I know the subject rod is quite a fine tool, but is it suited to land the occasional lump if balanced with 4lb/5lb line?
I'm asking as I find the Plus version too pokey
Cheers in advance
I wouldn't reccommend anyone get one to target fish like barbel or carp but there's no doubt that you can land larger more powerfull species with it than just silvers etc. If you want a rod for larger fish you'd be better off buying a more powerfull rod. The plus version is great for small fish as well as larger fish, I used a 14ft plus yesterday and had no prob's catching dace with it.As usual I may have been a little hasty at that point Ian! I've figured the Plus is too overgunned for the little puddles I fish. I'm hearing that some folks are managing to fish for barbel with them.
The ultra should be fine then Andy......don't forget to let me know when your fed up with it, i've got a space for one in me rack .Thanks for your replies. My intended baits are maggots, small cubes of meat, pellets or corn, baits generally eaten by all fish. The venues I fish don't hold fish bigger than 10lb carp, so my quarry is mainly decent roach, crucians, bream, skimmers, tench and match size carp
I'd be fishing either 4 or 5lb straight through with the clutch set accordingly as the rod is rated to 4lb + mainlines.
I do have a beefier 11ft Acolyte Carp Waggler which is OK when I know I'm targetting lumps
Blimey, 12lb line seems a little excessive however it would be interesting to witness. I suppose it's smilar to the new breed of match anglers using 10lb plus on a £2K plus pole. If a known angler was to endorse it we'd all do it or would we?I regularly use my Acolyte Ultra loaded with 12lb line to fish for various cyprinids (Indian subcontinent) that make a carp (Cyprinus carpio) look like diabetic wimps of the worst sort (where's me tin 'at) when it comes to fighting pound for pound. My son just landed a 17.5 lb Catla using my Acolyte. I have landed any number of double figure fish with it in what is a reasonably snag free but not a swimming pool water. It will stop a double figure carp if you are willing to hook and hold. It is likely that you will "fail" first.
All the best
I just own the one. It is one of two I bought from "Gerry's of Wimbledon" who are no longer in business in June/July 2015. My fishing partner of 35 years uses the other one. Haven't broken one yet.Just read the post and "blimey O'Rielly!"
I recognise the rod and that fish next to it is a lump - have you ever broke one of the rods?