Which Pole?

gillm

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Hi all,

Getting back into the pole fishing and looking for advice on a purchase.

I only really fish the short range pole, usually 2+2, just off the shelf or margins, so I don’t need anything too big.

The problem is I’ve found most margin poles are described as power or carp poles for pulling out the big fellas down the edge. While I’d like this, I’m also looking to catch anything that swims, i.e silvers on say the 5m line and I’m not only after big carp.

I get the impression that these margin type poles aren't going to be soft or forgiving enough to land silvers, is this the case? Some of them are rated for 20+ elsastic! I used to use hydro 6-10 and maybe 12-14 for margins at the heaviest.

Am I being too paranoid thinking these will be big, heavy, sturdy beast poles and if so, can anyone recommend something slightly more delicate and forgiving, sort of an all rounder for commercials that doesn’t need to be 13m?? 10m would be more than enough.

Thanks guys.
 

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A margin pole will be fine. You can put a slightly lighter elastic in some of the topkits, or depending on the pole you can buy match topkits to fit. Example, I have a Browning Z16 pole and a Browning Xitan margin pole. All the top kits are interchangeable.
 

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Two types of margin pole. Strong built like an outhouse, very strong, little bend and heavy. Or refined, lighter bends with power applied
I have a browning xtreme margin. Very light and can be used for anything. Downside is for a margin pole its expensive
 

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A margin pole will be fine for silver fishing with top 2/3's fitted with appropriate elastics....;).....A couple of venues our club uses, although prolific big carp venues, also contain plenty of good silver fish. If the carp aren't feeding the silvers make up most of the weights. A couple of top kits I have fitted with Middy 6-8 solid elastic on pullers on my margin pole are just the job....(y)
 

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Thanks guys, I’ve been looking at the Browning Black magic either all round or specialist, and the beastmaster 850b, although this one is old. Can anyone shed any light on either of these?
 

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I use the original Shimano Beastmaster margin and have a 850b for main pole spares. (all sections can be used between the two pole versions) It's been a marvellous pole, absolutely bombproof but as you say it is an old pole and tops 2's are selling for ridiculous prices and getting harder to source....:(

Fortunately I've plenty of spares.....I hope you sort yourself something out....(y)
 

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I've got a Middy XM10-3 which I bought from a fellow MD member. When I went to collect it, I was astonished at how light it is, if somebody had put it in my hands without telling me what it is, I'd never have picked it as a carp pole. I picked up a couple of lighter topkits for is, and I'd use it anywhere.
There is a good YouTube channel by a guy called Bertie Bagger, and he uses a Preston Edge Monster for his canal fishing, so definitely an option.
 

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I had an 8.5m Edge Monster bought for my Christmas... its spot on for my needs... light, slim, strong, comes in its own case with a spare top 2 (I'd order a spare or two) its rated to a 20 laccy My lass paid £150 for it and ordered a pair of top 2's you can get a 10m version for about £200 or the extension for the 8.5m version is about £80
 

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some fantastic margin poles around now,so good that you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a expensive match pole if only sishing 2+2.
 

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I have a 10m Middy M2 margin pole. I don’t fish for carp or on commercials, and it is used only for ‘silvers’. No complaints, I would recommend. I have more expensive longer pole, but can’t remember the last time I used it. Providing you accept the limited range, then a margin pole makes a very acceptable option.
 

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For lighter elastics you can also fit a smaller internal dia PTFE bush into the larger dia bush already in the top kit.
 
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