Is it just me, or are these new Daiwa 16 TDXs the best-looking match, pleasure and specialist reels ever to grace these pages?
Yes, they do carry the sort of price taglikely to draw a ‘you’re having a laugh’ comment from the wife, and telling her they’re must-have kit will cut precious little ice, believe you me.
But just look at them… like puppies in a pet shop window, they’re irresistible!
The all-new bells-and- whistles 16 TDX reels (the number 16 refers to their year of introduction by Team Daiwa) arrived here in the UK a tad late – but they’ve been well worth waiting for.
Their striking red-and-black looks are matched by technical credentials that wouldn’t look out of place inside the cockpit of Sebastian Vettel’s F1 car.
Zion carbon bodies and rotors offer super-lightweight handling, but with more strength and power than any aluminium-bodied reel.
Housed within is a gear alignment system with zero distortion, no matter what the weight loading, matched with rotation so smooth that stirring your morning cuppa feel like hard work by comparison.
If that still doesn’t impress, then check out the other patented Daiwa features – precision Quick front drag system, HIP high-impact line clip, Air-bail, Twist Buster and Digi-Gear.
The icing on the cake (and not before time) is a spare spool included as standard.
There are six 16 TDX reels to choose from, with single and double handle options, enough body sizes to suit all angling styles, and even a high-speed version, sure to find favour with the discerning lure angler.
Feeder fishing continues to be the most popular technique in the UK, and these latest specialist Feeder reels from Korum should prove hugely popular.
They come in 3000, 4000 and 5000 body sizes, covering everything from large open-water natural venues to rivers, canals and commercial carp fisheries.
Ample winding power, especially with the 5000 model, will cope with the largest and heaviest Method or open-end feeders, while the two smaller versions are ideal for lighter flatbed, cage and maggot feeders.
Sturdily built to withstand the rigours of repeated casting and retrieving, all three models feature perfect S-Stroke line lay, super-smooth front drag systems and precise carbon steel bearings.
Other key features include an anti-twist titanium line roller and an oversized aluminium bail-arm that combine to make the use of thicker gauge reel lines painless and trouble-free.
To that little lot you can add machined and anodised (spare shallow) spools, both with line-friendly line clips, a compact fold-away ambidextrous handle with a comfortable rubber grip, and a strong but lightweight graphite body and rotor.
£36.99 - £47.99
Shakespeare has just unveiled these eye-catching Cypry reels. The freespool models, in three sizes, cover all aspects of carp fishing. The 40 body size is ideal for small commercial match carp waters, while for big open-water venues there’s the 80 reel with its long-cast spool to achieve maximum distance.
Keen prices are matched with plenty of key features such as large-diameter bail arms, aluminium spools, proven winding reliability, retrieve ratios of between 4.1:1 and 5.2:1 and super-smooth grease felt drag systems.
To go with these, Shakespeare has also released a range of three matching Cypry carp rods.
XT40 FS £29.99
XT60 FS £34.99
XT80 FS £39.99
Shimano's new Ultegra 2500 FB reel looks ideal for all float, light feeder and lure fishing applications.
In eye-catching silver and gold livery, it offers superb winding power thanks to the state-of-the-art cold forging technology used in its Hagane gearing system.
The reel lacks a backwind facility, but this shouldn’t been seen as a negative, since its superb precision front drag system – itself a work of art – can be instantly adjusted and relied upon to safely control any hard-fighting fish.
The Ultegra boasts many other key Shimano features, including the latest G Free body technology.
This shifts the reel’s centre of gravity closer to the rod, reducing hand fatigue and making casting more comfortable.
The stiff XT-7 body material offers perfect protection and support for the Hagane gears, X-Ship line-lay system and shielded A-RB bearings, allowing them to work to maximum efficiency.
Gear ratio: 5.0:1
Line capacity: 240 yards of 0.20mm,
160 yards of 0.25mm
Bearings: 1 x S A-RB, 4 x 4BB, 1 x roller
Line retrieval: 73cm per turn
Maximum drag: 9kg
X-Ship line lay
XT-7 framed body
Cold forged aluminium handle
Browning Commercial King fishing reel. These compact but powerful reels are ideal for landing hard-fighting carp using feeder or waggler tactics.
Available in two sizes - the CK 2-430 and the CK 2-440. The smallest of the pair compliments beautifully float rods used for pellet and standard waggler fishing and its compact size doesn’t unbalance light and short rods.
The bigger CK 2-440 reel on the other hand is just the job for all your feeder work.
Each reel features a shallow spool, a one-touch folding handle for ease of storage and transportation, a sensitive ‘click-stop’ vernier front drag system which allows quick adjustments when playing a fish plus a safe nylon line clip in a lined recess. A spare spool is also supplied for use with different line strengths.
And at just under £60 they won’t break the bank either!
These eye-catching new Daiwa TDM reels should set match angler’s hearts racing. In a classy matt-black and deep red livery, the full TDM range has five models in all, the powerful TDM 4012 QDA (shown here) being the largest.
All feature the latest Quick Drag system. In the event of aggressive runs from big fish, line is given freely without over-runs, and rods are saved from being dragged in. The adjustment is so precise that little more than a half-turn from left to right on the front of the spool instantly puts you back in charge.
This QD system, much favoured by carp anglers who prefer big pit-style reels to freespools, is sure to catch on quickly with match anglers who visit waters renowned for their big, power-packed carp – Boddington and Earlswood reervoirs spring to mind.
The aluminium-bodied TDM reels with single and double handle options are up there with Daiwa’s very best. To Twist Buster line retrieve and super-smooth Digigear meshing, lightweight Air Rotor balance and durable hollow metal Airbail arms you can add mono-friendly line clips. These are ideal when fishing a Method feeder at range or for short to medium range bomb work.
Rodiac Freespool reels have now joined Korum’s impressive Front Force, Snapper, Feeder and Neoteric ranges.
These latest reels, in 4000, 5000 and 6000 body sizes, are designed for ultra-long casts
with high-diameter lines on big open-water venues. Technical features include a lightweight graphite body, anti-twist titanium line roller, oversized bail-arm with water drop bail holder, and a hard-wearing anodised spool – with a shallow one also included in the package.
High ratio gearing, a highly accessible freespool facility and precision front and rear drag settings are likely to endear these reels to big-fish fans, since they can be pre-set to suit the weight of fish likely to be encountered.
Fine adjustments can then be made to suit changing swim conditions, such as extra water coming through, without fuss. A bonus to left-handed anglers is that the K-Fold aluminium handles have an ambidextrous fitting, so the handle can be positioned to suit.
All three sizes have a gear ratio of 5.5:1 and boast five stainless and one needle bearing. Line capacities are 265 yards of 10lb, 340 yards of 10lb and 350 yards of 12lb, respectively.
Daiwa's recently released EM MS limited edition reels were originally intended to appeal mainly to discerning lure and sea anglers.
All five in the range boast a raft of features such as the latest Automatic Tournament front drag system, graphite Air Rotor, and super-lightweight yet tough Zaion-built body.
These combine with proven Daiwa technical wizardry such as Digigear (which makes for smoother rotation and meshing of the gears) and Twist Buster (combining an oversized line roller with clever rotor geometry to eliminate up to 90 per cent of line twist).
The winding power of these EM MS reels is quite phenomenal, not to mention a faultlessly flat line lay with mono up to 10lb. So it's little wonder that they are being snapped up by all-round feeder fans or specialist barbel and big-fish hunters from the freshwater fraternity.
Black Widow LD
85cm line per handle crank
Black Widow 25A
Line-friendly line clip
Abbreviated drag range
Keen carp anglers on a budget should keep an eye peeled for Daiwa’s superb value Black Widow reels, including the new all-black 25A version.
This combines impressive looks with technical features including an abbreviated drag for swift engagement of freespool mode, a line-friendly clip giving perfect distance casting control, and a robust, light, graphite body.
This latest member of the Black Widow clan also delivers a geared-down retrieve of 4.6:1 that recovers 92cm of line for every turn of the handle.
The larger-bodied LD Black Widow reel has a tapered ‘bucket’ spool holding an impressive 530m of 0.35mm line, making it the ideal tool for when baits are rowed out beyond casting range.
£59.99, £79.99 and £89.99
This latest Agility 2LC model, which comes in three body sizes - 4000, 7000 and 8000 - has been designed specifically for the match angler as a long cast feeder reel. The smallest version is well-suited to commercial fishery work as its wide spool can be used safely with thicker diameter lines, while the reduced sized body makes it easy to transport.
Finish: Matt black
Features: Aluminium long-cast spool, fast drag system, Dual Spot-On line clips for precision casting, stainless steel ball-bearings, line guard spool system, level wind line lay, oversized line roller to reduce line twist
Handle: One-touch folding CNC machined ergonomic handle with isotope slot
Gear ratio: 4.9:1
Not content with focusing carp anglers’ attention on the merits of short rods, mini bivvies, comfy beds and wicked luggage, Nash has now introduced this superb looking matt black BP-10 Fast Drag reel.
This super slick big pit mangle features a faultless multi-disc front drag which can be easily and quickly adjusted from virtually freespool to fighting-drag tension in less than one turn.
You can set the clutch after casting to suit the type of swim and the run you’re expecting to get. This enables you to engage with the fish from the moment you pick up your rod.
Other notable features include an ironed-flat level wind line lay, long-cast aluminium spool offering extreme range casting performance, Dual Spot-On line clips and a one-touch folding handle.
All these goodies are backed up by stainless steel ball-bearings for a tough, gritty performance that will bamboozle even the hardest-fighting fish.
An oversized line roller helps to prevent the line twist and coiling often caused when long casting with thicker diameter reel lines. The reel also has a robust hollow metal bail-arm and a line guard spool system that prevents the line from slipping underneath the spool.
The Nash BP-10 has a Fast Drag front spool that can be quickly adjusted from virtually free-running to locked-up in little more than a single turn, making it ideal for any carp fishing situation from open water to snag pit.
One-Touch Folding Handle
Simple to operate by pushing down on the cover sleeve, the one-touch folding handle makes the reel easy to transport ready made-up, and may well appeal to carp anglers who prefer to fish with their rods very close together.
Leeda’s new Rogue brand has two additions in the shape of these super value big pit and freespool 6500 and 7500-sized reels.
Both all-black models look to be the perfect tools for the budding angler targeting big carp, and are packed with features including super-strong graphite compound bodies that are not only very durable, but give the reels a pleasantly lightweight feel.
The dedicated freespool (Fs) model makes instant contact with a fish the moment you get a run, and is ideal for anyone looking for distance-casting prowess combined with the convenience of freespool bite control.
The big pit (Fd) reel is compact, with a wide spool suited to tactics including Method feeder and surface work, not just long-range casting.
A decent front drag is easily adjusted to your requirements when allowing line to be taken under pressure, or when playing fish.
The slightly elongated die-cast power handle generates a huge amount of cranking power, which should make short work of the heaviest fish, and the large, handily-placed anti-reverse switch at the back of the reel’s body is easy to operate.
Other key features on both reels include 5 + 1 stainless ball-bearings for a super smooth retrieve, and super-slow oscillation gearing that produces a perfectly flat line lay that adds distance to the cast.
Not so very long ago Ryobi produced a cult-status match fishing reel – the closed-face Mastermatch CF1 was the angling connoisseur’s choice for all stick float and running water waggler work.
These new Ryobi fixed-spool Slam NCRT models in 3000, 4000, and 5000 carry on that tradition, but with a body, side plate, rotor and bail-arm system made from an advanced titanium composite material that is 20 per cent lighter yet 40 per cent stronger than graphite.
This gives the reels immense strength combined with a cool modern look and feel.
Internal features include a 5.1:1 gear ratio, smooth running six ball-bearing system, plus one infinite anti-reverse bearing and a precisely setting multi-disk carbon front drag.
The main shaft system is precision engineered from titanium alloy, which should give these reels a long and trouble-free life.
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Spools: Machined, anodised long-cast tapered spools – shallow, for 300m of 15lb (0.37mm) line and ultra-shallow, for 300m of 12lb (0.33mm). Three reels can be filled from a 1,000m bulk spool of mono with no backing required
Features: Slow oscillation for super-smooth line lay. Two interchangeable drag adjusters, fine and rapid lockdown. Quick-fold handle. Stainless steel line clip for secure damage-free clipping up. Front drag grit guard. Easily accessible large anti-reverse lever
Gearing: 7 + 1 stainless bearings, machined gears and a 4.3:1 gear ratio for fast retrieve (approximately 1m per rotation of the reel handle). Rotor brake
Finish: Stylish matt black finish with subtle red decals
Quality control: Every reel is thoroughly quality checked by expert in-house staff in the UK
For the first time in its 17-year history, big-carp brand E-S-P is branching into the reel market – with no half measures!
The eye-catching Onyx, developed under wraps by big-fish experts Kev Hewitt, Terry Hearn and Martin Bowler, has been flying under everyone else’s radar for the past two years.
Now, though, it is ready for its debut, exclusively revealed by Angling Times.
The cult all-black model has undergone intensive field-testing, resulting in a very modern looking big pit-style reel with many innovative design features.
E-S-P brand manager Dave Ellyatt was full of enthusiasm, and explained: “When we first started developing the E-S-P reel more than two years ago we looked closely at other reels on the market, plus those we had been using ourselves for many years.
“All had areas which could be vastly improved upon. So we identified these and set about developing a highly practical and durable carp fishing tool.
“Carp catching machine Kev Hewitt has been closely involved in the reel’s development, exhaustively testing prototypes by catching a serious number of big carp.
“With bespoke machined alloy spools that require no backing, three reels can be filled from a single 1,000m bulk spool.
“An absence of backing improves line lay by preventing bedding in, which in turn benefits distance casting.
“The Onyx is also the first reel to provide two different drag adjusters – FD (Fine Drag) for micro adjustment, and RL (Rapid Lockdown), taking it from free-running to locked down mode in around half a turn.
“The rapid deployment handle can also be folded down when using super snug rod set-ups.
“As for its technical features, the E-S-P Onyx incorporates machined long-life gearing with a fast retrieve ratio, and super-slow oscillation for improved line lay – as our field-testers have discovered, it casts like a dream.
“The final touch of muted classic black cosmetics, matched with a wooden handle, means these reels really look the part on any set-up”.
It’s too early to predict the reception the Onyx reel will receive from carp anglers, but E-S-P has surely raised the bar with regard to the technical development of big pit reels.
Features such as shallow and ultra-shallow long cast tapered spools with interchangeable front drag systems, and quick fold-flat handles, are highly desirable.
Add to that a super-slow oscillation which produces an ironed-flat line lay, a line-friendly stainless line clip, and stylish all-black finish, and the E-S-P
Onyx offers simply unbeatable value for money.
Sonik AVX 2000 £49.99
Angling Times can exclusively reveal that Newcastle-based tackle firm Sonik has plans to launch lots of stunning new kit in 2016 – including carp and match rods, uniquely styled carp luggage ranges, a brilliant new bivvy and a host of reels.
The first of these products to hit the shelves are these superb red and black liveried AVX reels which are aimed towards the commercial match and light lure angler. There are four sizes to pick from, with the smallest 2000 model looking ideal for drop shot, float and light lure work, through to a mighty 5000 model that suits big feeder and specimen tactics.
All four reels feature single handles, high strength composite bodies, instant anti-reverse, and thick aluminium bail-arms with oversized line rollers.
A faultlessly smooth operation is virtually guaranteed thanks to seven stainless steel ball-bearings.
The gear ratios are also worthy of note, with the two smaller 2000 and 3000 sizes rated at 5.1:1 while the larger 4000 and 5000 sizes crank-up an impressive 5.5:1 ratio.
All models are supplied with shallow braid-friendly spare spools.
Aimed at the growing army of river barbel enthusiasts, this reel is built around the same compact chassis as the award-winning but strangely named Cast’izm.
Being smaller, it’s ideal for use with specialist barbel and big-fish rods, as well as lighter carp set-ups.
It cranks in an impressive 107cm per handle turn, and a host of features include Ultimate Tournament Drag, High Impact line clip and Air Rotor – arguably the best freespool reel Daiwa has yet produced.
If you like the look of this new reel, wait until you get to pick it up! The modern shape combines sleekly with all-black livery in a big pit that serious carp anglers will appreciate.
Its aluminium body delivers solid gear meshing when under load tension and a geared-down retrieve generates serious winding power. The lightweight Air Rotor makes for an easier winding start-up, and a QD front drag system and HIP line clip complete its ‘must-have’ design.
Another new big-pit from the Daiwa stable, the Black Widow has dark good looks, high performance and a low price ticket.With its geared-down retrieve it delivers immense winding power, hauling in 85cm of line per crank of the ergonomic handle.
The enormous tapered bucket-style spool holds 530m of 0.35mm diameter line, making it an excellent reel for when baits need to be rowed out beyond casting distance.
This reel, which has already been available as a freespool BR model for the past year, has now arrived in a big pit specification ideal for large open waters.
The super-powerful, long cast reel has plenty of high spec features such as Twistbuster line management, Air Bail, and a lightweight but dependable graphite body and rotor system.
The new Emcast Big Pit is also available as a special Spod n Mark edition that has an impressive 102cm retrieval rate and comes complete with a spare spool.