Fren­zee’s mar­gin pole tack­les snags and big fish with ease

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

URELY not an­other mar­gin pole re­view, I hear you cry! It seems that ev­ery ma­jor tackle com­pany has in­tro­duced a new model over the past year or so.

Well, it’s my job to give you my un­bi­ased opinion of ev­ery ma­jor prod­uct, so with­out apol­ogy, here goes with the new Fren­zee Per­for­mance FXT Edge 11.5m.

At 11.5m, it is sub­stan­tially longer than most mar­gin poles and, de­spite the name, it’s prob­a­bly bet­ter geared to all-round com­mer­cial fish­ery bagging.

But there was no deny­ing that it felt tougher than any­thing else I’d han­dled to date.

It comes with a gen­er­ous set of spares, in­clud­ing two ex­tra pre-fit­ted side puller kits, a cup­ping kit, and a dolly butt ex­ten­sion. There are very im­pres­sive wall strengths on all five sec­tions, which also boast rigid re­in­forced anti-ovalling joint ends. Ar­row mark­ings al­low you to keep the pole’s spine aligned.

Af­ter the ini­tial in­spec­tion I took a mo­ment to read through Fren­zee’s blurb about its U2in­spired model. ‘Built for strength, and the per­fect tool for those over-sized mar­gin beasts, and snag fish­ing’ it said.

Oh re­ally, I thought. Well, I know a swim that could test the met­tle of a scaf­fold pole elas­ti­cated with a bungee rope, and rigged with ny­lon cord to a gaff. ‘The Grave­yard’ isn’t for the flopp­sy­doppsy, weak-willed or faint of heart, and your kit needs to be up to the job and then some.

If it’s found to be want­ing, one of two things will hap­pen. You’ll ei­ther lose ev­ery­thing you hook as the finned dev­ils haunt­ing the Grave­yard find sanc­tu­ary, or you’ll pull so hard that some­thing much more painful will oc­cur in the wal­let area. Ba­si­cally this is a lose, lose peg. Get too close to the snags and the fish will do you time af­ter time… fish too far away from them and you’ll hardly get a bite.

But get it right and the re­wards are well worth the trou­ble, as some proper fish are in there.

So, with the Fren­zee Per­for­mance FXT Edge suitably tooled-up with Red Hy­dro elas­tic, a trip to the Grave­yard was ar­ranged (the peg can be found on Towces­ter’s pic­ture -post­card Lake­view Fish­ery).

Ar­riv­ing early on the Tues­day

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