Live test: MAP Dual Com­pe­ti­tion feeder rods

Tony Grig­or­jevs dis­cov­ers that the stun­ning good looks of MAP’s lat­est feeder rods are matched by their per­for­mance

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WHEN you pull a top-end rod out of the pack­ag­ing its pedi­gree is in­stantly ob­vi­ous. Im­mac­u­late fin­ish, ex­pen­sive car­bon and care­fully cho­sen reel seat and rod rings all add to the classy feel. But ev­ery now and then a prod­uct is re­leased that forces a dou­ble take to make sure you haven’t mis­read the price. MAP’s Dual Com­pe­ti­tion rods are a prime ex­am­ple. Seven mod­els range from £124.99 to £149.99 but at first glance look as if they could com­mand a far higher price tag. Ev­ery sit­u­a­tion is catered for with 9ft and 10ft bomb rods, three feeder rods and two wag­gler rods. Each rod has a qual­ity cork han­dle with EVA grips, se­cure screw-down reel seat, gloss black fin­ish and qual­ity guides. For this live test I wanted to have a look at the three feeder rods. And where bet­ter for this than Barston Lakes in the West Mid­lands? One chuck could pro­duce a big skim­mer or a 20lb carp. The rods come in 11ft, 12ft and 12ft 9in lengths, the lat­ter geared to dis­tance cast­ing. I be­gan by rig­ging up a 35g flatbed Method feeder on the 11ft and 12ft rods. From the first cast there was no doubts about the rods’ abil­ity to punch it out. If you mainly fish smaller com­mer­cials which in­volve short casts to is­lands, the 11ft ver­sion is ideal. For slighter longer casts into open wa­ter swims the 12ft rod makes an ex­cel­lent all-rounder. I al­ways ap­proach dis­tance rods with a de­gree of cau­tion. Over the years I have seen sev­eral rods that claim they can chuck a feeder to the hori­zon but then strug­gle to han­dle the strain. There were no such is­sues with the 12ft 9in feeder and I was able to cast a 55g Hy­brid feeder 70 yards with min­i­mal ef­fort on my part. I was also pleased to dis­cover that fish play­ing hadn’t been sac­ri­ficed for cast­ing po­ten­tial. The soft tips – three come with each rod – will pre­vent hook pulls from soft mouthed species such as bream, but there’s still plenty of power through the bot­tom end of the rod to keep you in con­trol should you hook into a pow­er­ful carp. Web­site:­fish­ing.

These rods look ex­pen­sive, but they’re far from it

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