MUS­CLE POWER WITH A SPLASH OF FI­NESSE!

This pel­let wag­gler rod tames big fish the gen­tle way

Angling Times (UK) - - TACKLE NEWS -

AS An­gling Times re­vealed a few weeks back, Brown­ing has re­vamped its range of Com­mer­cial King rods.

The lat­est mod­els re­tain many of the build char­ac­ter­is­tics of the orig­i­nals – slim car­bon blanks, two equal-length sec­tions and a re­spon­sive, pro­gres­sive ac­tion.

How­ever, Brown­ing has fur­ther re­fined its best-sell­ing UK range with im­proved cos­met­ics, beefedup cast­ing prow­ess and a tweak to pro­vide a lit­tle more power through the mid-sec­tions.

All this has been ac­com­plished with­out Brown­ing sig­nif­i­cantly hik­ing up its prices, which some­thing to be ap­plauded.

So, with the sum­mer sun in full wa­ter-warm­ing mode and carp cruis­ing about all over the sur­face of nearly ev­ery lake I have vis­ited in the past two weeks, it made per­fect sense to take a closer look at Brown­ing’s lat­est Com­mer­cial King2 Pel­let Wag­gler rods.

Th­ese 11-foot­ers come in Medium and Power ver­sions, the lat­ter boast­ing around 15 per cent more stiff­ness and power for sit­u­a­tions in­volv­ing big­ger fish, or cast­ing heav­ier floats up to 30g.

My cho­sen test venue, The Pool at Fields End Fish­ery in Cam­bridgeshire, is noted for its mixed stocks, so I chose the Medium model with a max­i­mum cast­ing weight of 20g. This is ide­ally suited to lighter floats, hooks and lines. As­sem­bling the rod, it’s im­me­di­ately ap­par­ent that this is qual­ity kit. At only 175g, it’s nicely bal­anced, with a su­perquick tip ac­tion and fast re­cov­ery. That means it doesn’t wob­ble around much, mak­ing long, smooth casts easy to achieve.

My float choice was the small flighted John Bon­ney model that comes free on the front of An­gling Times this week. It flew across the Pool to a range of 25m with no ef­fort. The slightly re­duced han­dle length made feed­ing with a cat­a­pult equally ef­fort­less, and that made very short shrift of what

can oth­er­wise be a rather tire­some ‘feed and cast’ rou­tine.

Feed­ing lit­tle more than halfa-dozen 6mm pel­lets ev­ery 20 sec­onds or so, it wasn’t long be­fore dark shapes were com­ing in to feed as soon as the pel­lets hit the wa­ter. But, as often hap­pens on a well-fished venue, as soon as the float splashed down, they high­tailed it out of the swim.

The an­swer to this fishy co­nun­drum is to feed twice, im­me­di­ately be­fore and af­ter cast­ing. You will also need to feather the line, so that the float lands with a gen­tle kiss on the sur­face. Get it right, bites will be sav­age. You now need to get them out of the killing zone as quickly and qui­etly as pos­si­ble, by keep­ing the rod low, si­mul­ta­ne­ously reel­ing and pulling back.

For this you need full con­fi­dence in your rod, and reel for that mat­ter, keep­ing the fish mov­ing with­out pulling the hook, break­ing the line or hav­ing the fish charge back through the feed­ing shoal. Ba­si­cally you are push­ing your kit to it lim­its, and it needs to re­spond and per­form in equal mea­sure.

This lat­est Com­mer­cial King2 Medium Pel­let Wag­gler rod does ex­actly that. The added bit of mus­cle Brown­ing has added kicks in as the blank ap­proaches full par­a­bolic com­pres­sion, but its non-lock­ing ac­tion pro­vides enough of a safety fac­tor for you to be able to dish it out with­out fear­ing the worst.

I was also im­pressed with the rod’s abil­ity to deal with fish other than carp. Dur­ing the live test some pretty hefty ide de­cided to have a go. Th­ese are not ex­actly cage fight­ers, but can be wel­come weight builders in matches.

Their lol­lop­ing ‘fall-over’ swim­ming ac­tion means they are ef­fec­tively dragged to­wards the net – hook-pulls hap­pen all too often when us­ing carp-style pel­let wag­gler tac­tics. But not with this rod. It han­dled ev­ery­thing from near-dou­ble-fig­ure carp, through to heavy­weight ide and big roach, with aris­to­cratic dis­dain.

Price: £69.95

I RE­ALLY liked the orig­i­nal Brown­ing Com­mer­cial King rods, rat­ing them right up there with many of the best mod­els then avail­able.

Th­ese lat­est rods look, feel and per­form with ev­ery bit as much style, but with a lit­tle more bite.

Im­prove­ments to the cos­met­ics and fur­nish­ings give them an ex­pen­sive topend look which be­lies their very sen­si­ble price tags.

BLANKS Made from ul­tra-slim high-mod­u­lus car­bon blanks, they have two equal lengths so that they are ideal for car­ry­ing ready made up. The new Com­mer­cial King2 rods are de­signed with shorter cork han­dles so that they can be more eas­ily ma­noeu­vred around the an­gler’s body. The top sec­tion of the rod has a quick tip ac­tion with a fast re­cov­ery rate. This al­lows you to make longer and smoother casts. High-qual­ity line guides are used through­out, pro­duc­ing super-slick casts no mat­ter how great the di­am­e­ter of your line. AC­TION The rods have a per­fect par­a­bolic non-lock­ing ac­tion which is ide­ally suited to com­mer­cial fish­ery carp of any size. TOP SEC­TION FIT­TINGS HAN­DLE

The rod isn’t just for carp, it was well up to the chal­lenge of this ide.

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