MARGIN poles were created to cope with the strain that increasingly heavy commercial carp can exert.
Although modern poles are stronger than they’ve ever been, they do have their limitations, so when it comes to extracting the biggest of fish from the snaggiest of margin homes, many pole anglers will reach for their dedicated margin pole.
With thicker and stronger sections coupled to bigger bore top kits, they are much better suited to this brutal kind of fishing and reduce the risk of costly breakages. As an added bonus, many manufacturers’ margin poles are interchangeable with their range of long poles, meaning you can share a cupping kit or even top kits between them.
Being stronger and often cheaper than a standard pole, margin poles are also an ideal first-time pole. So, whether you are an experienced pole angler looking to upgrade your summer margin gear or a novice to the pole market, here’s our guide to the best margin poles out there!
PRESTON SUPERIUM MARGIN 8.5m
To complement the new range of Superium Poles, Preston has released this superb short-range pole taking the same top kits. Light and slim, you’d be fooled into thinking it’s a standard pole, but it has a lot of hidden strength and a 20+ elastic rating.
It comes with two Superium Carp Kits (2.4m), both fully bushed up with Roller Pulla kits and PTFEs, plus a holdall. There’s an extension section that takes the pole to 10m available.
Why we’d buy one: Superb Superium performance and balance. A great place to start your pole fishing journey, or back up an existing pole.
Price: £349.99, www.prestoninnovations.com
MATRIX MTX MARGIN 8.7M
BUILT on the same mandrel and using the same advanced carbon technologies as its illustrious MTX stablemates, Matrix’s six-sectioned powerhouse of a margin pole is strong enough for any commercial fishery. You get reinforced section joints, Glide anti-friction taped sections which lock reassuringly together, and section alignment arrows.
Top kits come with pre-bushed PTFE tips already fitted and Revolve side pullers. The MTX is well balanced and exceptionally light at just 680g at its full length – and it comes with two spare Power kits and a carry sleeve.
Why we’d buy one: A great compromise between cost and quality, a really smart choice for any angler.
Price: £319.99, www.fishmatrix.co.uk
TRI-CAST EXCELLANCE POWER MARGIN 13.4m
Tri-Cast thought outside the box with this pole, looking for something capable of extracting huge fish from long corner margins – the sort of areas that standard margin poles can’t reach. Being so strong means that the balance isn’t great at full length, but it’s fishable. But a section less at 11.7m, you get the sort of feel rivalled only by the best margin poles.
The top kits are a little different, being very short and powerful. Supplied with two top kits, cupping kit and a bag, and available at 10m, 11.7m and 13.4m.
Why we’d buy one: Fish the margins that no-one else can reach! A serious carp extraction tool.
Price: £550-£699.97, www.tri-cast fishing.co.uk
PRESTON INNOVATIONS 10M EDGE MONSTER MARGIN
THIS pole is strong enough to knock the stuffing out of the largest of carp, while retaining sufficient balance and rigidity to be comfortably fished at its full 10m. The all-carbon Edge comes with a spare Power top-2 kit in addition to the one included, both of which are pre-fitted with Roller Pulla side bushes, and large-diameter PTFE tip bushes. Also available at 8.5m.
Why we’d buy one: It’s one of the best-selling margin poles for a reason! Superbly strong and balanced, it comes pre-fitted with a puller system.
Price: £229.99, www.prestoninnovations.com
MAP TKS COMPETITION POWER MARGIN POLE 8.7M
Anglers looking to gain an edge down the edge need look no further than this ultra-powerful pole. With added reinforcement on every slim section, it’s built to take plenty of stick.
Features include depth markers on the top kits, and a section alignment system. To that you can add pre-bushed tips and pre-fitted side pullers, a smooth anti-friction finish throughout, and a spare Power kit.
Why we’d buy one: TKS stands for ‘Top Kit System’, so you don’t just get a margin pole, but more top kits for your main pole! Everything about this pole feels right.
Price: £224.99, www.mapfishing.co.uk
DAIWA 9M TOURNAMENT PRO X MARGIN
Daiwa’s Tournament Pro X Margin was designed as a compatible section ‘power partner’ for all of the company’s UK-built poles. With a high wall strength in its lower sections to ensure the no-nonsense treatment of big carp, it comes with two spare 5.8m Interlastic Cloud Kits that can be used with elastics as heavy as Red Hydro. One of the longer margin models on the market, it can reach along to the next platform with ease.
Why we’d buy one: If you already own a UK-built Daiwa pole, then this is this is the choice for you! Not only can you share top kits and a cupping with your main pole, but also the bigger sections should you suffer a breakage.
Price: £799, www.daiwasports.co.uk
Garbolino UK Margin Pro 8m
Fans of the iconic French brand should make this super strong margin pole, compatible with the full UK series of poles, their first port of call. Billed as its best ever margin pole, made with state-of-the-art IM/HM carbon, it’s capable of easily handling the biggest of carp and strongest of elastics.
Considering the superb rigidity and balance, the price is exceptionally good, the payoff being that you do only get one top kit supplied.
Why we’d buy one: If quality rather than top kits is your aim, pound for performance, you’ll struggle to find better.
Price: £229.99, www.garbolinouk.co.uk
MIDDY REACTACORE XQ-1 MARGIN 10M
MIDDY’S latest margin pole carries a massive 30 elastic rating, making it beefy enough to cope with hard fighting zoo creatures from another dimension.
Measuring just a tad shorter than its stated 10m length, the XQ-1 is, handily, compatible with all of the other poles in the Middy Reactacore range.
Super-strong linear pulling power is matched to good section wall strength and a well-balanced feel, in a pole weighing just 799g.
Why we’d buy one: A 30 elastic rating is almost unheard off, it’s that strong! If you want a beast-tamer, this is it!
Price: £299 (but shop around), www.middytackle.com