Ex­clu­sive first test!

Fox Rage’s War­rior2 rods keep in touch and tell you what’s go­ing on down be­low

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

On the bank with Fox Rage’s new preda­tor rods and reels

CATCH­ING preda­tors on big reser­voirs can be a daunt­ing task, es­pe­cially if you don’t have the right gear for the job – but with Fox Rage’s lat­est War­rior2 rods you’re in safe hands from the off.

Any­one who fishes big wa­ters like Rut­land or Grafham will know that a fast-ac­tioned rod is needed to stay in touch with your lure, es­pe­cially in depths down to 90ft or more.

So when I was tasked with test­ing Rage’s newly-re­leased War­rior2 Ver­ti­cal 185 and Spin 240 rods, I was ea­ger to get down to Rut­land Wa­ter to see if they were up to the mark.

Hav­ing ver­ti­cally-jigged Rut­land for zan­der with the wrong rod in the past, I was a tad ap­pre­hen­sive when I made my first drop with the Ver­ti­cal 185, but was swiftly re­as­sured when my 25g jig­head and lure hit the reser­voir floor in 65ft of wa­ter with very lit­tle bend ev­i­dent in the rod-tip.

At just 6ft (185cm) long, it was stiff enough for great bite in­di­ca­tion but not so stiff that it took the sting out of the fight.

My lure re­mained in di­rect con­tact with the bot­tom at all times, which is es­sen­tial if you want to spot bites when fish­ing from a drift­ing boat.

The Ver­ti­cal 185 is la­belled to han­dle weights of 14g to 28g, so when drift­ing over deeper wa­ter I thought I’d test a 30g jig­head – and I’m pleased to say this heav­ier weight had lit­tle ef­fect on the play­ing ac­tion of the rod.

When the zan­der fi­nally re­vealed them­selves on the fish fin­der at mid-depth it was time to switch to the Spin 240 and re­ally cover some wa­ter.

This rod is a big-fish cruncher, rated to cast weights from 10g-30g, so I was happy to see

that my 35g jig­head wasn’t a step too far – the braided main­line slipped through the sleek guides ef­fort­lessly with no creaks of protest from the blank.

For me, the real qual­ity of the rod re­vealed it­self while re­triev­ing the lure – I could feel ev­ery twist of its pad­dled tail vi­brat­ing down the blank. As with the Ver­ti­cal 185 there was an el­e­ment of stiff­ness in this rod, but as soon as you hooked a zan­der it was for­giv­ing, and could cope with the most pow­er­ful lunges with­out sac­ri­fic­ing the thrills of the fight. Price: Fox Rage War­rior2 Ver­ti­cal 185 £39.99 Fox Rage War­rior2 Spin 240 £44.99

News ed­i­tor Ian Jones with a Rut­land zan­der.

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