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   Old Thread  #79  8 Mar 2005 at 7.17am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Please Note that this thread is for REVIEWS only.

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   Old Thread  #1188 27 Nov 2017 at 10.58am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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TackleBox CFX 3.25lb test curve 40mm rings.

Bought these rods a couple of months ago. Have to say really happy with them. They handle themselves really well. Casting is a pleasure and can handle a good wallop with bags.

Playing action is good, and feel fairly soft under the tip.

They donít have lots of ďblingĒ to them. Iíve got the standard abbreviated handles, but Tacklebox can put full duplon or cork handles on them for extra.

Overall, I would rate them excellent value for money, and I would check them out. These rods come with the Tacklebox warranty.
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   Old Thread  #1187 8 Nov 2017 at 12.55pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Fox Horizon X, 3lb, Abbreviated handle, 50mm butts

Bought for my trips down to England and a couple of large Scottish Lochs that need a bit of welly.

Regularly fishing at 24 wraps using a 3oz lead and bait. Sometimes push beyond that and 28 wraps in fishing conditions was fairly easy. This is teamed up with Ultegra 5500 Baby Pits.

Good Points:
Sexy looking rod
More than capable of casting 100+ yards despite not being sold as a distance rod.
Guides are pretty neat looking and thin, noticeable on the 50mm butt.
Finish is pretty good for a factory rod, especially like the butt grip.
Playing action is quite nice. Actually bends with a fish and retains enough "oomph" to stop a fish if need be.

Bad Points
Double footed guides are used on the tip, and these are a bit too heavy.
Epoxy on the smaller guide wraps is a bit heavy
The blank is very thin, so I struggles to find suitable rod rest heads.
For some reason the Fuji reel seat on two of mine have become scratched. That is unusual. I have used Fuji Black seats for some 20+ years when building rods and never had this before.
Butt cap scratches easily as it is painted black.


Fox Horizon X, 2.25lb, full skinny duplon

Liked the 3's so much I bought 3 x 2.25 versions. These are for my Scottish syndicate and my fun trips down south. Most fishing is done at 30-40 yards, with a big chuck being 80. Rods easily deal with that. They will put a 2.5oz lead out to 100 yards and more, but I would not recommend them for that all the time.

Good Points:
REALLY sexy rod
Appropriate guide size for the test curve, again very slim and look good in black
Handle is lovely and works really well with the slim ness of the blank.
Again, finish is not bad for a factory rod.
The action is wonderful. They start to take on a nice curve, but you can feel the power build. When using small hooks in winter, they are more than suitable.
Make good floater/float and lead rods, not being over gunned of 1oz Choddies, not under gunned for 2.5oz leads and a small PVA bag.
No issues with the Fuji reel seats on these ones.
Epoxy not an issue on these ones.

Bad Points
Whilst the guides are nice, the rod really needs at least two more to allow a true fighting curve to develop. The line angles between the current guides is a bit harsh.
Bloody scratch prone butt cap again!


All in all, the Horizon X rods, both versions, fulfil what I need in a rod. All 6 rods were bought secondhand, and total cost, £560. A HUGE saving on the retail of £1,134. I think they are going for about £150 each brand new now.

Because of where I live, I could not justify spending a shed load of money for rods that I only use a dozen or so weekends of the year. I actually build rods, mainly high end fly rods, and salmon and trout fish in the main, so I did consider building some Torrix or Acurix for myself, but the performance would not justify the cost when compared to the Horizon X. They are really rather good.

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   Old Thread  #1186 29 Nov 2016 at 3.09pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Free Spirit CTX 13ft 3.5lb CTX

About 10 months ago I was in the market for some new rods and as I am getting into carp match fishing and felt as though I needed a rod that could could bang a pva bag a long way yet still be soft enough in the tip not to pull the hook on zigs under the rod tip.
I looked at quite a few rods in the sub £200 bracket and in the end I went for the Free Spirit CTX 13ft 3.5lb TC and so far they have not missed a beat, I have used them for fishing at long range in weed and also for under arming 1 oz leads and small chods . The playing action is very good and I have not felt as though I am trying to pull a fishes head off yet.
The only downside is that the blank is quite heavy and with the extra foot it feels quite top heavy especially when wrapping the rod up for the umpteenth time.

I also bought a matching Free Spirit CTX 12ft SPM and I have found that this is a really nicely balanced rod that feel light in the hand compared to some other spod rods on the market. I tend to just have a lead on the end of the leader for marking up but it can chuck a float and a 4oz lead as far as I have needed top so far... (About 120yds) I have also sent a loaded spomb to a clip at 120yds as well. I have used it with reasonable accuracy (my fault not the rods) at 100 yards on a couple of occasions now and it copes well and doesn't feel under gunned. It does prefer the medium sized spomb in my hands though, I struggle with a fully loaded big one.

In all I have found a set of rods that will cover me for all my carp fishing apart from floater fishing and very small water fishing.

Pro's
Accurate casting
Nice playing action on the 13 ft rods
Good quality fittings
Nice durable blanks
Aesthetically pleasing.
Very reasonably priced!

Cons
I find the 13ft blanks to be a little heavy
My 13ft 3.5lb Tc's are a little over gunned for some venues I go to so I need a second set of rods.
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   Old Thread  #1185 1 Sept 2016 at 5.53pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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OK, here's a review of a cheaper product, TFG Delta XS rods, I have owned then for 3 years and landed many French and Spanish Carp. They are pretty basic looking with minimal tartiness on the blanks. They cast OK, except with pva bags where you might struggle at range. (Mine were the 3lb ones. ) The playing action is fine and not too stiff, I have no problem fishing short with no hook pulls. Very good rods for the money and landed me plenty of fish without fuss.

Pros :Good action, cheap price, nice blank.

Cons : Not sure about the ringing, the tip ring broke on a rocky bank when I put it down while playing a fish on the other rod.
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   Old Thread  #1184 13 Feb 2016 at 8.21pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #1183 11 Feb 2016 at 3.07pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
tacklebox CFX continentals 12 foot 3.5 to 5oz

had these rods for quite a while now and thought i would give them a reveiw.

i wanted a set of distance rods, but did not want to be paying £400 each for a set of rods that would not get used for most of my fishing.
i have had hi-ives in the past and lots of other top end rods. but was looking at a set of rods that can do good distances without breaking the bank.

after talking to the guy at the tacklebox they said have a look at the CFX range, i borrow a contintal to have a cast with, was told that it was design to be able to cast 140 yards plus in any conditons, its a slower taper than most distance rods and built on the style of bruce ashby's invader rods.

so off down the lake for a cast, bear in mind i am not a massive caster. first chuck with a 4oz lead and not sure on the rods 120 yards all casts with just a lead. and 15lb line
that was easy i though after a few most casts i was hitting 140-150 easy enough. plus the rods have a nice bend when pulling the lead out from plugging in.

off i went and bought 3 and took them down the lake with a 125g lead and 10lb line and a leader, i was casting across the lake which is 170 yards and dropping just short of the bank, i handed the rod over to my mate for a cast, wack he put it up the tree on the far bank, right at the top of the tree, he pulls the lead out the tree and gets it back, the lead is battered so thats the end of casting.

so the rods can cast and i would say in the right hands they can cast a lead over 200, they bend better then fox horizons xt and cost £170 but the box do a deal on 2 or 3. if you are after a well priced set of rods then maybe consider the tacklebox cfx rods, the blanks have a non scratch finish 50mm ringing and have a life time warrently from the box.

they wont be for everyone and the tarts will turn their nose up and them, but for the money they are an awsome rod.

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   Old Thread  #1182 28 Feb 2015 at 2.44am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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So I though id put a review on here for the TF Gear Banshee carp rods I owned for 3 years, I doubt anybody else has reviewed these rods as most carp anglers wouldn't touch them with an excrement covered stick.
I was advised by everyone to give TF Gear a wide berth as all there products are of poor quality.

So the good points!
Price! I paid £59.99 for 2 new rods!
build quality was excellent! reel seat and all the guides were spot on!
casting ability of the rods was superb! I had the 3lb test rods and could easily hit 100yrds
great players rod! although they were 3lb test they were great for playing fish on!

and bad points
looks.. with a gloss black finish they don't really look the part..
after 3yrs of use they had started to sag very slightly...

All in all I really couldn't fault them! these were my first carp rods I bought and basically got me hooked into specimen carp angling! (I was a course/match angler since I was a kid).
Id still have these rods now if some thieving scum hadn't emptied my shed just after xmas

anyways I highly recommend these rods to anybody wanting a cheap set up or they are just starting up in carp angling!

Thanks for reading!
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   Old Thread  #1181 19 Jul 2014 at 8.28pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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   Old Thread  #1180 24 Mar 2014 at 9.11pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
Iím going to be as honest as I can over this so if I upset anyone itís not intentional
In 2000 I sat drinking tea in my local tackle shop talking to the owner about new rods and the trouble I was having hitting that magic mark on my current syndicate water.
The island I needed to hit was 120 and I was falling ten yards short, he talked me into a set of century ng 2 and3/4 Tc custom built rods, I parted with 800 quid and three rods was ordered a few weeks later I picked up the rods and love affair was started

As time went on the rods just got better and better countless fish landed, after 11 years I took the decision (not lightly) to upgrade what I considered to be the best all round rod that I have ever used
Now here is where the problem started I was talked into a set of free spirit 3 lb. HIís
Again I had them custom built and on the first outing I struggled to hit 120 yards something that I had done with ease with my old rods then my first fish on them, again they didnít feel as nice as the ng but I persevered thinking it needed a little time to break them in.
After 2 seasons I sat in my local tackle shop talking to the owner saying how the rods now played a fish nicely but I couldnít put up with the casting restriction from them something I didnít have with the ng and was thinking of selling them on
He looked at me a little surprised and then made a quick call to a well-known angler and arranged for me to meet him with a rod at a local day ticket water to see what the problem was
To be fair it turns out the free spirit rods need to cast properly and not like me or 90% of the fishing population cast, whereas the ng forgave imperfect casting a free spirit wonít!! After only 2hours casting tuition 130 yards plus was achievable and with the correct reels 140+ as found out recently and a new love affair has been started I think?
As a comparison I still canít choose between the two but I do now realise the full potential of the hi s and although I donít fish at distance a lot I do have the option if itís needed
Personally speaking I have found both sets of rods to do exactly what they say on the tin and can only credit the time I have owned them to good advice in the first place really this isnít just one review its two

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   Old Thread  #1179 21 Jan 2014 at 8.46pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
I have been using the jrc defenders in 2.5lb tc for a few seasons now and find that combined with a 5010 shimano , it is balanced nicely.
The rod seems fine for lines up to 15lb but I would not recommend higher because it is not a casting rod and the rod is not very stif.
the rod has pulled fish away from snags but it isn't designed for snaggy swims.
if you're fishing a small water with carp to 30lb then this rod will do as long as the snags aren't too thick.
great value for money, had 1tip ring break when I was snagged in a tree.
the line clip is plastic but still releases the line ok when half pushed in (any further and it won't come out freely.
Great rod , get yourself a pair if your on a fairly low budget.
8/10
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   Old Thread  #1177 31 May 2013 at 11.20am Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Maver Gennesis Extreme 13ft 3,5lb.



A budget distance rod here in Slovenia the rp is 59 euros pay in cash and got myself 2 for 100 euro's.
I own these rods now for about 4 years.
Putting them trought their paces about 25 day's a year at the moment, and the first 2 years about 50 day's.

So first some of the spec's. Some can be confirmed by the picture.

13ft 3,5lb (lots of different models available i also have the 12ft 3lb)
50 mm to 16 mm ringing all double legged.
Matt finish blank whit.
Gun smoke ringing reel seat and bud cap.
Shrink wrap abbreviated handle.
Nice small whipping behind the reel seat to give some more grip bud rests.
Carbon line clip.
Cast's up to a 150 meters (165 yards)

So now what i think of them.

Pro's

Good price so if i break them i dont break the bank.
Possible to get spare/replacement top or bottom sections.
Im able to cast 140 meters (153 yards) whit them using a 120 gram (4.2 oz) distance lead.

Con's

Deffinitly not great for fish playing.
Carbon line clip is not made from carbon, looks more like metal to me.
Finnish on the blank after 4 years shows sings of UV damage.
Not easy to compress the blank.

But all in all for the money i think you cant fault them, the shop that sells them will even let you try them and is one of there best selling rods, that has to mean something.


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   Old Thread  #1175 18 Mar 2013 at 3.15pm Login so you can post / reply  Register so you can join in!
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Ok, most reviews on here are usually for kit that people are totally aware of, so in this case here is a review on some rods I have been using for a few years, the company, most of you will know but the product you probably wonít.........

ET Pitmaster C 3lb TC Ė 12ft

I have owned these rods for several years now, actually getting a set from the first batch supplied to Friendly Fisherman. I was in need of a punchy 12 ft rod as I was moving off of the big waters and fishing waters in the region of 6-10 acres, my 13 foot rods were a bit too much.

The rods turned out to be exactly what I wanted, plenty of punch but still keeping a nice playing action when the fish is under the tip.

With a lot of my fishing I use PVA bags/sticks or stringers and the bottom section of this rod really punches out the extra weight, I have never worried about overloading on the cast as they always seem to have that bit extra and with just a lead and short hooklink I have fished at around 140 yards plus with these rods.

At the same time I have fished under the rod tips and tamed crazy mid twenty commons without the fear of the hook pulling.

All in all a very nice all-round rod...........and not something I will be changing for a while.

But I do like to also point out the downside of anything.

The 3lb TC rod does actually feel more than a 3lb TC rod, feels a bit more like a 3.25lb TC, this hasnít been an issue for me but in some case I think the 2.75lb TC rod would be better for someone fishing mid range, rather than the 3lb TC version.

The next issue has to be looks, I am sure some would love the Cracked Ice finish but in todays Carp Angling World, I think a matt black version would sell a lot more, we all have a level of vanity in carp fishing and although the finish on this rod is superb, I am sure it would put a few off.

Last but not least, the rings are titanium, perfect for braid but as most waters have now banned braid a mid level set of fuji rings would work and look a hell of a better.

For my fishing this rod gets 9/10
For looks it only gets 5/10
For value for money 7/10
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