Although I wouldn’t describe myself as a dyed-in-the-wool carp angler, I do like to have a dabble for the odd bigger fish. And with so many venues now holding whackers well into double-figures, the standard kit isn’t always able to cope.
So being only a part-time carper, and with money tight, I went for the CK 10-10 Carprunner reel because at £25 I just couldn’t go wrong. And I didn’t! It really is a lovely piece of kit.
The first thing I noticed was the size – it isn’t cumbersome and unwieldy like some carp reels I’ve seen. But the bonus is that it’s still packed with all the features you’d expect from something built to tame lumps.
Not only does it look the business with its black and chrome finish, it features a double handle, chunky hollow bail arm, anti reverse switch, front and rear drag….plus the all important freespool switch.
Having suffered breakages (and one lost rod!) when rogue carp ripped off with my bait on previous occasions, this was the facility I was most interested in.
So, having set up with a simple bomb rig on my local day-ticket carp pool, I waited patiently to test it out. Just over an hour in the bite alarm screamed and before I could move line was pouring off the reel. I simply picked up the rod, turned the handle and disengaged the freelspool switch. I then played a nice, chunky 16lb mirror to the net. The CK 10-10 Carprunner is a lovely bit of kit and when you add the 10 spools its supplied with, you end up with a fantastic package for £25.