The Chub Outkast series is one of the most famous and successful carp rod series. Therefore it is time to test them extensively for you. So I bought the newest rod of the series the Chub Outkast Mark II (MK II) and started some carp sessions, but also as a ground rod for eel the rod was misused. In the meantime I have had the rod for over 6 weeks and have been fishing with it a few times to write this test for you.
Update: After one year I am still very satisfied with the slim top rod.
The slim black rod is very light in the hand and the “buff test” shows the semi-parabolic blank. In general the rod is a rather soft rod, which still has a strong backbone under load. Also the casting characteristics are top, as it turned out later. The start ring of my model is a classic 40` ring and my rod comes with a slim shrink wrap handle. The rod is also available with a cork or 50` start ring. The ring consists exclusively of stable double integral rings. Another nice feature is the modern line clip (see picture).
All in all the rod feels absolutely high quality and I could not find any defects or manufacturing faults.
Features and Models
A great feature of the rod is a lacquer coating which conceals scratches and makes them less visible. Here I was a bit sceptical, but the advertised technique works! My rods drive around in the car without protection and are all packed together. There were already the one or other damage with other rods and not only at the lacquer. My rod is the classic 12ft (3,66 m) carp rod. High quality Fuji DPS reel seat and ringing complete this rod series.
Also a Spod rod and a short Stalker or boat rod with only 3m are in the program.
As already mentioned, the rod has had several sessions and I have used it for allround fishing on eel and tench, but of course mainly on carp. The soft but not flabby blank made it much easier for me to drill even bigger carp
and buffers sudden escapes in close range. So I was able to successfully direct one of my biggest carp of this season, a beautiful 20 pounder, into the landing net. Here the beautiful buffering properties of the rod were really worth their weight in gold. But also smaller carp were having fun with the rod. The slim Shrink Wrap handle fits the hand very well and offers a very good grip even in the rain. The feedback of the rod is good and I always feel what the fish is doing at the other end.
The casting characteristics are also good, with appropriately large reels (Big Pit) you can make very long and precise casts. So with the carp rod I can reach spots where others can’t, because we don’t allow food boats, I have used this from time to time.
Update: The rod has now also seen a few 30 pounds and the goods are no problem either, as well as massive disregard of the casting weight from me ;).
A rod I have nothing to complain about. If you are looking for a softer (of course not flabby!) carp rod that still casts precisely and has a good backbone, this rod series is the right choice. I don’t need to write much more than that, if you have any questions about the rod, just write me a comment!
At this point I would like to point out that I bought the rod myself and was not sponsored in any way.