If you’re targeting pike, perch or zander this winter, it’s odds-on that you already own a few Fox Rage and Salmo items. After all, the brands cover every conceivable tackle requirement for the serious predator angler.
Since its launch here in the UK, Rage has firmly installed itself as the market leader and this year have added to their expanding range with more must-have terminal tackle and lures, and the rods and reels to go with them.
With Salmo releasing several exciting new lure patterns too, we headed to their Essex HQ to find out more about the kit hitting the shops now...
1) RAGE REALISTIC REPLICANT TROUT & PERCH
THE Fox Rage Replicant family has been further expanded with two incredible new additions. The Replicant Trout, with highly realistic detailing, delivers a swimming action irresistible to predators. Key features include a belly hook rotation system to maintain hook holds. In four sizes – 10cm/20g, 14cm/55g, 18cm/90g and 23cm/155g. The Replicant Perch sees the brilliant characteristics of one of the most successful swimbaits of all time worked into a perch format. The lure uses a super rip-resistant body material and features the proven Replicant swimming action. In three sizes – 10cm/20g, 14cm/55g and 18cm/85g.
2) RAGE CRITTERS
Fox Rage Critters in a range of colours and sizes deliver a crayfish imitation with real predator appeal. Fish them on jigheads, weedlessly Texas-style, or any other way the fish want them.
They feature multiple appendages, including uniquely shaped front claws, and have hook slots for completely weedless rigging. In three colours – Ultra Violet Dark Oil, Lemon Tiger and Natural – and a choice of 7cm and 9cm size.
3) SALMO SQUAREBILL 6CM
THIS is a deep-bodied floating crankbait with a square lip designed to deflect the lure over bottom snags. Its new, larger 6cm size is perfect for all freshwater predators. An extremely durable body helps it to withstand damage from underwater structures.
4) SALMO SLIDER 16CM
A LARGER, limited edition version of the legendary Slider, perfect for big predators. This 16cm sinking version is perfectly suited to heavy-duty casting and trolling.
5) SALMO PIKE FLOATING 9CM
THIS classic Salmo crankbait with an incredible action is now available in a smaller 9cm length. In Hot Pike and Pike colours, its floating body is perfect for shallow running from 0.5m down to 1m.
I’ve used Van Den Eynde groundbaits for as long as I’ve been fishing and thanks to the sheer size of the range on offer from the Belgian bait giants, every UK fishing base is covered from tench on estate lakes to carp on commercial fisheries.
For me though, 90% of my fishing year involves targeting roach on venues as diverse as big tidal Norfolk rivers to intricate Fenland drains and Midlands canals. The redfin is the dominant fish and they all seem have one thing in common - they love having a bit of groundbait thrown at them.
I could get technical and talk about using a groundbait mix that’s 20% of one thing, 30% of another and so on but I won’t. That’s down simply to Van Den Eynde Super Roach, a groundbait that’s incredibly versatile. In short, I only need to take this mix to tackle a wide range of fisheries.
Mixed on the dry side, Super Roach is spot on for shallower venues but overwet it and it becomes super sticky, perfect for deep fast flowing water. In either consistency, the groundbait can carry lots of particles without breaking up before you want it to and it’s also available in a natural brown or dark black colour for both summer and winter fishing.
Oh and don’t be fooled by the name – skimmers and bream don’t half love a bit of Super Roach too!
RRP: £3.99 for a kilo bag
With impeccable timing, Dynamite has launched a new collection of baits on the very eve of the new season. The company’s track record of blending proven fish-catching ingredients is evident in the Big Fish River Range.
SHRIMP AND KRILL GROUNDBAIT
This high feed content groundbait includes a rich assortment of crushed and ground pellets and hemp, as well as selection of proteins. The inclusion of plenty of quality shrimp and krill meal gives it a potent fishmeal aroma. It’s ideal for balling in or for use with a large feeder, even in fast-flowing water. In 1.8kg bags.
CHEESE AND GARLIC GROUNDBAIT
WITH a proper whiffy cheese and garlic aroma, this groundbait is nailed on for success with big chub, carp and barbel. Best suited to highly coloured and cold water, the recipe includes a potent garlic extract, plus turmeric and Butyric acid – a hugely popular attractant used in many of Dynamite’s carp baits. In 1.8kg bags.
CHEESE AND GARLIC/SHRIMP AND KRILL PASTES
THESE tough-textured pastes can be wrapped around any inert hookbait to enhance its potency. A slow-melt formula provides long-lasting attraction – flavours are definitely not washed out within minutes of hitting the riverbed.
Price: £4.99 per tub
SHRIMP AND KRILL/CHEESE AND GARLIC BUSTERS
THESE high food content River Busters are slightly soft boilie-style baits that leak off attractants on impact. Needle-friendly, they are perfect for hair-rigging without drilling. The fishmeal base mix contains garlic powder, garam, turmeric and powdered Robin Red.
Price: £4.99 per pot
CHEESE AND GARLIC/SHRIMP AND KRILL BAIT SOAKS
THOSE viscous liquids can be added to groundbait and pellets or used as hookbait glugs. They cloud the water and leak attractive food signals downstream, pulling fish towards them. In 500ml bottles.
Bait-tech has added new pellets, groundbaits and liquids to its wide portfolio this season – and there’s no doubt these will all be welcomed with open arms, particularly by commercial match anglers.
The Suffolk company, known for using only high quality ingredients, has also expanded the popular Special G range.
Last year’s best-selling The Juice liquid is now also available as a stunning and easy-to-mix sweet fishmeal-flavoured groundbait with a rapid breakdown speed perfect for match fishing.
1) THE JUICE GROUNDBAIT
Bait-Tech’s new The Juice Groundbait is made to target large numbers of big fish quickly on commercials. A fast breakdown with low binding properties gives it endless mixing options, but it is particularly good when over-wetted as a ‘slop’ mix.
Packed with quality fishmeals, this groundbait has a characteristic sweet note common to all other The Juice products. Perfect for pole work, and any kind of feeder fishing, this intensely flavour-packed bait will get an instant reaction in your swim from carp, F1s, skimmers, bream, barbel and ide.
2) THE JUICE WAFTER dumbells
Following the success of its original The Juice hookbaits, Bait-Tech has added Pellet Wafters to the range. In 8mm and 10mm versions with two colours per pot, they enable you to match your hookbait to your feed pellets. Easily attached via a bait band or bait bayonet, carp of all sizes will find these critically-balanced offerings irresistible.
3) STICK MIX LIQUIDS
These will heighten the attraction of any feed or bait. All four flavours – Scopex, Berry, Pineapple and Krill – are PVA-friendly, and ideal for use with solid bags and mesh sticks, when their water-soluble rich flavours will leach off intense flavours around your hookbait. The liquids can also be used to bind micro pellets together for Method tactics.
4) HEMP AND CORN IN A CAN
Two great carp baits are brought together in a can, where they are cooked to seal in all the freshness without the need for chemicals or additives.
For its Super Seed particles range, Bait-Tech uses only the finest A Grade seeds.
5) SPECIAL G GLUG
Special G glug can enhance any spod mix, soak pellets, or be added to paste and groundbait mixes. The viscous liquid also works brilliantly when dripped directly on to your hookbait, as it slowly melts away to leave an attractive flavour trail.
6) SPECIAL G SOFT HOOKERS
These are versatile enough for both waggler and hair-rigged Method feeder work. They are made from Bait-Tech Xpanda pellets, pumped full of gelatine, fishmeal, and proven attractors prior to drying.
At the end of the manufacturing process you find pellets that are not only easy to use without splitting or crumbling, but brilliant fish-catchers. Special G Soft Hookers come in three variations – Dark, Green and Gold – to complement all Special G groundbaits.
Do note, these pellets are best stored in a dark, cool location as they can degrade if exposed to direct sunlight.
7) BIG CARP METHOD MIX
ADF technology processes the ingredients in Big Carp Method Mix, maintaining their high nutritional value.
Bait-Tech’s fishmeals are derived from human grade quality fish. The rich, high protein amino-packed food content of Big Carp Method Mix will hold feeding fish in your swim for a long time.
8) PRO NATURAL FINE LAKE DARK
New Pro Natural Fine Lake Dark, for use on rivers and natural stillwaters, is rich in milled coconut, molasses and hemp, with a sweet aroma to hold fish in your swim. Its sticky makes it perfect for carrying maggots, casters, hemp and pellets.
French bait and tackle giant Sensas has launched a stunning selection of baits aimed at the commercial match angler.
The company’s latest IM7 range comprises groundbaits and pastes, feed and hooker pellets, mini boilies, and Bombix bait dips and sprays.
These new baits and additives, which were more than two years in development, combine strong aromas with proven fish-catching flavours and solid, vibrant colours.
The new IM7 groundbaits will all double-up for use as pastes (ideal wrapping boilies), while the equivalent IM7 pellets in three sizes – micro (2mm), 4mm, and 6mm – all have accurately calculated breakdown times so you know exactly when to recast.
IM7 Extruded Pellets/Expander Pellets
These IM7 feed pellets come in micro, 4mm and 6mm sizes and in seven different flavours – Amino Red, Yellow Vit, Red Strawberry, Green Garlic, Betaine, Natural and Fishmeal.
The sinking pellets, of a uniform size and shape, are perfect for feeding via a catapult or hooking with a band. The Black Squid micro pellet is sure to become a firm favourite for winter/clear water Method feeder tactics.
bombix IM7 color liquid
ADD a splash of colour to your pellets with Bombix colour liquid in green, yellow, red or black.
Once your hookbait has reached the bottom it will then emit a small halo of colour that carp are said to find irresistible.
IM7 soft pellets
These well-rolled and super-attractive mini boilie baits won’t split or crumble when used with hair rig attachments. They are available in the same colours and flavours as the other Sensas IM7 baits and feeds.
The latest IM7 groundbaits come in five flavours – Yellow Vit’Min, Black Squid, Amino Red, Green Garlic/Betaine and Natural Fishmeal.
A natural base mix means they can be customised to your own requirements with the use of additives. Powerful attractants will draw fish into your swim.
IM7 soft hook pellets
THESE soft hook pellets are ready to use straight from the tub, and are available in 4mm and 6mm sizes and four flavours.
For use as hookbaits, they come already coloured and aroma-boosted.
Attractants are impregnated through the pellets for increased leakage and effectiveness… and because they have a fairly robust consistency, they stay well on the hook.
IM7 commercial liquid
These new IM7 liquid bait boosters are ideal for flavouring pastes, meat, corn, feed pellets, and hookbait expander pellets. Even if your pellets are pre-flavoured, a quick squirt with Booster will provide an added edge.
They come in the same new IM7 flavours and colours as the rest of the range.
Dynamite’s latest array of new offerings comes hot on the heels of its last big boilie introductions.
Carp deity Terry Hearn’s all-season Complex T Boilies now come with matching feed pellets and paste, while that perennial favourite, Monster Tiger Nut, also gets its own uniquely flavoured retinue of matching pellets.
Add to these additions to the Frenzied Feeder Pulses & Particles range, cooked in the jar to retain all their natural goodness... X-tra Active Stick Mix... and Tuff Paste and lead wrap in Dynamite’s most popular flavours... and you begin to see why the company’s products are the first choice for carp anglers who take their sport seriously.
These premium grade refined oils come in Smoked Salmon, Tiger Nut, Hemp, Citrus and Robin Red flavours, and are thin enough to be injected into solid PVA bags or squirted directly on to baits and feeds. In water they emit an attractive rising flavour slick, drawing fish towards your hookbait. In 300ml bottles.
X-TRA ACTIVE STICK MIX
Used straight from the tub, new Fishmeal, Sweet and Nutty, and Spicy flavours. Team them with PVA mesh sticks and solid bags to make the perfect base mix to which chopped boilies, pellets or particles can be added. In 650g tubs.
MONSTER TIGER NUT PELLETS
Monster Tiger Nut boilies are quite superb for targeting really big French carp. Their sweet, nutty aroma has a proven track record.
The only things missing from the Tiger Nut range were matching pellet feeds, and now Dynamite has plugged the gap with these 4mm, 6mm and 8mm pellets in 900g bags.
frenzied feeder pulses & particles
These Dynamite Baits premium particles are cooked inside the jar to retain all their natural oils, attractants and goodness.
No preservatives are added to these natural baits in 2.5-litre jars.Krill, Naked and Sweet & Milky are the latest versions to hit the shelves.
TUFF PASTE HOOKBAIT & LEAD WRAP
New Tuff Pastes have a strong texture for wrapping around boilies and leads. In Complex T, The Source, Crave, Monster Tiger Nut and Red Amo flavours, they contain all key ingredients found in the matching boilies. The paste breaks down to leave a cloud of enticing attractants and flavours around your hookbait.
Every predator angler will recognise the Fox Rage brand – after all, the company’s iconic Replicant lures have been seen around banks and boats for decades.
The lifelike, soft plastic swimbaits have caught countless large pike and zander here at home and all across Europe.
The great news is that the latest Wobble, Shallow and Realistic Replicant models are better than ever, with more colour choices, more baitfish imitations and an improved ‘wounded’ movement in the water. Basically, if it has teeth and is of a predatory disposition, something in Replicant’s extended family will be mistaken for an easy meal.
fox replicant shallow
A innovative take on the original Replicant, the Shallow model takes lures into uncharted territory. With its balanced soft body and weighted harness arrangement, it can be worked just beneath the surface.
Presented super-slowly, it has a hugely seductive swimming action.
When a fish is hooked the harness detaches from the lure body, transferring the weight of the soft plastic away from the hookhold so the fish can’t use the mass of the lure to throw the hook. This also protects the lure from being damaged by the fish’s teeth. In 10 colour options, including the exciting Super Natural.
Sizes: 18cm/65g 23cm/130g
This jointed swimbait will get you strikes when other lure types are struggling. In two sizes, it delivers a wide swimming, S-shaped action on the retrieve, which is all down to its segmented body design.
fox replicant wobbles
The new generation of Wobbles comes In 10 colours, with the same belly hook rotation system as the Shallow. A large paddle tail creates loads of vibration.
Upgraded body material will withstand the most violent attacks
Sizes: 14cm/55g 18cm/90cm 23cm/155g
realistic roach replicant
This brilliantly lifelike lure is based on the ultimate prey fish and uses Fox Rage’s new super-resistant lure material.
A belly hook rotation system and high-end hooks make for a formidable combination when a fish hits. Three colour options (Super-Hot, Super Natural and Super Wounded) mean you can ring the changes to get predators interested.
Sizes: 14cm/45g 18cm/85g
Realistic pike replicant
Pike eat pike, there’s no denying that, and that’s exactly what the Rage Realistic Pike Replicant takes advantage of.
In 20cm and 25cm sizes, the lure is highly realistic in profile, while its large paddle tail delivers a thumping, rolling action that pike find almost impossible to ignore.
Sizes: 20cm/100g 25cm/155g
These pellets will stay on the hook or hair rig during long casts. With high leakage and strong flavours, they can be used with bait-stops and spikes, yet remain soft enough to strike through when directly hooked. In F1 Sweet, White Amino, Betaine Green, Red Krill and Amino Original flavours.
Sweet Bream and Margin mixes are perfectly suited to natural and commercial fisheries alike. A 2kg bag will last you an entire session, whether you’re fishing for carp in the margins or feeder fishing for bream.
Quality brown crumb remains one of the best bream and skimmer groundbaits of all time, and now Phil Ringer has blended this old favourite with rich fishmeal and super-sweet creamy flavours. Ideal for use in cage, Method and open-end feeders.
Ideal for wrapping around boilies and leads, this unique paste, in Complex T, The Source, Crave, Monster Tiger Nut and Red Amo flavours, contains all the key ingredients found in the matching boilies. It breaks down to leave a cloud of enticing attractants and flavours around your hookbait.
Strong flavours and aromas are matched with vibrant colours and proven fish-catching ingredients.
The boilies, in re-sealable 1kg bags, come with a free matching bag of pop-ups. Right now try the aromatic Spicy Krill and Garlic flavour.
It's been more than 80 years since the first DAM Effzett lures splashed down. In that time they have evolved into one of the most famous and distinctive European predator brands.
Each fish-shaped lure is carefully designed and rigorously tested by a group of highly experienced international anglers.
This latest range of Effzett soft lures in many colours and sizes is the result of two years of endeavour by top predator anglers from Japan, Australia and South Africa – and, of course, Europe. These fantastic plastics are geared up to tackle every type of predatory fish, under any water conditions.
UK drop shot and light lure fans fishing shallow canals and stillwaters are sure to be impressed by the latest Kick-S Minnow weedless paddle tail that performs a rolling action on a slow retrieve or on the drop.
To this you can add the Effzett Jerky in 7cm, 9cm and 11cm sizes. It can be fished drop shot style or rigged up with a jighead.
Price: From £5.99 per pack
For many carp anglers, the only way is Essex – or, more accurately, Mainline Baits, a company based there and famed for its cult status boilies including Cell, Essential Cell, Activ-8 and Grange.
These, alongside a plethora of pellets, pastes, base mixes, liquids, dips, glugs and additives – not to mention matching wafters, dumbells and pop-ups – make Mainline a one-stop shop for discerning bivvy-dwellers.
Now, not content with dominating the big-carp bait scene, Mainline has joined forces with its neighbour Guru, just up the road, to release Match baits aimed at commercial anglers.
The full range, which I am reliably told is just the first wave of what will be a tsunami of new products, includes three groundbaits, two types of feed pellets, syrup liquids, and 8mm boilie, wafter and dumbell wafter hookbaits.
Activated coarse pellets
These pellets transmit a stream of attractive food signals through the water layers, whipping the fish into a feeding frenzy. Activated Coarse Pellets are best soaked and softened and used in conjunction with Hybrid and Method feeders. They can also be enhanced with Mainline Sticky Syrups. In 2mm, 4mm, 6mm and 8mm sizes.
Cell activated pellets
Mainline Cell can present a strong case for being one of the finest carp attractors and feed stimulants of all time – its record speaks for itself. As a result, Mainline’s Activated Pellets in combination with Cell should be a sure-fire winner for carp, bream and tench.
In re-sealable 1kg bags, the pellets are available in 2mm, 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm sizes.
8mm match boilies
Using the proven flavours and additives for which the Mainline brand is famous, 8mm Match Boilies are rolled from a high-leakage base mix packed full of attraction.
Ideal for hair-rigging situations, these relatively small boilies are available in four stand-out colours and flavours – Orange (Chocolate), White (Cell), Pink (Tuna) and Yellow (Pineapple) – and come in handy resealable tubs.
8mm match wafters
These easy-to-use Mainkine Dumbell Wafters offer an alternative shape to their round counterparts, and not only present something rather different to fish that have seen it all, but are equally as easy to hair-rig.
Their ideal partner is a size 12 Guru QM1 hook, and they come in the same four colours and flavours as the Match Boilies – Orange (Chocolate), White (Cell), Pink (Tuna) and Yellow (Pineapple).
8mm rounded match wafters
These 8mm rounded Mainline Wafters are critically balanced when used in conjunction with a size 12 Guru QM1 hook.
This deadly combination allows your hook to find its natural position, and because its weight is counterbalanced you can expect many more hook-ups. Ideal for use with Hybrid and Method feeders, they are available in the same flavours and colours as the others in the Match Boilie range.
These thick, viscous, PVA-friendly liquids are extremely active when added your baits, and once in water they disperse instantly along the bottom and as well as sending a
hi-attract cloud up to the surface.
Match Margin Mix (Coarse)
Full of particles and complemented by super-rich fishmeals and ground pellets, Match Margin Mix holds fish on the bottom for longer. To that end it is heavy and full of feed.
This super-fine mix breaks down perfectly every cast and incorporates hand-picked fishmeal and ground pellets for added attraction.
Match Pole Mix
The main ingredient is finely-milled expander pellets, which offer the perfect base for holding fish but don’t overfeed them.
Here's another sewn-on winner from family-run Ringers Baits. This latest gel additive perfectly matches the lip-smacking aroma of the award-winning Chocolate Orange Wafters.
Spray this sticky, viscous product directly on to wafters, mini-boilies, corn, meat or pellets and it will stick tenaciously to the lot, offering added taste and food appeal.
BAG ‘EM Baits’ new Sweet Fishmeal and Sweet Krill groundbaits in re-sealable 2kg bags are ideal for both commercial and natural venues. All Round Groundbaits contain a mix of proven fish-catching sweet and savoury fishmeal-based ingredients. Skimmers, carp, F1s, bream and tench are sure to love them – and so will you.
You can now harness the awesome pulling power of The Krill for surface fishing! Using a unique double coating process, these high-protein floating pellets leak out attraction to pull carp into your swim and hold them there.
The first coating breaks down as soon as the pellets hit the water, releasing food signals and carrying potent fragments of bait across the surface. The second coating then starts to pump super-soluble attractors into the water to draw up fish not already on the surface.
The attractive oils locked in during the coating process give off an impressive slick as the coatings break down, which flattens off any ripple and attracts carp without the need to carry extra oil for glugging.
They’re supplied in 3kg bags and available in 3mm, 6mm and 11mm.
Angling Times takes a first look at new kid on the block Adrenaline Baits as unveils its super-potent range of additives.
Adrenaline Baits, which are distributed by the Middy Group, is about to introduce three very distinctive and highly potent bait additives – Plasma, Method Crystals and Nano Pellet Boost.
These can be used in conjunction with baits including pellets, meat, corn and all popular groundbaits.
Field trials have found the additives particularly effective when used in conjunction with Method tactics, so they are sure to be sought out by commercial match anglers looking for an edge.
To bank-test these baits I took them all along with me on a recent live tackle test.
In short, I was hugely impressed by all three products, but especially the four super-potent powdered White Cloud, Green Cloud, Red Cloud and Yellow Cloud Nano Pellet Boosts.
These are so strong that they can change the colour of standard coarse fish feed pellets and lighter coloured expander hookbaits, providing the angler with a host of pellet alternatives on hard-fished match venues.
‘Use sparingly’ it says on the packaging and, sure enough, a little goes a long way with all these Adrenaline Baits products.
Nano Boost pellet powder is unlike anything else on the market, such is its strength and vibrancy of colour.
Method Crystals leak off quickly, and are again extremely potent, so you don’t need loads when loading a Method feeder.
Finally, the viscous Plasma Liquids include a useful and unique Black Worm colour and flavour, likely to be of interest to anyone using chopped worm as feed or hookbait in clear water. As additives that offer both flavour and colour, they’re impressive!
Add just a few of these crystals into your feeder mould to give off a highly visible fish-attracting coloured fog over the lakebed. Secret trials revealed that Adrenaline Method Crystals will increase fish activity in your swim, giving you that all-important edge.
Available in Green Fog, Yellow Fog, Black Fog and Red Fog, the crystals can be used in tandem with Adrenaline Plasma for double the attraction.
Add Adrenaline Plasma to Method feeder set-ups, or neat to pellets, corn and meat, to create an irresistible trail of smell and colour. It’s thick and super-concentrated, with an incredibly potent aroma. Use it with Adrenaline Method Crystals to create a highly visible coloured fog around your feeder and draw fish to your bait.
Available in five versions – Black Worm, Red Worm, Yellow Corn, Pink Meat and Natural Pellet.
NANO PELLET BOOST
Add just a tiny pinch of this unique powdered attractant to dampened feeder pellets, meat or corn and the colour will be transformed. A s the bait falls through the water it will now give off an irresistible cloud - It's like having gold dust in a 30ml tub! Available in bright fluorescent Green, Yellow and red plus an outstanding white cloud that's ideal for the use with expander pellet hookbaits.
The rubbery-textured baits are soft enough to pierce with a hook, yet can withstand a really good cast. They can be kept out in the water for several hours, so there’s no need to recast and risk spooking the fish.
These Mistral spod mix enhancers should create a stir.
The Cloud, a rich milky mixture of natural daphnia and shrimp, looks ideal for sloppy spod work, while Arctic Krill particles have year-round appeal, and will keep the fish feeding in your swim for long periods. Visit mistralbaits.co.uk for more information.
Price: Arctic Krill Spod Particles £14.99
The Cloud £3.99