We have a look at an ideal rod for surface fishing for carp using floating baits…
KODEX SX-i Floater/Specimen Rod 11'8"
Most of us have tried catching carp off the surface before – whether half-heartedly or with real intent – but not everyone carries a dedicated floater rod.
That’s understandable for a piece of equipment that won’t see as much use as your main rods, but once you’ve used a proper surface tool you will realise just how good they can be.
The Kodex SX-i Floater falls into this category and is attractively priced for a rod that will certainly put a smile on your face.
Retailing for under £100, the SX-i has a much more expensive look and feel to it. Immediately your eyes are drawn to the name on the blank – it looks like it could’ve been hand-written by a master rod-builder and sets the tone for this classy product.
The cork handle is a pleasant aesthetic touch, but it also feels good in the hand – crucial for a rod of this type which will spend most of its time in your grasp rather than on a buzzer bar.
Between the handle and the reel seat is a subtle silver collar with an etched Kodex logo on it, matching the one on the butt cap.
A genuinely useful aspect is the hinged keeper ring just above the reel seat. Floater hooklinks are long and prone to tangling when moving from swim to swim, but this little hook allows you to brace the hooklink against almost the full length of the rod and access your bait quickly and easily without damaging your guides.
The length of this rod is another feature which sets it apart from standard carp rods. At 11ft 8ins it is just the right length to be easily manoeuvered in tight swims, yet still gives you enough leverage to cast well.
The length is perfectly matched to the rod’s lovely through action and progressive test curve of between 1.75lb and 2.25lb.
That forgiving action cushions fish beautifully when playing them on the lighter gear necessary for surface fishing, but this is not a spaghetti-soft rod – it’s still got enough grunt to get you out of trouble and steer fish away from snags.
It is in the playing of fish that you will notice this rod’s attributes and begin to grin. It hoops over deliciously, but there is still a reassuring feeling that you are in control It’s light, too.
Kodex’s minimal guides are dainty little rings that let the rod’s action do its thing without any hindrance to balance.
They are also designed to minimise friction, enabling you to fling controller floats out as far as possible.
When the fish are in a frustrating, teasing mood and you have to bide your time for a bite you will barely notice this rod in your hands if paired with a suitably small reel.
Floater fishing is one of the most enjoyable, action-packed aspects of our sport and getting yourself a dedicated surface rod like this will only enhance the experience.