Tri-Cast Venom Pro Competition 14m
Fri 29 May 15
Poles are a very personal thing, what one angler likes, may not be the choice of another. Simply telling an angler how good a pole is will never replace you actually trying it out for yourself. With this in mind, after reading a very positive review on the Tri-Cast Venom Pro Competition in one of the weekly’s, the UKMA team decided to find out for ourselves just how good this latest pole in the TRi-Cast CV was for ourselves. So we contacted the Lancashire based companies head office and asked if we could do a long term test, to which they agreed. Read on as we take an in depth look and take the Venom Pro Competition out on the bank and give it a proper on the bank test.
This English designed and built 14m pole is designed for one purpose and one purpose only and that is bagging. Unlike many 14m poles in this price range, this seven section pole is exceptionally lightweight weighing in at just 650g at 11m, 865g at 12.5m and at it’s full 14m, it weighs 1120g, putting it along side many more expensive poles in the weight department. On all sections, the female ends have been reinforced for additional strength and rigidity, without affecting the balance or performance in any way. The Venom Pro sections all have the Tri-Cast Super Slide smooth finish, to make shipping in and out a trouble free affair even when wet.
As standard, you get 4 x Big Bore Power Top Two kits (one in the pole and three separate). These are the identical top kits supplied with Tri-Cast’s flagship pole the Trilogy Competition Pro 2 and having used this pole for well over a year, the UKMA team can assure you that these are very strong top kits that will more than handle elastics up to 18-20 in the right hands, without putting the pole under any unnecessary pressure or strain.
Although being exceptionally strong, the Big Bore top kits have been manufactured from a lighter material than the main pole sections to eliminate as much pole droop as possible when fishing at full length. How TRI-CAST have achieved this we’re not 100% sure but they have without reducing the strength or performance of the top kits.
Also supplied as standard, you get a super stiff, two piece cupping kit that enables yo to ship out heavy loads of feed, without compromising the poles rigidity when shipping out. The cupping kits connection thread is already attached to the No.1 section, meaning it is ready to use straight out of the bag and both of the cups supplied are made from a light weight black plastic to keep the overall weight to a minimum.
To finish the package off, the Venom Pro Competition 14m comes supplied in a Tri-Cast 4 tube pole holdall. This well made holdall features internal Velcro retaining straps to keep your tubes in place, Full two way zip for ease of access and two external pockets for landing net handles, bank sticks and alike.To transport it around you can either use the fully adjustable carry strap or a single, webbed carry handle. You also get two blue rod tubes with end caps supplied in the holdall, to keep your pole and top sections fully protected whilst in transit.
Finally, you’ll find a bag inside the holdall that contains the following. You get a branded Tri-Cast Baseball cap, branded hand towel, which is ideal for wiping the pole down after use and the two pole cups, to offer you the angler, the complete bundle.
Field Test Part One
With big expectations, the UKMA team headed off to a well stocked big fish venue in Cambridgeshire to see how the Tri-Cast Venom Pro Competition 14m would perform, fishing at full length to island margin snags on what turned out to be a very windy day. The first noticeable thing about this pole is that it is as light and rigid as many top of the range poles we’ve used over the years, making it very easy to handle. The Super Slide finish makes the pole slip through your hands whilst shipping in and out, enabling us to keep our short rig in tact whilst moving it in and out, even in the swirling wind we were fishing in.
Once we started getting bites, we had to get the fish away from the islands marginal snags as quickly as possible. To do this we used a black Hydrolstic rated 16 set tight and once connected to a fish we piled on the pressure to get the fish clear of snags as quickly as possible. The pole responded perfectly every time curving round to the charge of the fish and it easily handled fish to 9lbs, stopping them in their track and steering them away from any danger. On the odd occasion that the fish made it to the danger zone, by applying more pressure, the pole responded and forced the fish away from trouble.
After landing several big bream, tench and carp up to near double figures on the Tri-Cast Venom Pro Competition 14m, all we can say is wow!! This well balanced and very powerful pole is a total joy to use and bats well above it’s price tag. All components work perfectly to produce a responsive playing action that responds perfectly to every lunge made by the fish and when need, it has masses of power in reserve to drag fish from snags.
Now down to the nitty gritty, how much for a 14m pole that offers superb all round performance and strength? Well you’ll be pleased to know that the Tri-Cast Venom Pro Competition complete package carry’s a full RRP of £1099.99 which is justified but it is now available from all Tri-Cast stockists for the very competitive price of £829.99 which is a bargain for a pole of this quality.
Foot Note – Please watch the video below as we put the Venom Pro through its paces on a very windy day. We would like to apologise for the background noise on the video.
We’ll be back in a few weeks time with part two of our field test, so until then watch this space.
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