AN­OTHER POLE STAR IN GARBO’S LINE-UP

UK5 is the light­est and stiffest of a five-strong fam­ily

Angling Times (UK) - - TACKLE NEWS -

AFEW months ago I live tested Gar­bolino’s stun­ning new UK4 Power Carp pole. This ba­si­cally backs up the com­pany’s iconic G Max Power Le­gion, the first pole ever to be launched with a built-in puller kit.

The UK4 pole ex­celled un­der the spot­light – well bal­anced with power to burn – and proved ca­pa­ble of putting to­gether big weights in dou­ble-quick time.

So when the op­por­tu­nity arose to take an­other of Gar­bolino’s new UK Carp poles to the bank­side for a work­out, I jumped at the chance. How­ever, be­fore you join me at Stret­ton Farm Lakes for the live test, al­low me to ex­plain a lit­tle about this five-strong col­lec­tion.

Poles are avail­able to suit every­one’s needs and pock­ets, start­ing with the en­try level 13m UK7 ProCarp, yours for un­der £500. It of­fers strength and rigid­ity, and is very easy to han­dle.

The UK6 ProCarp comes in at around £675, and has a su­per slip-and-slide fin­ish which makes it easy to ship in and out in all weath­ers.

You can use it at its full 13m all day long with­out get­ting weary.

The al­ready live-tested UK4 Carp Power should be on the radar of all serious bag-up mer­chants.

It’s as pow­er­ful a pole as any­thing I have ever han­dled, but its bal­ance and rigid­ity make it a real joy to fish with.

So that just leaves us with the ‘on test’ 13m UK5 ProCarp Match. This pole is claimed by its man­u­fac­turer to be the stiffest and light­est of the new se­ries.

To achieve weight re­duc­tion Gar­bolino has used higher grades of car­bon-fi­bre cloth, but with spe­cial at­ten­tion paid to all the key sec­tion stress ar­eas and joints. This is ex­em­pli­fied in the su­per­strong ‘anti-ovalling’ fe­male joints with re­in­forced ar­eas picked out in blue – they are tough as old boots.

The pole also has im­pres­sive wall

strength. Hav­ing put the squeeze on all nine sec­tions, it’s ob­vi­ous to me that most of its power is gen­er­ated from the bot­tom three, which are noth­ing short of bru­tally un­com­pro­mis­ing. It will take a lot more than the odd mist­imed or overly en­thu­si­as­tic strike to put so much as a dent in them.

All jok­ing aside, there’s plenty in power in re­serve even when you’re re­ally lean­ing into this pole, which makes it fish­able in the un­ruli­est of weather and ideal for any open wa­ter venue af­fected by the wind.

It didn’t take much to keep my rig per­fectly pre­sented as a pleas­ant sum­mer breeze ruf­fled the sur­face of Stret­ton Lakes’ dayt­icket carp pool.

The UK5 coped ef­fort­lessly with a splasher rig, flick­ing the light float over with ease and speed ev­ery time with­out caus­ing the pole-tip to smack down an­noy­ingly on to the sur­face.

It was also nicely re­spon­sive when used in con­junc­tion with a full-depth rig, al­low­ing a full pot­ful of pel­lets and corn to be shipped out with­out spillage.

Later in the day, and with the larger carp mud­dy­ing the mar­gins, a change to a heav­ier rig saw plenty of lively ac­tion and a healthy bend in the pole, which by then had come through the day tick­ing all the right boxes.

Price: RRP £999.99, SSP £799.99

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