A difficult column to write this week, mainly because in reality, I haven’t caught anything of particular note, which is disappointing. I’ve had the usual couple of trips out, once to the glorious River Dove, where I sought grayling, but caught only small ones, and a few out of season trout, and then my first pike trip of the new season, which was frustratingly fruitless… so that’s it for this week I’m afraid!
Obviously not, as I’m obliged to write a column each week, and this is perhaps where I start to earn my money. Writing a weekly column can be tricky, especially as the seasons change, but even more so when I haven’t really had much success to share, and so on the menu this week, a few thoughts about my most recent acquisition, the Sonik Sports S4 feeder rod.
There are four rods in the S4 feeder rod selection, which range from nine to twelve feet, and, as I wanted a rod which would cope with fairly long casts, I opted for the twelve foot version. So far, I’ve used it on a club water to tame double figure carp at medium ranges out to about forty yards, on the river at similar distances for downstream legering, and then on a 166 acre windswept reservoir at around seventy yards for pound perch, and found it to perform admirably on each occasion. Each two piece rod comes supplied with a selection of three push in carbon quivertips, rated appropriately from just 0.5oz to 3oz depending on which rod you choose, and is presented, as expected, in a cloth rod bag.
I’m not one for flashy graphics or unneccesary ‘pizazz’ on my rods, I just want it to do the job for which it is intended, and the S4 is a tool which does just that. There is a flash of maroon above the cork handle, but nothing too excessive, and a subtle Sonik logo, but apart from that, the rod has a matt black blank. One thing I did particularly like was the texture of the blank, a change from the usual completely smooth carbon, the S4 has a raised weave effect which makes it much easier to grip the rod, especially when breaking it down when wet; a small point, but valid, and it doesn’t impact on line flow through the rod rings, nor does it cause wet line to stick to the blank to reduce casting distance. It’s just there, and you don’t even notice it until you come to pack away the rod with cold, wet hands.
I could go into all the technical aspects of the construction, such as the fact that the S4 rods use a mixture of three types of carbon fibre, hence the term ‘Multi-modulus’, but rest assured, the S4 utilises some of the very best materials developed for the aerospace industry. Ultimately, the aim is to optimise performance and durability, which in the case of the S4 rods, gives the angler a rod capable of fishing at extreme distances, whilst retaining the all important sensitivity in the tip to avoid hook pulls at close range. It creates a very pleasing experience indeed, as it absorbs every lunge without risk of breaking lighter hook lengths. The rod also features lightweight aluminium oxide guide, a DPS reel seat and EVA lock down hood, and top quality cork handle with an EVA rear grip to make handling the rod easy and enjoyable.
I’ve twinned my S4 with a Sonik AVX 3000 series reel, and I find it to be well balanced, (although I could quite happily use a 4000 series spool too) and comfortable to fish with. It’s now my mainstay ‘tip rod, and if you are looking for a new tool to tame decent carp, long range bream, or a multitude of other species, then I think I’ve found the rod you’re looking for. RRP £74.99-89.99 www.soniksports.com