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.

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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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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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My Carp Fishing Setup 2017 Part 2 “Luggage, Shelters and Gadgets”

mirror carpThis week we take a look at my very own carp fishing setup guide which is part TWO of the series.

If you missed part one please check it out here, it includes the rods, reels, rod support and bite indication tackle I currently use in my carp fishing set up.

This guide has been designed to help newcomers to carp fishing and also help those experienced anglers that are looking to upgrade and change their current tackle set up.

In this part of my carp fishing set up guide I will be showing you the chairs, luggage, shelters and other useful items I use in my own carp fishing.

Thank you for reading and let’s get started…

Chair

JRC Stealth X-Lite Recliner ChairThe JRC X-lite Chair is one of the lightest, compact chairs on the market and has to be one of my favourites.

It’s very low and comfortable but if you’re looking for a chair with ultimate comfort this may not be the chair for you as it has no major padding or head/neck support.

Great addition if you’re looking to scale down your overall tackle weight or travel around a lot.

Bedchair

The bedchair I use is the super light and compact Wychwood Tactical Bedchair. It’s very stylish, packs away quickly and I highly recommend it.
wychwood tactical bedchair

Luggage

Luggage again is all down to personal preference and whatever suits your storage requirements. Personally I don’t really like to take to many bags so I often only take a rod bag and tackle/food bag.

Rod Bag

foxquiver
I use a Fox Royale Quiver Combo to store my rods in, also a Trakker Sanctuary Retention Sling, Wychwood net and Avid distance sticks all fit into it. The quiver comes with 3 separate zipped rod sleeves, allowing you to store rods and reels already set up and ready to cast out into the lake. The quiver is fully secure, includes useful handles for putting it in the car, plenty of pockets and is very lightweight and surprisingly compact.

Tackle/Food Bag

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Continuing with the Fox Royal range, I use the Fox Royale Cooler Food Bag System to keep my food and tackle in. This bag is great from short sessions or if used just as a food bag it could keep you going for a few weeks. The bag comes with all the pockets you will need and includes a Fox branded cooking cutlery set too. The straps and handles are well-built and extremely padded and I highly recommend it.

Transportation

carpporter
For transporting my gear around I use the ever faithful Carp Porter MK2 barrow. Apart from replacing the original tyre with a puncture proof tyre, it’s been very reliable over the past 6/7 years. I probably will never replace it and just replace certain parts when they get too old and possibly give it a repaint job. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a reliable barrow.

Shelters

Wychwood Brolly
I mainly use my Wychwood Solace Oval Brolly as it’s super quick to set up, lightweight and compact.

maxpluschubbivvy
If I’m doing a longer session, and need more room or it’s during the winter months I will use my Chub RS-Plus Max Bivvy. The Chub Bivvy is well-built, roomy, can withstand strong winds, includes a peaked extended roof and rod straps, which is great for changing your rigs quickly.

Cookware

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Cookware is another that’s really down to personal preference. I currently use a Fox stove and Wychwood compact kettle. Both small, compact and just work.

I don’t do a lot of cooking on the bank but I am contemplating purchasing a RidgeMonkey Toaster Pan, they look very simple to use and easy to clean.

Other useful tackle

Conclusion

carpfishingsetupThanks for reading My Carp Fishing Set up Part Two and I hope you found it useful in any way.

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My Carp Fishing Setup 2017 Part 1 “Rods, Reels, Line and Indicators”

carp fishing setupThis week we take a look at my very own carp fishing setup. I’ve had plenty of emails recently asking me about what tackle I use for my own carp fishing so I needed to write this guide.

This guide will help newcomers to carp fishing and also help those experienced anglers that are looking to upgrade and change their current tackle set up.

I’ve been fishing for over 13 years now and have used a large range of tackle over the years.

In this guide I will show you the tackle I use, give you useful information and give you my honest opinions on each of my tackle items to help you not waste your money (like I have in the past).

This guide was originally going to be a single post but got too long so part two of this guide will be coming very soon so don’t forget to subscribe!

Thank you for reading and let’s get started…

Rods

wychwood c201 carp rods
The Wychwood C-201 3lb test curve rods are the latest addition to my current setup. They replaced my ever faithful JRC defender carp rods which I used for over 5 years. Why replace them you ask? Well I just fancied a change and I’ve always been a fan of cork handle rods but never owned cork handle carp rods.

These rods are thinner, lighter (half the weight) and look so much more stylish than my old JRC rods. I will be reviewing them as soon as I’ve used them for a few months, giving you a full honest review as usual.

Reels

shimano ultegra 14000 xtd
I recently added the Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd reels to my current setup replacing my old Wychwood Exorcist reels. These reels have to be the best looking reels for your money and are a joy to use. Super lightweight and spool off line on the cast with ease.

Check out the review for the Shimano Ultegra 14000 Xtd reels here.

Line

gardner hd line
Recently switched to Gardner GT-HD line on recommendation from other anglers at my local club water. It’s a great line overall and especially good for weedy waters and when you need to sink the line quickly.

Rod Support/Indication

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I’ve been a fan of the Fox Black Label range for while now, the banksticks, buzz bars and indicators look great. All the items in the range are well built and have been very reliable for over a year now.

These items are just personal preference but I would highly recommend them especially the the black label indicators. The indicators are are highly customisable suiting every type of fishing situation and comes in a large range of colours (I have purple ones!).

Bite Alarms

tfg-mag-runner-ignite-bite-alarms-receiverI’ve had my set of TFG Mag Runner Ignite Alarms for over 3 years now and to be brutally honest I would not recommend them to anyone.

Occasionally the battery slips from the back making the alarms unusable and the receiver only works when it wants to it seems and finding an instructions for them is impossible.

The only reason for not upgrading them is mainly down to not having the spare cash and these will be the next items I will be changing in my tackle set up. And for anyone wondering I have be looking at Delkims and Gardner ATT alarms as they seem to be reliable, well built bite alarms.

Conclusion

mirror carpThanks for reading My Carp Fishing Setup 2017 Part 1.

Make sure you check Part 2 next week as we will be exploring what other tackle I use in my own carp fishing such as shelters, luggage, cookware etc.

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Loads of Brand New Products from Fox Coming Soon!

In the last few weeks, carp tackle giants Fox have hinted that they would be releasing a shed load of awesome new tackle for all of us to use on the bank.

This article will give you the low down of what’s set to come our way soon from Fox.

Let’s get started

The Reflex Compact bivvy

Designed for the angler looking to scale down their gear and keep mobile but still wants the comfort factor.

Features

  • Same Ventec Rip Stop fabric used on the standard Reflex Bivvy
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Includes Three door panel options – Solid Ventec, Clear PVC or Mozzy Mesh
  • All door options feature double zips so they can be used letter box style
  • Front and Rear mozzy mesh vents for increased airflow
  • Internal mesh pockets, ideal for storing small important items
  • Optional bivvy skin is available, perfect for the winter months

The Compact bivvy including the groundsheet, poles, pegs and carry bag weighs approximately 10.5kg. Available for around £359.99.

R-Series Camo Recliner Chairs

– Including Foxes unique camo trim throughout
– Micro fleece memory foam mattress (great for bad backs!)
– Extra padded top sections
– Fully adjustable legs and large swiveling mug feet
– Fully reclinable back for extra comfort
– Available in 3 different sizes; R1(small), R2(medium) and the R3(large)

Available for around £80-£100.

The Duralite Chair

– One of Fox’s lightest chairs to be released, weighing approximately 3.2kgs
– The framework, micro mesh and minimal padding aids in comfort while keeping the weight down
– Includes fully adjustable legs and large swiveling mug feet

The Duralite will be available for around £84.99.

Exocet Trans Khaki Casting Line

exocet trans khaki
– Low visibility Trans Khaki blends virtually disappears on lakebed and in midwater
– Great knot strength and low memory
– Low diameter and supple making it perfect for long range casting
– Great abrasion resistance considering low diameter
– Supplied on 1000m bulk spools available in 10lb, 13lb, 16lb ,18lb 20lb and 23lb

The Exocet Trans Khaki Casting Line is priced at £19.95 per spool.

Power Grip Catapult Method Pouch

Power Grip Catapult
– Lightweight and effective groundbait casting pouch
– Super strength elastic
– Curved ergonomic handle perfect for continuous catapulting

Available for around £12.99.

Clothing

Fox are set to release all new clothing that will be added to the all so popular CHUNK range, this summer.

Check out them out below (click the pic for a closer look then click to close the gallery).

Conclusion

We can’t wait to try some of these new Fox products out on the bank and possibly review of these products for you guys in the future.

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New Super Smart Boilie Air Dry System by RidgeMonkey Coming Soon!

ridgemonkey mk2 airdryerRidgemonkey are set to release an all new smart modular boilie air dry system very soon and we’re all very excited about it.

This new air dry system by tackle innovators RidgeMonkey is essentially based on their original air dry system which was the very first product RidgeMonkey released. The new mk2 air dry system has been completely redesigned, including all new handy features which make drying/storing bait on the bank much easier.

The new mk2 will include an all new quick release strap, making it easier to hang and remove the air dry system from any branch without the need to break or look for a short enough branch.

ridgemonkey mk2 airdry system - quick release strap
The straps have been reconfigured making the air dry system even stronger, it includes the same framework as the original and a huge amount of surface area to dry your boilies on.

The new mk2 also includes a quick release boilie caddie, which you can remove from the air dry system and simply strap it around your waist, ready for you to bait up your chosen area.

ridgemonkey mk2 airdryer boilie caddie
Another great feature of the new mk2 air dry system is that it’s modular, meaning you can buy separate air dry sections which you can strap to the two air dry sections included with the mk2.

You can attach an infinite amount of separate air dry sections to the system, so you could dry out as much bait as you wanted using the same air dry system.

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Each air dry section can store up to 5kg of boilies and the boilie caddie will store up to 3.5kg.

The air dry mk2 which includes the two air dry sections and the boilies caddie will be priced at £21.99 and the additional air dry sections will be priced at around £8.

ridgemonkey mk2 airdryerWe’re really excited about using one of these new RidgeMonkey mk2 air dry system’s so expect a full review of it when it’s finally released very soon.

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Super Smart Modular Bucket by Ridgemonkey Coming Soon!

ridgemonkey modular bucketEarlier today, tackle accessories innovators RidgeMonkey have released details of a new exciting product that I’m sure you will see a lot of anglers using on the bank in the months to come.

Essentially it’s 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.

If like us you like to separate baits into different buckets, then this product will make you very excited. Ideal for those mobile type anglers and an excellent product for stalker & floater fishing.

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As an example with this bucket you could keep your loose feed bait in the main compartment, pva mix in one tray and pva tackle items in an other.

This super handy modular bucket by RidgeMonkey will be available in July and can be found in two different size options, 17 and 30 litres.

For more details on the new RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket check out the video below.

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