Over the last few years Leeda has steadily built a solid reputation for producing top-quality tackle at excellent prices, and now it has extended its popular Carp Match range from last year with three new additions for 2010.
One is a float rod, one is a feeder rod and the other does both. Yes, you read that right ¬ it’s a feeder rod and a float rod in one.
It’s called the Carp Match Twin Tip 11ft 6ins, and for £49.99 you get one butt section, one waggler top and a carrier section which can be fitted instead of the waggler top to hold one of its three quivertips.
Twin-topped rods aren’t a totally new concept, but very few companies offer them.
My limited past experiences with this kind of tool weren’t exactly memorable. Often you would find that these designs were good at one style of fishing, but not the other. The waggler top tended to be the better of the two and the alternative quiver top appeared to be a mere afterthought.
However, after assembling the rod in both guises and giving it a good old pull in the office I struggled to find fault with either set-up.
So it was out to the nearest bank with a view to putting the rod through its paces on your typical commercial fishery, seeing as the Carp Match range has been designed specifically for this style of venue.
First up was the feeder top. The three tips supplied indicated that the rod was going to have plenty of power, and I elected to use the lightest of the three tips.
The rod measures 11ft 6ins, which is perfect for all work up to 30m from the bank, and the rod’s powerful yet slim blank will cope with all sizes of Method feeder.
For my session I used a 15g inline Method and it was perhaps slightly on the light side. Nevertheless, casting was still very accurate thanks to the reduced length.
It’s quite a powerful tool, and from the moment I hooked the first fish of the day I knew that it would have to be a real lump to prove too much for this rod.
A few hours later I’d had more than enough fish to test the rod and, try as hard as I could, I couldn’t find a flat spot anywhere along the blank which impressed me greatly, especially considering the lighter tip was fitted.
Bearing this in mind, I was slightly dubious about its qualities as a waggler rod because the two normally have a very different design. So I re-rigged with the one-piece hollow top and set up a 4AAA waggler to fish to a bush some 25m away.
A few minutes later and I was into my first fish on the float. At just over 5lb it was the perfect way to start.
With the float top in place the rod was a different animal ¬ far softer, with a more shock-absorbing action ideal for cushioning small hooks.
I have no doubt that the short length of the rod will make it perfect for pellet waggler fishing in the summer, and it can handle fish to double figures quite easily.