WITH no reels or rollers to add complications, whip fishing is about as basic as it gets. But in the right hands a whip can be responsible for catching huge bags of smaller fish.
There are two main types of whip – the system whip or the fixed length telescopic. Designed to be fished at a fixed length, the fast-acting flick tips of telescopic whips are ideal for plucking smaller fish straight out of the water.
Although not normally as well balanced, system whips are far more adaptable, with a telescopic top followed by a number of ‘put in’ sections that allow them to be used at various lengths. They can also be elasticated when used for numbers of bigger fish on venues like the River Wye or in Ireland.
System whips often come with spare tops, so you can easily switch between flick tip and elasticated options.
Whatever your style, ability or budget, there’s a whip in our line-up for you!
DAIWA CONNOISSEUR WHIPS
LIGHT and crisp in the hand, these quality telescopic whips will cover everything from short-range gudgeon and bleak snatching right through to long lining for roach and dace.
Fully telescopic, each whip has a blended solid carbon flick tip, and top Daiwa technologies such as V-Joint, X45 Bias and HVF Nanoplus carbons. Available in 2m, 2.5m, 3m, 3.5m, 4m, 4.5m, 5m and 6m lengths. For those seeking Daiwa quality in a system whip, there’s a Connoisseur 8m version.
WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: Superb-actioned whips from one of the best carbon producing brands around!
Price: £39.99-£170, 8m system whip £225, www.daiwasports.co.uk
DESIGNED predominantly for river fishing where longer whips are becoming a necessity, yet tough enough when elasticated for fishing pole-to-hand style in Ireland, Holland and Denmark. Unusually, the whole top-5 is telescopic for a stronger and improved action.
The whip can be bought at 6m or 9m lengths, while additional top-3 and top-5 kits can be added at very reasonable prices. Deals can also be had if you buy several whips together.
WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: A perfect choice for the river angler who wants a number of lengths and tops kitted out for different venues.
Price: 6m £159.99, 9m £289.99, top-5 £89.99, top-3 £39.99, www.cadencefishing.co.uk
DRENNAN ACOLYTE PRO WHIP
A SUPERBLY well thought-out and great value system whip that can be bought at either 6m or 8m on its own or in packages that include an additional top-3 and an elastication system.
Each top-3 is telescopic and comes with a flick tip, but with the correct sized bush and plugs to allow you to elasticate the No2 section as well. The second kind of plug included is adjustable and comes with a bead, so you can change the tension of your elastic without cutting it. After the top-3, all other sections are put together and numbered, so you know the exact length at which you’re fishing.
WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: Strong enough when elasticated for big roach and skimmers, yet light and responsive enough when fitted with a flick tip for catching small fish all day.
Price: 6m £158.99-£208.95, 8m £245-£294.99, www.drennantackle.com
CONCEPT GT WHIPS
TRYING out fishing has never been cheaper with this exceptional value range of whips. Each comes with a rig and a disgorger.
Choose from 3m, 4m and 5m lengths, all telescopic with a pre-attached eye to fit your rig.
Alternatively, for slightly more experienced anglers or those wishing to target larger fish, the two longer whips can also be bought ready elasticated.
WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: There’s simply no cheaper way to get into fishing!
Price: 3m £9.99, 4m £12.99, 5m £15.99, elasticated 4m £16.99, elasticated 5m £19.99, www.leeda.co.uk
COLMIC EMPEROR PRO WHIPS
THE highest quality telescopic whips with a fast action and a slim profile. A spliced-in carbon tip flick tip is perfectly blended, making them ideal for catching huge numbers of smaller fish without breakages and hook pulls.
Each model is fully telescopic, with the full range scaling from 2m right through to 5m and every half-metre in between.
WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: A quality tool for the experienced match angler, these are the perfect whip for any fish race venue.
Price: £35.99-£116.99, www.colmic.it
MIDDY BAGGIN’ MACHINE 5.5M WHIP-POLE
AN INCREDIBLE value 5m telescopic whip with a 0.5m dolly butt. It comes with a flick tip and two ready elasticated tips.
There’s even a rig and a disgorger, making it ideal for beginners. Super-strong, it will cope with up to a 24 elastic and is suitable for both silverfish and carp.
WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: A lot of variety is covered at very little cost, ideal for the super-keen young angler.
Price: £49.99, www.middytackle.com
BROWNING SPHERE SILVERLITE SYSTEM WHIP
DESIGNED using the same technology as Sphere poles, Browning believes it’s created the lightest and most durable long whip available. Available in 8m and 10m packages, each including two spare hollow top-3 kits for elastication as well as the flick tip top inside the whip, reversible dolly butts with EVA nose cones to protect sections from damage, and a multi pocket hard-shell carry case. The hollow tops are all the same length as the flick tip tops, so there’s no loss of length when elasticating. Can also be used for short-lining at speed.
WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: For the angler who wants the best, you’ll struggle to find better quality or a more comprehensive package.
Price: 8m package £649.99, 10m package £899, www.browning-fishing.com
PRESTON RESPONSE WHIPS
THREE super-slim whips matched to a solid carbon flick tip, these are ideal for catching high volumes of silverfish at speed. Fully telescopic, the top end is soft and forgiving while the lower end is much stiffer, giving great balance and control along with excellent fish cushioning properties.
WHY WE WOULD BUY ONE: Professional quality at the cheaper end of the scale – the serious angler can get kitted out for a reasonable cost.
Price: 3m £64.99, 4m £79.99, 5m £94.99, www.prestoninnovations.com