Terminal Tackle

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Total Carp Staff  |  Aug 29, 2013  |  0 comments
They’ve been three years in the planning but the Razor Points have finally landed and take their place in the upper echelons of carp-hook designs. Unsurprisingly, given Max Cottis’ influence, the packaging is eye-catching and significant in size. Inside, the 10 hooks are housed in clips for separation and to keep the hook points pristine, but it does mean that if you want to carry more than 10 hooks of the same pattern you have to have more than one of the bulky boxes. Knowing how loose hooks are supplied by the manufacturers to tackle companies, we’re not entirely convinced of the merits of these boxes, which keep each hook separate, but it doesn’t do any harm, we suppose.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 22, 2013  |  0 comments
Fishing a variety of venues, be it on TC features or when fishing for myself, I need a line that is versatile enough for whatever situation I might face next. Having tested the 12lb and 10lb versions of the Tribal for some time, I settled on the latter, largely due to the fact that the breaking strain seems considerably higher than that stated on the spool. You pay for this extra strength with a bit more in the way of diameter, so it’s not for the really long casters. However, I rarely fish over 100 yards and the 10lb gets me out that far with some ease.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 17, 2013  |  0 comments
• Unique design allows bait screws to be attached to any rig without disassembly • Vast array of coloured options • Lightweight design to minimise weight added to the baitPrice: £2. 99Website: www. avidcarp. com.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 17, 2013  |  0 comments
• Leadcore leader material• Broken camouflage design• Dense, supple material• Available in two colours, Light Camo and Dark Camo on 7m and 25m spoolsPrice: £5. 49 to £14. 99Website: www. foxint.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 17, 2013  |  0 comments
When asked to test the Gardner Muggas it didn’t take long to report back – I have been using them for as long as I can remember. Whether I’m using the size 12 for zig fishing or the size 6 for bottom baits, I am 100 per cent confident in their hooking potential. With an inturned eye and a sweeping, curved shank, as soon as the hook link is straightened the hook flips and takes hold. The hook-holds have been confidence inspiring; they also don’t require the addition of shrink tubing to create an aggressive rig.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jul 17, 2013  |  0 comments
As an avid user of solid bags, I am aware of the need for a supple hook link that will act as naturally as possible. Sink Link is super-supple, allowing me to neatly pack it into a PVA bag. The inner fibres are woven nicely and there seems to be no problem with fraying when I cut it. I favoured the brown version for my bag rigs, yet like to use the green Sink Link as the supple section when tying combi rigs.
Total Carp Staff  |  Jun 21, 2013  |  0 comments
• Top-quality fluorocarbon main line• Clear and brown versions• 10, 12, 14 and 17lb breaking strains• Excellent value-for-money 500 and 1,000m spoolsRRP: £29. 99 and £39. 99FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO: www. daiwasports.
Total Carp Staff  |  May 24, 2013  |  0 comments
Mega-hard-wearing and discreet fluorocarbon main line. This stuff is as tough as line gets and it sinks like a brick, too. A great choice for snaggy, clear lakes. RRP: £13.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 19, 2013  |  0 comments
When I first saw this line, and noting immediately the price compared with many others, I wasn’t sure how good it could be when it costs so little, relatively. Well, the first few uses immediately dispelled any concerns and it continues to perform well. Good knot strength and abrasion resistance are coupled with a decent diameter. I use the 17lb at short range on a local club water and it’s absolutely spot-on.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 19, 2013  |  0 comments
I doubted, at first, the need for a coated braid that was now stiff, given their initial intended use for forming stiff/supple combi links. However, from an anti-tangle point of view this stuff is spot-on. It’s supple enough to provide good presentation but it never tangles, even on casts over 100 yards. It’s user-friendly and the coating strips easily without failing in spots where you don’t want it to.
Total Carp Staff  |  Apr 19, 2013  |  0 comments
Brand-new ‘sub’ floats that make fishing the adjustable-zig method a doddle. Two sizes available to suit different ranges. Set to be one of the must-have products this spring!RRP: Small £7. 99 and large £8.
Total Carp Staff  |  Mar 21, 2013  |  0 comments
On the rare occasions that I fish a chod rig I prefer to do so ‘naked’ style, without a leadcore leader. These kits allow quick and easy construction of naked chods and, so far, they appear to be super-safe as well. They’re also very neat and unobtrusive on the bottom. The only downside is that a couple of the individual components are not easy to reuse and even with smaller pop-ups I do still have to add some putty to the rig’s swivel.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 15, 2013  |  0 comments
Low visibility, fluorocarbon mainline, that sinks like a brick. Available in spool of 600m in 12lb, 15lb and 20lb breaking strains. Developed in conjunction with Jim Shelley. RRP: £33.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 15, 2013  |  0 comments
Lead-free leader material, which is supple, camo in colour and sinks extremely well. A great alternative to leadcore or spliced leaders and versatile over all lake beds. RRP: £9. 99 for 10metresFor more information go to: www.
Total Carp Staff  |  Feb 15, 2013  |  0 comments
Unique highly abrasion resistant, braided mainline, colour calibrated for accurate depth measurement tell you depths at which you are fishing. Perfect for use on a marker rod. RRP: £43. 99For more information go to: www.