work session or opportunist trips.
At 283 gr the dark brown blank has 13 double-legged quality guides whipped in a matching colour, complete with a keeper-ring. The rod’s action feels more like…

MIDDY 3G MICRO MUSCLE 11FT WAGGLER ROD – TESTED

TRUSTED tackle reviews appear every week in Angler’s Mail magazine. Here’s one exclusively online, a First Trial report by STEVE LOCKETT.
A TRIP to Goodiford Mill fisheries near Cullompton is always one to look forward to. The carp are fighting fit and tend to come in large amounts. With the pellet waggler being one of the best ways to get…

12 FT PIKE RODS UNDER £100 – TESTED

Tested by Duncan Charman
 
3 LB QUANTUM SMART PIKE
£62
Designed for launching big baits to the horizon and, with a semi-parabolic action, this rod will absorb the lunges of a big fish under the rod tip. Its thick blank and weight of 400 gr creates a clumsy feel and, as it is overgunned for margin work and unforgiving for small livebaits, it…

CARP RODS UNDER £60 12 ft 3 lb TEST CURVES – TESTED

Tested by Duncan Charman
MAVER ABYSS
£45
A basic carp rod, designed with the beginner with a tight budget, rung for distance with ‘put-over’ matt grey blank. This rod needs a re-think: very basic build; not sure about the bronze whippings; not much thought has gone into the looks of the rod and it doesn’t compete with the other rods in the group.…