If you’re not looking to fish at long range and playing action is your priority, then the Kaizen Platinum 12ft 3lb test curve rod is the best model for you. It is still capable of putting a baited rig well over 100 yards if the need arises, but being the softest in the range, it allows the most accurate casting at shorter ranges. It still has plenty of power through the butt and middle part of the rod when it comes to controlling very big fish at close range, or hit-and-hold snag fishing, and its slightly more forgiving action means that you can really pile the pressure on when you need to without fear of pulling the hook. Recommended casting weight: 1-3oz. Korda Koach Rob Burgess: “It’s extremely light and responsive, and a joy when playing fish, especially under the rod tip.” Korda Europe’s Kevin Diederen: “Most of the fishing that I do in Benelux is short to medium range, so there isn’t a need for me to use absolute casting ‘weapons’ and I prefer a slightly softer rod with a nice playing action. I’ve been using the 3lb model for some time now and it is really crisp, light and fast, and whilst I’m not fishing at range, I’m sure if I needed to I could put a baited rig over 100 metres.
Platinum 12ft 3.5lb,
The Kaizen Platinum 12ft 3.5lb test curve rod is the perfect all-rounder and the best option for carp anglers who want as much versatility as possible from just one set of rods. The lightweight, perfectly balanced, blank can accommodate the most delicate of precision flicks on an intimate venue, all the way through to a 35+ wrap blast on a lake of ‘Gigantica’ proportions. This is ideal model if you want one set of high-end rods that will do it all. Recommended casting weight: 2-4oz. Danny Fairbrass: I’ve been using a heavier version during field testing, but it’s nice to go back to the 12ft 3.5lb rods as they are the all-rounders, if you want to fish anywhere from one yard to 140 yards, with pinpoint accuracy, then these are the ones.
Platinum 12ft 4lb,
The 4lb version of the 12ft rod is designed as a long-range casting tool, but for those who don’t want to step up to a longer rod. It is incredibly powerful, and some anglers will find it easier to fully utilise this than they would do with a longer rod, and whilst it is an out-and-out casting tool, it still retains some degree of fish playing action as well and is by no means a ‘broomstick’. Recommended casting weight: 3-5oz.
Platinum 12ft Spod,
Very fast recovery, super-fast taper, very lightweight and easy to move through the air, the handle is the right length, ceramic tip ring designed for use with braid, good up to around 140 yards (in testing Terry Edmonds cast it 51 wraps with a medium spomb).
Platinum 12ft 6in 4lb,
Danny Fairbrass personally designed this rod by adapting one of his favourite blank designs – shortening both the tip and butt slightly to create a 12ft 6in. rod with a slightly higher test curve of 4lb. This rod is incredibly powerful and is designed as a long-range casting tool first and foremost – it is quite possibly the most powerful rod in the Kaizen range, and unless you prefer the extra six inches that the 13ft model provides, it is the best choice for an extreme range rod. Recommended casting weight: 3-5oz.
Platinum 13ft 3.5lb,
If you prefer a 13ft rod and want something that can be used to blast a rig towards the horizon, but which also has a forgiving enough tip that it is nice to play fish on and is equally at home casting leads accurately at less extreme ranges, then this 3.5lb test curve model is definitely the one for you. Unless you’re looking for a real extreme range tool, then this is the one that most people will go for in 13ft. Recommended casting weight: 2-4oz.
Platinum 13ft 4lb,
Out of the whole range, this rod achieved the longest casts during testing, measured at over 200 yards and using a 4oz lead with a 15mm hookbait and rig. It’s rated at 3-5oz casting weight but has been optimised for use with 4oz leads. If you’re looking for the ultimate, high-end casting rod and nothing else really matters, then this is the model for you, but it will take practice and technique to achieve the best results from it. Recommended casting weight: 3-5oz.
Super tensile high-grade Japanese carbon
Fast tapered profile blank for higher compression strength
Low glare matt paint finish
Lightweight stainless-steel guides
50mm butt guide with 16mm tip ring on all models
Japanese shrink grip handle with flared butt
Stainless steel trim rings with JAG etched stainless butt cap
Fuji DPS reel seat
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