DB2 is a big-fish rod
Paul Fenech tries a rod suitable for large fish.
DAVE BARHAM SIGNATURE SERIES DB2 BEACH ROD RRP: £179.99
WHEN I HEARD THAT Dave Barham was launching a beach rod, I have to admit that I was more than a little sceptical. More recognised as a successful boat angler, believe it or not, Dave still enjoys a bit of beach fishing now and again.
Dave has recently introduced a range of Signature Series rods that includes boat, travel and lure versions, with the beach outfit falling under the DB2 category.
It’s a two-piece equal section carbon blank and comes well protected in an extremely hard-wearing bag.
Knowing Dave like I do (I know he’s a bit of a specimen hunter), and before actually removing the blank from the bag, I reckoned I wouldn’t find a delicate rod lurking in there.
I was right and, to be honest, I was pleasantly surprised with what I lifted out. But, I’m getting this out of the way immediately; I hate coasters.
In my opinion, they’re just too dated. With adjustable sliding reel seats easy to obtain nowadays, I’ve come to my own conclusion that coasters are pointless.
Nevertheless, the rod’s appearance is impressive, being finished impeccably in black. Fitted together, it has a total length of 13ft 8in, and is lined with quality lightweight guides and finished off with a bright, white thickish tip section.
As I’d imagined, the DB2 is an absolute powerhouse but pleasingly, it’s also extremely light in the hands. The butt section is rather meaty too with a goodsized first ring whipped on near the head.
Eventually, I fixed an Okuma ALC-20 Mag multiplier into the coasters, fully loaded with 18lb mono mainline finished off with a tapered shockleader and clipped on a 175g sinker.
After a few OTG (off-the-ground) casts it’s very easy to notice this rod really is a bit of a beast, a real poker with just enough forgiveness at the tip. The load-up is certainly progressive and it does bend – if you can manage to put your whole body weight into it.
With a shorter drop pendulum cast, I was able to really get into the meat of the butt section. The power is really deceiving, especially for such a lightweight rod.
ROCK SOLID TOOL
With each cast, I was really coming to terms with the DB2 and getting the impression it would definitely be at home whacking larger baits in search of larger species.
Rock anglers from Scotland and North East of England, Pembrokeshire and those who venture to rough venues in the Bristol Channel will easily get the best out of it.
It’s rated to cast total loads between 4-8oz and it’s a super tool for shore anglers targeting larger fish like cod, rays, bull huss and even conger eels. Even better if you need to negotiate these fish through tough terrain or thick weed. It’s got plenty of power in reserve so you can lean a lot harder on it, when you need to.
The only worry for me, though, is those coasters. I wouldn’t want to be pumping and winding a large fish through weed and rocks hoping the reel stays attached to the rod. My advice is to ditch them and replace with a proper adjustable, sliding winch fitting. Apart from that, Dave’s first attempt at a heavier-style beachcaster gets a positive thumbs up from me. To view the whole Dave Barham Signature Series of rods including the DB2, or to locate your nearest stockist, visit his website at: www. davebarhamfishing.com
Understated graphics give the DB2 rod a really cool look
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, you get coasters with the DB2 beach rod
The lightweight guides are held by green edged black whipping
A painted white tip makes it easy to spot bites with this rod