Leeda Tackle – which also incorporates match, specimen and sea fishing brands MAP, Wychwood and Mustad – flung open the doors of its first trade show of the year to reveal a stunning array of highly innovative products.
Under the guidance of brand manager Mike Robinson MAP already has many super-successful products in its portfolio, including what is regarded by many as the best meat cutter on the market, the space-saving Parabolix STI luggage system and the awesome TKS poles, the latest of which – the flagship 901 – was exclusively live tested in Angling Times two weeks ago.
Now the wraps have come off a brilliant new pole roller and many more handy tackle items that all match anglers will want.
Specimen brand Wychwood has unveiled new Solace rods, sleeping bags that would keep you snug and warm on a mountain top, and one of the best rucksacks I have ever seen.
For the sea angler the classic Leeda Icon name has been given to three stunning new beachcasting rods, while Mustad has released a simply perfect luggage range for shore fishermen.
MAP Double V Flat roller
This clever pole roller makes for quick and easy double shipping. Two centrally positioned upright rollers prevent expensive pole sections from colliding, while a single roller design either side of the flat V layout means that resting sections cannot be rolled off. Fitted with the established flat fold and three way extending leg systems, it is the ideal roller for all situations.
MAP Dual Hooklength Box
With a clear UV protective lid, this box has unique adjustable pins with length measurements on the slider to ensure consistent hooklengths every time. A bottom layer features a magnetic hook storage tray and enough space to house scissors, snippers and loop-tyers.
MAP EVA Bait Luggage
Light and easy to carry, these EVA bowls, bait waiters and groundbait buckets allow all kinds of baits to be housed in a neat and compact manner. They wipe clean in a trice.
Prices: EVA Complete Bait set £34.99; groundbait bowls with lid £9.99/£10.99; EVA Bait Compartments £3.99 (small), £5.99 (medium), £6.99 (large); groundbait bowls £6.99 (small), £8.50 (large)
MAP XL Stink Bag
Fed up with the smell of wet? Then treat yourself to one of these new XL Stink Net bags in durable plastic. The bright MAP blue bag will take up to three keepnets plus landing net heads, and there are handy screw-capped drainage holes on either side.
Wychwood Morpheus Ultra 7 sleeping bag
This bag has been tested down to minus 15ºC. All of the materials have heat regulating properties, so it can be used all year round
Wychwood Dispatch 750 Spod reel
Oversized gearing will easily cope with the rigours of spod and Spomb work. Other features include a bail-arm lock and a wide long cast spool, but best of all the reel comes pre-loaded with 20lb (0.26mm) braid, and will retrieve in an impressive one metre of line per handle crank.
Wychwood Epic Packsmart rucksack
This rucksack will awallow a large amount of bait and tackle. With a built-in groundsheet, the Packsmart opens out to reveal five see-through zip pouches to pack away everything from clothing to bait.
Wychwood Epic Flatstack bags
These Wychwood Flatstack on and off-barrow bags will slide easily under a bed chair, and with an impressive 30-litre capacity they swallow up bait and gear. Interconnectable, they have heavy duty adjustable retention straps that will fit any barrow.
Price: £49.99 (Flatstack starter pack including chill and accessory bags)
Solace Specialist and Specimen rods
The perfect choice for anglers targeting barbel, chub, tench and big bream, these quality rods feature retro full cork handles, gunmetal trim rings and custom-spaced SG braid-friendly guides.
Prices: £59.99 to £89.99
Wychwood Firefly baiting needles
Five differenct baiting needle heads and a bait drill all have stainless needles securely fitted into moulded glow-in-the-dark handles, CAD-engineered for comfort.
Wychwood Worm Wraps
These will protect your rods in transit. The one-piece design that does not degrade or clog up is handy for a multitude of connecting uses.
Price: £1.99 per pack
LED Lenser head torches
These quite superb head torches from LED Lenser will turn the darkest night into day. Six styles all have a powerful LED lumen output, are comfortable to wear, and between them will suit all styles of angling and depths of pocket.
Wychwood Agitator Predator rods
For casting big deadbaits or just flicking out small lures, the Agitator series has it covered. High modulus carbon blanks feature braid-friendly guides triple leg guides guaranteed for the life of the rod.
Mustad Sea fishing luggage range
Zip-less and proofed against saltwater, the 35-litre features a special quiver grip back support, with built-in rain cover, safety whistle, side pockets and front fixing points.
Leeda M-Sport Icon beach rods
The classic Icon brand is back with three impressive beachcasters. The two piece M-Sport blanks feature improved rings, full-length Japanese shrink wrapped handle and a finish that simply oozes class. Available in Match, Power and Ultra Power for rough ground work, these are destined to be popular for the imminent cod season.