Shimano Carp Rod Reviews

Shimano Carp Rod Reviews

There are a wide range of Shimano Carp Rods around that are of excellent quality and really good value.

In fact, we believe there around 16 models of carp rod listed on their website including the Tribal, Catana & Alivio series.

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So, let’s preview a few shimano carp rods.

Shimano Catana CX

FEATURES:

Rod type:Carp/Specimen
Lengths:12 ft
Blank material:XT40
Reel seat:DNPS-type
Guide type:Shimano stainless steel hardlite
Grip:Shrink tube & black EVA
Packaging:Cloth bag

Shimano Catana CX Carp Rod ReviewShimano Catana for sale

Length: 12ft
Test Curve(s): 2.5lb – 3lb

A specimen rod,  this ultra slim carbon model really does deliver during casting and the ‘play action’ is unreal – especially for the cost.

It is designed for all situations including long casting,  margin and surface fishing – the perfect tool.

The many test curve options range from 2lb through to 3lb and a 3-piece model is available.

Each Shimano Catana is fitted with a DNPS reel seat to really feel the action when it happens.

Further up the rod you’ll notice that its fitted with Shimano’s Hardlite guides which seem strong and unlikely to break.

Grip is a big factor when choosing a new carp rod – and the shrink tube rubber split grip feels genuinely able, even with slippery hands. There’s nothing worse than when the rod slips from your hand!


Tribal Velocity Carp Rod

FEATURES:

Rod type:Carp/Specimen
Lengths:10ft to 13 ft
Blank material:XT60
Reel seat:DPS-type
Guide type:Shimano stainless steel hardlite
Grip:EVA & thin rubber
Packaging:Cloth bag

Shimano Tribal Velocity Carp Rod ReviewTribal Velocity for sale

Length: 10ft – 13ft
Test Curve(s): 2.75lb – 3.5lb

Using a slim XT60 carbon blank combined with a 3k weave, the Velocity is up there for combining quality and value – there are many carp rods that are way more expensive with lower quality than the Velocity.

It’s that good.

Everything you would see on a £200 plus rod is packed into this, including a 50mm butt guide, Shimano intermediate SIC guides and custom reel seat that looks slim to blend in with the slim blank.

It feels really well balanced to hold and the power generated into the cast is amazing – so punching heavy leads or loaded PVA bags out are a breeze.

Extra features include shrink tube rubber handle for added grip and a protective line clip.

The rod breaks down into two sections.

Whatever test curve or length options you desire – Shimano have covered them all with the Tribal Velocity range offering lengths from a shorter 10 foot stalker rod to a power animal of 13 foot with a test curve of 3.5lb.

Tribal Velocity Video


Shimano Alivio DX Carp Rod

FEATURES:

Rod type:Carp/Specimen
Lengths:3,35m – 3,66m – 3,96m
Blank material:XT30 & Geofibre
Reel seat:DPS-type
Guide type:Shimano stainless steel hardlite
Grip:EVA
Packaging:Cloth bag

Shimano Alivio DX Carp RodAlivio DX for sale

Length: 10ft – 13ft
Test Curve(s): 2.75lb – 3.5lb

The Alivio DX is a budget carp rod ideal for beginners to carp fishing.

Many features that you’ll find on more expensive rods are included, such as a 40mm hardlite butt guide, DPS style reel seat and protective line clip.

Casting is good, as is the play action and this rod is ideal for a carp setup of 2 or 3 rods.

There are 10 model options to choose from, including a 3 section piece rod.

Other options include a marker and spod rod.


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