Website: www.daiwasports.co.uk Max says: We recently got these rods in for a full-page review and after a little play I simply knew that I had to have a go with them. I coupled them with the Tournament ISO reels from the Daiwa stable and got fishing.
Having used them for about three months now, I literally take them everywhere. They are 3.75lb test curve but they have no broomstick feel about them. The first thing that strikes you is how light and thin the blank is. The unique AGS carbon guides hugely reduce the blank’s overall weight. The lack of weight does feel unnerving at the start and it makes the rods feel fragile, but after giving them some real punishment I have no reservations using them. Tip recovery is fast too, the rods go from full compression to poker straight super quick. This definitely helps increase your casting distance. All the fixtures and fittings are kept subtle and the rods look great, which is always a plus point.
There are 3lb, 3.25lb and 3.75lb options, with the 3.75lb in both 12ft and 13ft versions. I know they are very highly priced and not to everyone’s budget, but if you want a set of rods that have pushed the boundaries of carp rod design, then these are worth a look.
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Advanced Carp Fishing is aimed at the aspirational carper. If you've caught your first twenty, or if you simply want to catch much bigger fish, this is the magazine for you. It's packed full of easy-reading features, eye-pleasing photos and loads of top tips from the best carp anglers in England. In our view it's the carp magazine that sets the standards others aspire to.
Here's what you'll find in the July 2016 issue...
WHAT'S OCCURRING The latest news and competitions from the social media side of carp fishing.
TIE & TRY We talk to Jon McAllister about the origins, make-up and effectiveness of the multi rig.
THE HUNGRY CARPER Because banklife doesn't have to be just Pot Noodles and Mars Bars...
MYLES GIBSON AT RANGE Myles Gibson takes on Dinton Pastures at 150 yards plus, and wins .
IAN STOTT'S FIVE FIFTIES We carry on our look at Ian Stott's run that rocked the carping world - five fifties in five months.
WHAT WOULD THE PROS DO? George Benos looks at the art of prebaiting to help give you the edge even before you fish.
IT'S A SIMMO! We talk to legendary fish stocker Mark Simmonds about the infamous Simmo strain.
WIN SONIK RODS Get your hands on a set of Sonik S6 rods and an XTI net in our £739 competition
CHASING LENEYS Jake Wright's incredible two seasons on the Owls syndicate for an amazing 55 captures.
GET THE EDGE Stacking the odds in your favour with that last one per cent edge this month, hook angles.
WARREN FENN ON A MISSION Setting his sights on the queen of the lake, Warren Fenn kicks off his campaign in style.
GREATEST CAPTURES John Kneebone recalls the capture of his first UK forty at the stunning Linch Hill.
ELLIOTT GRAY'S RIG EVOLUTION How Elliott Gray scientifically test beds his rig, honing it to big-fish perfection.
ACF MEETS We get under the skin of lifelong and hugely successful carper Rick Hurley.
QUESTION TIME Terry Hearn, Ed Betteridge and Ian Bailey discuss their thoughts on brace catches.
NEW UK SIXTY A Kent super-water delivers its first sixty to working angler Dan Taylor.
EVOLVE YOUR SPOD MIX Kev Hewitt reveals his new and improved spod mix that's helping him take waters apart.
WIN ESP REELS You could be fishing with a trio of ESP Onyx reels with our £417 competition.
GEAR GUIDE TACKLE We take a look at the new gear that will help you put more and bigger fish on the bank.
STICKY MANILLA See it here first, Sticky's new boilie and bait range that you will want to try.
GEAR GUIDE BAIT The boilies, pellets, liquids and particles to help get your spots fizzing.
GEAR GUIDE SPECIALS We take a closer look at products from Fortis, Aqua, Daiwa and Sonik.
ACF TESTED We get out on the bank to put Aqua, ESP, Sonik, and Taska gear through its paces.
MARCUS HOWARTH ON SILT Get the most from your silt spots. Marcus Howarth guides you to success.
ADAM PENNINGS DIARY Adam wraps up the last of his winter fishing in style.
ICON The giants and legends of carping first up, Dave Lane on the incredible Black Mirror.