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Rod and Reel for £100?????

#1
Can anyone recommend a good rod and reel combo for around £100? I've a few friends and relatives looking to get into Barbel fishing. Basics first - rod and reel! The Korum Barbel rods look good for £50 - anyone tried one? For the reel my thoughts are towards a Shimano ST4000 but what about the Daiwa Blackwidow reels - any good?
 

Ray Ellis

Senior Member
#2
When looking to buy on a budget. I always have a good look at the fishing rods/reels that Go Outdoors have on offer, read the reviews as well.
I have just purchased 2 Shakespeare sigma 60 baitrunners and they seem to be a good solid bit of kit at £35 each. Havnt used them yet but am very happy with the look and feel of them.
 
#3
If the budget is limited I would recommend a good condition second-hand rod and reel of better quality rather than an inferior new combination. There are bargains out there especially on eBay or check the classifieds on here.
 
#4
The korum rods at £49.99 are fairly decent to be honest and a good starting point. Shimano 5000 re second hand change hands for around £35 would be a good match.
 
#5
The korum rods at £49.99 are fairly decent to be honest and a good starting point. Shimano 5000 re second hand change hands for around £35 would be a good match.
I'll second that Clive the 2lb korum barbel rod i have was £45 post free and it's had a fair few barbel and chub,bream now and i don't think you will find a better quality rod for less.
Ok it doesn't have fancy finish/graphics, but that doesn't catch you more fish it just catches your eye!!
The 5000 re is a good reel and as you say you can pick one up second hand.

Dave
 
#7
Thanks for the input chaps. Had a feeling the Korum rod would be up to the job. Gavin - I hear what you're saying regarding 2nd hand gear and if I was looking to kit myself out on a budget that's the route I would take but as these are recommendations to friends and family I would rather they bought new and had some after sales service to fall back on. Dave - good shout regarding the Avorunner! Forgot about those, heard good things recently. Is the general consensus that the cheaper Shimano's are a bit cr@p? Does anyone out there use a Daiwa freespool reel? What of Okuma these days - a decade ago they were the first point of call for quality vs price.