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

korda krusher
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

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Carp Tax? Where to Find Cheap Alternative Carp Fishing Tackle

We all spend a small fortune on the tackle essentials such as rods and reels, which is a must for any budding fishing enthusiast.

But there are some areas in carp fishing where you can save some of your hard-earned cash.

Ever heard of the carp tax?

Well I could’ve just made that up, but essentially the carp tax is the cost added to a generic product that is re purposed and sold to carp anglers for much more than it’s sold elsewhere.

Now I’m not saying that the carp tax is a bad thing because most tackle brands take the product and make small adjustments with the carp angler in mind but this is often cosmetic changes, for example adding camo to the product.

If these small changes are unessential to you to save you some money then you’ve come to the right place.

The items below are products very similar to products targeted to carp anglers without the carp tax which can be found at a much cheaper price.

Let’s get started…

USB Rechargeable Headlight

USB Rechargeable headlights are the latest trend with carp anglers but can be an expensive purchase. With a good search around online, similar headlights with the same features can be found at half the price.

usb headtorch for carp fishing

The iKross USB Rechargeable headlight includes most of the functionality that you will get with most carp branded headlights such as including White LED’s that can light up to 220 lumens of brightness which provides 500 feet lighting distance on high mode.

The iKross USB Rechargeable headlight includes a powerful red light mode which allows you to better preserve night vision which is ideal for casting in the dark.

The iKross USB Rechargeable headlight can be found for around £20 which is more than half the price of most USB rechargeable headlights you will find in the tackle shops, bargain!

Shrink Tube

If you love rig making and want to save some money, most shrink tubing types are used and sold in the electrification market. It can be often bought in larger quantities and at a much cheaper price than most carp branded shrink tubing.

For example, you can find 1 metre of 1.6mm brown shrink tube on Amazon for around £1.59, this is a great price and will last you a surprisingly long time.

Cookware

Lots of carp brands have their own range of cookware but they can often be expensive but if we look at the camping market you can find a great deal and save a lot of money.

For example, the Aloc Kettle includes heat transfer technology which means you save fuel and will be 30 percent faster to boil. The Aloc Kettle has 0.9L volume capacity, heat proof lid, dedicated drawstring bag and can be found on Amazon for around £10 cheaper than other similar kettles.

Pop Up LED Camping Lantern

If you’re looking for cheap and cheerful LED lights to place around your swim whist night fishing then look no further than these pop up LED camping lanterns from iGadgitz.

These lights can be hanged and placed anywhere, super compact, lightweight and can be found for under £6 on places like Amazon.

Clothing

We all love super stylish carpy clothing but sometimes you need to find some cheap and cheerful alternatives that still work well as bank side clothing.

Green Hoodie

You can find super cheap earthy coloured hoodies on Amazon for under £11, which are are surprisingly comfy and long-lasting.

In the winter months, waterproofs are a must if you plan to be on the bank for the duration but they can be expensive.

Don’t worry, you can find the Regatta Stormbreak Fully Waterproof Leisurewear Jacket for under £11 and will keep you nice and dry in those winter months and also a great item to always keep in the car throughout the year.

Terminal Tackle

If you fish a lot of snaggy or weedy specimen carp waters a popular technique is to drop the lead which brings the carp up in the water and can often be the only way to land these specimen carp but there is only one draw back.

Each lead lost will cost you around £2, which doesn’t sound a lot but you could end up losing around 10 leads per session and this price can build up over a period of time.

The way to save a huge amount of money is to buy leads in bulk. Company such as Buzz Tackle Leads offer bulk leads that are high in quality and each lead will cost you around 60-80 pence.

Bait Containers

If you’re a fan of pre-soaking hookbaits or simply make your own carp baits, these containers from Sourcing Map are so cheap and superb quality.

The Sourcing Map range includes containers ideal for homemade carp liquids or goos, screw lid containers that are ideal for soaking pop ups or nuts and smaller screw lid containers that are ideal for soaking plastic baits such as plastic corn.

Conclusion

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What’s The Best Bivvy Of 2017? – Bivvy Shootout 2017

best bivvy 2017This week we take a look at all the latest bivvies released in 2017.

All the bivvies in this guide are brand new for this year and some are updated versions with added features.

This guide gives you all the features you will need to know about each bivvy and we aim to include bivvies that suit every type of angler and angling situation.

If you’re new to carp fishing or would like to know more about bivvies and what features you should look out for when buying one then check out this guide.

Let’s get started…

The Nash Titan Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Based on the original Titan design
  • Unique lightweight block for enhanced rigidity
  • Quick to assemble
  • Includes a front peak, removable front panel and velcro rod straps
  • Multiple frontdoor choices including a mozzy mesh panel
  • T pegs and carry bag included

You can find it here


Prologic X1 Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Includes an exclusive X block design for solid construction and stability
  • Large front peak
  • Rear mozzy mesh panels for superb airflow throughout the bivvy
  • Spacious with plenty of head room
  • Multiple frontdoor choices including a mozzy mesh screen
  • Optional front panels and a winter overwrap are available (sold separately)

You can find it here


TF Gear Airflow Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Unique puncture resistant air pole design
  • Quick assembly using a pump
  • Front peak included
  • Solid construction and extremely rigid
  • Multiple frontdoor choices including a mozzy mesh and clear panel
  • 1 man and 2 man sized versions are available

You can find it here


JRC Defender Peak Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Water resistant materials throughout
  • Small and lightweight
  • Includes a front peak and rod retention straps
  • Mozzy mesh and clear front door options included
  • Rear mozzy panels for added airflow throughout
  • A winter overwrap is available separately

You can find it here


Chub Cyfish Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • 4 section rib design for small compact pack down size
  • Including a unique back draft rear ventilation system
  • Mozzy mesh and clear front door options included
  • T pegs and carry bag included
  • Available in 1 man and 2 man sized versions

You can find it here


SONIK XTI Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Quick assembly
  • Front and rear mozzy mesh panels
  • Made from high quality materials
  • T pegs and carry bag included
  • Available in 1 man and 2 man sized versions

You can find it here


Avid Tardis RT Bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Two spread rib system design
  • Flat front and rear design
  • Includes a front peak and 6 rod retention straps on the sides of the bivvy
  • Variety of front door arrangements
  • Includes a heavy duty clip-in groundsheet
  • A winter overwrap is available separately

You can find it here


Cyprinus Pleasure Dome bivvy

Quick Summary

  • Quick assembly
  • Spacious design
  • 2 velcro retention straps included
  • Multiple frontdoor choices
  • Rear ventilation
  • An overwrap is included

You can find it here


AQUA Camo Atom

Quick Summary

  • Boasted as the most compact, lightest pram hood bivvy available on the market
  • So compact it can be easily strapped to any large rucksack when it’s packed into the carry bag
  • Groundsheet and overwrap are available separately
  • Mozzy mesh and multiple front door configurations included
  • A unique camo Aquatexx material is used throughout protecting you from the elements
  • Ideal for small swims, canals and river fishing

You can find it here


A short guide on buying a bivvy

Things to look out for when buying a bivvy:

Make sure the bivvy comes with good quality durable T pegs.

If you are only fishing day sessions then a brolly system is ideal because of it’s light weight design and quick assembly, giving you more time to set up the rest of your gear.

If you’re planning on using the bivvy for longer fishing sessions then make sure the bivvy comes with a heavy duty groundsheet and find out if an overwrap is available as it will remove any condensation, keeping you warm and dry.

If you are planning to fish abroad then a full bivvy system with front and rear ventilation is an excellent choice.

If you’re planning on taking a friend night fishing or just want more space to storage your gear then a two-man bivvy is recommended.

Conclusion

Thanks for reading our 2017 bivvy shootout guide.

If you still haven’t found the right bivvy for you then check out our previous bivvy buying guide, full of bivvies we still highly recommended.

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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 pointed ends, the thinner point 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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