Two section 11ft (3.3m)
Lined F guides
Synaptic MTDI carbon construction
Recommended reel lines 6lb-8lb
Recommended hooklengths 5lb-8lb
Cork and EVA thumb grip handle
RRP: £75 (shop around and expect to pay around £54.99)
The latest Baggin Machine rods and reels are part of the new Middy Synaptic series that also takes in poles, whips and landing net handles. All are built to withstand the stresses and strains of modern-day commercial carp fishing.
The new Synaptic carbon cloth combines with resins that allow the blanks to be extremely strong and flexible while retaining a good degree of lightness and stiffness – some modern materials achieve these qualities but tend to be a bit on the brittle side, but no such problems with these two rods. The slimline black blanks are capable of chucking feeders of up to 30g and pellet wagglers weighing 12g without bouncing around all over the place. Both models have a soft, progressive tip action that starts to tighten up quickly just past the middle of the blank, offering plenty of pulling power exactly where you need it – just the thing to persuade big hard-fighting fish to stay away from snags and platforms.
The fact that the two rods share build characteristics and performance might persuade you to invest in them as a commercial fishery pairing, because once you get used to them, casting a feeder or float and playing fish will become second nature.
This Middy pair is best suited to small to medium-sized fisheries, 20-peggers if you like. Casting distances of up to 30 yards are possible with the feeder rod, with around 20 yards the maximum for the longer waggler model. They would be undergunned on large open-water complexes holding ‘zoo creatures’, as the blanks have neither the backbone nor the tenacity to cope with such extremes.
The live test took place on Makins Phase Three Severn lake which, although quite narrow in places, did throw up some very decent carp and barbel on a variety of straight lead, feeder and float tactics that tested the rods to their not inconsiderable limits.