At CPS Tackle we stock a large selection of Carp Reels from Big Pit Reels to Baitrunner reels and Freespool reels, from top named companies like, Shimano, Daiwa, Fox, Nash, ESP and others.
Big Pit Carp Reels came about from up tide surf reels in and around the 1970s. One of the first people to use them was Kevin Nash, who was fishing a water with huge gravel bars and snags. His problem was having to use light line around 7lb because of the size of the reel, if he went to stronger line he couldn't get enough line on the spool because of the thickness. So he bought a couple of up tide surf casting reels that he could get a few 100 meters of 15lb line on and because the abrasion resistance was higher he managed to land the fish he hooked, hence now we are all using them.
I personally have used Shimano and Daiwa reels, both companies produce outstanding reels that will last the test of time. My first proper set of carp reels were Shimano Aero GT Baitrunner Reels at the end of the 80's. Then I changed to the Shimano Ultegra 10000 Big Pit Reels when they first came out in the 90's because I needed more distance on the cast. I have also used Daiwa ISO Big Pit reels that are a stunning reel and a pleasure to use but I have gone back to Shimano and am the proud owner of 4 Shimano Black Mag's.
The main advantage of buying a Shimano or Daiwa Reel is that they both have service centres here in the UK where you can send your reels of to get serviced or fixed but you will be charged. You can also buy spare parts from them to fit yourself if you wish but please bear in mind, if you a temped to repair any product under warranty, your warranty will become void.
We also stock a range of Fox Rage Spinning and Drop Shotting Reels for the predator angler.