Get more than what you pay for
Kodex’s latest offering delivers top-end features without a flagship price tag
KODEX CX-i 3lb & 3.25lb TEST CURVE CARP RODS RRP: £139.99
IT’S said that you only ever get what you pay for, and 99 per cent of the time this is true – especially when buying equipment for carp fishing. But occasionally something crops up that goes against that old adage by offering true value for money, matched by a performance that’s worth writing home about. The focus of my enthusiasm this month are Kodex’s excellent and affordable new CX-i carp rods. If you shop around you will be able to pick them up for less than the RRP at around £120. And for a top-end carp rod, that makes them something of a steal. What you actually get for your money are very slim and lightweight high modulus carbon blanks that have been tastefully dressed with anti-frap tip rings, quality Minima guides throughout and finished off with impeccable high-gloss black whippings draped over carbon finished in very classy gunmetal grey. Demure understated decals provide the rods with a custom built aesthetic, while an ever dependable 17mm black DPS reel seat will securely hold the largest of bigpit reels in place, even when winding up for a big chuck. Other notable features are abbreviated handles with shrink-wrapped butt grips and aluminium butt caps laser etched with the Kodex logo. Believe me, a pair of these beauties sitting on a buzz bar wouldn’t look out of place on carp venues of the utmost cultishness! The two-piece 12ft, 3lb test curve models on live test duty can be used for everything from Method feeder, to mid-range solid PVA bag work. But if you need a longer cast, or want a distance bag-rod then the slightly beefier 3.25lb CX-i would be a better option. The CX-i 3lb rod is perfectly pitched by Kodex as an all-round medium to long cast rod that will comfortably tackle most situations, something I discovered at the ever reliable Clattercote Reservoir nestled in a small valley on the Northamptonshire/ Oxfordshire border. During the session, the rod’s all-round flexibility shone through. The 3lb model comfortably chucked leads up to 3.5oz to 75 yards with ease. The 3.25lb sizzled out a fully loaded 50g Method feeder more than three quarters of the way across the reservoir, which is quite some going even for a specialist long casting rod, never mind a middle-of-theroad 3.25lb model such as the new CX-i. Unlike many of today’s modern so-called ‘all-rounders’ both CX-i models retain enough tip-end cushioning within their progressive playing actions to safely absorb the lunges from a big carp without risking hook-pulls, and both rods can be enjoyably used with Method feeders, PVA sticks, solid PVA bags, or straight leads up to 4oz.
A cracking mirror comfortably tamed on a Kodex CX-i carp rod