Welcome To The Dark Side. ACF editor Tim Hodges reckons that if Batman went carp fishing then the Sonik Tournos 8000 would be the reel he used to fight them.

The trend recently is for fishing reels to be a bit ‘bling’; it’s almost like the flashier it is, the better it is. What we must remember, though, is that carp don’t care what it looks like.

I like the plain matt-black of the Tournos 8000, which makes it look quite menacing and ready for business. Ultimately, however, the real test is how it performs on the bank.
The moment you pick one up it feels like a solid, well-built reel that has been constructed to go the distance.

SPECIFICATIONS
The reel is supplied with two aluminium spools – one deep, one medium. The deep spool holds approximately 330 yards of 0.35mm line and the medium spool 270 yards. There is also a shallow spool for braid available on request.

The line lay is exceptionally good and it has a powerful front-disc rapid-drag system that goes from free spool to playing a carp with just a half turn.

The bail arm has a rotor lock so that it can’t snap shut mid-cast and when winding in the Tournos 8000 is super-smooth thanks to the 8 + 1 stainless shielded bearings.

THE VERDICT
A good-looking reel that ticks all the boxes. I am sure it will be very popular with anglers looking for a quality big-pit reel.

THE NUMBERS
Price: RRP £149.99 or buy two get one free from your local stockist.

Website: www.soniksports.com