Wychwood Reaction 3lb Rod and Shimano ST6000R Baitrunner Reel

Not breaking the bank – Mr Makk

Wychwood Rod and Shimano ReelFor me £70 is a lot of cash, especially when I have been on a £20 a week income through college. It’s more than three weeks savings.

To spend it on some fishing tackle, well, I don’t know where to start; new rod; reel maybe; the list is endless.

I had been searching websites, reviews and sources of information to find a rod & reel combination for pike or carp fishing.

There were too many that were either out of my budget, not what I needed or just utter rubbish.

Many anglers have the same problems, and to the beginner, knowing where to start is a nightmare.


So what do I look for when purchasing tackle?

  • PRICE- Does it fit my budget?
  • QUALITY – Is the tackle well made?
  • PURPOSE – What type and species of fishing will I be doing?
  • EXPECTATIONS – What is expected from the tackle?

Wychwood Reaction 3lb carp rod

Wychwood Reaction RodPriced around £30-£40, this rod ticks all my boxes.

Weighing only a few ounces, it is light as a feather for its size. It boasts full carbon slim blanks with quality lined eyes and spigot joints.

At 12ft in length it breaks down into two 6ft sections.

I have landed Pike into double figures and 8lb mirror carp on this rod without any worries or concerns.

A very good purchase indeed.

Shimano ST6000RA Baitrunner

Shimano ST6000R Baitrunner ReelAlthough this reel only has two Ball-bearings it feels like it has five.

It is very smooth, well made and at just…………£40 from Argos, I cannot argue. I have seen it priced elsewhere at £60!

The only negative is that the reel does not have a spare spool (I use mono and braid as mainline).

If Shimano added a spare spool to the reel I think they would be ACE. However, spare spools can be purchased for a tenner from eBay.

Mr Makk’s Conclusion

Well, £40+£30=£70 am I correct?

I believe this is a price tag that is not breaking the bank, especially for decent tackle.

Mr Makk

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