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LOOKING FOR AN EDGE?
WHAT A MONTH it has been for all involved at Fox.
Not only have we finally seen a break in the weather which has meant carp are getting bagged left, right and centre but we have been working flat out towards the launch of our superb new Edges range of end tackle.
Many of you regular Angler’s Mail readers will have seen the range in the folds of last week’s magazine. The Edges range consists of everything from swivels and lead clips, to leadcore and leaders, and has incorporated the latest developments in camouflage and hooklink technology.
It is a very exciting time for us all at Fox and we can’t wait for you guys to get your hands on the new items and start catching fish on it. I have been luckily enough to be involved with the testing of the range and there are a number of items that now, since using them, I would be lost without.
It would impossible for me to tell you about each item in the range here in the blog as there is simply not enough space.
However, a few stand outs for me personally have to be the Camotex hooklinks and the Heli Chod Buffer Sleves. The Camotex is available in two forms, Stiff and Soft.
Camotex Soft like the name suggests is an incredibly soft and could easily be mistaken for an uncoated braid such is its suppleness! It can be used for a host of rigs and will work even inside a Rapide Solid PVA bag! It features Colour Break Technology in both the outer coating and inner braid and is available in Light Camo and Dark Camo and in 15lb, 20lb and 25lb breaking strains.
In addition to this there will be a super-stiff version also available too. This is the stiffest coating that the product development team at Fox International had seen before and it is perfect for creating stiff rigs and the like. It has great anti-tangle and anti-eject properties and is available in the same great camo patterns and breaking strains as its softer compatriot.
The coating is so stiff that I recommend that you strip a small section when tying knots to avoid the risk of the coating cracking. This material in particular is one I have been using to great effect and find it the ideal choice for fishing over clean, hard lake beds.
The Heli/Chod Buffer Sleeve from our Edges range is another item that I have been using a lot recently. This Sleeve has been specifically designed for anglers that like to fish ‘naked’ with their main line straight through to the lead.
Its unique design protects your main line from the hooklink swivel during the fight and eliminates any possibility of the swivel damaging the line, which is a huge positive for me as in the past I have always been a bit worried about fishing naked! The Sleeve can also be set up to dump the lead for anglers fishing on weedy lakes or near snags. To find out how to do this check out this album on our Facebook page.
Also in the range is an Inline Drop Off Kit, designed specifically for you to effectively fish ‘drop off’ style with the superb Fox lnline leads. Check out this video in which Lewis Porter tells you how he has been using the kit during the very successful testing stages.
For the past 6 months I have been working tirelessly filming the final stages of the testing process with the team of Fox consultants. We have filmed the gear both above and below the surface and visited a number of highly contrasting venues in the UK and into France.
Since November we really put the Edges range through its passes during the harshest winter I can ever remember and the results have been nothing short of spectacular. I have filmed our consultants and sponsored anglers catching World Record carp, day ticket 40lber fish, numerous big fish from tricky syndicates, and some awesome hauls in Baltic conditions, using a host of different tactics.
All of this has now been pieced together and laid down onto a three hour DVD which will be absolutely FREE in all Fox stockists. So if you want to get a DVD that covers a host of venues and tactics, featuring a load of great new products and some truly incredible captures, including a fish I believe to be the UK’s best looking 50lber then I strongly recommend that in about two weeks’ time you get into your local Fox stockist and grab yourself ‘Carp Fishing Edges’ it is not to be missed!
Spring is here
As I mentioned earlier, big fish seem to be getting caught from all over the place and our team of consultants have been bagging more than their fair share. First up is Rob Hughes, Hughesy had been out for a recce to a new water and bagged himself a brace of twenties and a cracking 36lb 4oz mirror during a 36-hour session at a Warwickshire venue. This was his first night session since November last year.
Using some of the new items Hughsey announced: ‘The new Edges range really does give you an edge” as these were the first fish to be caught from the venue since September last year!’
Fox’s Development Director Shaun McSpadden and Carp Brand Manager Scott Day have been enjoying a well deserved holiday to Rainbow Lake in France.
Last year the pair recorded a catch of fish that was billed as ‘The Greatest Carp Haul Ever’ – and Shau starred on the Angler’s Mail’s front cover.
Well this year they haven’t quite returned to those dizzy heights but at the time of writing, the pair have landed 22 carp including three carp over 60lb! They have been using the new 45lb Submerge leadless leader down to Slik Lead Clips and 12oz Cling On Leads. The hooklinks are tied with 45lb New Armadillo Shockleader material and have utilised the incredibly strong KuroS4XS hooks.
Another French result was enjoyed by Tom Maker. Tom and his dad Andy enjoyed a week’s holiday at Gigantica Fishing Holidays. During the trip Tom managed to bank the first carp from the lake for 6 months! The fish is known as the ‘Freak’ and weighed in at 52lb.
Tom caught the monster using a black Zig Aligna with black foam (soaked in Betalin) on a 21ft long hooklink tied from 12lb Zig + Floater Hooklink and a size 6 SSBP(B) hook. Tom was fishing his monster Zig at a staggering 140yds thanks to his Horizon XTK rods and 15lb Soft Steel main line.
Another fine capture was enjoyed by Lewis Porter who recently banked one of his target carp for the year in the shape of a chunky 36lb 10oz common. Lewis used his ever-faithful hinged pop-up rig tied from a 35lb Coretex Matt boom and 25lb Rigidity hook section. His successful hookbait was a Milky Toffee pop-up which was fished over a bed of Hybrid boilies from Mainline Baits.
I could go on and on with brilliant captures from consultants, sponsored anglers and the public that we have received in recent weeks, but there simply are to many to get through.
I’ll leave you this month on a capture I enjoyed this month, which came from a 10 acre syndicate lake. In a short day session I managed to slip my net under no less that 10 carp, with the pic of the bunch being this distinctly marked common (pictured below) which put up an unbelievable scrap.
All the fish were caught casting single Richworth S-Core pop-ups tight to the far margin in two foot of water. I was fishing a naked helicopter set-up using the superb little Heli/Chod Buffer Sleeves and a neat little pop-up rig tied with 15lb Coretex Matt and a size 6 Arma Point XSC. I was really chuffed with the result and just getting on the bank with some decent weather was fantastic!
Untill next time folks, tight lines!
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