New gear First test of Free Spirit’s pel­let wag­gler rod plus baits & more

Free Spirit’s mid-priced CTX com­mer­cial rods in­clude a classy 10ft Carp Wag­gler

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

ON Septem­ber 5, five Carp Wag­gler, five Carp Feeder and two Multi-Feeder rods from Free Spirit will hit the tackle shops.

All use the com­pany’s tried and tested CTX spec­i­fi­ca­tion, which has proved so suc­cess­ful in its carp and bar­bel rods.

The 40 tonne car­bon blanks’ Bi-Axis weave makes them ex­cep­tion­ally light and im­mensely strong, and their bril­liant paint and lac­quer-free Per­durable fin­ish is im­pos­si­ble to mark.

Other key fea­tures in­clude re­duced length han­dles (al­though the stepped-up SU Wag­gler and BW Feeder rods re­tain long han­dles for dis­tance cast­ing). The ac­tion of all the new rods gives an even build-up of power from tip down to butt, more than enough to stop pow­er­ful fish on light gear with­out the blank bot­tom­ing out.

Fast for­ward to the Oaks Strip at De­coy Lakes, near Peter­bor­ough. An early num­bered peg at the top end of the Oaks, with the wind off my back, would in all like­li­hood prove to be a good test­ing ground for the CTX 10ft Carp Wag­gler rod.

Fit­ting the two sec­tions of the rod to­gether, it im­me­di­ately struck me how slim and light it is. It doesn’t feel or look like an or­di­nary pel­let wag chucker, ei­ther, be­ing al­most rem­i­nis­cent

of the feath­er­weight old-school rods we used for squatt fish­ing on the Grand Union Canal.

There’s enough whip in it to be used with floats weigh­ing as lit­tle as 3AAA. But the elfin 10ft blank still has more than enough poke to pro­pel a wag­gler head­long into the strong­est of winds.

This I dis­cov­ered when, mes­merised by its all-round cast­ing, fish play­ing and han­dling, I walked the rod round to the other side of the lake where my work col­league Ben Fisk was live-test­ing a new mar­gin pole.

Ben, one of the best young match an­glers in the UK, is nor­mally a man of very few words. But af­ter just a few casts, and a cou­ple of lucky early mug fish, he turned to me and asked whether he could ‘bor­row’ the rod for his forth­com­ing week­end matches.

That alone should tell you how good the CTX 10ft Carp Wag­gler is.

Price: £94.99

Try and scratch this rod. Thanks to its Per­durable fin­ish, you’ll find you can’t! Pasties are no prob­lem for the CTX. Nor are big­ger carp.

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