5 Handy Tackle Items That Wont Break the Bank

Carp fishing can be an expensive hobby but there are some super useful tackle items that won’t break the bank and will help you in your own carp fishing.

This week we take a look at five handy tackle items you can find for under £10.

Let’s get started…

Cygnet Easylift Weigh Bar

Cygnet Easylift Weigh Bar

The Easylift Weigh Bar aids you whilst weighing a carp with two hands, giving you an extremely accurate weight reading. No more shaky readings or getting a friend to read the weight.

The Easylift Weigh Bar is extremely compact and will fit into most bag, side pockets.

You can find it here


RidgeMonkey Nite-Glo Braid Scissors

RidgeMonkey Nite-Glo Braid Scissors

These braid scissors are not the most innovative product on the market but if you like to tie and change your rigs during night sessions these are ideal.

The handles glow very bright in all low light levels so you won’t lose them if you drop them in the dark. They are super sharp and can cut through most braided and leadcore materials out there.

You can find it here

Korda Strippa Tool

Korda Strippa Tool

No more pulling the coating of coated braids with your teeth. This little tool can easily strip most coated braids out there, giving you the rig presentation you want without damaging the material.

Very easy to use and you can use the ends of the stripper tool to tighten the knots of your rigs.

You can find it here

Fox Edges Multi Tool

Fox Edges Multi Tool

It’s in the name, the Multi Tool is a multi purpose 4 in 1 rig tool.

It includes a stripper tool, a knot puller, 2 points the thinner one is ideal for creating a curved loop for d rigs and the larger point is ideal for small loops at the bottom of swiveled chod rigs.

You can find it here

Gardner Deluxe Weed Rake

Gardner Deluxe Weed Rake

The Gardner Deluxe Weed Rake is a compact castable weed rake, perfect for clearing extremely weed fishing spots.

The pronged points can clear a weedy spot in a matter of a few casts. Using a braided mainline is recommended when using this tool.

You can find it here

Conclusion

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What’s the Best Carp Fishing Hook? Hook Shootout 2017

Hook Shootout 2017This week we take 5 branded carp hooks and make them go head to head in a series of tests to see which hook reigns supreme.

Each hook will endure a strength test, an underwater corrosion test, a sharpness and quality test out of the packet.

This test will also take into consideration price as this is an important factor when choosing a hook.

The reason this test came about, was after a discussion on hook brands with a few regular readers of the blog.

After searching the web for a similar test I found nothing and this is most likely due to carp magazines and website having strong ties with most big tackle brands. If a hook had bad results in a comparison test this would ruin any advertising features with that brand in the future.

This tackle blog is lucky as it’s always been independent in any views and is not biased to any tackle brand, just a carp angler that loves talking about carp fishing tackle.

The hooks going head to head this test are the following:

Fox Edges Arma Point Curve Shank Hooks
Fox Edges Arma Point Curve Shank

Nash Fang Twister Hooks
Nash Fang Twister

Drennan Super Specialist Barbel Hooks
Drennan Super Specialist Barbel Hooks

ESP Cryogen Curve Shanx Hooks
ESP Cryogen Curve Shanx Hooks

Korda Kaptor Weed Kurv Shank Hooks
Korda Kaptor Weed Kurv Shank Hooks

Each packet of hooks are a similar size (size 6) and are a similar pattern which are curve shank pattern.

Let’s begin the test…

Sharpness test

All the hooks seemed to be sharp out of the packet as expected but the hooks that stood out here was the Fox hooks.

They seemed to be a little sharper than the others, having a longer hook point is most likely the reason why they appeared to be the sharpest out of the packet.

Strength test

In the past I’ve a had a few branded hooks open out and damage largely due to the fact they wasn’t the strongest for snaggy type lakes. Using a weak hook can result in losing fish, so this part of the test should be interesting.

The first two rounds of the test consists of adding weight to the hook to see if any hooks would result in opening up or damaging due to the pressure.

The first round I added 1.5lb (0.68kg) of leads to the hook and all hooks past this strength test as you would generally expect.

Next round I added 8lb (3.62kg) of leads to the hooks and yet again every hook past this test.

Due to not having any more weight I could add to the hooks I came up with another not very scientific way to test the strength of each hook… by crushing them with pliers and here’s the results:

  • The Nash/Drennan hooks were very easy to crush.
  • The ESP hooks were a little harder to bend.
  • The Korda and Fox hooks were even harder to bend than the ESP hooks

Quality test

One of the biggest complaints you hear a lot is quality of the hooks out of the packet so this had to be included in the hook shootout. Was there any inadequate hook that would be more suited for the bin than in the lake? Let’s find out.

Every hook seemed to look consistent in quality and sharpness as would be expected.

The Korda hooks stood out in terms of quality as they have a dark PTFE coating with a non coated, corrosion resistant hook point where the other hooks have coating all the way throughout the hook.

Every hook in this test was undamaged and ready to be casted out which I am very pleased to report.

Underwater test

Although this test may not affect the short session angler that regularly uses brand new hooks. For those who need to leave a rig in the water for a larger amount of time choosing a hook that does not easily rust or damage is of paramount importance.

In this test the hooks were placed in water to set times to see what would happened to the hook quality.

After 24 hours there was no signs of rust on each hook. After 48 hours there was still no rust or damage to any of the hooks, resulting in a rethink of how the test would continue.

I decided to try leaving the hooks for a longer duration, which was a few days to see if any of the hooks would survive not rusting or damaging and here’s the results:

  • The Fox hooks were most rusted and large patches of rust
  • The Korda and Drennan hooks had small patches of rust
  • The ESP hooks had one small patch of rust near the eye of the hook
  • The Nash hooks surprisingly did not rust at all

Price

Cost can also be a crucial factor when choosing a hook, using a brand new hook regularly can result in more fish and this is a method that a lot of good anglers use to great effect.

Surprisingly the Nash Fang Twister hooks came out the most expensive and the Drennan Super Specialist Barbel hooks came out the cheapest.

Here’s the price difference below:

Overall results

Due to the strength and sharpness out of the packet, I would say the Fox Edges Arma Point hooks are ideal for short sessions on weedy/snaggy waters.

If you fish a lot of different types of waters, a good all rounder hook is ideal such as the Korda Kaptor hooks or the ESP Cryogen hooks. These hooks have the strength and sharpness to cope with most waters.

If your fishing long sessions and need to leave your rig in the water longer than 24 hours than the Nash Fang Twister hooks should cope in this situation due to its anti corrosive properties.

Conclusion

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Best Rod for under £100? The Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods Review

wychwood c201 carp rodsThis week we review the Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods.

It’s been a long time since I upgraded my carp rods so choosing the right rods for my own fishing was very important. Although I was happy with my old JRC rods it was time for a change and went with the Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods.

There were three factors when choosing my new rods; build quality, features/functionality and design. Those 3 factors had to fit into my under £100 per rod budget so finding the right rod was a tricky task. With most high end top quality rods going for as much as £300/£400, the Wychwood C-201 is an ideal mid range rod option.

The cork handle option has an old school look but has all the modern features you expect from a carp rod. The cork handle option is not just a design feature, playing a fish and casting feel great when using a cork handle.

The overall weight of the rod is superb, the lightweight carbon makes casting easy and smooth. The 3lb test curve option is surprisingly strong whilst still giving you a bend in the tip when needed to reduce hook pulls and line breakages.

The rod includes 50 mm butt rings allowing the line to flow through the rod with ease, easily adding more distance to my cast compared to my old JRC rods.

The rods balance well when paired with a Shimano 1400 Carp Reel and look a stylish combination too.

Worth the money?

I have been using these rods for a few months now and I would have to say these are the best carp rods I’ve ever used and are well worth the money. This review will be kept up to date if any issues or any other features are noticed with these rods while in use.

Conclusion

I believe if you’re looking for a top quality, stylish carp rod then I would highly recommend these C-201 Carp Rods by Wychwood.

Check them out in your local tackle shop or you can buy them a little cheaper online, I recommend Amazon or eBay.

Thanks for reading our review of Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods.

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5 Handy Gadgets for Carp Fishing – Part 2

A gadget designed for carp anglers can make your experience on the bank that much more enjoyable.

This week we take a look at part 2 of our handy gadgets designed for carp anglers series.

This guide is designed to list gadgets useful to every type of carp angler, whether you’re a pleasure angler or a hardcore 24/7 angler.

And when we say gadgets it doesn’t need be complicated, but it must be super useful to a carp angler whilst on the bank.

If you missed part one of this series please check it out here.

Let’s get started with part 2 of our handy gadgets guide…

Prologic Quick Release Connector

Prologic Quick Release Connector

Sometimes the smallest innovations can make a big difference in carp fishing and these quick release connectors from Pro Logic are a great example of this.

These connectors which come in a pack of 3 are superb to quickly release bite alarms from buzz bars and landing nets from there handles.

A quick release system can save significant time on the bank either setting up or packing away. If you have a fish on the bank it can make releasing your net easier without risking damaging your landing net handle or a fish.

Incredibly strong and very secure, it’s well worth investing in a few of these quick release connectors from Pro Logic to save some time on the bank.

You can find it here

FishSpy Underwater Camera

FishSpy Underwater Camera

These type of gadgets still have mixed feelings in the carp fishing community but when used right it can save a lot of time figuring out a lake.

For example knowing the type of lake bottom and features so you can get your rig presentation 100% spot on can make a big difference to your success on the bank.

Does the FishSpy Underwater Camera catch fish for you? No but it can help you locate feeding spots, clear spots and you can check out how well your rig is presented on the lake bottom.

If you’re a keen angler, fishing a hard water with a low stock of fish it would be well worth investing in a FishSpy Underwater Camera.

You can find it here

Cygnet Camera Adaptor

Cygnet Camera Adaptor

If you want to take a prized trophy shot whilst on the bank this clever little Camera Adaptor by Cygnet can make it much more manageable and reliable.

The adaptor converts any bank-stick or tripod into a sturdy camera stand, with the camera in either landscape or portrait position. An essential for clear, sharp photography; especially useful if you need to take photos on your own whilst on the bank.

You can find it here

RidgeMonkey Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster

RidgeMonkey Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster

Everyone loves good food but most of us whilst on the bank forget about cooking up good grub as it seems like a lot of effort. But the RidgeMonkey Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster has changed all that by being super simple to use and has a number of different uses for cooking quality food.

From steaks to toasted sandwiches this toaster from RidgeMonkey can cook it all. It’s easy to clean and compact enough to keep in a rucksack or any other fishing bag.

If you haven’t got one yet it would be well worth checking out especially RidgeMonkey’s YouTube channel, which has handy recipes to try with the RidgeMonkey Deep Fill Sandwich Toaster.

You can find it here

Cygnet Baiting Spoon

Cygnet Baiting Spoon

If fishing close in under snags and trees is one of your favourite ways to present a bait and catch fish than this Cygnet Baiting Spoon is the one gadget for you.

Used in conjunction with a baiting pole or long landing net handle and net float, you can place and bait up your chosen hidden spot that would be impossible to cast too otherwise.

This technique is very popular with big fish anglers, giving you an edge over others fishing the same lake.

The Cygnet Baiting Spoon is slightly different to other baiting spoons as it has a divider half way so you can separate your loose feed from your rig. Easy to use, with a great price it’s highly recommended.

You can find it here

Conclusion

Thanks for reading part two of our handy gadgets designed for carp anglers series. Remember if you missed part one of this guide please check it out here.

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5 of the Effective Rod Pods Money Can Buy for Carp Fishing

Top five rod rods in carp fishingThis week, we check out the top five rod pods for carp fishing.

In a world where using banksticks and buzz bars are the most fashionable and reliable way to present your rods on the bank, ready for a bite, there maybe be times when this type of setup is not that effective.

When your fishing somewhere where there is uneven ground, gravel or wooden platform swims, using a rod pod can save the day.

Rod pods offer your rods stability on the most uneven of ground, your rods will be positioned at the same height and rod pods are usually easy to set up and pack away on the bank.

Below is our top 5 rod pods for carp fishing, listed in no particular order. We created this top 5 by taking into consideration the features offered by each rod pod, the design and overall quality.

So without anymore time to waste, let’s get started!

Cygnet Quicklock Rod Pod

  • Easy to assemble and pack away
  • Buzz bars are included, alarms and butt rests can be left on for an even quicker setup
  • Fully adjustable legs and pod length
  • Slick black design
  • Includes rod pod bag

You can find it here

Fox X Pod Plus with Goal Post Buzz Bars

Fox X Pod Plus with Goal Post Buzz Bars

  • Adjustable legs and pod length
  • Supremely light and boasts stability on any ground surface
  • Easy to transport
  • Quick and easy set up
  • Includes pair of 3 Rod ‘Rod Lok’ Buzz Bars

You can find it here

Nash H-Gun Rod Pod

nash rod pod

  • Available in 2 rod and 3 rod versions which include buzz bars
  • Easy and quick to assemble
  • Fully adjustable pod length and legs
  • Bank sticks can be removed from the pod and used as separate bank sticks if you wish to do so
  • Includes a compact carry bag

You can find it here

Fox Black Label Compact Pod

  • The most compact rod pod on the market
  • Would most likely fit any carp luggage such as a backpack or tackle bag
  • Full adjustable legs and pod length
  • Use with 2-Rod and 3-Rod Black Label Buzz Bars (not included but sold separately)
  • A slick black design used throughout

You can find it here

JAG Black Super Compact Pod Kit

  • Super light and fast set-up design
  • Built using only the highest quality materials which you would expect from Jag
  • Fully adjustable and fits compactly in its included carry bag
  • 3 rod buzz bars are included
  • Quality UK made product

You can find it here

Our thoughts

There many rod pods on the market but you’ve just read our top five.

We recommend if you’re on a budget to consider the Cygnet Quicklock Rod Pod or the Nash H-Gun Rod Pod.

If you take you fishing seriously and are looking for a reliable rod pod, that’s strong and stable and is to the highest quality, we recommend the JAG Black Super Compact Pod Kit.

Conclusion

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5 Handy Gadgets for Carp Fishing – Part 1

mobile carp fishingA gadget specifically designed for a carp angler can make an experience of carp fishing on the bank just that much more enjoyable.

This week we take a look at 5 handy gadgets designed for the carp angling enthusiast.

This guide is designed to list gadgets useful to every type of carp angler, whether you’re a pleasure type angler or a hardcore 24/7 angler.

And when we say gadgets it doesn’t need be complicated but it must be super useful to carp anglers whilst on the bank.

Let’s get started…

Aqua Black Series Rig Tying Tray


This product essentially is a sturdy platform with raised edges, perfect for tying and sorting out your rigs on your lap whilst on the bank.

The bottom of the rig tray has plenty on polystyrene beads inside so it can lay perfectly flat on your lap and giving you extra comfort. Whilst designed with rig making in mind it can be used in a matter of different ways, such as dinner tray.

You can find it here

RidgeMonkey Action Station


The RidgeMonkey Action Station is an all-purpose robust session essentials tackle tray with a sliding lid to keep all the items inside, nice and dry. The thing that sets this item apart from the others is it also includes a 3 way adjustable clamp allowing you to place the action station essentially anywhere you want.

You can find it here

Gardner Deluxe Weed Rake


This product is great for those times when you just can’t find a clear spot in the weed. It can be easily attached to your line (ideally braid) and casted out, creating a perfect clear spot to present you rig on to. No need to use a huge uncastable weed rake and this product can be easily kept safe in any tackle box due to its compact size.

You can find it here

Highlander Compact Gas Heater


These type of compact heaters are perfect for sessions in the harsh winter seasons. Extremely lightweight, compact and can heat up your bivvy relatively quickly. Includes a sturdy handle and swivel body functionality. Apart from it being a super useful winter gadget, it’s also cheap so it’s highly recommended.

You can find it here

Korda Krusha


This product is a super effect hand held bait crusher. Although designed with crushing boilies in mind the Korda Krusha can break down most baits available for carp fishing including pellets and tigernuts.

You can crush baits into bigger pieces, ideal for particle/spod mixes or you can crush your chosen bait into a fine dust, ideal for stick mixes and groundbaits.

The Korda Krusha is simple you use and fits compactly into any item of carp luggage, we highly recommend them.

You can find it here

Conclusion

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Best Bite Indicators? A Buyer’s Guide to the Best Indicators in Carp Fishing

This week we’re going to check out the best bite indicators on the market, designed with the carp angler in mind.

Why are indicators useful?

Well it says it in its name, it indicates bites. It helps aid your bite alarms, giving you the sensitivity you need from different weather or fishing conditions.

If setup correctly, any time you hear your alarm beep it could be a real bite and not false indication.

Below is our guide to the best indicators on the market that will suit every type of angler and every angling situation.

Let’s get started!

FOX Black Label Slik Bobbin

  • Dual purpose adjustable Slik Clip for improved bobbin sensitivity
  • Supplied with a 3ins Black Ball Chain, a Slim Head and a Hockey Stick
  • Fully interchangeable parts, which allows you to create different types of indicator for every situation on the bank
  • Comes in 7 different colours: Gun Smoke, Red, Orange, Purple, White, Green and Blue
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Korda Black and Whites Bobbin

  • Supplied with two different weights, light chains with unique magnetic bayonet style hockey stick.
  • Fully adjustable line clip, where line flows through the clip and is not gripped.
  • The new style hockey stick is fully compatible with the existing Korda ‘Stow’ range
  • Comes in two different colours… black and white
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Delkim NiteLite Pro Illuminating Hanger

  • Illuminating hanger with no need for a isotope
  • Compatible with any Delkim Plus Alarm
  • Magnetic line clip
  • Extremely strong and solid design
  • Fully interchangeable weights sold separately
  • Available in six different colours: Pink, Red, White, Blue, Green and Orange

You can find them here

Delkim SlimLite Indications

  • Slim lightweight illuminated hanger
  • Compatible with any Delkim Plus Alarm
  • Including 3 different interchangeable weights
  • Line clip and free running functionality
  • Ideal for slack and tight lines

You can find them here

Gardner Bug Indicators

  • Dual position precision line clip moulded in reinforced nylon will not damage your line
  • Supplied with New 15cm Anti-Rust Ball Chain
  • Extended antennae will grip line, allowing to fish slack lines & avoid wind bleeps
  • Quick & easy to convert, just screw the parts together in seconds
  • Comes in 6 different colours: Orange, White, Red, Purple, Green, Carbon
  • Comes in various shapes, sizes and weights

You can find them here

ESP Barrel Bobbins

  • Barrel Bobbin with interchangeable ball clips
  • Interchangeable grip clips
  • 3g stainless add-on weight
  • Stainless hockey stick
  • Include different weight and chain sizes
  • Comes in 7 different colours: White, Orange, Yellow, Purple, Blue, Red and Green

You can find them here

Korum Bite Indicators

  • 4″ mega-strong chain included
  • 12″ lightweight cord included
  • 5g interchangeable weight included
  • Four interchangeable bobbin heads including a glow in the dark head which comes with the set
  • Isotope compatible (takes 6mm x 2mm isotope)

You can find them here

JAG Safe Liner Indicators

  • Ideal for short range and slack lines
  • Solid stainless steel design and comes in two different coloured bodies: steel and black
  • Coloured inserts are available separately, giving you a unique looking indicator
  • Dacron cord indicator chain
  • Hockey sticks are purchased separately and not included with the indicator
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Wychwood Slug Bobbins

  • Includes a two-point pivot system giving you a unique form of indication, allowing you to pivot the head in anyway you want
  • Ideal for both slack lines and tight lines
  • It includes one multi-functional head, one spare white body, one 3 inch and 8 inch chain, one 12 inch dacron cord and 3 interchangeable weights
  • Comes in a variety of colours including: White, Acid Pink, Groovy Orange and Lean Green
  • Interchangeable weights are available separately

You can find them here

Korda Stow Indicators

  • Designed to make small adjustments easy, without removing the alarm etc
  • Line clip style indication
  • Interchangeable chain lengths and weights are available separately
  • Comes in a variety of colours including: Black, Orange, Red, Yellow, Blue, White, Purple and Green
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

Avid Carp Bobbins

  • A fully interchangeable set including: 4 inch chain, 15 inch chain, hockey stick, 2 sizes of heads, 2.5g and 5g weight and two styles of line clip: free running clip and line clip style ideal for slack lines
  • Comes in six different colours: Yellow, Clear, Purple, Green, Blue and Orange
  • Isotope compatible

You can find them here

The Verdict

In our opinion the FOX Black Label Slik Bobbin have to be our best overall choice that we would highly recommend to every carp angler.


They range covers every type of fishing situation, the overall design is very stylish and they come at very affordable price. Simple to use and highly reliable.

If you’re a Delkim bite alarm user, the Delim Illuminated Hanger or SlimLite indicator would be well worth the higher price tag.

Both these indicators work extremely well in conjunction with any Delkim bite alarm, offering you plenty of bite sensitivity options and other functionality you won’t find with a conventional indicator and have been built to the high quality you would expect from Delkim.

Conclusion

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