Ex­clu­sive! We test Daiwa’s tough new mar­gin pole

‘Bendy’ Yank ‘n’ Bank is match­less for big carp in the edge

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

SO FAR 2016 has been a bumper year for the re­lease of mar­gin poles.

A trend has been to re­place an ‘old school’ all-through ac­tion – which sees the pole bend like a tree branch – with a far stiffer, more ag­gres­sive build that re­lies heav­ily on the elas­tic to ab­sorb lunges and bring in fish.

Such new-breed mar­gin poles, with im­proved lin­ear rigid­ity, faster tip speed and su­pe­rior all-round han­dling, work best for big fish in snaggy swims.

How­ever, with an ap­pro­pri­ately matched top kit the old-fash­ioned bendy poles al­low an­glers to tame hefty com­mer­cial carp in the mar­gins, and have worked a treat for years, sav­ing the shat­ter­ing and ex­plo­sive end of many an ex­pen­sive car­bon sec­tion.

This nicely sets the scene for the in­tro­duc­tion of Daiwa’s lat­est Yank ‘n’ Bank 950 Power Mar­gin pole, launched 10 years ago and now in its third in­car­na­tion.

Life­time Daiwa rep Si­mon Wheeler can lay claim to com­ing up with the name Yank ‘n’ Bank, and al­though it’s not a lot to show for 25 years of ser­vice to the firm it seems to make him happy!

The new 950 Power Model is def­i­nitely of the old school bendy per­sua­sion, but has un­der­gone a full cos­metic and ma­te­ri­als makeover. The sil­ver-on-black graph­ics on the 8m and 9.5m butt sec­tions re­mind one of Daiwa’s top-end Tour­na­ment poles, giv­ing it a thor­ough­bred look.

It boasts num­bered sec­tion align­ment, top kits with pre-bore re­in­force­ments for drilling and fit­ting pulling kits, and de­cent­sized 4mm in­ter­nal tips – al­though fit­ting larger hol­low elas­tics (it’s rated to 20-plus) does mean trim­ming a bit off the tip ends.

The new Yank ‘n’ Bank is rea­son­ably light, with pleas­ing han­dling qual­i­ties, but in re­al­ity it’s all about the power. Its seven su­per-strong sec­tions have im­pen­e­tra­ble wall strength that al­most beg­gars be­lief when they are put un­der se­vere pres­sure.

I found this out while live test­ing the pole in a quiet cor­ner of Six Is­land Lake at the De­coy com­plex near Peter­bor­ough. The large carp and bar­bel in the mar­gins here are far from stupid, so you need to present a bait tight into the bank or against a fea­ture. In this swim it hap­pened to be a pad­dle aer­a­tor.

I was not tak­ing any chances with these doughty denizens, rig­ging up a beefy 16/18 elas­tic with a match­ing take-no-pris­on­ers

pole rig. I would rather not have a sin­gle bite than get one, only to lose the fish.

Tip­ping a pot­ful of pel­lets and corn tight against the reeds at the back of the pad­dle, it didn’t take long be­fore the met­tle of the new Spank the Plank was put to the test. A full-throt­tle bite was met head-on with a pole-tip trav­el­ling in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, and there could be only one win­ner. The fish was dragged un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously out of harm’s way and into open wa­ter.

Time and time again the pole per­formed the fishy equiv­a­lent of drag­ging a re­luc­tant Rot­tweiler from its ken­nel, and as my con­fi­dence in the Yank ‘n’ Bank grew apace, even bar­bel were won over in the twitch of a whisker.

Price: £225

Sheer brute bend­ing power comes into play.

A fish tries to gain the sanc­tu­ary of the aer­a­tor, but all in vain.

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