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RODS & REELS

We delve into the details of an exciting new launch from kingpins of the rod market (BF)

DOMINATOR X RODS

£VARIOUS

Sonik entered the UK carp scene several years ago with a market sweeping range of rods that sold like hot cakes and pinned the brand firmly on the map for offering exceptional rods as a superb price. You could buy a set of three rods for the price of two in tackle shops across the country and we’re told that their latest release that comes in the shape of the Dominator X will be available under the same deal so keep an eye out for these in your local tackle shop if you’re looking for a new set of rods on an irresistible deal! The Dominator X is made to a luxurious standard utilising premium carbon for enhanced casting accuracy and improved playing action. The fittings are top draw too, including a Fuji 18mm DPS reel seat, finished in a tremendously slick gloss black and SIC guides are used throughout including an anti-frap tip ring to reduce crack-offs when giving it the big guns. On the blank, a satisfying high modulus 1k carbon weave flows across the butt section proving additional strength and a visually pleasing appearance. The graphics are understated and look just how you’d like them too, providing a premium feel to the package and the line clip is soft and non-abrasive ensuring your line never gets damaged within its grip. On the grip section, you’ll find a sleek Japanese shrink wrap handle that rounds off an impressive rod on the eye. In terms of performance, we’re told they pack a punch to with the ability to launch PVA bags tremendous distances in testing they look set to be the perfect all round rod for looks, performance and value for money in 2018. The rods are available in an array of test curves and lengths ranging from 10ft rods that are perfect fort he roving angler all the way up to 13ft powerhouses that are designed as hardcore casting rods. You’ll even find a dual purpose spod and marker rod in the range so that all bases are covered and there’s a rod for pretty much every carp angler on the planet available from the Dominator X collective.

DOMINATOR X 8000 REEL

£79.99

Sonik is not the first brand that comes to mind when you think about reels, however, this impressive new launch is set to change the common consensus we think they’ve smashed it with a superb offering in the shape of this black beauty! Couple the impressive image with the fact that it will be selling for a touch under £80; the all-new Dominator X 8000 becomes a seriously interesting product! When we first saw the unveiling of this reel at Sonik’s tradeshow during the latter part of 2017 it was remarkable how everyone’s jaw dropped when we were told the price of it. We have no idea how they’ve made such a competitively priced reel feel so good in your hand, but they have and this truly is a superb piece of kit for the money. The lightweight graphite body has been partnered with a long cast aluminum spool that will handle over 400m of 0.40mm line, boasting substantial line capacity for use in the UK, whilst ensuring there’s still plenty in the tank for use abroad when fishing larger continental waters. Super slow oscillation provides exceptional line lay, which boasts extreme casting abilities when coupled with the large capacity long cast spool. There are very few reels on the market today with super slow oscillation and line lay of this caliber for the price this thing is being sold at, it’s very impressive when put in perspective. Sonik has added yet another high-end feature into this exceptional value reel and that comes in the form of their unique, Quick Torque drag system, which ensures you remain in total control when playing fish allowing you to adjust the drag from a free running spool to a tight clutch with a simple and quick turn of the drag cap. On the inside, you’ll find a stainless steel worm shaft, 5 shielded stainless steel ball bearings and a roller bearing to ensure the smooth movement of revolving parts, completed with a 4.1:1 gear ratio that provides mega cranking power. For a visually pleasing effect and to mirror the impressive image of the Dominator X rods, the reel boasts a very sleek all-black finish, complete with a wooden handle grip to give an extra touch of class and the whole packages weighs in at a feather-light 635g.

 

Ben Francis’s verdict “An Impressive Rod and Reel combo, great performance for the money”

FIRST IMPRESSIONS 9/10

VALUE FOR MONEY 10/10

Three-Season Bags

Designed initially for use in the warmer months from mid-spring to autumn, the three-season bags are typically lighter of because there are fewer layers. As a result, when left on bedchairs they can be folded away in a much slimmer profile. Although some hard-core anglers do use these year round, the addition of a cover could be used should conditions worsen and temperatures drop while you are already bank bound. 

 

UltraDozer Sleeping Bag

This bag not only features the handy insulted pillow retainer found on the Duotexx but also weighs an incredibly light 4kg and still boasts other features found in the rest of the range, such as, elasticated bed-fixing strap to help reduce sleeping bag slippage, as well as external baffles to prevent any unwanted draughts that might come through the zips. If you like to stay on the move and want maximum functionality but with reduced weight, look no further.

Materials used: 

Lining: Polyester and fleece 

Outer: Aquatexx (water resistant)

Filling: Q7 Hollowfibre

Zips: 10mm crash zips

Weight: 4kg

Dimensions: L 200cm x W 90cm

£119.99

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Versatexx Sleeping Bag

The Versatexx boasts an ingenious internal foot pocket, allowing your feet to warm up quicker than before, while featuring an ultra-smooth lining and incredibly snug fleece outer to really shield and ensure your feet stay warm. Once again, at just 4kg this is designed for the angler who stays on the move. 

Materials used: 

Lining: Polyester and fleece 

Outer: Aquatexx (water resistant)

Filling: Q7 Hollowfibre

Zips: 10mm crash zips

Weight: 4kg

Dimensions: L 200cm x W 90cm

£179.99

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Three to Five-Season Bags

As the name suggests, these can be used year round and generally utilise a versatile layer system meaning one sleeping system can be utilised year round simply by inserting or detaching whichever layers you desire. You will be quick to note that we only recognise four seasons, spring, summer, autumn and winter. The fifth is derived from camping terms, which means the bag will suffice even in the very worst of freezing conditions. So if you are planning on fishing through the snow, or even targeting foreign venues where extreme temperatures are recorded, these are the only real choice for you. 

 

Duotexx Sleeping Bag

A typical problem with most sleeping bags is that if you are a fidgety sleeper it is easy to push your pillow from the smooth lining of the bag. The team at Trakker have cleverly built in an insulated pillow retainer, which keeps it securely in position. It may only sound like a small detail but it is one we are happy they have included and shows the attention to detail and effort they put in to ensure a product gives the user more. 

Materials used: 

Lining: Polyester and fleece 

Outer: Aquatexx (water resistant)

Filling: Q7 Hollowfibre

Zips: 10mm crash zips

Weight: 5kg

Dimensions: L 200cm x W 90cm

£179.99

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365 Sleeping Bag

One element of the 365 that we really like is the fact that the inner layer can be reversed should you prefer a smooth polyester lining or a warm insulating fleece layer. If choosing to wear thermals or clothes the polyester is a much better option, whereas if you like to strip down and gain the maximum benefit from the bag, the fleece is the way to go. 

Materials used: 

Lining: Polyester and fleece 

Outer: Aquatexx (water resistant)

Filling: Q7 Hollowfibre

Zips: 10mm crash zips

Weight: 6.3kg

Dimensions: L 200cm x W 90cm

£209.99

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Bedchair Covers

These are simply to provide extra coverage to transform a three-season bag into a product capable of enduring colder temperatures, while also increasing the water-resistant properties, which is great if you are an angler who likes to utilise the better weather for a chance to sleep under the stars.

 

Aquatexx Deluxe Bed Cover

This is large enough to fully cover all of the bedchairs within the range, with valuable extra material to allow for a user within it. Complete with an elasticated foot hold, the cover will remain in position throughout a night’s use, ensuring the angler gains maximum use from the fleece-lined base layer. 

Materials used: 

Outer: Aquatexx  

Lining: 100 per cent polyester

Weight: 1.9kg

Dimensions: L 215cm x W 115cm

£89.99

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Levelite Oval Bed Cover

Designed for use solely with the newly released Levelite Oval Bedchair, this cover comes supplied in a compression stuff sack for ease of transportaton and storage. Boasting the Q7 hollowfibre filling means it will provide superb insulation properties, instantly transforming the Levelite bed system into a five-season product. Fully taped seams also provide superb water-resistant properties and ensure it is a durable product for increased longevity.

Materials used: 

Outer: Aquatexx  

Lining: 100 per cent polyester

Weight: xxkg

Dimensions: L 210cm x W 150cm

£99.99

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Following the huge amount of popularity that the Shimano Tribal rod range has seen, the latest addition to this cost-effective and highly functional product range is the Tribal TX2. 

Marc Coulson’s verdict... “Excellent specialist rod at a ridiculously good price.” 4/5

It’s easy to become a little cynical when reviewing as much fishing tackle as and Dan and I do. Immunity to manufacturers’ wild claims about this product or that is not uncommon. We make our own minds up about products in a bid to help you make the correct buying decision. Most tackle is of a decent standard these days, but by the same token it takes quite a bit for me to really get excited about a particular item. Thankfully, it does still happen now and then and that is very much the case with this Shimano reel.

A key part of fishing is fishing accurately. Whether it's making sure that a rig lands out on the same spot time after time or bait application using a spod or marker float lands in the right area. 

Imitation dog biscuit ‘mixers’

Look just like the real thing

Easy to hair rig or side hook

Free fluoro sight stops to help spot hook bait

£2.60

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Hi-spec coated-braid hook link

Super-strong and abrasion resistant

20lb and 30lb breaking strains

Olive Green, Gravel Brown and Natural Silt versions

£13.95

 

 

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These are hugely versatile arms that allow the steadying of your bobbins in windy conditions. Part of the range of indicators in conjunction with Muddy Waters, they are compatible with the hockey sticks and bobbin heads across that spectrum.

ECTOPLASM £8.99 This brand-new, pungent bait soak comes in five colour and flavour variations and can be used to increase the attraction of your hook baits. Soak into the baits a little at a time and, when in the water, your hook baits ooze a cloudy trail of attractions for hours at a time. They absolutely stink, the colours are bright and they’re great value for money.

GRAVITON PUTTY £6.99 Available in Weed Green and Chod Silt, this rig putty is extremely dense, but malleable and, as a result, easy to use. The wax (to make it softer) and tungsten (heavier) components are well balanced, which isn’t always the case and one can sometimes be a trade off against the other. In all, we really like this and it’s not as expensive as some others.

CHOD RIGS – SHORT £4.50 Tied using stiff rig material to impressively sharp Genomic Chod hooks, these are extremely neat and consistent throughout the range. This shorter size is ideal for low-sitting chod rigs and also for the hook section on the often difficult to tie hinged stiff rig. Just add your pop-up, attach your leader or boom and away you go!

CHOD RIGS LONG £4.50 Longer versions of the same chod rigs, these are again tied using the stiff link and the impressive Genomic hooks. More suited to chod rig fishing when the bottom debris is a little longer and when casting into weed. A dull-coated ring swivel completes both chod rigs, which are as well tied as we’ve seen.

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