Greys Prodigy GT4 Carp Rod Review

Last Updated on 20 July 2023 by James Bevan

How It Scores

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Features7.8
Appearance7.5
Casting & Feel8.0
Playing Fish8.0
Value For Money7.5
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Quick Summary:

The Greys Prodigy GT4 scored an overall rating of 7.8 in testing which is slightly below average against other rods in the mid-tier category

The rod is best suited for carp anglers looking to upgrade from a budget rod as well as those looking for a decent 12 or 13ft rod with moderate casting ability or a 10-foot rod to fish more at close quarters.

The rod’s biggest strength is its casting ability and feel for playing fish.

The rod’s biggest weakness is its value-for-money rating is slightly below that of its competition.

Read on to find out more information on all you need to know


Features & Specifications Summary:

  • Lengths available in 10, 12 & 13ft lengths
  • Test Curves available in 3, 3.25 & 3.5lbs
  • Aluminium branded end caps
  • Seaguide Minima Guides
  • Seaguide Aluminium DAPS Reel Seat in Frosted Black
  • Universal Line Clip provided
  • Carbon Weave detailing and dark matt blank
  • 36T Carbon Blank
  • Range inclusive of Spod and Marker rods
  • Full JPS fluted handle

  • Video Showing The Greys Prodigy GT4 Carp Rod In Action:


    How This Rod Compares Against Its Competition:

    NameOverall RatingPrice
    Greys X-Flite Carp Rod8.4from £79.99
    Shimano TX7 Carp Rod8.9from £178.97
    Greys Prodigy GT4 Carp Rod7.8from £149.99
    Nash Dwarf Carp Rod7.2from £49.99
    Daiwa Longbow X458.7from £239.99
    Daiwa Emblem Carp Rod8.5from £74.99

    How The Rod Compares To The Averages:

     Greys Prodigy GT47.8
    All Carp Rods8.3
    All Mid-Tier Carp Rods8.4

    Greys Prodigy GT4 Carp Rod Review Summary From Some Experts:

    "The Greys Prodigy GT4 is the newest edition to this impressive stable, with options ranging from the beefy 3lb test curve 10ft model, ideal for boat or margin close-combat, to the more powerful 13ft 3.5lb tool designed for the angler wanting to push boundaries and hit leads to the horizon"
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    "If you’re looking to add to your rod arsenal this season, there is no finer choice than Greys Prodigy GT4 range. Experience the progressive-actioned formula Greys have been producing without compromise since 1968"
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    Here’s How Other Anglers Have Reviewed The Prodigy GT4:

    “Great action and caught 1st time using them. Accurate casting, good play and look amazing.” (1)


    “Brilliant” (1)


    “Super rods that look the biz and cast 100yds plus with ease” (2)


    “Well happy” (2)


    Review Source:

    1. Total Fishing Tackle
    2. Ebay

    The Different Variations Of The Prodigy GT4 Carp Rod & How They Are Best Applied:

    Length Test Curve Ideal For Max Cast Distance
    10 ft 3.25lb Smaller venues, close range fishing and stalking 100 yds
    12ft 3lb Small to Medium Sized Venues 140 yds
    12 ft 3.25lb Medium sized venues. Good all round rod 150 yds
    12 ft 3.5lb Medium to large sized waters and fishing near areas where carp need to be bullied out of 160 yds
    13 ft 3.5lb Large venues where long casting distances are required 170 yds

    The Greys GT4 Carp Rod’s Features Up Close:

    The handle

    Greys Prodigy GT4 Handle

    A full shrink-wrapped handle is my go-to choice on any rod so I was more than happy when the GT4 spec featured these.

    The handle feels comfortable and secure in your hand and the flared butt is always I nice touch, especially on those distance casts.

    The handle is finished off with a nice-looking laser-etched, anodized butt cap.

    The reel seat

    Greys Prodigy GT4 Reel Seat

    The reel seat is a Fuji DPS style in all black which compliments the rod’s aesthetics in the way that it just blends in with the blank.

    I faced no issues with the reel seat during the review and held my big pit reels solidly in place throughout the whole session.

    The eyes/guides

    Greys Prodigy GT4 Guide

    Greys claim that the G-lite SiC guides on this rod are twelve times harder and one-third lighter than stainless steel guides.

    I had no way of proving otherwise but what I can say is that the 50mm butt ring is a really nice addition to the latest range as this really does help get this few extra yards on the cast.

    The blank

    Greys Prodigy GT4 Blank

    The blanks core is 3k woven carbon armour which is lightweight and does feel well-balanced in the hand when playing fish.

    The 3.5lb test curves, as you would expect, are slightly stiffer but this does offer, much appreciated additional power when trying to hit a spot at 130 yards+.

    The blank is finished with a low-glare finish which is handy if fishing close in.


    The Pros & Cons Of The Greys Prodigy GT4 Carp Rod

    Pros

    • There is a full range available to suit most angler’s needs, including a spod and marker version
    • The rod overall is well-balanced throughout the range
    • Greys have gone one step further with the guides, featuring Seaguide Minima material
    • The handle is very comfortable in the hand and the flared butt is a nice touch
    • A universal line clip is provided which is an appreciated additional feature

    Cons

    • The 3k blank is pretty standard and falls short against some of the rod’s competition in this price category
    • I feel the rod is just a little bit over-priced

    ETackle’s Thoughts & Opinions:

    I’ve had the pleasure of testing out the Greys Prodigy GT4 Carp Rod and I can say that it’s a solid choice. Not a world-beater, but certainly a reliable player that justifies its position on the pitch. With lengths varying from 10ft up to 13ft and different test curves, this rod range is a jack of all trades that caters to anglers of all stripes.

    As soon as I held the Prodigy GT4, I felt at home. The full shrink-wrapped handle (which I prefer) felt really comfortable in my grip and the flared butt definelty adds to the comfort when casting at distance.

    The Fuji DPS style reel seat is as reliable as it comes, holding my big pit reels without a hitch throughout the whole session. And let’s not forget those G-lite SiC guides. They’re supposedly harder and lighter than stainless steel. I cant confirm this but what I can say is that I managed to eke out a few extra yards on each cast.

    One of the biggest disappointments I had with the Prodigy GT4 is the blank. Don’t get me wrong, the 3k woven carbon armour blank is nice and light and provides a good balance when you’re playing fish, but it’s not exactly a revelation.

    I’ve tested other rods in the same price range that offer a bit more. Also, the price tag is slightly on the higher side for what it offers. But I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s a deal-breaker.

    For example, its a very similar build to the X-Flite from Greys which is available at a cheaper price-point and I felt it ws slightly inferior to Daiwa’s Emblem which again offers slightly better value for money.

    At the end of the day, if you’re after a reliable and versatile rod that can handle a bit of everything, from close-up fishing to casting to the horizon, the Greys Prodigy GT4 Carp Rod is worth considering.

    It might cost a bit more and the blank might not be as impressive as others, but the overall build quality, features and performance balance the scales. This rod might not win the league, but it’s definitely up there competing.
    James Bevan

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