Apex is the peak of the Prodigies
The Apex is the newest member of the Greys Prodigy family of rods. IYCF editor, James Furness, finds out how they perform...
GREYS PRODIGY APEX 3.25lb RRP:£ 179.99
THE Prodigy Apex is the latest addition to Greys’ best-selling Prodigy rangerang of rods, which overo the years have gained a well-earned reputation for incredible performance at an affordable price. The Apex rods starts at £169.99 for the 10ft 3lb model, goingg up to £200 for the 12ft and 13ft 3.5lb rods. These prices put the rods into the mid-range bracket where you expect that little bit extra for your money as opposed to entry-level rods in the £50-£100 price range. Greys had sent the 12ft 3.25lb model for us to take out and nowadays this test curve would be classed as a good all-rounder. If you’re only planning on investing in one set of carp rods these will cover most jobs. Although they may be a little overgunned for fishing close in, they’ll still do the job, but they can easily chuck a large lead or PVA bag a decent distance that a rod with a lighter tes test curve would struggle to match. We made the short journey to Northamptonshire’s Willowbrook Lake and straight away found a few carp making the most of the early spring sunshine in a shallow bay at the top of the lake. A clump of reeds knocking no more than a couple of rodlengths to the right of the swim revealed fish location after throwing in a handful of corn and broken boilies a rig was flicked towards the spot and the rod placed on the ground. A few minutes later, the tip hooped round and I was bent into a carp. The rod’s smooth, progressive action easily cushioned the powerful lunges of the fish as it did its best to find sanctuary in the reeds. Ultimately the carp was no match for the power and control of the rod and it was soon sat in the net.
GREYS PRODIGY APEX
The Prodigy Apex has benefitted from the use of Toreon Nano composite material technology. This not only makes the blank incredibly slim and lightweight but also gives it increased strength and finesse. The rod action has been specifically designed to get the best out of modern, powerful, overhead casting styles and the Toreon technology promotes a super-fast tip recovery speed. This gives the rod a crisp and responsive feel normally associated with ultrahigh end carp rods. The sublime woven carbon finish is 2K on the butt and 1K on the tip and features a durable Carbon Armour blank finish. Other features include a Fuji DPS-18 reel seat, stealth black anodised collars, a slim, shrink-wrapped handle and balanced stainless butt cap.
The ever-so-slightly superior finish is, as always, part of the Greys package
This cracking mirror was caught no more than two rod lengths from the bank The feisty carp was only ever secondbest in its battle against the Apex