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Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 15, 2016  |  0 comments
Fox HALO LT-136£27. 50This style is a little dated compared with some these days, but it remains an exceptional light when that’s all you want it to be. The output is impressive and, although some prefer a rechargeable light compared to one that works from batteries, if ever you are caught short and it runs out, at least you can usually get your hands on some batteries. There isn’t very likely to be a plug socket in your swim!The upright style lends itself to being sat on a bivvy table or suchlike, while there is an easy to use carbiner-style hanging loop.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 15, 2016  |  0 comments
We first saw this at the Tackle & Guns Trade Show when it was shown for the first time. Essentially, it’s a unit that attaches to the top of RidgeMonkey’s Modular Bucket, and allows you to chop boilies in seconds. The rugged build and huge ‘teeth’ make light work of even frozen baits and all you have to do is put them in, close the lid and turn the handle. I don’t imagine I’d ever take one of these on the bank because it’s a bit big and I like to travel as light as possible, but plenty of you reading this will.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 15, 2016  |  0 comments
Although described as marker leads, I think these are better suited to actually dragging spots to see what’s down there. The problem with using them to explore the bottom is that as soon as you hit any weed you have to retrieve it to clear it all off before being able to recast. That’s my take, but plenty of anglers on the Fox team have been using them in testing to good effect and they are certainly excellent for finding out exactly what your spot is made up of. £5.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 15, 2016  |  0 comments
My initial reaction to these was something along the WTF lines because the radical shape is like nothing I’ve seen before. Fox says that by removing the section at the back of the lead, the position of the swivel now means that the carp impacts the full weight of the lead on picking up the baited rig. It sounds plausible enough, but I’d like to try them out on the bank to really see how they work. £1.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 15, 2016  |  0 comments
Gone are the days when fishing glasses made you look like an extra from The Fly, as carp anglers in particular have become more fashion conscious in every aspect of their apparel. These polarised sunglasses come in four styles, each of which would not look out of place when worn casually, yet they boast excellent-quality lenses that offer that polarisation and UV protection. There are three versions, namely the Classics, Wraps and Aviators, and there are a variety of frame and lens combinations. Each looks the part and will appeal to anglers with differing individual tastes.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Let me begin by saying that I have only been using this on and off for two months and by no means am I claiming to be an expert in the technology this device utilises. However, that said, it is insanely cool and equally, if not more, practical than it may first appear. So what is it? It’s a small, compact and completely portable fish-finding device that also relays depths, substrate and temperature straight back to your hand-held device, which in my case was my Android smartphone. Firstly I was surprised at how easy it was to set up.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
I love this combination of bobbin head and cord and it literally covers all scenarios with the exception, maybe, of when fishing in high winds. There are two lengths of cord available and I have used both, but favour the shorter one. With Cygnet’s Kippa Clips I can fish slack or tight lines at a variety of heights, so I find the shorter ones ample. If you’re really into ultra-slack-line fishing, which I’m not, then you might prefer the longer cords.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Durable aluminium, flashlight, lantern and safety light Red and white LED colours Features flash, SOS, high and low output Run time: High three hours 15 minutes; low 18 hours 45 minutes Effective range of 200 metres Complete with three AA alkaline batteries Available in black and red £17. 45 WWW. MILITARY1ST. CO.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Armour-coated super braid hooklength material Designed for fishing harsh environments All-purpose fast-sinking material Available in 45lb Gravel Brown and Silt colorations Supplied on a 15m spool £13. 99 WWW. KRYSTON. COM .
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Powerful 405 lumens output with a distance of 140 metres Requires three AAA batteries Weighs a miniscule 104. 89g Run time two hours on high and 21 hours on low Lifetime warranty against materials and workmanship £39. 95 WWW. COASTPORTLAND.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Offers dual USB 5V charging outputsPerfect for charging two devices at once Contains a powerful lithium polymer battery Protective case to ensure it remains in tiptop condition £59. 50 WWW. POWERSOLVEMOBILE. CO.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
The Tackle Box’s Lee Jackson says: Simple and very effective way of keeping line tidy on a spool. Nothing can be more annoying sometimes than line spilling off the spool and then getting tangled with almost anything that it comes into contact with. These bands fit most commonly used spools and simply attach to the spool similarly to how you would attach an elastic band. The end of the line passes through a bead and then can by dispensed by pulling the end of the line or pushing the bead round with your fingers to wind it back onto the spool.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
A unique copolymer mixture provides an unobtrusive, transparent appearance Offers superb knot strength with a grinner and palomar Controlled stretch allows a sensitive feel when finding that ‘donk’ Lo-viz green and deep brown Available in 10lb, 12lb, 15lb and 20lb £14. 99 WWW. GARDNERTACKLE. CO.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Dissolvable rigid hollow tube Ideal for preventing tangles on the cast Makes fishing with long supple braid hook links a doddle Can be filled with PVA-friendly oils or bait-enhancing liquids Supplied in waterproof rigid sleeves Available in three lengths: 100mm, 200mm and 300mm £3. 80 to £7. 60 WWW. GODMAN-ANGLING.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
I’m a huge fan of this one, and use it for my fishing, as do most of the TC staff in fact. For me, the main feature is the remote control (don’t worry, there is still a manual switch if you lose your remote), which makes it even more versatile than just a bivvy light. This is especially relevant since the launch of the recent accessories that allow it to attach to banksticks, bivvy poles and suchlike to make an ideal outdoor light. This can be a godsend when taking night-time catch pics.

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