The Dark Carbon 12' Catfish Rods
Ultra Matte blank
DNPS Black reelseat
Full JSR handle with fighting WYE style butt cap
AT Vortex Air or Minima4 TDG double leg rings throughout ( 30 25 20 16 12 12 12t )
You need a proper rod if you're going to target the big Wels Catfish in the UK
The 4.50tc rod has all the power to cast the big baits and do battle with the biggest of UK Catfish, just don't get pulled in.
The 3.50tc is the little brother. Still very capable of winning the battle with Mr Wels as it is a through actioned true 3.50tc, so still a beefy rod. If whilst targeting the smaller Wels you expect to hook a few Carp, and you don't mind, then the Dark Carbon Catfish 3.50tc is great for enjoying the battle with both.
Ultra Matte colour blank / Black whippings with a gunmetal tip highlight / Full shrink handle with black Wye fighting butt / DNPS black reelseat / Fuji Alconite 30mm advanced pattern ring set.
The blanks used in the Dark Carbon Catfish rod have been around for a few years now and have stood the test of time and countless battles. Originally called the Catfish No1 and No2, these blanks were custom built upon, but due the the usage of these rods I limited the custom options as they had to be more function than form. So, I stopped custom building this blank autumn 2015 and offer them now only in the Dark Carbon build style, which I think look great, but more over works perfectly. Everything is bomb proof and reliable, also there is a considerable cost saving to you over the old custom option. Nice.
Working closely with Dr Steve Harrison we developed the Dark Carbon Range of blanks. I wanted my own range of very high quality rods that I build to my design and keep in stock ready to go. This is great for anyone who wants and very high quality rod made with all the love and attention normally associated with a custom build but doesn't want to wait weeks for delivery.
A Dark Carbon rods is less expensive than an equivalent spec custom made model, not due to it being a lesser quality rod, because it isn't, but because dealing with a custom order and all the management of the component supply chain associated with that take a good deal of time. This cost isn't applicable to a Dark Carbon rod so this cost saving is passed straight on to you, fact. Another big cost saving factor is the removal of the fancy very expensive "checker board" weave pattern carbons and replacing it with a plain carbon of the same engineering properties. As the blanks are coated black the fancy weave would be covered up so there is no point in paying for it. Another big saving.
So, no fancy weave and vastly reduced admin time results in the Dark Carbon rods being just as high quality as one of my customs but with a considerable cost reduction.