Looking to Buy a Fishing Pole?
I started fishing with a pole when I was 12 (a good 23 years ago) at Bolingey lake in Cornwall, before it changed hands so many times and shape, but that another story. The pole I had was a Victory V and at the time was a semi-decent pole – weighed a ton though!
I’ve had a few poles since, and have tried many of my angling friends so I do know what to look out for when buying a pole, but the first decision you need to make is what will you be catching, and what’s the poles main purpose, match fishing, carp fishing or a little of both?
Below are a few pointers to help you decide.
Match poles are very light and very stiff, for this reason they are also very expensive. They need to be light as when match fishing you are generally holding the pole 98% of the time (in competition). In general they have a maximum elastic rating of around a number 10 or 12, as there main purpose is for catching Rudd, Roach & Bream (silver fish) and Carp averaging around 3lb. A pole if fished correctly will catch much bigger fish, but to the match angler fishing on canals their main target is to bag up on smaller fish, but in quantity.
Carp poles overt he last 10 tens have become very popular, although not a traditional match pole, they are actually becoming more popular on matches when fished on a commercial lake, where you can expect to catch 10lb+ carp. For this reason the Carp Pole is a lot heavier than the match poles as it has to be much stronger. Carp poles are more flexible, and heavier than the Match Pole, they are designed to take a heavy elastic.
For the general angler this is the preferred pole, as it caters for both carp and match fishing. They offer strength are fairly light, but at the same time stiff. The main attraction is that they come with different top section to cater for either match or carp fishing. Match top kits (Elastics up to 12) and power top kits (Generally up to size 16 elastic). Selecting the appropriate kit you can have the best of both worlds in a Pole that is much, much cheaper than the average Match fishing Pole.
Top of the range poles can be £3,000+ So be sure you buy from a respectable dealer, and if you’re paying this sort of money I would advise you go to your local tackle shop to have a feel for the pole, and then shop online for a bargain!
Please browse through the below books and DVDs on pole fishing: