A lot of my fishing over the past six months has been fishing for skimmers on commercial waters such as Barston and Meadowlands, and by skimmers I mean 4oz to 2lb fish. Knowing how this was going to be playing a part in my fishing, I asked Matrix if I could hang on to the rods as I felt they would be perfect.
Initially my favourite rod in the three-strong range was the 10ft 10in model, which fitted my short-range bill nicely. It’s a beautiful rod and I know I have recommended it to a few anglers who have gone on to buy them and have also loved them. It’s a very smooth rod and by that I mean the rod isn’t just ridiculously soft and then it hits a stiffer spot in the blank; this blank is soft but progressive and they cast very well too.
The longer two rods were initially off my radar on a personal level. I could see they had a place but the 10ft 10in was where it was at… well, that’s what I thought.
On the Golden Rod qualifier at Barston before Christmas I went to the match with a plan to target skimmers. It was the first match there of the initial run of Golden Rod qualifiers, and since then there have been lots of silver-fish-only feeder matches, but at the time most anglers were convinced you would need carp to qualify. In my mind I knew skimmers held the key, so my plan was to fish two lines for them after an hour fishing the Method trying to nick a bonus fish.
The 10ft 10in covered me for my short line, but I felt I needed a slightly longer rod for 35 metres so I chose the 11ft 6in model. This again has that soft action but has some power to punch the feeder. It proved to be perfect and after a hard match I managed to qualify for the big final with 17lb 10oz. The two rods were just perfect and I have used both rods extensively since.
One thing that really impresses me is the Horizon quivertips. They are a fast taper and absolutely perfect for spotting delicate bites. They are my favourite tips that I have used and to be honest I hope they fit some of my other rods! The 1oz tip is the one that has found most use.
I love these rods. There is no way Matrix is getting them back once this long-term test is over as they are perfect for what I need.
Hats off to Matrix for these, it’s a bit of a punt developing silver-fish rods but, judging by the sales figures, other anglers are also buying into them.
Quickly became the favourite rods in my holdall, just brilliant at what they are designed for!