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    I had not heard of a 'Shock Stikk' until it was mentioned in a set of rules for fishing a commercial as something that was banned.

    I looked it up and apparently it is (was?) something made by Middy. It looks like what I call a tele-pole; one of those sub £10 whips fitted with elastic. I have done a search of the forum and that threw up a few posts from 2006 when it was first introduced (it seems).

    I gather it is a stiff pole with heavy elastic for dragging big fish from the margins just to make weight (much heavier than my tele-pole). There does not seem to be much finesse about the thing and I can only assume it is very likely to damage the mouth of the fish if used aggressively.

    Does anybody use such a thing today? Sound's like a awful way to fish to me, no wonder the fishery banned its use, or am I missing something?

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    It's pretty much as you've found. However, the reality is that it's not significantly different from a few other similar products from other manufacturers that aren't singled out in the same way. Ultimately, it's only as heavy as you want it to be, depending on the gauge of elastic used and strength of line. Just like any type of gear, whether or not fish are dragged out on such kit is entirely down to the angler on the end of it. I suspect that the name of it is at least part of the problem. Along with other similarly named products (Yank'n'Bank, anyone?), it does engender a negative opinion for many.

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    The Shock stik is basically a 3 metre slim carp rod without the eyes and elastic through the top section, retail around £80 I think, I have a version of it, it has 14 elastic through the top section, I use it when I want to fish down the side under brambles or overhanging branches, only because I do not want to use expensive top kits, the fish are not dragged out, a bit of side strain put them into open water, there a few manufacturers have similar short margin poles, such as shimano with the 4 metre margin extreme, I also have one of those, also have a 10 metre yank n bank which is more of a standard pole in my eyes, the number 1 has to be cut right back to get a 12 elastic through it, the top 3 is around 2.7 metres high, it gets used for narrow venues with light elastics ,12 is the max, the yank n bank name is very deceiving. I think Andy Gregory held the match record somewhere using shok stiks and the way is was done gave them a bad name at some places,

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    A better product is the Daiwa Power Margin Carp at 5.5m and with 1m sections rated to 20+ elastic. I use mine with Red Daiwa Hydro. I usually feed the margin with micros during my feeder fishing and have the Daiwa to hand for when the weeds start to move. Counter to popular belief a 10lb+ carp on an outfit like this is not just skull-dragged out but at the same time it isn’t wearing itself out and risking a break-off on elastic that is too light.

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    That is what I meant about side strain and in open water, I have 18 through the number 1 on my shimano, as long as the tackle is balanced there should be no problems playing the fish and less chance oh a hook pull, which can happen more or less with whatever set up you use, pole or rod and line, A friend of mine has the Daiwa and he rates it as a good margin pole,

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    John. what waters do you fish ? I have noticed you are from the North West .

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    Quote Originally Posted by markcw View Post
    John. what waters do you fish ? I have noticed you are from the North West .
    Waters around Sandbach, Chester, Middlewich, Antrobus, North Wales, etc. Do a bit of coarse, predator, sea, fly, etc.

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    Holbar on Partridge Lakes is good down the margins and on the feeder. also the lower to middle peg 20's on Badger Pool at Lloyds Meadow for down the side, you possibly fished some of the same waters as I have,

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    On one of the match carp lakes now a specimen carp lake it was not unusual for big weights of Carp being caught on landing net poles elasticated with catapult elastic from under the boards they were fishing from.
    The various shock sticks came from this line of thinking.

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    I have a cheap (£3.50) telescopic 3m whip cut back to 2.5m and fitted with an 18 elastic through what is essentially the "top two". It is brilliant when they come in under your feet. If you keep it low and straight the elastic does it's work if you start to loose them into the snags you can put strain on the whip which bends the whip and stops the elastic running so freely due to friction between the elastic and whip side.

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