DB2 is a big-fish rod

Paul Fenech tries a rod suit­able for large fish.

Sea Angler (UK) - - CONTENTS - Words by Paul Fenech Pho­tog­ra­phy by Lloyd Rogers


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.


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

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