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

Accessory tests


SILVER FISH HOOKS – TESTED!

Tested by DAVE COSTER

FOX MATCH SERIES 7
£1.29
Dark bronze, short shank, round bend hook with a pronounced beaked-in point and available in size 12s to 20s. This high carbon steel pattern is very unobtrusive while being extremely strong thanks to its medium wire gauge. Not really suited for ultra fine hook lengths but a good design to use when bigger silver…

PIKE WIRE – TESTED

Tested by DUNCAN CHARMAN

PIKEPRO
£5.99 for 20 m
This 7 strand 45 lb breaking strain wire comes on a 20 m spool and is extremely springy and difficult to use. I found twisting it difficult, crimping is the better option. A very heavy-duty wire and one that I wouldn’t really feel comfortable using on the waters I fish but then this is…

BEST SPLIT SHOT – TESTED

Tested by Dave Coster

MAVER 6 WAY COMPETITION
£5.99
Six division selection providing AAAs, BBs, 1s, 4s, 6s and 8s. Dull grey colour appealed with these deep cut shot, which were all non-toxic except for the 8s. The glaring omission was no SSGs and there with only 10 AAAs in the container, so big locking shot need to be eked out carefully. The…

BEST PIKE WIRE TRACES – TESTED

Tested by DUNCAN CHARMAN

30 PLUS DEADBAIT
£1.75
At 50 cm this trace is made from quality wire and has a unique patented floating crimp that allows you to set the distance between the trebles depending on size of bait. The very sharp trebles aren’t the strongest on test but are machined crimped for precise fixing throughout, as is the swivel, and all…

BARBLESS PELLET HOOKS – TESTED

tested by DAVE COSTER

FOX MATCH SERIES 2 CARP
£1.25
These short shank hooks have a big gape, long points and just the hint of a crystal bend shape. They have a black nickel finish and their high carbon wire is very strong without being over-thick. This pattern has a cult following due to its robustness and ability to land very big fish.…

PELLET POLE FLOATS – TESTED

Tested by DAVE COSTER

MIDDY HI-VIZ POWER PELLET
£1.20
Small body-down floats with 4×8, 4×10, 2×12 and 4×14 capacities, fitted with plastic bristles and flexible fibreglass stems. They feature extra strong moulded plastic side eyes that look a bit bulky on such small floats. These pellet floats suit shallow situations and can be rigged up with strung shot or small bulks. Their antenna…

HEAD TORCHES – TESTED!

Tested by Duncan Charman

FOX HALO HT 85
£26.99
Easy to operate on/off button with four white light settings, including flash. Intense, multi-directional 7-way beam created from the K2 Luxeon lifetime Led which outputs 85 lumens max, supplying 16 hours continuous use on maximum, rising to 70 hours on economy. Duracell batteries included and water resistant. Fully adjustable three-way head strap tends to…

FLUOROCARBON LINES FOR HOOK LENGTHS – TESTED

Tested by Duncan Charman

CARP FISHING GROUP – 15 LB X LINE
£14.99 (250 m of 10 lb, 12 lb, 15 lb, 17 lb, or 20 lb)
The thinnest fluorocarbon tested, at 0.31 mm, and although described as a main line, it can double for flexible rig presentations and as a leader in its higher breaking strains. Excellent light refractive properties, good…

WEIGH SLINGS FOR CARP – TESTED

Tested by Duncan Charman
 
JRC EURO SLING RETAINER

£16.99
A dual system sling that doubles up as a carp sack as well as a weigh sling. Measuring in at 36 x 28 in. it’s easily capable of weighing carp up to 40 lb but lacks the stiffening rods that create support when weighing big fish. The handle also lacks any centralising scale rings.…

UNHOOKING MATS FOR CARP – TESTED

Tested by Duncan Charman
 
30PLUS LANDING KRAFT
£39.99
Measuring 100 x 70 cm, this mat is big enough to place the biggest carp on, but the thickness of the foam could be better. Spacious and olive green, it can be rolled up and secured by Velcro straps for easy transportation. It also features a full-size securable anti-flip cover that also doubles up as…