Rods, Reels & Poles

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Joe Carass  |  Oct 30, 2018  |  0 comments

Joe Carass gives his thoughts on the new generation of reels from Preston Innovations.

Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 24, 2018  |  0 comments
Match Fishing checks out the new Daiwa Connoisseur range, a family aimed at the natural-water angler.
Joe Carass  |  Oct 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Joe Carass checks out the Tri-Cast Excellence range of rods that may just be the best the company has produced yet!
Joe Carass  |  Oct 05, 2018  |  0 comments

Joe Carass checks out the brand new Response XS Carp pole from Preston Innovations

Joe Carass  |  Aug 27, 2018  |  0 comments
£799 for a back up pole? Or is there more to it than that? We check out the Browning Sphere Zero-G Power Partner! For me, having used it numerous times, the Browning Sphere Zero-G is the most impressive pole on the market. I don’t say that lightly as there are so many incredible poles out there. But The Sphere is just unbelievable and for me set a new benchmark in terms of performance. If there was one slight asterisk surrounding the Sphere, and it’s completely unfounded by the way, is its strength.
Joe Carass  |  Jul 11, 2018  |  0 comments
Joe Carass gets on the bank with this stunning looking range of rods from Browning. I am a huge fan of Browning rods. Having used the Black Viper MK2 range extensively over the last 18 months, I have been drawn into seriously checking out all of the other rods in the range. The Silverlite rods were a range that definitely intrigued me.
Joe Carass, Amer Jawad  |  Mar 29, 2018  |  0 comments

Joe Carass joins Rive’s Amer Jawad on the bank to take a look at the new R16 range. Rive has offered something of a sleeper hit in the pole market for a few years now – the R16 Professional is an incredible pole that probably hasn’t had the attention it deserves in the UK. Anglers across Europe have realised what a special piece of kit it is, but for some reason in the UK it’s stayed under the radar. However, those who have seen them and got their hands on one realise what a great pole the R16 Professional is.

Match Fishing Staff  |  Feb 03, 2018  |  0 comments
Prepare For Winter With Frenzee Winter can be a tricky time for commercial fishing but Frenzee has some great kit to help make your next session a success. The Swim Searchers Carp and F1s will often back off into space throughout the winter and a great way to exploit that is by using a light bomb or feeder setup that allows you to search the area without causing too much disturbance. Short rods come into their own in this situation. The 8ft 6in FXT Match+ is the perfect rod for those winter snake lakes and smaller intimate commercial lakes.
Joe Carass  |  Jan 27, 2018  |  0 comments
Spliced-Tip Special! Over a year ago my good friend Adam Richards rang me with an excited tone in his voice. He had received a sample of a new rod designed for river fishing. Adam has turned into quite the river angler over the past few years and he was quick to tell me that they were Sphere rods too! Sphere has been an interesting concept. Browning has essentially produced some of the finest rods on the market and more recently one of the very best poles ever made.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Dec 12, 2017  |  0 comments
Something For Everyone This eight-strong range of rods comes in lengths between 10ft and 13ft and includes various casting weights. The rods range from a 10ft Ultra Light, ideal for small sh at close range, right up to the 13ft Heavy that is capable of launching 120g of feeder. We check out the range of Monster Feeder Rods from Preston Innovations. European Design These rods have been designed in conjunction with Dutch international angler Arnout Van De Stadt and have European venues and styles in mind.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 31, 2017  |  0 comments
Joe Carass gets on the bank with Daiwa’s latest carbon marvel. To kick off this review I will take you back 13 years. I was a 16-year old match angler who was eager to ‘make it’. I knew that to compete I needed the best pole that I could lay my hands on.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Oct 30, 2017  |  0 comments
David Haynes takes Middy’s margin-busting Shock Stikk for a spin. I think it’s fair to say I have never used, or even seen, anything quite like the Middy Shock Stikk, and I think I should admit I probably had the same preconceived ideas about it as many others may have. I imagined it would be a pure hauling tool for getting big fish to the net as quickly as possible with little consideration for their wellbeing. Well, it’s not.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Assistant editor Jake Fowles gets out on the bank with Frenzee’s FXT Match+ 8ft 6in Feeder rod. Over the past year or so I have declared my admiration for short-length feeder rods. Of course, these pint-sized weapons are not a particularly new thing on the scene, but in my opinion – and evidently that of tackle companies alike (judging by the amount of these rods cropping up in their catalogues) –now more than ever they have a place in the armoury of the modern match angler. Not just since the rise of F1 fishing, either; yes, the soft action of these rods does lend itself perfectly to targeting species such as F1s, as well as skimmers, but in actual fact they are so much more versatile than they are often given credit for.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Joe Carass gets out with a brand-new Maver pole that really impressed. Working on Match Fishing magazine means that I get to see a lot of stuff before it actually comes out. Most of the brands out there are usually clambering for page space to make sure their new and exciting product gets in front of you guys. With the new Signature Pro range of poles from Maver, though, it was different.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Sep 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Assistant editor Jake Fowles gets out on the bank with Frenzee’s FXT Match+ 8ft 6in Feeder rod. Over the past year or so I have declared my admiration for short-length feeder rods. Of course, these pint-sized weapons are not a particularly new thing on the scene, but in my opinion – and evidently that of tackle companies alike (judging by the amount of these rods cropping up in their catalogues) –now more than ever they have a place in the armoury of the modern match angler. Not just since the rise of F1 fishing, either; yes, the soft action of these rods does lend itself perfectly to targeting species such as F1s, as well as skimmers, but in actual fact they are so much more versatile than they are often given credit for.

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