Tested Shi­mano’s new carp rods

Not long ago, rods of this qual­ity would have cost you £100 each. Not any more!

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

TO MY mind, one of the best as­pects of carp­ing is the fight once you’ve hooked a fish.

If you sti­fle that fun by us­ing a ‘poker’ of a rod with all the for­give­ness of a tele­graph pole, you take away most of the rea­sons for go­ing fish­ing in the first place!

Now, I know that there’s a good case for us­ing beefy carp rods if you need to chuck a heavy lead a long way. But frankly, most fish­er­men in this coun­try don’t de­mand such ex­treme per­for­mance from their carp rods.

Many of them fish rel­a­tively small lakes where a 100-yard cast would land the rig on the far bank, in some­body else’s swim or even in a dif­fer­ent pool.

What’s more, an in­creas­ing num­ber of plea­sure an­glers use a carp rod as a sec­ond ‘sleeper’ set-up, lay­ing it on a bite alarm be­side them while they fish a pole or feeder. The aim is just to pro­duce one or two bonus big fish dur­ing the day, and the chances of catch­ing are greatly im­proved if the rod can cast a man­age­able dis­tance where they can loose­feed baits ac­cu­rately in the same area.

So when I re­cently put Shi­mano’s bud­get-priced Alivio DX carp rods through their paces, I knew I’d got hold of a bit of kit that will prove hugely pop­u­lar.

There are no fewer than seven rods in the lat­est 2016 Alivio DX range, in­clud­ing two 13ft ver­sions with 3lb and 3.5lb test curves, four at 12ft (2.5lb, 2.75lb, 3lb and 3.5lb), a 3lb marker rod and a 5lb tc beast of a spod rod – there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one.

For my money, and for the great ma­jor­ity of venues, the 2.75lb rod on live test duty would do very nicely, as it has a beau­ti­ful ac­tion.

Light and re­spon­sive, it is a joy to fish with – you can re­ally feel the twists and turns of a hooked carp, us­ing the soft pro­gres­sive ac­tion of the blank to steer fish away from snags and into your land­ing net.

But there is a price to pay for all this user-friendly ac­tion. This rod doesn’t have the back­bone to cast long dis­tances with heavy leads or big PVA bags. If this is what you want, buy the 3lb or 3.5lb ver­sion.

That said, if you use 2oz-2.5oz straight lead rigs, or small, 10p-sized mesh bags, the cast­ing per­for­mance you can ex­tract from this rod is more than enough for most sit­u­a­tions.

Un­like a stiffer, more overtly pow­er­ful carp rod, the more re­spon­sive ac­tion of the Alivio DX 2.75lb ac­tu­ally makes it eas­ier for most an­glers to wind up the cast.

I pre­dict that many carp an­glers will ac­tu­ally cast fur­ther with this rod, sim­ply be­cause they can get it to bend thor­oughly be­fore let­ting rip.

Not that long ago I would have ex­pected rods with the build qual­ity and per­for­mance of the Shi­mano Alivio to have a £100 price tag – so at barely more than a third of that it’s an out-and-out bar­gain.

Price: £34.99

Bend­ing into a beauty at Willowbrook Coarse Fish­eries near Oun­dle.

This dou­ble was no match for the ac­tion of the Alivio DX on test.

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