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    Default 2nd hand pole or new?

    I am keen to try and start pole fishing in the next few weeks after fishing on the waggler for the last 18 months. I went into my local tackle shop asking for a bit of advice and asked what pole I should be looking at. I was told if I didn't fancy fishing at range, which I'm not all that bothered about then the Preston monster margin pole would be a good shout.
    Anyway I've kept my out on ebay and seen one not too far away from me for less than half the price. The only problem is there is a 4 inch split on the No 4 section (looks about half way down the section) and its adviced that a wrap will be needed. So basically I want to know whether or not its worth the travel for the pole which has only been used once for half the price or whether I should just bite the bullet and get a new one.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: 2nd hand pole or new?

    I have just sold my long pole and bought a margin pole because I broke my long pole twice in 2 weeks, both times my fault but the total bill for the damage was £240 and the pole only cost £500 new, so I made the decision to go for a margin pole.

    I did a little bit of research and settled for a Shimano 850b with two top kits for £129 from bobco. I have since bought a third top kit. I really like this pole, slim, light and responsive plus I can get the pole and three top kits all in the one tube so it is very simple to take with me as an addition to the feeder and waggler rod. Because it is a relatively cheap and tough bit of kit I don't feel the need for rollers and socks and all the other paraphanalia that an expensive long pole demands, just a skid bung to stop dirt going inside.

    I looked at the Preston monster roller pulla margin pole and in my worthless opinion it is not as nice in the hand as the 850b, it feels much thicker and not as well balanced.

    There are a couple of reports on pole compare about the Preston splitting. There are 10 zillion reports on pole compare about how good the 850b is. I have had carp to 13.5lb on mine.

    If you wrap a section to repair it that section will not normall go inside the next section for transport.

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    Default Re: 2nd hand pole or new?

    A repaired pole is always going to sell at a fraction of one in perfect condition.
    So when you upgrade it going to be the same story.
    I would check out the price for a new section first mate.

    My local tackle shop does repairs don't think they charge anywhere near the price sagalout has been estimated £240?

    It's up you you on this one.

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    Default Re: 2nd hand pole or new?

    Trotter, I was not estimating repair to the Preston that Nava is looking at, I was digressing and explaining why I had been looking at margin poles and stating how much damage I did to my long pole and hence the reason I sold it and went for a margin pole.

    I broke the number 4 and lost the attached top kit then a week later I snapped a top kit, £80 for a number 4, £75 each top kit plus roller bungs at £6 each, plus elastic and bushes. A very expensive couple of sessions.

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    Default Re: 2nd hand pole or new?

    I'd expect to pay £20-30 for a wrap on a no.4 section (ex. delivery)

    I'm not best placed to comment on cheaper poles as i've only owned flagship poles since 1988.
    Both my current long poles were purchased second hand via angling forum classifieds. I've not regretted either.

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    Default Re: 2nd hand pole or new?

    Gentlemen if fishing was only possible with a pole I would take up golf!

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    Hi. I get where you are coming from, but it does seem a shame to start your pole-fishing career off with a broken second-hand one, and a four-inch split is some serious damage. If you can stretch to a new or well-maintained example of the Shimano pole mentioned by Sagalout - the Beastmaster Margin - you'd have a quality item that's capable of landing anything you're likely to hook, and the confidence that it's 100% reliable. It's light and easy to handle, and mine - I have one alongside some much dearer poles used for roach and bream fishing, and it's 8 years old now - has landed carp in double figures and even river barbel to 9lbs with no problem. All poles are susceptible to accidental damage, especially when you're first getting used to pole-fishing, but these have a reputation for being highly unlikely to break in normal use and robust enough to forgive the odd mistake.

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    Default Re: 2nd hand pole or new?

    Quote Originally Posted by silvers View Post
    I'd expect to pay £20-30 for a wrap on a no.4 section (ex. delivery)

    I'm not best placed to comment on cheaper poles as i've only owned flagship poles since 1988.
    Both my current long poles were purchased second hand via angling forum classifieds. I've not regretted either.
    Pleased you said that, I think the price is about the same here.

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    Default Re: 2nd hand pole or new?

    Quote Originally Posted by mikench View Post
    Gentlemen if fishing was only possible with a pole I would take up golf!
    As someone that really loves the game of Golf but can no longer play cus the dang stupid body wont let me i have had to get big time with the fishing .


    PG ...
    Theres no dark side of the moon really as a matter of fact its all dark

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    Default Re: 2nd hand pole or new?

    Surely the 2nd hand pole + new No 4 is cheaper than a new pole anyway ???

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