Daiwa Phantom

Daiwa Phantom Review


Hello fellow anglers and a warm welcome to our Daiwa Phantom review – a perfect carp rod aimed at new anglers or those on a budget.

Modelled from Daiwa’s very own Black Widow range, the Phantom is a great value rod considering this.

Pure and simple, but of the highest quality, the ‘Phantom’ looks like a far more expensive rod.


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The Review

Finished in a nice carp-like black matte, a stern backbone and forgiving progressive tip – you’ll be landing fish on the bank in no time.

Lightweight and well balanced, it plays pretty well too.

In fact – we’d even go as far to say that, performance wise, it’s right up there with the best the industry has to offer in this price bracket.

Glancing down the rod, we find titanium oxide guides (which are resistant to the usual damage when casting out at speeds) right down to a 40mm butt and because the guides are attached with double legs, this gives you great flexibility.

You may be slightly surprised to hear about the test curve – which is 3lb on the Phantom, and not your run of the mill 2.75lb.


Phantom Features


Ideal for Beginners – 2-rod setup for under £100
12ft Rod with a 3lb Test Curve
Breaks down into 2 Sections
Strong Backbone but Great Flexibility
5 Double Leg Titanium Oxide Guides
Lightweight & Slim line
Black Matte Finish
Made from Carbon Fibre


Suggested Reel: Daiwa Ninja Spin Reel

Recommended Rod Holdall: NGT Rod Holdall



The Phantom is a rod with incredibly high casting power and military accuracy – the only thing budget about it is the price.

So, whether you’re a beginner or experienced carp angler, you can be sure you’ll get great joy with the Daiwa Phantom for years to come.


The Daiwa Phantom

“A perfect rod for beginners”

Performance: 89%
Quality: 87%
**Options: 70%
Price: 95%


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** Options – We take into consideration what rod lengths & test curves are available.

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