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Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 02, 2014  |  0 comments
I’ve wanted a Fox box for many years but have struggled to justify the price tag. However, Fox’s Royale version is much more keenly priced, although thanks to TC I didn’t have to pay for this one and was delighted when asked to review it. It’s been great so far and I can get loads of tackle and essential items into it. Although it sounds a bit of a cliché, it is literally a TARDIS for terminal tackle.
Total Carp Staff  |  Sep 23, 2013  |  0 comments
For many years the System Boxes from Fox have lead the way in tackle-box design, but that quality and innovation has come at a price. Now, thanks to the new Royale versions, anglers on a tighter budget can own one of these brilliant storage systems. With multiple compartments and internal system boxes, both the medium and large versions will hold plenty of terminal tackle and more. Price: £24.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 22, 2012  |  0 comments
Super-sharp blades in a rugged pliers-type design. Spring-loaded for ease of use, with retaining clip for storage. The blades cope easily with mono, fluorocarbons and even braided lines. For more information go to www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 03, 2017  |  0 comments
The Tackle Box’s Lee Jackson says: These 2ft-long sections are designed to fit the middle of the rod to make casting and landing fish easier when using a long-hook-link-type zig rig. Additionally, they can be used to extend ‘reach’ from the bank when fishing close in to the left or right of the swim, extending the rod upwards when using a beachcaster-type rig or potentially increasing casting distance. At present they are available for most of the Free Spirit Hi-‘S’ and ‘S’ range carp rods, with versions in the pipeline for the ‘E’ Class and CTX models. £34.
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  |  Sep 25, 2015  |  0 comments
There are loads of these lead-free leaders around these days, including some good and some not so good ones. Fishing a lake that’s infested with weed, I fancied trying this one out because I felt that it would sink a little less quickly than leadcore, settling on to the weed more, and obviously the colour would blend in. On the subject of colour, and this is not unique to this material, why are all green leaders and hook links so dark? Pull most types of fresh weed out of a lake and it’s a much more vibrant green and, unless it’s old, is rarely as dark as this. Maybe it’s one of those angler perception things, but I’d much rather the material matched the weed and not just conformed to trends.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 18, 2016  |  0 comments
Carbon version of the classic Skorpion design Swept design for maximum efficiency Suitable for boilies up to 22mm Weighs just 50g £79. 99 WWW. GARDNERTACKLE. CO.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 25, 2017  |  0 comments
£4. 99 This supple leather fingerstall is essential when casting at range or spodding out bait, protecting your casting finger on high-impact scenarios With the majority of braids being low in diameter, unprotected fingers more susceptible to being cut. The Gardner fingerstall is minimal and lightweight. A Velcro fastening strap ensures it stays on your wrist and in position cast after cast.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 20, 2016  |  0 comments
Comfortable and lightweight Brown lens ideally suited for ambient light levelsLenses are finished with an anti-scratch coatingComplete with hard case and cloth £29. 99 WWW. GARDNERTACKLE. CO.
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  |  Feb 02, 2015  |  0 comments
After first seeing this at the recent Tackle & Guns Trade Show we were keen to get some in the office to give it a closer inspection. One criticism often levelled at the old forms of marking your line is that tape, elastic or braid can slip when you are playing fish. Due to its low profile on the line, the Glo Pro will sail through the rings with no hindrance. Simply paint on an inch-long section of the liquid and wait a minute for it to dry.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 14, 2015  |  0 comments
Where casting accuracy is concerned, marking your main line has become paramount and over the years various methods have been tried to do so efficiently. Thanks to the newly launched Glo Pro, the days of fiddly marker knots and obstructive folded tape are long gone. Available in four hi-viz colours – orange, green, yellow and pink – this luminous liquid line marker presents an easy and convenient method to quickly mark your main line for clipping up at a specific range. Supplied as a pot and brush duo, the Glow Pro can be applied to form a tidy tapered colour marker.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 11, 2016  |  0 comments
A friend who I carp fish with, and who is as fussy as me when it comes to mono lines, has been using this for a little while and absolutely loves it. So, when it came to reviewing it here, I was keen to find out for myself what it was all about. Another ringing endorsement was that when I spoke to Gardner, I was told that the 15lb had, at the time, completely sold out! Fortunately, we already had a spool in the office. On the rods, the line behaves perfectly, sinking really well, casting as well as you’d expect from a 15lb line and feeling a lot less stretchy than some.
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  |  Apr 27, 2015  |  0 comments
TC reader Aaron Lends says: There’s no shying away from the recent trend for hook sharpening, but in all honesty I wasn’t that sold because I don’t expect to buy a packet of hooks and then sit there sharpening them; it just doesn’t make sense to me. Well that was until I received the original Point Doctor and the Point Dr 2 from the guys at TC. I found that with these very forgiving instruments I didn’t have to create a new needle-sharp point allowing me one fish a hook, but they are fantastic at touching up hooks that I had already had takes on, thus prolonging their life. I start with the much coarser Point Dr 2 (the red one), which takes a fine layer of hook coating off with every swipe.