Snowbee Deep Blue Charter Rods with bag
14 Oct 2011

Snowbee Deep Blue Charter Rods

Snowbee’s affordable Deep Blue Charter rods are fresh additions to the excellent DB range. Priced between £54.99 and £64.99, Des Westmore was keen to get a real handle on them.

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Sea Angling for Beginners - Rod Types casting
08 Oct 2011

Sea Angling for Beginners – Rod Types

Newcomers to sea angling can be bamboozled by the vast array of rods for shore or boat fishing. In this second article for beginners we explain the uses of the various general-purpose and more specialised rods on the market.

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Snowbee Travel Boat Rods and case
05 Sep 2011

Snowbee Travel Boat Rods

Snowbee’s Deep Travel Boat rods go under the spotlight. Des Westmore runs the rule over these latest four-piece 12-20 and 30-50 travellers.

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Sea Angling for Beginners - Rods casting
05 Aug 2011

Sea Angling for Beginners – The Fishing Rod

In the first of a series of articles written for newcomers to the sport Planet Sea Fishing explains the basics of the fishing rod.

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Shimano Beastmaster BX2030 boat rod main guide
10 Mar 2011

Shimano Torium 16 reel & Beastmaster BX2030 boat rod

Tackle tart Des Westmore comments on the Shimano Beastmaster BX2030 boat rod and the Torrium 16 reel, both of which have seen plenty of front line fishing action over the past 12 months. I have been an admirer of the

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Abu Suveran Evo 20lb boat rod decal
18 Jan 2011

Abu Suveran Evo 20lb boat rod

Abu boat rods and I go back a long way and those in excellent Suveran range have long been my weapons of choice. But despite my love for the Suverans, they fell short of perfect. My main criticism has always

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Daiwa Kenzaki 12-30lb 3-piece boat rod decal etc
19 Dec 2010

Daiwa Kenzaki 12-30lb 3-piece boat rod

Daiwa’s Kenzaki range of boat rods is one of the best selling across the UK. Des Westmore serves up his opinion on the three sectioned 12-30 model, a rod that is indeed made for braid. The Daiwa Kenzaki Braid Special

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Shimano Antares BX Braid 20-30lb rod butt guide
05 Dec 2010

Shimano Antares BX Braid 20-30lb rod

Des Westmore has watched the original Shimano Antares boat rod tame giant conger and huge porbeagle shark, and he couldn’t wait his hands on the latest Antres 20-30lb rod to sample what it could do. I had not fished with

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Islander Boat Rods main decal
15 Sep 2010

Islander Boat Rods: 6-12lb and 12-20lb

Earlier this year Planet Sea Fishing reviewed the impressive Islander 30-35lb boat rod from Isle of Wight based UK Hooks. Now, hot on the heels of that fledgling classic come two further additions to the Islander rod range. Advance prototype

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the butt and reel seat on the Fox Jig Trek and XT rods
13 May 2010

FOX International 4-piece JIG TREK and JIG TREK XT rods

The latest boat fishing rods from the FOX stable are creating quite a stir behind the scenes. Primarily pitched at the bluewater market, globe-trotting Les McBride tested the JIG TREK and JIG TREK XT in Kenya where he concluded these

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