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  Normark Titan 2000 (13-15 foot Float rod).

If there is anyone considering buying a float rod for waggler or stick float fishing then there can only really be one choice. In an age where commercial fisheries are becoming the norm rather than the exception waggler fishing plays a big part in the colder weather as fish move from the pole line to the middle on the lake at certain venues. It may be important to explain the terminology at this stage. A waggler is a float that you can see when you cast out, usually with a red, orange, yellow or black tip depending on the light conditions. This is not to be confused with the floats that you seen in your peg once you catch a fish, like at Moorlands Farm, they are other people's floats. It does not make a big splash and you do not fill it full of maggots either.

Having fished the commercial fisheries for some time now, it would appear that their stocking policies are considerably more intense than the local duck-pond so the emphasis is on speed rather than careful, accurate feeding. Although the Titan is an all-round float rod, it would appear to have gained popularity with the rise of the commercial fishery and the decline of the rivers, which has seen a large migration of anglers to either canals or carp ponds. The versatility of the rod can be demonstrated by its transformation from a 'stick-float' rod to one which lands carp without any modifications whatsoever.

Due to the action of the rod, it is perfectly suited to fishing with light lines and small hooks, size 24's and .08 diameter lines are no problem but equally at home with lines of .16 and upward. The majority of my waggler fishing is done with .12 - .14 main line. The rod has the popular twist grip reel seating, which means that the reel is in a permanent position. The rings are of the usual high quality that you would expect of a Normark rod, but the best feature is the tip section.

It is very fine in diameter at the end, allowing for fishing light, but due to the fact that the tip is in one piece rather than 'spliced' it creates a gradual, progressive bend in the rod, which is essential for playing large fish. Most float rods have a spliced tip and this normally creates a 'flat-spot' where the carbon overlaps, causing line breakage or 'hook-pulls.'

For anyone who has read the articles on how to land carp in very short time on light gear, they will know that the rod I use is a Normark Titan 2000. I have developed the method on this rod because that was the rod that I had at the time. It is well suited to the job but to be perfectly honest there is no need to spend that amount of money on a rod thinking it will land you fish quicker. Virtually any rod without a flat spot will do because it compensates for the mistakes we make playing carp. The Titan is a useful tool for anyone who fishes the float regularly because it is versatile.

There are however, a new range of rods, which supposedly land big fish quicker because they do not lock-up, but having tried one, I find that the Titan is better because of its versatility in all situations.

I have used a pair of Normark Titans for the past four seasons and have found they are best suited to fishing wagglers from about one gram up to two and a half grams with reel lines of about .10 up to .14 and I always use Maxima for this. If you are thinking of buying a Normark 2000 you will be looking to part with about 250-300 for one. There is another edition to the range, the Normark 3000, but at 400 plus, it is rather expensive what it does.

Some tackle shops do stock second-hand Normark Titans, that normally go for around 200, a little more respectable and easier on the pocket, but remember, as long as it doesn't have a spliced tip it will be fine for landing big fish!

Giles Cochrane

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