LONG-TERM REVIEW: Cygnet Baiting Pole

LONG-TERM REVIEW: Cygnet Baiting Pole

RRP: £119.99 (£29.99 for extensions) | www.cygnettackle.co.uk

Tackle editor Marc Coulson offers his considered verdict on the Cygnet Baiting Pole...

  • We like: In the right situation it’s been a revelation
  • We dislike: Ideally it would be longer

I’ve seen plenty of anglers over the years fashion something themselves out of all manner of materials in a bid to reach those otherwise inaccessible spots.

However, when Cygnet launched this dedicated baiting pole it made the job a lot easier and, of course, meant all anglers could now use the tactic.

Gently shipping out a bait and placing it perfectly beneath an overhang, alongside a reedbed or just beyond some lilies offers a presentation that only the most wizardly casters could achieve.

 The Cygnet Baiting Pole

The Cygnet Baiting Pole

Believe it or not, I’ve actually had a bite on this very tactic before I even had time to ship the pole back in, and that was on a lake where I had failed in all my other attempts to catch.

A few of my mates have poured scorn on my pole (ahem!), but once they see it in action their opinion tends to change

One said to me that it’s just a glorified match-type fishing pole with a spoon at the end, which I guess is true, “but try getting a match pole for this kind of money,” is generally my reply.

Besides, I’ve used plenty of poles for match fishing in my time, and you’d be hard pressed to find one this strong and durable.

Unlike the more refined match poles which have responsiveness and weight (or lack of) as their main design briefs, the Cygnet Baiting Pole doesn’t need to be either.

The funniest ‘criticism’ I once received was from an angler who claimed the disturbance of shipping it out across the water was enough to put him off.

An hour or so later that same angler sailed his bait boat out to his chosen spot, which brought more than a wry smile to my face.

Another hour or two after that I was packing my gear away having bagged a mid-20lb carp, while Captain Pugwash continued to blank!

Despite its strength, you don’t actually put too much strain on the pole itself as you literally float the spoon out across the water and then simply tip it up to deposit your bait and rig.

It sounds simple enough, and with practice it is. However, that’s the key word if you are not familiar with poles of this nature ­– practice.

I’ve seen a couple of lads use one for the first time with disastrous, if extremely funny, results.

 The large float means you don't need to stress the carbon

The large float means you don't need to stress the carbon

In its original form, the pole measures 12meters, which restricts it to near-margin work, but Cygnet has since introduced 1.5m extensions and, as they are a parallel build, you can add as many as you choose.

I’ve not tried the extensions, although I wouldn’t mind getting a couple. In fact, I’d happily add three or four without hesitation.

The only negative I’ve found has been through user error, namely my propensity to lose anything that’s not firmly attached somewhere.

I mislaid the divider piece to the spoon itself, which allows you to keep your rig and freebies separate. This hasn’t proved too much of a problem compared to my having lost both end caps to the pole itself.

This has been an absolute nightmare and made packing the pole away a strain on my occasionally fragile temper.

The only other potential problem might come if any of the sections get broken as I’m not sure how easy it would be to source replacements. Maybe the guys at Cygnet will address that if they haven’t already.

In all, despite the fact that has its limitations, Cygnet’s Baiting Pole has proved a valuable addition to my kit.

I’ve only used it sparingly but when called upon it has definitely added an extra dimension to my fishing.