Daiwa best-selling pole replaced after seven years at top

Following a recent tradeshow, Angling Times can exclusively reveal that after seven years as the UK’s best-selling top-end match pole, the excellent Daiwa Tournament Pro has been superseded by a new Tournament Pro X. But that was not the only pole Daiwa revealed to the hordes of retailers that flocked to its first exhibition of the year.

The Scotland-based company also added two new models to the TDSR pole series ¬ a top-end 16m TDSR5 and a beefed-up entry level pole called the TDSR1 Plus.

In addition to this there is a Connoisseur G20 and a new Yank ‘N’ Bank Professional X ¬ both upgraded versions of previous models.

There were plenty of surprises in store elsewhere as Daiwa unveiled three new tackle boxes, one of which ¬ the premier Team Daiwa 300 ¬ is unlike any other new box to have been released this year and features a unique height adjustment mechanism.

Also for the match angler there is some new, but somewhat 1970s retro-styled, Airity luggage. In sharp contrast is the more staid Team Daiwa Deluxe luggage range.

However, the show was not just about presenting new match gear to the trade. Carp kit was also well represented, with many additions to both the Infinity and Mission brands.

The new Infinity Advanced DF Special Signature carp rods designed to Danny Fairbrass’s very own specifications will no doubt be received very well, although they are quite expensive, priced at over £300.

An Infinity Multi Chair bed really impressed with its innovative design that enables it to be converted from a standard bed chair into a normal chair in seconds. It should prove a real asset to the angler on short sessions. Reels have always been one of Daiwa’s strong points, and this year didn’t disappoint.

In addition to the TDX reels revealed in last weeks paper, the company also showcased its new range of big-pit Windcast reels that start at just £79.99 and really do look the business, with a modern body shape and fresh new look.

Smaller coarse reels were also well in evidence, with Daiwa introducing the Procaster X and Megaforce X rear-lever Fast-Drag reels, as well as the competitively priced Crossfire X and Sweepfire X standard rear drag models. A little higher up the pricing scale, Daiwa has brought in a range of match and feeder reels under the once familiar Harrier name.

The new rear drag match reel series features all the refinements you would expect to find on a Daiwa reel, and all come with a shallow aluminium match spool and a spare deep spool.