I had been wanting to have a go with a centrepin for years but for one reason or another, mainly cost, I’d never got round to it. But then a mate let me have a go with his for an hour so at the back end of the last river season, and I loved every minute. I was all fingers and thumbs, certainly for the first 20 minutes, but after a while, I started to get the hang of it.
So, I decided that a ‘pin would be on my wish-list for the coming June 16th. Fortunately though, I didn’t have to wait that long. My good lady treated me for my birthday and I took possession of the new Black Zero Centrepin from Dragon Carp Direct.
Being somewhat impatient, I didn’t want to wait for the rivers to open before having a go with my new toy, so I coupled it up with a string 13ft waggler rod and took it down to my local carp pool. None of the fish go above double-figures and because most of the fishing is done down the edge, it seemed the perfect place to practice.
Well, after just a few hours I was a beaten man. I managed at least eight fish on float fished corn, all of which gave me the absolute runaround on the pin. But what fun it was! Honestly, the pleasure of playing them on running line, with a reel that gave me so much control, beat using a pole all day long.
Casting was fairly straightforward (it was only a lazy underarm swing) and I’m looking forward to really mastering it when I get on the Trent come June 16th. The drum on the spool is super smooth and I was able to give line when needed, then hold the drum when I wanted to stop the fish. Like I said, great control.
I’ve only had the Black Zero for a few weeks but already I’ve had value from it and, at just £15, I promise anybody who buys this won’t be disappointed!
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