Pro Type Power 9.5m pole
Top-three kit and one inside the pole
Pro Type Power 11m pole
Two top-three kits
9.5m package RRP: £199.99
11m package RRP: £249.99
Preston Innovations’ latest Pro Type poles are unashamedly aimed at the club match or novice all-round pole angler.
The very affordable series kicks off with the Power version (subject of our live test) in 9.5m and 11m lengths, followed by the 13m 260 (£399.99), 14.5m 360 (£549.99) and 16m 490 (£799.99). They may have different price points, but all poles, including the Power models, share the same traits. Reinforced butt sections are built to withstand the strains of elbow damage, joint areas are reinforced with an additional carbon wrap, and they are all finished with an easy-slide coating that makes for smooth, slick shipping. Alignment arrows on every section enable them to be assembled along their spines, so that they will perform at their optimum stiffness at all times.
Another feature well worth mentioning is that the three longer Pro Type poles have generic linear top kit configurations on both Match and Power kits. These are pre-fitted with an internal Preston orange PTFE bush in the Match kits, and a blue PTFE bush on the Power kits. It should be noted, though, that these top kits do not fit either Pro Power model – this is a shame should you wish to upgrade.
Both Pro Power poles are far stronger than any of the longer Pro Type models, a point that was brought home to me while live testing the 9.5m version at Makins Phase Three Outer Avon pool, where the carp run fairly large and are notably lively.
The shorter of the two Power models available, this 9.5m pole still has more than enough reach to make it acceptable on 99 per cent of all commercial fisheries, where fishing to the next platform, almost invariably less than 10m away, is all that is needed.
Because the pole is supplied with a spare top kit, you are able to set up a second rig to fish at the bottom of the near shelf, which is normally found out in front at around 5m or 6m on most commercial fisheries. This area can be targeted with bigger baits such as paste and catmeat (if allowed) and often results in much bigger fish.
The slimness and lightness of the Preston Power makes it very easy to hold for long spells without wilting under its weight, and because it is more of an all-round power pole rather than an out-and-out margin tool it still possesses a fair degree of stiffness and balance. This makes it slightly less bouncy when shipping out, something that can be best appreciated while attempting to ship out a toss pot full of loose pellets.
The thick section walls have enough about them to withstand the odd knock or wayward strike. But best of all, the Preston Power Pro generates a deceptive amount of pulling power. The main stopping action is spread over the top three or four sections, rather than along its full length. This does impart a half-decent ‘long pole’ feel, and helps to make it an extremely good choice for the newcomer or junior pole angler.