The new Shimano Beastmaster CX rod range has been developed for small to medium-sized carp. Much modern match fishing takes place at 30 yards, so each CX Commercial blank has a parabolic fish-playing action that absorbs the power of the fight, preventing hook-pulls. There are Feeder and Float rod versions, ideal for all but the heaviest Method, straight lead and pellet waggler tactics.
Hooray – at long last it looks like summer is on its way!
The daffs have bloomed, and on all the fisheries I have visited broods of downy ducklings swim in unison as if tied together.
As the water warms, carp are drawn inexorably towards the surface for some community sunbathing. So how can we tempt them into taking our baits?
Floating dog biscuits work, but they are banned on commercials so it’s down to pellet waggler, or wag and mag tactics.
Unless I have to cast miles, an 11ft two-piece float rod is usually my weapon of choice. Sometimes, though, especially when targeting F1s on snake lakes, casting tight up against islands or even dobbing, there’s definitely a case for an even shorter rod. Its added casting accuracy can pay dividends.
As if to second-guess me, Shimano has released a brilliant line-up of new Beastmaster CX Commercial rods, including this rather nifty 9ft/11ft model.
Not only will it cope with most commercial fishery float work, but the carbon blank includes a 27ins dolly-butt section that fits snugly into the cork and EVA handle, giving you a well-balanced 9ft rod.
In their shorter mode, dual length float rods can either be much too pokey, or limper than a Julian Clary handshake, leading to constant hook-pulls or protracted battles with fish on an under-powered blank. But after spending time with the new Beastmaster CX 9-11 I can happily report that this classy looking all-black blank offers a medium parabolic action, with an almost tippy casting performance, at both its 9ft and 11ft lengths. I’d guess that England Feeder international Rob Wootton and ex-Shimano consultant Mark Pollard had quite a bit of input into this rod’s development.
Despite its slim profile and lightweight Bio-fibre carbon build, the blank has more than enough beef to cope with the biggest of fish. It’s possibly better suited to casting floats from 4AAA upwards than it is small wagglers, and Shimano has given it a maximum casting weight of 15g, which gives it plenty of all-round scope.
This great new float rod from Shimano is aimed squarely at the match angler – well thought out, cleverly designed, with a build quality and furnishings normally only associated with top-end flagship models. The 9ft/11ft blank has the flexibility to be used on all types of commercials with reel lines and hooklengths of 4lb-8lb.