Terminal Tackle

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Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 23, 2014  |  0 comments
As an avid rig putty user I was asked to give this a go and, wow, I certainly have been missing out. I began using it like a crayon and by rubbing it along supple braided hooklengths it prevented them looping up once the solid PVA bag had melted. It was easy to use, can be applied instantly and immediately cast out. After I saw how effective it was, I began using it in larger pieces, as you would use rig putty.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 23, 2014  |  0 comments
I’ve been using this unique and interesting clip for approaching a year and I'm smitten. As well as a pair of conventional line clips, the centre of the body features spring-loaded ball bearings that the line can easily pull into. This combination gives multiple options in terms of the line’s tension. I’ve only felt the need to use it in either the clip or the ball bearings, never both, but it can be done if you want.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 22, 2014  |  0 comments
TC reader Dean Sharp says: "I already use this line so I was chuffed when Marc Coulson sent me three spools to review. It didn’t take me long to decide what to say because I absolutely love the stuff. "It’s relatively supple so is easy to use and, like any fluorocarbon, it is near invisible in water. When I first switched to using it around seven months ago my fishing was transformed when compared with using coated-braid hook links.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 24, 2014  |  0 comments
TC reader Jamie Walters says: "When these first arrived I wasn’t entirely sure what they were, but a quick look at the rear of the packet and it became clear. "I received two sizes, presumably for different-sized hooks, but I found that the larger size was the only one that I really needed: a size 6 or 8 being my most preferred hook. The smaller version looked a little too small for any hooks that I use. "They fit easily enough, but you must remember to thread on a rig ring first, which I omitted to do on several occasions when first using them, which is really annoying.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 24, 2014  |  0 comments
• Super-sharp specimen hooks• Beaked-point pattern• Slightly inturned eye• Ideal for zig fishingRRP: £4. 25FOR MORE DETAILS GO TO: www. gardnertackle. co.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 24, 2014  |  0 comments
• Sinking braid hook link• Silt, weed and gravel variations• Super-strong and abrasion resistant• Several breaking strains availableRRP: £12. 99FOR MORE DETAILS GO TO: www. nashtackle. co.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 24, 2014  |  0 comments
I have mixed opinions on these two hook links, the soft version of which I really like and the stiff one I really don’t. Okay, so the best bit first; the Camotex Soft is easy to use, strips nicely, has a nice diameter (I’ve tested the 15lb) and the camou finish is an improvement on Fox’s Coretex, which I’ve used before. Having used it two or three times now it’s never looked like letting me down. There are some excellent coated braids out there and this is definitely up there with the best of them.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 02, 2014  |  0 comments
TC reader Sam Rafferty from London says: "I wasn’t sure I liked these when they first arrived, although I was grateful for being sent something to review that was made by such a top company as Fox. "The Slik clip is very different from those I’ve been used to, so I wasn’t convinced they’d be for me. However, once I started using them I found them extremely easy to get on with and have had nothing but good to say about them since. "The colour (more akin to a Korda green) wouldn’t be my first choice because I have all-blue LEDs on my alarms, but that’s not such a big deal, or is it? I note from Fox’s website that you can get blue versions, so I might have to sell this set to my mate and buy some of those instead!"There’s plenty of room in the head for an isotope, although I find those far too expensive so don’t bother with one, and I really like the short ball-chain style.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 02, 2014  |  0 comments
I was delighted to receive three spools of IQ2 because, having seen it on a couple of the Korda films and in various magazine features, I’d never actually used it. I’m not the most successful rig tyer but I got on okay with it once I set about making a few up. I copied the Danny Fairbrass IQ rig and after a few tries I seemed to master it. I did struggle a bit with the thicker-breaking-strain version but that’s probably more down to me than the line.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 02, 2014  |  0 comments
• The popular coated hook link on 20m spools• Now in Brown and Sand/Clay colours• Available in 15lb, 25lb and 35lb breaking strains For more details go to: Web: www. avidcarp. comPrice: £13. 99.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 02, 2014  |  0 comments
• A stiff, clear hook-link material• Ideal for stiff rigs and chod sections• 20m spools in 20lb and 25lb breaking strains For more details go to:Web: www. atomictackle. co. ukPrice: £5.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 02, 2014  |  0 comments
This is, quite simply, a monofilament main line that tapers at each end to give a robust casting ‘leader’ without any knots or the need for additional materials. This is ideal for venues where casting is at a premium and especially on those where leaders are banned. There are no knots, so therefore no safety issues, which is what leads to such bans. Because the taper is at both ends, when one end becomes worn or short after regular trimming, it can be reverse-wound onto the spool for continued use.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 22, 2014  |  0 comments
Chod rigs enable you to present bait pretty much anywhere but the hardest part has always been tying them to a precise standard. Well ACE has done all the hard work for you and Terry Hearn has selected all the components that are right for the job. Tied with its top-of-the-range materials, these ready-tied chods can be brought in barbed hook sizes 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 in both short and long lengths. Tied using the ACE Razor Point SRC hooks, offering superior strength and one of the sharpest points on the market, the rigs incorporate the ACE Pop-Up Pegs, which can easily be screwed into your pop-up hook bait.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 22, 2014  |  0 comments
The TC team has been extremely impressed with the Razor Points, and we’ve all rated them as some of the sharpest hooks we’ve seen in a very long time. For me, as I’ve mentioned elsewhere in this issue, when you’re paying the sorts of prices that modern hooks command (these are over £1 less than some on the market), you’re entitled to expect them to be sharp straight from the packet. These do not disappoint, but more importantly, they are consistently sharp across all of the various patterns and in all sizes – the latter not being particularly true of some ranges. As usual, there is a Teflon-type coating, the camou benefits of which I have always doubted (on all hooks) but there’s no doubt that it makes the hooks smoother, so it’s presumed that they penetrate more easily.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 28, 2014  |  0 comments
• Safety helicopter arrangement that will discharge the lead• Three ready-tied rigs per pack on leadcore leaders • Available in 30, 40 and 50 inches RRP: £5. 99 FOR MORE DETAILS GO TO: www. atomictackle. co.

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