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Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 29, 2013  |  0 comments
Although we haven’t been blessed with the sunniest of summers, I have worn these glasses at any given moment. The lightweight frames and stylish design make these a pair of glasses that I have worn driving, fishing or chilling in the beer garden. I have found the graduated polarising lens to be a great help when light levels change and when travelling to various venues, with differing clarities and depths. Ideally designed for bright or medium light conditions, they are a great pair of glasses that won’t break the bank.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 22, 2013  |  0 comments
With many of the sunglasses available falling short on upbeat, innovative design, Fortis has carved itself a new niche in the fishing sunglasses market. Inspired by designer specs models, it has produced a range that ticks the functional and stylish boxes for modern fishing lenses. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that it has compromised on functionality. The frames all wrap around the eyes preventing sidelight ingress, a common problem with some non-fishing sunglasses.
Total Carp Staff  |  Nov 21, 2013  |  0 comments
The newest glasses in the Fortis range sees a slight move away from fashion designs with the Wrap instead offering a more traditional look, yet with modern lines. The wraparound design offers full protection and peripheral vision, as well as eliminating light ingress. Vents in the upper frame prevent steaming and two lens options cover all types of light conditions. They’re also very light and comfortable to wear for long periods and offer UV400 protection, as well as the same polarising properties of the rest of the impressive range.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 22, 2013  |  0 comments
With two sizes available, these little rests will suit whatever rod you use. I’ve been testing the larger size because I have Duplon-handled rods and they fit really snugly. They also look an absolute treat, thanks to their compact size. VERDICTPerformance: 8/10Value: 8/10It’s just a bit of rubber at the end of the day, but I like them!RRP: £3.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 22, 2012  |  0 comments
The TC boys get to grips with tackle and bait, testing them to the limit out on the bank. Here’s what they think…Fox Butt RestsRRP: £2. 99Website: www. foxint.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 02, 2014  |  0 comments
To give it its full name, the Fox Steam & Store Chod/Withy Bin (a bit of a mouthful, I know) is one of those items that is always in my bag and which I’d be lost without. Although I don’t tie chod rigs that often (I’m happy to use ready-tied ones from ESP and Korda, neither of which have ever let me down) I do use the bin to store these, as well as hook sections for hinged stiff rigs. The inner section can also be used to hold the rigs over a steaming kettle when forming the curve. If there is a slight niggle, it’s that each section isn’t big enough to hold more than half a dozen rigs, so I’ve found that I’m often having to replenish my rig stocks if I get through a few.
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  |  Jun 24, 2014  |  0 comments
The first one that caught my eye in the new range of Edges tools is the Multi-Tool. The cross shape gives four arms, each fitted with a handy device, namely a stripper for coated braids, knot-tightening hook, large loop-knot spike and a small D-rig spike, ideal for shaping the loop on D rigs. What I like, compared with something similar I’ve seen, is the Multi-Tool’s compact size, which allows it to fit easily in the compartments of my tackle box. The hi-viz orange colour on the Multi-Tool is replicated on the Braid Blades (you’ll find both easily if you drop them on the bank or in your bivvy), which are among the sharpest I’ve reviewed.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 20, 2016  |  0 comments
Tapered weighted buffer beads Perfect for naked chod setups Eight per packet Supplied on a wire loop for ease of use £3. 49 WWW. FOXINT. COM Don't forget - subscribers to the magazine get 5% OFF THIS PRODUCT at Angling Direct.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 23, 2016  |  0 comments
Marc Coulson’s verdict. . . If Carlsberg made monofilament main lines… I’m always extremely wary of saying that any version is my favourite in a category of product, but I’m hard pushed to remember using a monofilament main line that has impressed me more than Exocet.
Total Carp Staff  |  Oct 28, 2015  |  0 comments
When I first joined my syndicate earlier this year I was greeted with the sight of a 15-acre lake absolutely choked with weed. To be fair, choked might be a bit harsh, but it was weedy. Very weedy. I knew the first thing I needed to do was get some sturdy line that would cope with the job in hand.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jan 23, 2012  |  0 comments
The TC boys get to grips with tackle and bait, testing them to the limit out on the bank. Here’s what they think… Fox F BoxRRP: £17. 99 to £96. 99Website:www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 22, 2014  |  0 comments
Try as I might, I cannot trim my gear down to the paltry amounts that other anglers seem to carry, particularly when it comes to terminal tackle. Yes, I’ve finished sessions thinking: “Well, I didn’t use this,” and “I needn’t have brought that,” but ultimately the just-in-case side of my brain wins and I still take it all the next time out. The one concession I have made is to swap my large Double F Box for a medium version, albeit still the double-sided one. This has made a big difference, not least to the weight of my rucksack, yet it still swallows up plenty of tackle, including a few bits that I will probably never need.
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  |  May 11, 2016  |  0 comments
This is a purpose-built solution for all those fiddly rigs that don’t currently have a home; yes we’re talking long zig and curved chod rigs. Supplied with six discs – two of each size of large, medium and small – as well as 18 pins to ensure your rigs stay in place in perfect condition. The largest of the three discs is ideal for use with zig rigs, with a measured diameter of six inches, so two wraps around and that’s a foot. The smaller of the discs, which suits chod rigs, can also be used to help you steam the perfect curve time and time again.