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    Default First rod and reels

    Evening all, I'm looking at grabbing my first set of rods and reels next week and just wanted opinions on my choices,


    Rods: shimano tribal velocity 12ft 3.25lb (50 each new)

    And for reels

    Daiwa crosscast 5000 black edition (160 x2 new)

    Would this be a decent set up to go for? Any tips n hints would be greatly welcome 👍🏻

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    Depends where you fish...personally, despite all the modern trends towards high test curve rods, I see them as a very specialist tool. I've be more inclined to see a 2 3/4 as a good alround model - and if you are a beginner fishing for smaller fish on commercial type waters, I'd consider going lower still! I have a set of 2 1/2 that cover 90%of my big carp fishing, even on larger waters and some 2Ib that come out when fishing on my local commercial.

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    I've got a cheap 1.75lb rod with a cheap little reel I use for on the river and small pond work that's been doing the trick pretty well, coping with up to 12lb carp quite well I'm just looking for the beefy set now so I can hit the larger water in search for the Loch Ness monster ��, wanting to get the carping gear sorted then after Xmas upgrade the small 'barbe'l equipment to maybe a 2lb coupled with a shimano bait runner.

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    3.25 tc will feel like scaffolding after using lovely light gear.
    I'd suggest 3lb max, but depends on casting distance.

    There are some nice secondhand Free Spirit rods in the Classifieds which could work.

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    A rod of 2.50lb TC with a nice through action, will suffice for most carp fishing situations in the UK

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