Korda Kaizen Platinum 12ft 3lb Carp Rod

Regular price £374.99

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.”

The Kaizen Journey Explained

The Kaizen Rod range has been under development for more than four years and came about as we felt that we could develop high end rods that were even better than those already on the market - despite this being a first for Korda, we have utilised the extensive knowledge and experience of our Team Korda anglers and product development staff to produce an exceptional range of rods.

Danny Fairbrass has a long association with rods bearing his name, and which he was involved in developing. It was a natural progression for Korda to develop a range ourselves that had all the attributes that he, and our other anglers, would be looking for from the ultimate carp fishing rods.

The objective was to design a range of premium rods that would cover pretty much any carp angling situation at home or abroad, allowing you to not only accurately reach the fish if they were out at range, but which would also feel nice to play them on.

All our high-end Kaizen rods are built on a fast-tapered profile mandrel – meaning that the taper of the rod consistently goes all the way from the butt to the tip. This produces rods with a very ‘tippy’ action, and with pretty much all the flex being towards the tip end. Of course, when under extreme pressure such as casting, the rod will still bend all the way through to some extent. This type of action allows for better power transfer and the generation of very fast tip speeds, which in turn allows you to cast further.

That same action also allows much faster line pick-up as well, and whilst most of the bend is in the tip, the power is transferred progressively enough that the rod will absorb the lunges of a big fish at close range without fear of it causing hook pulls, it also ensures that it is still a pleasure to play fish on any of the Kaizen rods.

The taper of these rods isn’t the only factor in determining the action and attributes that it displays, and just as important is the type of carbon that has been used in the manufacturing process – for the Kaizen range the only real choice was the best super tensile, high-grade Japanese carbon that we could get our hands on! This ZERO90 carbon is used in just two layers and with very little resin content, and the result of that is lighter, stiffer blanks. Not only will this allow more power to be transferred into the cast and with less effort than you’d find with a cheaper grade of carbon, but it also aids enhanced accuracy as it reduces the ability of the blank to twist and cause your lead to go off-target during the cast. Over a long distance even tiny improvements in accuracy make a big difference to your rig landing exactly where you aimed. It aids tip recovery after casting, which is basically the length of time that the tip continues bouncing up and down after the cast, and the crisper this action the better – if you flick the tip of one of these Kaizen rods it will come to a stop almost immediately, with all the power having been transferred into that action, this is exactly what you require when trying to cast a long way.

The Kaizen range have been given a custom-made look, with the type of high grade components that you would expect to find on a rod of this price. The blank is finished in durable clear matt paint, which shows off the carbon and has been extensively tank tested to ensure it is perdurable - basically meaning it is incredibly durable and will take a long time to show any signs of weathering due to exposure to sunlight and moisture.

There is of course no point in developing a rod that is incredibly light compared to its power, and then adding heavy components to it, so all of the Kaizen range is fitted with lightweight Sea-Guide TDG rings, with a 50mm butt and 16mm tip – allowing the line to ‘cone’ off of a big pit spool in a way that minimises resistance as it passes through the butt ring, and providing a tip ring that is big enough to allow leader knots to smoothly pass through it. The reel is attached via a superior quality Fuji DPS seat and the handle is finished fully in Japanese shrink grip – the use of which is more than just cosmetic and allows for a good grip even when your hands or the rod are wet. The aluminium trim and an etched butt cap made by JAG completes the extremely desirable custom look.

Danny Fairbrass, who has been involved in rod design for many years and was one of the driving forces behind the Kaizen range, enthused: “They are an absolute joy to use, such lightweight, but powerful, and with really light rings, so they move through the air so easily, and cast so perfectly straight. They also look absolutely gorgeous as well.”

Key features

  • 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