• D-S7 Combat Carp 14.5m pole (including standard Drennan top-2 kit) • Two top-2 Carp kits • Double 2 Carp kit • Double 2 Ghost Carp kit • Top 2 Cupping kit• Two reversible mini-extensions (fitting 13m and 14.5m and sections
6 and 7) • Five Roller Cones • Extractor rod
• Five Skid Bungs • EVA nose cones • 36 PTFE bushes • Six intermediate bushes • 40 Side Puller Beads • 250ml pole pot • Extra Cupping kit adaptor • Drennan Visi Case
• Drennan 4-6 tube holdall
Launched around 2003, Drennan’s Series 7 range of rods, reels and – of course – poles has become a benchmark name for classy fishing kit at affordable prices.
With superb design, quality fittings and Drennan’s deserved reputation for durability and reliability, it’s little wonder the Series 7 range is so popular.
Its designers have the happy knack of keeping their finger on the pulse of the latest tactics and reacting quickly to market trends in rods and poles – in other words, Drennan gives its customers exactly what they want, when they want it.
All this brings me nicely on to the latest member of the clan, the D-S7 Combat Carp pole – the abbreviation, obviously, stands for ‘Drennan Series 7’.
This is a modern style of pole with a true 14.5m length, ideal for bagging match carp on commercial fisheries. It does have more than one string to its bow, though, being light and responsive enough to target silver fish too.
Many manufacturers claim their poles combine equal degrees of strength and finesse, but few actually achieve this. However, the Drennan development team are experts in both areas, and having fished with the D-S7 Combat Carp at a mixed commercial fishery I wouldn’t refute their claims.
And so to the live test at Decoy, where sport at the fish-packed Willows Lake was somewhat slower than it should have been. A nasty side wind didn’t help, doing its damnedest to wreak havoc with my presentation.
This, I hasten to say, wasn’t the fault of the D-S7, which remained straighter than a fireman’s greasy pole. It was more down to the lightness of my rig, and the fact I was trying to lower it tight up against a reed bed at 14.5m on a very short line.
The odd F1 and skimmer hung itself on my hook, demonstrating the pole’s balance at full length, and a faultless shipping performance.
Even when I had to break down twice, due to lack of room and poor swim selection on my part, there was no discernible bounce, and the sections came apart easier than I would have expected with a brand-new pole.
I had also fed a margin line against the reeds, in hindsight rather too far away for comfort. However, the pole comes with two reversible mini-extensions. One, at 60cm, fits on to the end of the sixth or seventh sections and the other, at 64cm, fits on to the 13m and 14.5m sections, giving that bit of extra length when needed. I found this particularly handy when targeting that margin swim.
The pole has a more than generous selection of spares, and all its top kits are fitted with the Drennan Roller Cone side-slot puller system – in my opinion the best there is.
That spares package consists of two Double 2 Carp kits, one for use with shorter lengths of elastic and perfect for margin and up-in-the-water work, and the other with a light grey Ghost tip, also ideal for shallow water tactics.
You also get an array of skid bungs, nose cones and Roller Cone accessories, PTFE bushes, a cupping kit and cups… in fact with this package you’ll be armed with everything you need for carp combat.
Our Verdict: In my opinion by far the best pole Drennan has released in the Series 7 range. Easy to use, it’s a pleasure to fish with and would make a perfect addition to any keen club or pleasure angler’s holdall. The depth and quality of the spares package lends itself to all types of venue, and helps to make it an outstanding pole at its price.