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ak3038

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Hi lads, newbie here just getting back into the game [8D] after a few years out.

Im after a pole, seat box and all the other bits and bobs that are required and was just looking for a bit of advice about what to buy as I dont want to end up with a load of rubbish.

I mainly fish commercial fisherys using a pole.

My total budget is between 1000 and 1200, with around 500 for a pole, 300 for a seatbox and the remainder of the cash for the other bits.

Below is a list of a few items that have caught my eye I'd just like to know peoples opinions on them [:T]

Pole's - daiwa sr3 14.5, Shimano exage bx 14.5, maver 171 14.5.

Seatboxs - maver mx3500, preston onbox x6, daiwa td200.

luggage,nets,accessories - suggestions?

If anybody has any other suggestions beside the above products please let me know

Thanks

ak3038
 

Ricky24

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You can't go far wrong with the Preston luggage mate. The others on here will definately help you out in regards to the rest I am not a expert unlike some others on here. Good luck
 

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add to your list a Map TKS 325

does it need to be 14.5m as you could get the 225 @13m and buy more tackle
 

neil parker

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yep add the map to the list and i wouldnt spend 300 on a box either get a quality second hand brilo or matchbox, then get a better pole[:D]
 

ak3038

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Thanks for taking the time to reply lads [:)]

Just browsing the forum and noticed the MAP tks range are highly rated on the forum [:)]they've never caught my eye before but first hand experience is alot more accurate than magazine reviews product catalogues etc. [8D]

Im a bit torn between the 425 and 325??

325 940g @ 13m 439 14.5m

425 890g @ 13m 580 14.5m

For me i'd be paying 150 pound just to have a pole 50g lighter so should I go for the 325 as its better value for money???
 

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325 and then if you feel the need upgrade later 50g i nothing really
 

shropshire_pole

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get a tks30 its a little bit older than the new pole but its lighter at 13m only 860g, the tks425 is based on the tks30 and you can get a new one for 500 or a mint second hand on for about 300
 

ak3038

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So what tks pole would everyone buy at the moment between 400 and 600?? [:D]
 

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Originally posted by ak3038

Thanks for taking the time to reply lads [:)]

Just browsing the forum and noticed the MAP tks range are highly rated on the forum [:)]they've never caught my eye before but first hand experience is alot more accurate than magazine reviews product catalogues etc. [8D]

Im a bit torn between the 425 and 325??

325 940g @ 13m 439 14.5m

425 890g @ 13m 580 14.5m

For me i'd be paying 150 pound just to have a pole 50g lighter so should I go for the 325 as its better value for money???

hi i spent a long time looking at poles, i bought a sensas, broke 2 times out of the 4 times i used it, sent it back and had another look, like you i never considered the map poles but after all the raving on here i thought id add them onto my list of poles i might get(i honestly didn't think id be getting a map)
the poles i looked at were,
garbolino g max power carp
shimano carp cruncher
map 325 and the map 425

comparing them obviously to each other and the sensas 734 i sent back, a 1000 pole

the garbolino g max power carp was the first pole i looked at and at 800 the pole was not worth it, it was very heavy with a lot of droop(it is a carp pole but that's no excuse) the strike was also not very responsive

the next two poles i looked at were the 325 and 425, there is a noticeable difference between the two the 325 is heavier, less responsive and has a bit of droop(not too much though)
whereas the 425 was a brilliant pole, very crisp, rigid and responsive and was very light.
both the maps felt very strong and the sections were solid

the last pole i looked at was the shimano carp cruncher xtb
now this pole was comparative to the map 425 in every way except it was the tiniest bit less responsive hardly noticeable, it apparently weighs over 100 grams more but it felt exactly the same as the map.

either way i would have been happy with the map 425 or the shimano carp cruncher, in the end i bought the 425 as map spares are easily available and it was a bit more responsive

all those comparison were done at 14.5m, at 13m what i said still applies at 11m there is little difference between the lot except the garbolino which was still heavy

you can pick up the map 425 for 575
and the carp cruncher for 550
 

ak3038

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Thanks good honest reply [:T] any more input on what seat box to get???
 
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I have a Matchbox SX3 with footplate and side tray and it is superb quality. Reasonably light and loads of storage space.

All for 199 new. Have a look at their website and order direct, very nice people and free delivery. One tip get telescopic legs all round, they'll sort you out no problem.

And as for the pole, I had a MAP TKS 225 and it was excellent for the money. I would go for the 325.
 
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