Tested Middy’s Battlezone feeder rod

...and for the price, this Carp Feeder is worth a look

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

IF YOU’RE the kind of an­gler who fishes com­mer­cial snake lakes or pools for large carp within short cast­ing dis­tance, you’ll want to take a closer look at one of these very con­ser­va­tively-priced rods.

The lat­est 9ft Middy Battlezone Carp Feeder has a wickedly fast pro­gres­sive ac­tion that gen­er­ates enough power in its butt sec­tion to cast up to 30 yards, but it still re­tains a rea­son­ably soft cush­ion­ing ac­tion through the tip and mid-sec­tions. That helps pre­vent hook pulls or snapped hook­lengths when play­ing big fish at close range.

This ver­ti­cally-chal­lenged Middy pow­er­house uses a two-sec­tioned car­bon com­pos­ite blank with a suf­fi­ciently flex­i­ble ac­tion to suit it to a host of feeder or straight lead ap­pli­ca­tions.

It’s quite ca­pa­ble of han­dling reel lines from 5lb to 12lb break­ing strain, with hook­lengths from 5lb (0.15mm) up­wards.

That wide tac­ti­cal spread al­lows you to fish for all sizes of carp, from dou­ble-fig­ure bruis­ers us­ing heav­ier lines and big hooks, through to smaller pasties and stock­ies on lighter mag­got feeder tac­tics.

The rod comes with two pushin glass quiv­er­tips which are in to­tal synch with its ag­gres­sively pro­gres­sive ac­tion, show­ing no signs of flat spotting along the car­rier sec­tion.

These ro­bust tips al­low you to chuck feed­ers weigh­ing up to about 2oz with­out the rod buck­ing around wildly post-cast.

The paler yel­low quiv­er­tip would be my first choice for most fish­ing sit­u­a­tions. How­ever, for fixed Method feeder tac­tics when big carp are likely to be rip­ping the rod off the rest, I would go for the blaze-coloured tip.

Other key fea­tures of the Battlezone in­clude a full-length cork-tipped wipe-clean EVA han­dle, and de­cent qual­ity lined guides through­out.

I took the test rod to Stret­ton Lakes, a day-ticket fish­ery just off the A1 north of Peter­bor­ough. My swim was typ­i­cal of many com­mer­cial lakes, with a short chuck of around 25 yards up to the back of an is­land to find the shal­lower wa­ter.

The rod was rigged with 5lb reel line and a 20g Method feeder loaded with 2mm mi­cro pel­lets. For hook­bait I opted for a sin­gle grain of sweet­corn hair-rigged on a size 16 hook.

Once a bit of bait had gone in I built up a steady cast­ing rhythm, net­ting a pro­ces­sion of fish to 5lb al­most ev­ery cast.

Un­der load, Middy’s tiny ter­ror bends quickly into its full fight­ing curve, but even then its top sec­tion stays rea­son­ably soft, cush­ion­ing the hook­length and mak­ing play­ing fish of all sizes a plea­sure.

It should be re­mem­bered that the rod still packs a fair old punch that shouldn’t be taken for granted.

That steely mid-sec­tion takes a bit of get­ting used to if hook pulls are to be to­tally avoided, es­pe­cially when smaller fish are at the sharp end.

Price: £45, but shop around – I found this rod be­ing sold for as lit­tle as £29.99

These carp were no match for the Battlezone.

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