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.
If you’re thinking about doing some pike fishing and need to invest in some new wire traces, this new range of specialist Kodex Predatory pike rigs has just about every base covered.
Made from tough but fine seven-strand wire, with machined crimps, the 50cm-long rigs come in 20lb-25lb breaking strains and are fitted with dependable safety clips.
Twin Treble Rigs
These rigs, like all others in the range, use high-quality components.
The wire is Japanese seven-strand with hi-carbon X-Strong trebles, matt black size 8 swivels and black copper crimp sleeves. The crimps are tensioned by air pressure technology to squeeze them to the perfect degree of tightness.
The upper treble is adjustable to accommodate various sizes of bait, then the patented floating crimp can be engaged to stop the upper treble moving. A red attractor fin on the upper treble encourages snap takes.
Kodex Deadbait Rigs have semi-barbless X-Strong black trebles (only one of the points is barbed, and this should be used for mounting the bait). Wire, silicone-covered crimps and attractor fins are the same as on the Twin Treble versions.
Single Hook Rigs
These are ideal rigs for lip-mounting bigger baits, with all the technology and precision associated with the more complex rigs in the Kodex Predatory range.
These wire traces feature a secure safety clip to attach lures quickly and easily.
Always use a wire trace above your lure to ensure you won’t lose fish – pike will cut through mono in an instant, and leaving hooks in pike is very bad angling practice indeed.
S36 Superbox £529.99
S25 Superbox £399.99
Match brand Matrix has thrown its hat into the new seatbox arena with its latest S36 and S25 Superbox models.
The S36 Superbox, available with a choice of an eye-catching green or grey frame, boasts many of the specifications of its hugely popular predecessor.
These include sturdy 36mm round legs with 25mm telescopic inserts, snag-free fittings throughout, and a removable modular drawer and tray unit system beneath the main chassis.
Improvements to the original include a stylish new backplate, threaded inserts in the leg tops, plus a new anti-warp footplate that slides beneath the frame to make the box easy to transport.
Both boxes can be used in conjunction with the latest Matrix Feeder Seat, which is sure to be popular with anglers fishing open-water bream venues.
It’s great having a ‘carpy’ headtorch but if it’s dark green or even camouflaged it can be a right pain to locate in the dark. Enter the Olight H05 Active, which makes no excuses for coming in bright orange, blue, purple or green. Powered by two AAA batteries (included) it kicks out up to 150 lumens of light and, in its lower-power setting, can last for 40 hours. A red LED offers a more stealthy setting for retaining your own night vision. The head angle can also be adjusted 10, 25, 35 and 50 degrees below the horizontal making tying rigs or playing fish in the dark an absolute joy. The whole unit is both light and very comfortable.
Specifically for big-carp fishing, Tribal Carp line from Shimano comes in clear, green or dark colour options.
The super-smooth mono has excellent distance-casting qualities, good abrasion-resistance and superior knot strength.
It comes on 300m or 1,000m spools, and in 8lb, 10lb, 12lb and 15lb breaking strains.
These super-strong Kodex Genomic hooks are forged from the finest Japanese carbon steel, and feature incredibly sharp and slightly beaked micro-points for the best possible hookhold.
The pattern’s large offset eye helps to create the perfect bait presentation with pop-ups. They can also be easily tied using thick diameter chod rig materials. The non-flash, matt-finished hooks come in sizes 3, 5 and 7, with 10 to the packet.
£49.99 and £59.99
These handsome Chub Vantage Solid Carryalls in two sizes feature rigid main compartments that have three major advantages over standard carryalls.
They have superb anti-crushing protection, maximise inner space by keeping the bags upright when not fully filled, and are easily accessed through the large closing lid which protects the contents.
Both bags are ideal for French carping trips when the van is packed fit to bursting point, as they will help keep expensive tackle items such a spare reels safe at all times.
This hard-wearing Chub weigh sling has a fish-friendly PVC coating and boasts other conservation-conscious details. These includes zips with protection baffles for easy release, and Velcro strips just belowthe support bars for added security while carrying and returning fish to the water.
Fine mesh patches below the zips allow the sling to be used as retainer, and the base has a safe drainage system that lets excess water escape quickly.
Accurate fish weighing is essential to all specimen anglers, and these latest heavy-duty JRC branded Reuben Heaton scales are as good as they get.
They come in two versions that weigh up to 60lb in 2oz divisions, and 120lb in 4oz divisions, the latter being ideal for French carp trips.
So you’ve got the scales, now you need to something to hang them on. This new JRC Weigh Tripod is as robust and well made as anything you are ever likely to see.
Maybe a bit heavy for short sessions, it’s perfect for French trips. Key features include telescopic legs, a strong moulded spreader block, and a multi-position block with a buzzer bar attachment that allows the tripod to be used as a high rod pod on difficult waters.
Under the guiding influence of Danny Fairbrass and Damien Clarke, Korda has a deserved reputation for innovative carp fishing products.
The Essex firm’s Underwater DVDs enabled anglers to see exactly what their mainlines and rigs looked like under the surface. Feeding habits, bites and aborted takes from big carp could all be witnessed in anglers’ living rooms.
To the list you can also add the championing of PVA tactics, unique leads, bespoke hooks, and a raft of ‘must-have’ carpy accessories. Even in such exalted company, Korda’s latest ready-tied rigs are quite exceptional.
Every aspect of the mechanics is perfectly executed. I’ve viewed all the variations under a magnifying camera lens, and the closer I looked, the better they became.
With superbly compressed knotless knots, millimetre-perfect loops around swivels, ideal length hairs, correctly placed kickers, and seamless, identical stripping lengths of coated braids, they render home-tied rigs pretty much obsolete.
KORDA MULTI RIG
This, the most versatile big-carp rig there is, allows the hook to be changed in a jiffy. It is most often used with pop-up and wafter hookbaits. The rig is constructed from Korda Kamo coated braid, the colours of which blend in over most lakebeds. The Krank Choddy hook boasts a wide gape and sweeping shank. Available in sizes 4, 6 and 8, barbed or barbless.
DF CARP RIG
Carp god Danny Fairbrass’s favourite all-time rig. With quality Korda Soft N-Trap 15lb coated braid and a super-sharp Wide Gape hook, the rig’s aggressively curved inward-facing shrink tube turns the hook into the fish’s mouth. Ideal for bottom baits, snowman set-ups and popped-up plastics, the moveable rig ring allows for natural movement and stops the bait being blown back over the hookpoint. In barbed or barbless, in sizes 10, 8 and 6.
THIS ‘take it anywhere’ rig can be used for fish of all sizes from most venues. The Wide Gape hook’s efficiency is enhanced by a short length of shrink tube, and a small piece of silicon tubing on the hook shank ensures the hair exits at the optimum point. The rig is tied using Korda’s latest Dark Matter sinking braid in 15lb and 20lb versions, and finished with a size 8 swivel attached loop style, so it can be used with any quick change swivel. In barbed and barbless versions, sizes 10, 8, 4 and 6 hooks.
There’s no better big-fish rig out there. It’s all but impossible to tangle, even at extreme range, as the stiff element of the rig kicks the hookbait away from the lead on the cast to give perfect presentation. Constructed using 20lb IQ2 fluorocarbon and 20lb or 25lb Mouth Trap line tied to Korda Choddy hooks, the hook section is beautifully curved to allow the hook to spin into prime hooking position every time a fish mouths the bait. In sizes 4, 6 and 6.
This superb clear-water rig took a prized fish from the Linear complex during filming of Korda’s Underwater Part 7 DVD. The 12lb IQ Extra Soft Fluorocarbon gives near-invisible bait presentation, and natural movement is achieved via a long D-style loop and tiny bait swivel. Ideal for balanced bottom baits such as wafters, and slow-sinking plastics that hover just above the hook, the rig is well suited to small PVA bag work. You get free Korda Extenda stops too. Sizes 8, 6 and 4.