Subscribe to Angler's Mail magazine nowWatch Angler's Mail TVSubscribe to the Angler's Mail Newsletter

Accessory tests


MAIL HQ BLOG (WEDS): Five pieces of tech to take fishing!

AMLOGO20072

WELCOME to the weekly Angler’s Mail magazine HQ blog, focusing on happenings in the wonderful world of fishing.
This week’s Angler’s Mail HQ blog is by Ben Hervey-Murray. We hope you enjoy it, and share with friends on Facebook and Twitter by clicking icons above, or simply by telling people! 

Five pieces of tech to take fishing!
 
LIKE it or not, technology is playing an…

VIDEO: Daiwa’s clever new Sokkou knot tying tool

 
DAIWA  - one of the top global fishing firms profiled in exclusive Angler’s Mail magazine coverage of EFTTEX 2013 – have a clever new tool. And we bring you a video explaining it (below).

This movie, from Daiwa’s Australian arm, explains how to use the nifty new Sokkou Knot Tool.
It is one of the simplest tools for tying leader connections in…

BARBEL SPOON NETS – TESTED!

Tested by IAN WELCH

DRAGON CARP BARBUS
£10
76 cm (L) x 69 cm (W) frame will cope with the biggest fish and folds at the front and spreader for a compact size for easy transport and storage. Relatively small mesh size is not ideal for reducing underwater drag, but is fish (though not hook) friendly. Two-part spreader is tough and reliable, but…

TREBLE HOOKS – TESTED

Tested by DUNCAN CHARMAN

FOX XS CARBON
£6.25
Available in size 4s, 6s and 8s in both fully barbed and semi-barbed. Featuring a black nickel finish along with a needle eye. Each point is ever so slightly out-pointed, the hooks round bend creates a slightly wider feel, the forged splinter barb offering secure bait mounting. A heavy gauge carbon creates an extremely strong…

METHOD FEEDER HOOK LENGTHS – TESTED!

Tested by STEVE LOCKETT
MAVER MATCH THIS BARBLESS METHOD FEEDER
£1.99
These hooks come at an excellent price and with ten hooks it’s a bargain. Shame the tying and line quality let these down as the MT8 hooks are very strong and look the perfect shape. The supplied sizes, from 10 down to 18 will suit all bait choices, with each tied to…

VIDEO: brilliant new Daiwa Mission carp gear

THE giant June 12 cover-dated issue of Angler’s Mail gave a chance to win £1,500-worth of kit from the Daiwa Mission carp range. Don’t worry if you missed it – you can still watch a video on this superb range.
This high spec but affordable tackle will appeal to so many carp anglers, and our man Brian Gay has been putting…

SLEEVES FOR YOUR RODS – TESTED!

Tested by STEVE LOCKETT

MIDDY COMMERCIAL
£13.50
No frills with this offering, as this is a simple sleeve without any padding. It was difficult to get a 12 ft two-piece into without a struggle; this may well be an issue for setting up quickly. Plus points are the Velcro patches for connecting multiple sleeves together for easy carrying. A wipe clean outer finish…

BEST METHOD FEEDERS – TESTED!

INLINE METHOD FEEDERS – tested by STEVE LOCKETT
MIDDY SPLASH ‘EM
£1.20
Looking a little dated now, the Splash ‘Em still offers reasonable performance at a great price. The wire coil and bumps on the feeder bed will help to keep groundbait or pellets firmly attached. Hook baits could easily be presented at the side of the coils for an unusual offering. There…

POLE FLOATS FOR DEEP WATER – TESTED!

Tested by DAVE COSTER

LEEDA CARP MATCH 3
£1.99 for two
Budget priced floats supplied two in a pack offering 0.5 gr and 0.75 gr sizes.
These are ideal for deeper commercial fishery swims, being aimed at corn,
meat and pellet presentations. The
packs have useful rig diagrams showing basic bulk rigs that are ideal for deeper pegs up to 8 ft. Carp 3s feature a…

FINE BAITING NEEDLES – TESTED!

Tested by DUNCAN CHARMAN

CK CARP KINETICS SPECIAL EDITION SET

£2
A great starter kit that includes brightly coloured baiting needle, splicing/gate needle and drill that you’ll struggle to mislay. The needle handle has grip but it isn’t the easiest to use and features a hook-style point that could catch on braided hairs. It’s not a fine needle, either, at 2 mm wide.…