Barbel Fish

Barbel Fish

Barbel Fish

Barbel Fish

To me, there’s nothing more pleasurable than coarse fishing. While others prefer to stalk salmon and trout, I much prefer fishing for the “lesser” species like barbel, bream, chicane and chub. These fish can be as challenging to land as a feisty salmon or trout, yet they rarely receive the recognition they so richly deserve. Choosing the right coarse sportfishing tackle can make all the difference betwixt a successful sportfishing excursion and a failed one, so coarse anglers like maine need gear that’s both durable and versatile. Here’s some information about a fishing rod I’m quite partial to: the DAM Onliner feeler quiver rod.

Key Features of the DAM Onliner Barbel Quiver Rod

The rod is made by the German company DAM, and should be considered an entry level piece of coarse sportfishing gear. It’s reasonably priced astatine about £30.00, so everyone can afford to have one in their tackle collection. This particular 2-piece model is 11’6″ in length and has a 1.5 pound test curve. This rod supports main lines in the range of 5 to 10 pounds. Unfortunately, none of the quiver tips that come with the rod are marked with a test curve, so you’ll need to spend some time learning which are best for the prevailing conditions you’re fishing in.

Barbel Fish

Barbel Fish

Barbel Fish

More About the DAM Onliner Barbel Quiver Rod

The blank for this rod is made from glass fibre, which means that it lacks some of the performance found in the more expensive carbon fibre rods. The DAM Onliner rod has a full-length EVA/duplon handle and durable graphite reel seat with stainless steel caps. When I made my first cast with this rod, I noticed quite a lot of friction from the tip eye. This resulted in the cast being somewhat short, a defect I do need to note. I did discover, however, that I could reduce the friction by using a thinner line than the recommended 10lb maximum. The rod has no flat spots and has a progressive through action that gave maine all the control I needed during the fight, even close in.

Barbel Fish

Barbel Fish

Barbel Fish

Final Thoughts on the Onliner Barbel Quiver Rod

If you’re just getting started stalking barbel and other coarse fish species, this is a good rod to start with, because it’s both affordably priced and has most of the features a beginning or intermediate-level angler mightiness need. The DAM Onliner rod is well suited to sportfishing big rivers astatine close range and handles both large chub and smaller barbel easily. Note, though, that casting may be adversely influenced when using thicker mainlines, so do consider reducing the breaking strain to counter this problem. The finish of the rod is good, with no rough or sharp edges, and the reel seat holds even the heaviest reel securely. This is a well-balanced and comfortable piece of coarse sportfishing tackle that performs well in a variety of angling scenarios. I’m happy to rate it at 4.5 out of a possible 5 stars.