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Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
First things first, 15 quid for a bivvy light is exceptional value and this is definitely the cheapest on test, and by some margin. Does this mean a drop in features though? Well, in some areas,this is inevitable, but overall it still represents great value. Innovative in its fold-away design, when closed down it’s a very compact package and I was surprised it wasn’t a little lighter. It also has a torch mode when packed down, which is a nice addition.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Sometimes you need to look outside the tackle industry for specialists in a certain field and I think this is the case here. Powersolve does exactly that; it specialises in electrical products, especially charging units. This powerful light has an integrated charger which, in our tests, outperformed the others with a similar function. I suspect it may be manufactured by the same factory as the TF Gear light beacuse some of the fixtures and fittings are identical.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Compact, lightweight and with plenty of functions, the Hobo Glow first came to our attention when we saw Hobo’s video showing it being driven over by a pick-up truck. On closer inspection, and having been challenged to do so, we tried to break one and failed. Talk about robust – this is literally as tough as it gets! There are several light modes, including two strengths of white light, constant red light, flashing red and an intermittent red, and I like that the back of the unit is blanked out so it only emits the light in the direction that you want it to. It can also be used as an emergency powerbank.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
Although only white light is available, there are a few different modes in which it can be used. To be frank, I only ever use a light in the constant mode, changing the brightness as I see fit. I’ve never needed my bivvy light to flash, but it can be handy for anglers using boats as a guide as to where their swim is when rowing back during the night. Anyway, the light is a compact style, domed on the top and with an easy to use function button.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
This 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. Three white-light modes include bright, dim and flashing, which you’ll see my thoughts on elsewhere on this page!The single-button operation is easy and the button itself sits on the front of the unit so is easy to locate.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
This brand-new stick is a more affordable version of Taska’s Venda carbon stick, which has already curried favour with many anglers. The short design is ideal for firing baits out up to 80 yards or so (when I tried it at least, some might get them further) and it is especially accurate over short ranges compared with some longer sticks. The handle is easy on your hands and it’s also extremely light, far lighter than others of a similar ilk. It’s also ridiculously good value.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
While the material that these replacement washers are made from are kept a closely guarded secret, what I can tell you is that they transform the drag of compatible big-pit reels immeasurably. Initially, they make the clutch exceptionally smooth and reliable, but they also ‘convert’ a standard drag to be much quicker. Essentially, you can, with the addition of the three washers (three are needed for each spool) take your clutch from locked up to free spool in half a turn or less of the drag knob. They’re easy to install and require no tools whatsoever.
Total Carp Staff  |  Dec 14, 2016  |  0 comments
The Tackle Box’s Lee Jackson says: Everything you could possibly need to sharpen hooks to pinpoint sharpness, something that is extremely important for ultra rig efficiency and that can be the difference between hooking a fish or not. The kit comprises two stone files plus handle, one diamond file, an innovative deluxe hand vice, an LED magnifier and comes supplied in a high-quality case that gives additional storage space for items such as hooks, needles, grease and so on. LEE JACKSON’s VERDICT -“If you’re into hook sharpening then get one. If you’re not, then you should be!” 8/10 £59.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 04, 2016  |  0 comments
The Tackle Box’s Lee Jackson says: This is an ideal piece of kit to have in your tackle bag for cleaning up spots quickly to make bait presentation more efficient. Measuring 9. 5 centimetres wide, weighing in at 31/4oz and with five spikes on either side, this weed rake is ideal for dragging up low-lying weed, bottom debris and generally cleaning up spots of rotting leaves, dead weed and suchlike. Although its weight dictates that it can be easily cast using the average carp rod with 12 to 15lb main line, bearing in mind the weight of the weed that is sometimes being dragged in, it is more advisable to use a rod with a higher test curve, such as a spod rod, and in conjunction with braided main line around 30lb breaking strain.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 04, 2016  |  0 comments
Brand-new, innovative air-dry system Upgrade from the original Twin compartments to separate baits More layers can be added Addition boilie ‘bum bag’ included £21. 99 WWW. RIDGEMONKEY. CO.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments
The name of this great luggage item does it no justice because it’s really so much more than just for keeping PVA in. I’ve had one of the smaller versions for some time and use it to store all manner of items, but this bigger one is exactly the size that I prefer. In fact, I reckon I can probably fit all of my terminal tackle, PVA, leads and extras needed for all but the longest sessions. This is an absolute winner and proof positive that the best products don’t always need to be the big stuff.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments
Designed with the trend for more fashionable styling in angling sunglasses in mind, these will appeal to the image-conscious carp angler. Available in two colourways – brown lens/brown frame and grey lens/charcoal frame – they boast an appearance that is a far cry from the old polarised glasses that many of us used to use. Scratch resistant, TAC polarised lenses offer clear viewing through even choppy water, removing much of the reflection from the water’s surface. They also offer UV400 protection and come complete with EVA case and cleaning cloth.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments
The design of these indicator arms is simplicity itself, with a simple rubberised section fitting over either the hockey stick at one end or housing the bobbin thread at the other. I have to confess that I do not use Cygnet ‘hockey sticks’ because my hangers screw directly into my buzz bars, but I solve this with the addition of a converter thread, which Cygnet sells for very little money. Back to the arms themselves and there are two lengths available, namely 4in and 6in, the former being my preference. The rubber section offers some flexibility but they remain extremely stable in windy conditions, surprisingly so in fact.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments
Lightweight, modified bankstick Features loop to hold retainer cord Super-strong, augered point Also available with bespoke build £24. 99 WWW. CUSTOMANGLINGSOLUTIONS. CO.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 03, 2016  |  0 comments
Brand-new ready-tied rigs Tied with Supernatural braid Korda’s Wide Gape hooks 41/2 inches long, ideal for solid bags £4. 99 WWW. KORDA. CO.

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