The Middy Shock Stikk Margin Pole
There isn't anything subtle about the .It comes in the form of a short 3 m pole that looks rather like it has been constructed out of a fishing rod blank. Margins fishing poles/whips normally have a flexible tip which is a lot of fun when you are catching smaller carp. The shock stick although very slim is a tank compared to some of the whips you can get. The action is probably equivalent to a fairly hefty carp rod with at least a 3lb TC.
It comes already elasticated With an elastic of well over 20 that is intended for catching large carp in the margins. There is an extension that will increase the length to 4.75 m if you need that little extra.Charlcombe pond in Torquay is one of my favourite haunts and is renowned for producing a lot of carp from the margins. The pond is very shallow averaging only about 2 or 3 feet around the margins so when you do hit into a good fish, they tend to swim away from you rather than down, this is where the Shock Stikk comes into its own, it's strong enough to control a good mid-sized double carp, although you'll have to hang on tightly.
I really adore fishing the margins, there's just something exhilarating in catching a fish right under your feet. I find that using this short pole amongst the iris and snags is a lot easier than using an 11 foot rod. I like using small dibber floats that range from an inch to 4 inches. You are fishing so close in you don't need a big float, sometimes the water is very shallow so a big float is really not suitable for these conditions.
I prefer to use a fairly long mainline, i.e. the length of line between the top of the pole and the float. I've tried using very short lengths of mainline but you've got to keep the pole so still, it gets very uncomfortable, it's not like using a very long 10 m pole where short main lines are important. I prefer to use at least 3 foot of mainline with a breaking strain of at least 8lb. Because the shock stick is so sturdy and contains a very strong elastic, very light mainlines may well snap, remember this pole is for big carp, not small fish. When you're fishing in very shallow water the pole rig doesn't have to be complicated at all. In fact, small dibber floats require very little weight whatsoever, in many cases one very small shot is all that is needed to cock them. I often like to fish exactly on depth, or just a little bit over depth, I don't want lots of loose line lying across the bottom, you'll find that the carp may pick the bait up but you won't see any sign of this on the float.
If you like fishing the margins and always use rod and line, why not give the Shock Stikk a crack, I think you'll find that you'll really enjoy using a pole to catch large carp, it is rather exciting and your heart is in your mouth when you see that elastic stretch to its maximum. One final note regarding the Middy Shock Stikk. In its 3 m form it is extremely light and you will hardly notice it if like me you have it strapped to your arm. However, if you include the extension which takes the pole to around 4.75 m, it does become top end heavy so if you do have fairly weak arms you may struggle to use it in its full form including extension, but I'm quite confident you won't have any problems holding the 3 m version length. What I found takes a lot of the strain is if you use your other arm to support the pole once you have a fish, this takes a lot of the strain off the arm that the pole is strapped to.