Carp Tackle Coming Very Soon to 2018

This week we look at the tackle we know that will be released this year.

Even before the fishing show season has started for the year some tackle companies have already let slip on some new and exciting carp gear set to be released in 2018.

Let’s take a look at some new tackle set for this year…

Nash Pinpoint hooks and hook sharpening tool range

Working closely in partnership with Pinpoint, Nash are set to release a brand new set of hooks and hook sharpening accessories. Nash claim the hooks are lighter, much sharper out of the packet and up to 50% stronger.

We are all very excited for this release and are looking forward to testing these hooks out on the bank.

Look out for reviews of this range where we will undoubtedly give them a serious testing to let you know if they are really worth the money.

Ridgemonkey Deep Tray

The Ridgemonkey Deep Tray is designed specifically to fit the 30 litre RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket System XL and featuring folding support legs, the Deep Tray is over twice the capacity of the regular XL tray and opens up even more storage options for the Modular Bucket System XL.

A simple idea but a smart move by RidgeMonkey giving you a lot of options for bait storage and perfect for longer trips on the bank.

Gardner Specialist Sharpened Mugga hooks

According to Gardner the new range of specialist sharpened Mugga hooks are hand sharpened to perfection by Jason Hayward.

Jason has created a reputation over the last few years as a master of sharpening hooks to perfection and now is working with Gardner to create this specialist hook range.

The hooks are looking to be sold at a higher price point than regular carp hooks so are they really worth the £7.99 retail price? Look for our review of these hooks very soon.

Ridgemonkey hooklink range

Not much is known about the Ridgemonkey hooklink range but we know they will be releasing three colours in the range, weed green, gravel and clay (we will update this when we know more details).

We’re looking forward to this range and hope Ridgemonkey are bringing us something new and not just another hooklink range.

More new releases in 2018:

Thinking Anglers are set to release short Tapered Rig sleeves/kickers with a matt finish.

Solar Tackle are set to release their new P1 indicator heads this year.

KODEX are set to rest their new “intelligent” butt rod rests this year.

Ridgemonkey unconfirmed releases

For the past month we have seen the Ridgemonkey team let slip on tackle they’re testing and currently in development.

A few photos have been posted of Ridgemonkey pop up pots, these could simply be stickers on the pots or Ridgemonkey working on a special pop up range which will be their first dive in to the carp bait world.

Others photo have been spotted of a possible rig tool range by Ridgemonkey too.

Conclusion

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CTR Best Carp Tackle Awards 2017

This week we look at the tackle items that we reviewed this year which we feel beat all the others on the market.

Our CTR Best Carp Fishing Tackle Awards 2017 have been selected from our tackle review team and our readers.

Our awards are set out as a bit of fun and merely our favourite items we reviewed this year.

The awards cover the best rods, best reels, best alarms, best bivvy, best clothing range and best gadget we’ve used this year.

We wish everyone a happy new year, a big thanks for reading the blog and we’re looking forward to creating some unique and interesting content in the new year.

Let’s get started with our 2017 tackle awards…

Best Rods – Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods

With most high end rods going for as much as £300/£400, the Wychwood C-201 is the perfect mid range rod option.

The C-201 Carp Rods scream quality throughout and come with all the features you would expect from a high end rod but available at just under £100.

You can find our review of the Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods here.

Best Rods runners up: Daiwa Longbow DF, Fox Warrior S and Free Spirit CTX

Best Reels – Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTD Reel

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The Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTD Reels are well designed and well built throughout. One of the main features is the instant drag, going from taking line to a tight drag when playing the fish with a single turn.

The reel includes a unique slow oscillation and brilliant line lay, which means the line can pull off the spool fast, this can be great for distance casting, making the reels ideal for most European type waters.

These are excellent carp reels for the money and most likely, the best carp reels you will find for under £150.

You can find our Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTD Reel review here.

Runners up: Daiwa Windcast, Fox FX9 and Wychwood Riot-S Black Big Pit

Best Alarms – Delkim Plus Alarm

Delkim Bite Alarm and Illuminated Hangers

The main feature that sets a Delkim Bite Alarm apart from the rest is that Delkim use a vibration sensing technology. The vibration sensing technology is exclusive to Delkim and offers you more accurate sensitivity options which could result in more fish on the bank in theory.

The Delkim Plus Alarm includes 20 sensitivity options which is handy in different weather conditions and fishing at different distances evidently avoiding false bite indications.

You can find out more about the Delkim plus alarm range in our Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm review.

Runners up: Gardner ATTs, steve neville mk2 and Nash Siren R3

Best Bivvy – AQUA Camo Atom

The AQUA Camo Atom became our overall favourite bivvy in this years best bivvy 2017 guide.

Boasted as the most compact, lightest pram hood bivvy available on the market it was a clear winner of the best bivvy award.

It’s purposely designed with the mobile angler in mind but is also perfect for small swims, canals and river fishing.

Runners up: Avid Tardis, Trakker Tempest and Chub RS Bivvy

Best Clothing Range – Trakker

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The Trakker clothing range includes waterproof coats, joggers/combat trousers, t-shirt, hoodies.

All of the range items compliment each other and look great on and off the bank. Our top picks are the Aztec Hoodie and the Core Multi-Suit.

Runners up: Nash, Fortis and Fox

Best Gadget – RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket

ridgemonkey modular bucket

The RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket is essentially a modular, multi compartment bucket, ideal for separating bait and tackle.

The two lidded trays included can be kept inside or attached to the outside the bucket for extra convenience whilst on the bank.

The RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket is a super simple gadget perfect for separating and organising items such as lose feed, stick/bag mixes, hookbaits and ready to go rigs.

Runners up: Korda Tackle Safe, RidgeMonkey Action Station and Jag Hook Sharpening Kit

Conclution

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Best Free Carp Fishing DVD’s of 2017

This week we take you through our top ten carp fishing videos from 2017.

This year we have been lucky to have so many great carp fishing videos released it was a tricky task to decide on our favourites for this guide.

So without hesitation, sit back and relax and check out our top picks.

Let’s get started!

ESP & Terry Hearn – Old Friends and Mr Fox

Terry Hearn returns to a magical old lake, with its equally majestic inhabitants on his mind. Sit back and enjoy this unique insight into the mind and passion of one of surely the most iconic anglers of all time.

AVID CARP Next Level Volume 3

Follow Team Avid’s adventures around the UK and Europe, catching carp from a wide range of venues using a multitude of modern tactics.

Fox Edges Volume 5

Fox Edges Volume 5 is over 3-hours of exciting, entertaining and informative carp fishing footage brought to you by Rob Hughes, Tom Maker, Lee ‘Mozza’ Morris and the rest of the Fox team.

Korda Masterclass Vol. 4

Team Korda have put together this 3 hour + DVD covering fishing at Gigantica, particle fishing, precision fishing in weedy conditions and spring time carp fishing.

Nash’s EUROBANX 3

Nash’s EUROBANX 3 follows carp anglers Alan Blair and Oli Davies as they once again load the van and set off on a carp fishing adventure across Europe.

CC Moore & Marc Pitchers – Close Encounters

Join Marc Pitchers as he targets an intimate little syndicate where he attempts to outwit some very old carp within close quarters.

RidgeMonkey – Dream | Believe | Achieve

The 2017 Euro social takes the RidgeMonkey’s pro angling team on an adventure they will never forget, spanning across 2 weeks and 2 countries

Nashbait – A history of carp fishing bait

Nashbait has been catching carp and breaking records for over 30 years. Kevin Nash and Gary Bayes explains how the bait has evolved over the last three decades.

ESP & Martin Bowler – Red Leaves and Yellow Bellies

In this ESP autumn special, Martin Bowler goes in pursuit of some classic English estate lake carp explaining his approach to these illusive old waters.

Nash – The Social 2

Join Nash Tackle’s pro angling team in their latest social trip to Austria, including some large carp captures and quality angling moments.

Enjoyed them?

Thanks for checking out our top ten carp fishing videos of 2017.

Make sure you let us know your favourite moments, we would love to hear them in the comments below.

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Top 5 Stocking Filler Gift Ideas for Carp Anglers 2017

This week we look at 5 stocking filler gift ideas for Christmas 2017.

There’s nothing like the enjoyment of opening small gifts from a stocking so why not add some carpy gifts in there too.

All gift ideas in this guide are linked so you don’t have to waste your time trying to find them.

Let’s get started!

Korda Krusha

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The Korda Krusha is a great tool for crushing up baits such as pellets or boilies to use in PVA bags, spod mixes, groundbait or free offerings.

You can find it here

Fox Edges Multi Tool


The Fox Multi tool includes a stripper tool, a knot puller, 2 pointed ends, the thinner one is ideal for creating a curved loop for d rigs and the larger point is ideal when tying chod rigs.

You can find it here

Jag Hook Sharpening Kit


The Jag Hook Sharpening Kit is the ultimate set of tools for creating super sharp hooks whilst on the bank. Sharp hooks catch more fish is a huge statement which a lot of anglers would agree with and the Jag Hook Sharpening set makes sharpening hooks easy.

You can find it here

Ridgemonkey USB Rechargable Headtorch


A new release for this year and is already hugely popular. The Ridgemonkey USB Rechargable Headtorch has lots of useful features including 5 different beam options, completely water resistant and of course it’s USB rechargeable.

You can find it here

Ridgemonkey Bivvy Lite Duo


The Ridgemonkey Bivvy Lite Duo has been very popular with a lot of anglers this year. It’s a super compact bivvy light with features that include up to 120 hours of battery life, fully USB rechargeable and a magnetic strip allowing you place the light anywhere in your bivvy.

You can find it here

Conclusion

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5 Luxury Xmas Gift Ideas for Carp Anglers 2017

That’s right it’s coming up to that magical festive season and finding a quality gift for a carp angler can be tricky.

Whether you’re treating yourself or a loved one this christmas then this guide should have you covered.

Our 2017 gift guide includes every type of gift, from luxury to stocking filler items.

In our first part of our gift guide we take you through five of the best luxury gift ideas for any carp angler.

All items are linked and have some short handy descriptions included so you don’t waste any time researching your gift ideas.

Bivvys

If your looking for an impressive but super useful luxury gift then a bivvy is a great option. There are so many bivvies to choose from but the Aqua M3 and Trakker Tempest do stand out from the crowd.

Both boasting top quality throughout with lots of handy features, making them the most popular bivvies of the year. If you need more information on what a bivvy is and what features to look out for then check out our 2017 guide to the best bivvies for carp anglers.

Find the Aqua M3 Bivvy here: http://amzn.to/2Bv7TVo

Find the Trakker Tempest here: http://amzn.to/2BHCeRF

Bait Boat

Why not bait up in style with pinpoint accuracy with a bait boat. It may look like a toy but some very large carp were caught this year using a bait boat allowing an angler to place a rig and loose baits around the rig within a small confined area.

A bait boat as a gift will make any carp angler a very happy bunny this Christmas.

The most popular bait boat for a number of years now has to be the Angling Technics MICROCAT which boasts quality components throughout, including long battery life and large distance radio signals.

Find the Angling Technics MICROCAT here: http://amzn.to/2BBaoGp

Bite Alarms

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There have been a few new bite alarm releases this year but nothing has beaten the ever popular and reliable Delkim Bite Alarm.

A top quality gift idea and has a huge amount of accessories available for the Delkim Bite Alarms. Any carp angler would be very happy with a set of Delkim Alarms this Christmas.

Find Delkim Bite Alarms here: http://amzn.to/2BDXkQx

Vass Waders

To non-anglers waders as a gift can seem a little silly but waders to carp anglers can be super useful in certain situations involving casting, baiting up and landing fish.

Vass waders continue to be the most popular and an iconic look whilst on the bank making them a top gift for any angler this Christmas.

Find Vass waders here: http://amzn.to/2noxr4m

Ridgemonkey Vault Powerpack

Never worry about a device battery life dying whilst on the bank again. The Ridgemonkey Vault Powerpack charges every usb rechargeable device on the market including mobiles and laptops. The powerpack can charge two devices at the same time.

The powerpack is ideal for long fishing sessions and a handy gadget for fishing trips abroad. A great gift are any carp angler this Christmas.

Find the Ridgemonkey Vault Powerpack here: http://amzn.to/2Aol2SD

Conclusion

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First Look: The Avid Bivvy Organiser

Avid Bivvy OrganiserThis week we take a look at the new Bivvy Organiser from Avid.

If you’re a fan of being organised whilst on the bank this could be the storage solution for you.

One thing we all hate whilst on the bank is the dreaded search for vital items used throughout a session.

With the Avid Bivvy Organiser you can keep close those important session items, ready for when you need to change or tie a rig, change a bait or make a well deserved brew.

The Features

The underneath storage bag is ideal for storing hookbaits, lighters, pocket items such as your phone and wallet, tackle boxes. Keeping all the items nice and dry from the elements.

The top of the organiser is a textured carpy green bivvy table surface, ideal for making rigs or making a brew.

The Avid Bivvy Organiser also includes a gas cylinder holder which is great for those winter months when you want to keep a stove gas cylinder off the ground.

The legs of the organiser are telescopic, great for adjusting the height to match your bedchairs height. The sides of the organiser include strong handles making moving the organiser around your bivvy an easy task even when fully loaded.

Once your session has ended the organiser can be compactly packed away and comes with a dedicated velcro carry all bag. The whole organiser is very lightweight and can easily be placed on a barrow.

Where can I get it and how much?

The Avid Bivvy Organiser will available very soon (end of November) for around £49.99.

Conclusion

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Best Bite Alarm? The Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm review

IMG_20171006_192924_530 This week we take a look at the ever popular Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm.

This review includes a rundown of all the features you will find with the alarm.

As well as some super useful bite alarm tricks and tips and our honest opinions on the Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm.

As usual if you have any comments/questions on this review, please leave them in the comments below.

Let’s get started…

The review

The main feature in our opinion that sets a Delkim Bite Alarm apart from the rest is that Delkim use a vibration sensing technology instead of the commonly used roller wheel system. The vibration sensing technology is exclusive to Delkim and offers you more accurate sensitivity options which could result in more fish on the bank in theory.

One of our favourite features of these alarms are the sensitivity settings which gives you 20 sensitivity options. If you’re fishing in hard winds at distance simply switch your sensitivity to Minus 6, this should eliminate false bleeps caused by the wind. If your fishing close in and need any indications that fish are touching your rig/line then switch your sensitivity to Plus 10 then adjust it if needed.

The alarm is well designed with solid, well-built buttons and dials, no use of stickers or cheap flimsy buttons.

Delkim Bite Alarm and Illuminated Hangers

Incredibly bright LED’s are used throughout which you can set at the brightness you wish. The alarm includes a super useful night light mode, ideal for fishing in the dark. The night mode also works well paired with illuminated hangers.

In terms of tones you can set, the Delkim tones in our opinion are the best sounding and you can create unique tones and also set classic distinctive Delkim tones, although not an essential feature it’s a nice addition to a premium bite alarm.

The Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm includes a protective hard case which protects your alarms from any damage when packed away.

The maximum volume is incredibly loud, but if you wish you can also set no volume and have the signal go through a receiver.

Delkim Micro Transmitter

If you want to use a receiver with the Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm you will need to purchase separately the Delkim Receiver and a Delkim Micro Transmitter which fits to the bottom of the alarm.

Attx Receiver

Alternatively you can purchase an Attx Receiver and an Attx Dongle Transmitter (3.5mm) which plugs into the bottom right port of the alarm which can be a little cheaper and works very well.

One thing I do like about these Delkim alarms is that there are so many accessories sold separately that fit perfectly with all the Delkim alarms which will give you the setup you require.

Delkim sell snag ears, various illuminated hangers, 2 different bite alarm receivers, various hard cases and a super handy quick release system for removing your alarms from bank sticks.

Negatives?

It wouldn’t be a CTR review without expressing any negative feedback so here’s the negatives.

Surprisingly there’s only one drawback to these alarm which is price. Don’t get me wrong if you buy a Delkim alarm you’re getting your money’s worth with all the included features but it can be an investment.

I’ve been fishing for over 10 years and I’ve only just got my hands on Delkim alarms. One thing I can say is over those 10 years I’ve used so many bite alarms and wish I just saved up until I could afford to buy Delkim alarms but I guess life just gets in the way sometimes.

How much and where can I find them?

You can find the Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarms for around £69.99 each. I purchased my alarms from amazon with free postage.

I also bought the Delkim Slimlite Illuminated Hangers which create an awesome looking, functionable set up and you can find those for around £34.99 each.

Conclusion

IMG_20171006_192924_530Thanks for reading our review of the Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm.

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