These new Drennan nets are unlike anything else on the market, offering significant technical improvements on what has gone before.
The mesh is kind to fish and hooks.The flat section has a super-fine weave that won’t easily snag your rigs. If it does, it will release them easily and quickly.
The nets hold their form and shape, so no need to ferret about untangling a small fish from the mesh and lose valuable match time. Other features include a lightweight but strong D-section frame, a robust metal spreader block and a stainless screw fitting. The nets come in 14ins (36cm), 16ins (41cm) and 18ins (46cm) sizes, and are ideal for both silverfish and carp.
Price: £17.95, £18.95 and £19.95
In a cased set of three with a wireless receiver, these alarms offer everything that the modern carp angler desires. There are LED visuals for drop-back indications and telescopic snag ears. Other features include five volume levels, four sensitivity adjustments and seven tone settings, plus diamond-shaped rollers and super-bright LEDs. The tiny receiver has a memory functionand it can operate on either silent or vibrate mode. There’s also a courtesy night light. Both alarms and receiver take 2AAA 1.5v batteries.
If you're fishing into shallow water, these wagglers from Middy should be on your shopping list. With white bodies that won’t alarm the fish, they are perfect for smaller snake lakes and pools. The fluoro tops are visible at range, and the floats come in a wide range of styles and weights.
Said to be even more supple and soft than the popular Maxima Chameleon line, it’s ideal for rivers and lakes where its natural shade and ability to absorb light make it hard to detect. It’s super robust with good knot strength and abrasion resistance.
If you're finding it hard to hit the horizon on the cast, even when using shockleaders, these 300m double tapered reel linen come in Trans Khaki camo colour, and because you are casting something that tapers down from 0.50mm (35lb) to 0.30mm (12lb) or 0.33m (15lb) increased casting distances are easily achieved.
Drennan’s new Carp Pole Rigs feature quality components and are hand-tied to exacting specifications. Robust and sensibly balanced mainlines, hooklengths and hooks, and strong reliable knots, give you peace of mind. Carp 1, Carp 2 and Carp 3 rigs all come on 3.5m of line, while the shorter Carp 4 Rig is on 3m of line. Each rig comes on a durable winder too.
This ace new camo reel line for commercial fisheries matches muddy water, and its quick sinking properties far outperform those of standard mono.
Its polished hard outer shell improves casting distances and abrasion-resistance. On big 300m spools, in six breaking strains from 4lb (0.16mm) to 12lb (0.28mm)
The cryogenic tempering process results in a pattern up to 30 per cent stronger than all other PTFE-coated carp hooks on the market. Three patterns feature durable ultra-sharp long-life needle points...
Previously available under the E-S-P Raptor banner but now even better thanks to cryogenic treatment.
They suit a number of presentations (including the Ronnie Rig), where their quick turning, anti-eject shape and needle-sharp point guarantees exceptional hookholds.
In barbed sizes 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10.
This hook combines several proven patterns. Ideal for chod or stiff rigs, its fine curved sticky-sharp beaked point offers extra insurance when fishing weedy or snaggy swims. In barbed sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
This ‘enforcer’ of E-S-P’s Cryogen range is a medium shank pattern combining a crystal bend with a long, slightly offset fine, needle-sharp point and a slick Tufflon coating for secure hook-ups. The straight eye design allows it to be used with all bottom baits or pop-ups, with or without a kicker being added to the rig. Also highly effective for D-Rig presentations. In barbed sizes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Price for all the above: £3.95
A real eye-popper from Matrix is this limited-edition orange Superbox 36.
Around its lightweight aluminium frame it boasts a host of features including super-stable 36mm legs – all with threaded accessory points – large diameter swivelling mudfeet and 25mm telescopic inserts.
The padded seat has its own spirit level, while an integral anti-warp sliding footplate its tidily away underneath the main frame when not in use. A stylish new backplate is bound to appeal to a cult following.
The box comes with a choice of two configurations – one deep drawer with a 90mm storage unit, or two single tray units, both with lids.
Superbox Two-wheel Transporter
A new transporter from Matrix is designed specifically to fit the Superbox. Quick and straightforward to use, the double wheel system can be used with both 36mm and 25mm Superboxes.
It comes supplied with solid puncture-resistant wheels, features a quick-release system for removing the wheels at your peg, and packs away neatly into the supplied carry-bag.
Guru's new Kaizen is a super strong barbless, spade end, PTFE-coated hook ideal for any bait. The company's portfolio of top level consultants have told us that this pattern works especially well with luncheon meat however. Its unique offset shape, super-sharp point and extra-wide gape provide an impressive hookhold. The oversized spade allows it to be used without the worry of knots slipping off.
Sizes available are 10 to 20, with 10 hooks in each packet.
Super-tough puncture-resistant air poles
All season protection - fully waterproof
Available in one and two-man versions
Width: 290cm • Depth: 260cm • Height: 143cm • Weight: 11kg
TFG Gear Airflo Bivvy. So you think all bivvies are much the same? Well, think again!
The new TF Gear Airflo uses ‘air poles’ instead of traditional metal poles to form its shape and, when fully pumped up, it looks very much like a conventional peaked pram hood shelter. To inflate it just lay the bivvy flat on the ground, secure it via its 10 pegging points, connect the stirrup pump (supplied) to the concealed side-fitted inflation valves and then, starting at the front valve, give it some welly.
The Airflo has two chunky main air poles (front and rear) which arch across its width, with shorter connecting tubes running along the roof’s centre to provide rock-solid stability. Don’t fret about punctures. The tubes are resilient, and covered in a hard wearing material. It also has a superb built-in heavy-duty groundsheet – so no entry to creepy crawlies – and zero water ingress. The groundsheet feels tough enough to not be easily ripped or damaged when used over stones or gravel.
The shelter’s front has both mesh and solid infill panels and a roll-up door, while its external peak is fitted with four Velcro rod-holders – a nice touch.
The Airflo shelter is sufficiently different to raise eyebrows among a few die-hard carpers. However, it’s almost certainly the way forward in terms of ease and convenience. It’s rock solid when erected, and offers plenty of internal space. I particularly liked the door’s Velcro floor fitting which makes it completely impervious to rain, even when facing it head-on. A word of warning, though – don’t be overly enthusiastic with the stirrup pump, as our test sample wasn’t the strongest we’ve used.
Delkim 25-Plus. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its bite alarms with vibration sensing, Bedford-based specialists Delkim has produced a Special Edition alarm.
Based upon the existing Standard Plus mode,l they feature a special silver metallic oval logo, silver dial stickers, silver protective hard case and a silver box.
All Delkim bite alarms, past and present, use the unique system which is able to indicate proportionally, both the speed of linear line movement plus vibrations from rod tip ‘nods’ and terminal tackle that do not always move the line.
The almost infinite range of sensitivity adjustment can be finely-tuned to suit all conditions, methods and user preferences so other anglers are not disturbed.
“The original idea for the Delkim Vibration Sensing System actually came to me in the middle of the night back in about 1983, I think in a dream,” commented Chairman and Managing Director, Del Romang.
“The rest, as they say, is history including the virtually annual awards for the Delkim Tx-i as Best Bite Alarm. To be able to celebrate 25 years of Delkim Vibration Sensing in 2017 is something I could never have imagined and is a landmark that I am justifiably proud of,” he added.
£69.99 to £74.99
This revolutionary new MX-100 chair from Middy offers the angler incredible comfort and tactical flexibility when pole or feeder fishing.
Its unique design allows for an extendable side bar to be fitted on to the main frame, while the supplied front and rear pole rests are sturdy enough to hold a pole securely in place... hands-free. A handy rear rippled foam rear rest can be used to keep pole sections neat, tidy and close to hand after they have been unshipped. Next comes an up-and-over mid-positioned rest that can be flipped over to act as a butt rest for rods or poles. Finally, the front rest’s graded head allows for quivertips to be accurately positioned, and also features a U-bend to hold a pole.
To all this you can add an intermediate side tray with fitment, and a one-way arm with threaded stick that acts as a keepnet holder. The chair itself has a cut-away section for easy shipping when using a pole, and is very dynamic, with a high padded headrest, adjustable legs, swivelling mudfeet and multi-positional recline settings. It can be folded flat for easy transportation.
Rear Pole Rest
This rear-fitted rest supports unshipped pole sections, keeping everything neat and tidy and preventing them from rolling away or being blown into the water.
Up and OverRear Rest
Push in the side button and this rod/pole rest turns over. It can now support the butt section of a rod or pole, allowing for hands-free use when feeding.
Swivelling mudfeet with a wide fooprint make the chair stable on even the most uneven banks, and they team up with adjustable legs for comfort.
A multi-positional reclining feature and a high, padded headrest make this the most comfortable chair you’ll have sat in in a very long time.
The MX-100 system comes with a handy sized side-fitting bait tray, large enough to hold a couple of three-pint bait boxes, a mobile phone, and sundry small tackle items.
The sturdily built dual-purpose front rest has a graded EVA section for perfect positioning of quivertip rods, and a U-bend for holding your pole when feeding via a catapult.
• Shallow drawer unit
• Deep drawer unit
• Shallow tray unit
• Stacker lid with carry
• Padded carry strap
• Seatbox cover
Z-36 CARBON SEATBOX
It had to happen… go-ahead match brand MAP is the first in the UK to launch a seatbox with a frame made from high-modulus carbon.
The Z-36 is stunning. Its seamless rounded frame is built and finished almost exclusively by hand, in a dedicated production facility with product testing to ensure it meets stringent quality control.
The benefits of carboninclude, of course, strength and lightness, two big advantages for match anglers. The box’s 36mm rounded legs offer total stability on any terrain.
• Round profile 36mm legs with telescopic inners and threaded screw inserts for accessories
• Lightweight carbon frame
• Sliding footplate with twist-locking pins
• Large footprint swivelling mudfeet
• Padded pole seat with pole support
• Water-resistant seals on all drawer and tray units
• Divided drawer units
Z-36 ELITE WHITE EDITION SEATBOX
The Elite Z-36 White Edition seatbox is similar in many respects to its more expensive stable-mate, with 36mm rounded legs that many anglers insist upon.
The white frame features machined aluminium blocks that make it very light, yet super-strong.
A unique under-frame stacking system allows deep and shallow tray units to be stored in any order without the need of a runner on the bottom tray.
Korum’s first dedicated Feeder Line will meet the demands of modern feeder fishing techniques.
It's denser than water, giving it super-fast sinking properties, and other key features include high knot strength, a smooth, round profile and a non-glare olive green finish.
Available in breaking strains of 6lb, 8lb, 10lb and 12lb on 250m spools.
This handy item enables all of your essential terminal tackle to be stored in one place at a height of your choosing.
The fitting and supplied adaptors enable it to be attached to bivvy ribs, banksticks, chair legs, barrows and storm poles. The quick release system also means it can be used as a standard tackle box if required.
The inside of the box is divided into three sections suitable for storing all sorts or items of terminal tackle and pots of bait etc.
THE new Connect range from line manufacturing giants, Berkley, comprises of two monofilaments, a fluorocarbon and a braid to cover all the needs of specialist and carp anglers.
The CM90 Weed Green monofilament (£19.99) suits venues with plenty of weed growth and features an increased sink rate to get the line down quicker. It is also low-stretch with no line twist or memory making it easy to cast. It comes in 1,200m spools with six breaking strains from 8lb to 20lb.
The CM70 Muddy Brown monofilament (£12.99) is a high performance co-polymer boasting great knot strength and shock resistance. Supplied on 1,000m spools in breaking strains from 8lb to 20lb.
The CF600 (£49.99) is a 100% PVDF fluorocarbon and offers near invisibility under water. It sinks quickly and remains pinned to the deck so is ideal when faced with spooky or pressured fish. It comes on 1,200m spools and in a choice of five breaking strains from 10lb to 20lb.
RRP: £649.99(standard package)
This stunning new seatbox is everything a match angler could wish for. The strong, lightweight aluminium frame provides a low centre of gravity and features an easy height-adjust system.
You can also customise the drawer and tray unit configuration to suit your own style. There is even more lockable storage space for additional tray units situated between the footplate and upper frame if required.
A raft of other key features include 36mm legs with threaded end caps, a padded carbon-friendly pole seat, snag-free fittings throughout, two spirit levels and a fail-safe integral footplate incorporating two unique 36mm moulded accessory blocks, which are ideally placed for keepnets.
A padded rear bar stops the box digging into your back while being carried by the shoulder strap.
You can choose from black, white or orange livery and a huge range of additional box accessories are available.
The Long Visi-Box is Drennan’s latest addition to the Visi-Box family.
Measuring approximately 10cm x 37cm x 12cm, the extra length is handy for longer items of tackle such as floats and hooklength boxes.
As with all other Drennan Visi-Boxes, it’s made from a strong, wipe-clean semi-rigid EVA material. A transparent zipped lid lets you identify the contents at a glance.
Three-drawer box £69.99
Five-drawer box £84.95
North West Angling Centre has introduced this very affordable pair of NWAC-branded seatboxes.
With strong, light aluminium frames, the sturdy compact boxes from the Wigan company come with three or five drawers.
There’s plenty of winder storage space beneath the lid, which is deep enough to hold big-float river rigs. The high-density pole seat feels comfy and stable, and has a built-in rubber pole strap, while the three or five-drawer top section configuration allows for plenty of added storage.
The side-opening drawer is deep enough to hold spools of hooklength line, small hook boxes and rig leads, while the front-opening drawers take accessories such as scissors and disgorgers.
The large base storage area swallows reels, float and feeder boxes and catapults with ease.
Sturdy 26cm x 50cm-long legs ensure a level fishing position, and are compatible with most modern off-box fittings.