Wychwood Reaction 3lb Rod and Shimano ST6000R Baitrunner Reel
Not breaking the bank – Mr Makk
For 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
Priced 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
Although 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.