5 of the Best Carp Tackle Reviews of 2016

This week we take a look at 5 of our favourite tackle reviews from throughout 2016.

We’ve seen some exciting and useful new carp tackle this year, designed to help us anglers catch more carp or make our time on the bank a much more enjoyable experience.

We would like to take this moment to thank everyone that’s supported this blog throughout 2016 and to thank all the subscribers that continually come back to enjoy our carpy content.

With a moment of delay, let’s get started with our favourite reviews from 2016!

The Wychwood Tactical Flat Bedchair Review

wychwood tactical bedchair
The Wychwood Tactical Flat Bedchair has to be one of our favourite bedchairs of the year. Made up of super lightweight materials and weighing between 6.5kg to 7.5kg for the largest bed in the Tactical Bedchair range, this bedchair caters for the everyday casual angler as when as the mobile type carp anglers. The Tactical bedchair is well built, well priced and has a very stylish overall design.

Read the full review here

Vass 600 Series PVC Chest Waders Review

Vass Waders
The Vass 600 Series PVC Chest Waders are well built, robust and full of useful features. Waders can seem a little expensive at first but it you need to wade out into the water regularly, these wader by Vass are well worth the price.

Read the full review here

Fox Royale Cooler Food Bag System Review

The Fox Royale Cooler Food Bag System is a food cooler bag that’s fully equipped for any length of fishing session. This cooler bag by Fox is great for day sessions too, as you could keep your tackle bits in one side of the bag and your food in the other, due to its separated compartments. It comes with extra side pockets and as a bonus comes with some handy Fox branded cutlery including cups and plates.

Find the full review here

The Ridgemonkey Bivvy Lite Duo Review

ridgemonkey light
The Ridgemonkey Bivvy Lite Duo grabbed a lot of peoples attention this year and has become a popular item for any night fishing enthusiast. It essentially attaches to your bivvy or any bank stick when using it with the bank stick light adapter (sold separately). It’s simple to use, includes 120 hours of battery life and is easily charged.

Read the full review here

The Chub RS-Plus Max Bivvy Review

The Chub RS-Plus Max Bivvy is a fully featured bivvy that’s also affordably priced. Even when using the largest of bedchairs, you will still get a tonne of room for tackle bags, buckets etc. The Chub RS-Plus Bivvy has a solid, robust structure and is fully customisable. Designed with the angler in mind, it has to be one of our favourite bivvies of 2016.

Read the full review here


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Best Affordable Waders? Vass 600 Series PVC Chest Waders Review

vass 600 series chest wadersThis week we take a look at the Vass 600 Series PVC Chest Waders.

I have been using them now for around 6 months and have made my fishing so much easier in many different situations.

The reason I invested in to my first pair of waders is because the syndicate lake I’m currently fishing has a few unreachable spots where I’ve seen fish and the only way you can place a bait there is to either get out into the water and cast from there or buy a bait boat.

Buying a bait boat can be an expensive investment and I’m a purist at heart, so I would want to place the rig myself.


Another reason in which waders come in handy is when playing fish, handling fish and putting them back.

If you are new to waders I would highly recommend checking out our short guide below, full of top tips and hints when using waders.

Like anything I invest in I first do plenty of research before I choose to buy it. I went with the Vass 600 Series Waders as they ticked all the boxes for my needs and the reason below will go into more detail about why I chose to buy these waders by Vass.

The Vass 600 wader review

vass wader bracersThe waders are chest high protecting you from depths around 4/5ft and below.

One thing that shocked me when using the waders for the first time was how light and comfortable they actually are in and out of the water.

The Vass 600 waders include a quality Dunlop Wellington gripped boot which is well sealed between the wader and boot. The boot is highly durable, withstanding most obstacles you will find on a lake bottom without breaking apart.

The waders include a large internal front pocket made from the same PVC material as the rest of the wader keeping the pocket’s contents super dry.

vass wader pocketThe front pouch is ideal for keeping items such as cameras, rigs, PVA bags, terminal tackle and even bait (surprisingly up to 2kg).

The elasticated Vass branded braces include Vass’s uniquely designed brace clips which are used throughout their extensive wader range which help you clip on the braces with easy.

The Vass 600 waders come in a dark green colour throughout with black and white braces which blend in very well on any lake or river.

Vass has a huge reputation for making reliable waders and has been used by the country’s most respectable carp anglers including Darrel Peck, James Armstrong, and Simon Crow just to name a few.

You can find these waders by Vass in boot sizes ranging from 6 to 12.

Where and how much?

I have had lots of anglers asking me if I believe they are value for money, well I believe they are. These waders are made by one of the top wader brands out there, worn by some of the UK’s top angling names and you can find a pair of these waders for under £70.

I paid £68 for the Vass 600 waders but you can find them much cheaper online from sites such as amazon or eBay.

Wader top tips

  • When getting in the water you must use a prodding stick to check the depths as some lakes drop in depth drastically
  • Highly recommend asking permission from the lake owner or bailiff before using your waders on the lake
  • Get into the water slowly and take your time when moving around


vass wadersI hope you enjoyed this review of the Vass 600 Series Chest Waders.

If you have any questions about these waders or any other wader related questions, feel free to ask them in the comments below.

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Carp Tackle Reviews of 2016 so far..

Prologic AlarmsThis week we’re going to look back at the best tackle reviews from this blog so far in 2016.

This year has already been an exciting year for tackle and new releases for carp anglers to enjoy and I’m sure there’s more exciting tackle releases yet to come.

Below are our pick’s for the best tackle reviews from this year so far…

The Fox Warrior Carp Rod Review

Warrior®-S---FOX-RodsThis guest review comes from James Samways, a keen carp angler and tackle tart.

He’s owned these rods for around a year now and in this review, he shares all the features that make this rod his favourite rods he’s used in years and doing this without breaking the bank.

Find the Fox Warrior Carp Rod review here

The Chub RS-Plus Max Bivvy Review

chubbivvyThis bivvy is one of our top picks when it comes to an affordable bivvy that gives you all the features you will need, including quick setup and plenty of room inside.

This review goes into detail including all the features to you find with this bivvy and where you find it for a good price.

Find the Chub RS-Plus Max Bivvy review

The RidgeMonkey Bivvy Lite Duo Review

rmbivvylightOne of our favourite new products we’ve used in a while and will save you hours of stumbling around in your bivvy in the dark.

In this review, we look at the features you get with it. We find out if there’s any drawbacks to the light and where you can find it for an affordable price.

Find the RidgeMonkey Bivvy Lite Duo review here.

Fox Royale Cooler Food Bag System Review

royale-cooler-food-bag-sys2aThis bag is a versatile storage system which you can use to storage virtually anything.

You can simply use it to keep your food and bait cool, even for long sessions or you can use it as a tackle storage/food bag.

A excellent shaped bag ideal for a barrow but does include heavy padding straps and handles, ideal for carrying on your shoulder or by hand.

In this review, we look at the features you get with it. We look at the pros and cons and where you can find it for an affordable price.

Find the Fox Royale Cooler Food Bag System review here.

Avid Overnighter Yard Sticks Review

Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 12.01.53Ever set your gear up in the dark or wrapped up your rods at a distance when it’s dark? Than these distance sticks from Avid are the ones for you.

Built with fishing at night in mind, these distance sticks have features such as glow in the dark tops and swan neck style curves with making wrapping up at night a piece of cake.

Find the Avid Overnighter Yard Sticks review here.


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Top 10 Carp Fishing Tackle Reviews of 2015

Welcome to this year’s round up of the best carp tackle reviews featured on the CTR blog.

It’s been a great year for new and exciting tackle designed for all us anglers to enjoy. I’m already looking forward to seeing what tackle we have in store for 2016.

Below are our favourite tackle reviews from this year, enjoy…

Reuben Heaton Classic Carp Weighing Scales Review

For over 20 years, these scales by Reuben Heaton have dominated the scales market in carp fishing.

The Review: Reuben Heaton Classic Carp Weighing Scales
Find out in this review why these scales have such an incredible reputation for being the most accurate and reliable scales in carp fishing.

The Trakker Sanctuary Retention Sling Review

Find out what makes this multi purpose retention sling by Trakker the best carp sling on the market.

The Trakker Sanctuary Retention Sling Review
In this review you will learn how this product can make your fishing a lot less hectic and stressful for you and the fish on the bank.

Wychwood Solace Fishing Brolly Review

Find out what situations this brolly is designed for and why using a brolly is more effective than using a tradition bivvy.

Wychood Solace Brolly Review
This review uncovers all of the Wychwood Solace Brolly top features that makes it the most portable brolly style shelter on the market.

Wychwood Exorcist Big Pit Reel Review

Thinking of buying a new set of carp reels but can’t afford the very high end of the reels market? If you’re looking for an affordable, quality reel for long range casting.

Wychwood Exorcist Big Pit Reel Review
Then take a look at our review of Wychwood’s Exorcist Big Pit Reel for an inspection of all the features it has to offer.

Korda Kaptor Hooks Review

Before you buy your next set of carp hooks make sure you check out this review of Korda’s Kaptor hook range.

Korda Kaptor Kurv Shank Hooks Review
We delve deep into what make these hook’s different from other ranges on the market. Are these hook value for money? And are these hook truly non reflective underwater.

ESP PVA Mesh Review

If you’re on the hunt for a top quality PVA mesh then theres none better than the ESP PVA Mesh. Made with a finely weaved mesh ideal for numerous baits such as stick mixes, boilies and particles.

esp pva mesh kits review
This review uncovers how this PVA mesh is the best PVA for mesh bags in the world of carp fishing.

Avid Carp PinDown Hooklink Review

Find out what rigs this braid is specially design for and how it performs in the water.

Avid Pindown Hooklink Review
The review compares it to other braided hooklinks on the market and you find out what captures have been accounted for using the Avid’s Pindown hooklink material.

Nash H-Gun Rod Pod Review

Love them or hate them, rod pod’s in certain situations are a must have item.

Nash H-gun Rod Pod Review
Find out what situations this H-Gun Rod Pod by Nash is designed for and how it compares with other rod pods on the market.

The JRC Stealth X-Lite Chair Review

With the word ‘Lite’ in the model name does this fishing chair by JRC really live up it’s name by being an extra light weight chair?

JRC Stealth X-Lite Chair Review
This review reveals all the features of this chair and how it fares in price compared to other chairs on the market.

Avid Carp Bait Screw Review

Are you an angler that loves to chop and change your hookbaits? Well I have a feeling you will love these bait screws by Avid.

Avid bait screws review
Made from a soft plastic material, these bait screws have revolutionised popular carp rigs such as the chod rig by making switching over hookbaits an easier job compared to using the conventional static bait floss set up.


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