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WELL, the end of the world didn’t happen as forecast by some, and we’ve made it into 2013. I’ll start this first Big Fish Blog of the year by wishing you all the best for 2013; we have some exciting times ahead of us at Pallatrax and we want you to share in our progress.

2012 was been a fantastic year for us at Pallatrax, the agreement to sponsor the Anglers Mail Specimen Cup is just one highlight and has seen a whole host of new anglers using our products after winning weekly and monthly prizes.

But the best is yet to come with the award of the end of year cash pot of £3,000 to one lucky rod who has been selected as the overall champion and will take away the money and the title of winner. We can’t wait to find out who is selected – will it be you??

It wasn’t a great year for tench but this 7 lb 4 oz tinca fell to Pallatrax backed “new boy” Chris Shute.

Our Team of Pallatrax backed anglers had a successful year too with numerous appearances in Angler’s Mail with ‘Top Tips’ and other features which have seen the team sharing a number of ways to get the best from Pallatrax products and showing what we catch when we are in front of the camera.

From a personal point of view, my trip to Lancashire’s Pendle View Fishery in search of perch in the company of Ian Chapman was a definite highlight, as was going to Ladybower Reservoir with Gary Newman and England Ladies Fly Fishing Team Manager Paul Sissons and their fly tyer Steve Newsome for a day ‘fluff chucking’ in glorious August sunshine. In my opinion, fly fishing is one of the hardest disciplines to master properly, and it certainly whetted my appetite to do more of it in 2013 as I hadn’t previously done any for over 30 years!

New recruit Mark Rogers with a nice barbel and a fine chub for Pallatrax’s established angler Luke Ayling.

Other members of the Team have also fared very well during the year; carp ace ‘Geordie’ Ray Pulford notched up a string of big fish both here and abroad and had a particularly good  run of fish to well over 30lbs from Devon venue Emperor Lakes with whom we have forged close links.

Ray also managed to bag a new pb pike and other species after sessions with Team stalwarts Jez Brown and Luke Ayling who are both recognised as our river experts with a host of ‘red letter’ days on the glorious River Wye and elsewhere which have been posted on our website and shared elsewhere.

We have seen new blood join the Team with the arrival of James ‘Yot’ Wenglorz, Chris Shute and Mark Rogers who have all made their first contributions which have been a joy to read. Established member Richard Burnett is the ‘mad scientist’ of our group with his bait experiments involving our super sticky glugs and other additives whilst also supplying all of our branded clothing via his company ‘Backyard Embroidery’ which offer bespoke clothing solutions for all.

Tom Downing lands a nice carp on his way to the Summerlands title.

Match ace Tom Downing topped a fine year by landing the ‘Summerlands’ title after qualifying rounds were brushed aside. Richard Shaw has seen his fishing curtailed somewhat by illness, but has still chipped in with details of his barbel fishing on the Severn and elsewhere. Darren Robinson also joined us and gives us another angle on carp fishing. And we have had contributions by esteemed anglers Martin James MBE, Gary Newman has shared his diary with us and Tony Miles has also posted content to our website, so overall, we have had a very productive year!

I also feel it worth mentioning again that Martin James MBE – as seen this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine – was awarded his honour this year for services to conservation, charity and angling and that it is well deserved. If you have ever met Martin on his travels around the world, you will know that to meet a nicer chap is virtually impossible and that the dedication he puts into helping youngsters into angling and everything else he is involved in is without doubt, so we would like to add our congratulations to Martin; next stop knighthood!

Our customers are vitally important to us and we are pleased to report that feedback we have received last year was better than ever! Our social media sites have provided us with an essential conduit to interact as never before; we can ask a question and have answers within seconds!

This has been a fantastic way to find out exactly what our customers think of our products and, if necessary, provide them with additional products to help catch fish.

It has been a superb way to pitch ideas at anglers who are the lifeblood of any company, the paying customer. Market research has never been more personal than online, direct from the angler who will use our baits and terminal ranges, and it has resulted in some surprising ideas from the paying public who have really helped shaped our new developments which can only be a good thing!

A 33 lb Emperor Lakes fish for Geordie and a 35 lb 8 oz for James Wenglorz, caught on Pallatrax baits.

New personal bests are always worth shouting about and we had lots of those reported to us during 2012 by Pallatrax users.

We were delighted to hear that Welsh angler Barrie Sullivan has had more barbel than anyone else this year on Welsh rivers using many of our products, including fish to 16lb 8oz from the River Taff!

Youngster Matthew Billups had plenty of quality barbel too from the Trent with fish in excess of 15lb. We have seen French carp well over 70lb falling to Jungle, one of our best selling baits.

Chub to well over 6 lb have also been reported taking a liking to our groundbaits, perch to almost 4lb have been banked using our additives.

The list of successes goes on…. which is something we are rightly proud of and seek to continue over this new year ahead.


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