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There will be something for everyone – pleasure fishing, carp fishing, match fishing, specialist fishing or anything else. 

This week’s Angler’s Mail HQ blog is by production editor Richard Holroyd. 

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IN this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine we cover some of the new products that were on display at the first major tackle show of the year – the Brentwood Carp Show.

One company of interest at the event was Spomb whose products have been a huge success over the last few years, transforming the way carp anglers deposit baits.

Spomb are a company who proudly manufacture their products in Britain, opting against sourcing a Chinese company to manufacture their invention, which seems to be the favoured choice of most tackle companies.

News is that Spomb Limited are about to move to a bigger factory due the demand for their Spombs, which will be available in a new midi size in the not so distant future. A British manufacturing company doing well in tough economic times is a bit of a rarity these days, so they deserve every success.


Chinese imports

BRITISH tackle companies have, for a number of years, shifted their manufacturing to the Far East in order to reduce production costs. A number of new British tackle companies have also formed to take advantage of China’s cheap labour and their push for economic growth. This has resulted in some British companies offering tackle at a very competitive price.

Shop around and you can buy reels for as little as £5 and rods for £10 – thanks to the shift in global manufacturing to China and their low production costs, and the British companies who pass on these savings to customers. Of course, the quality may not be the best when you pay rock bottom prices but when money is tight, as it is for many people in today’s triple dip recession, you simply make do with what you can afford. In fact, some low cost tackle items are not as bad as you think – several have been tested and reviewed in Angler’s Mail by seasoned anglers and have scored high marks.

Some British fishing tackle companies have struggled, though. The ones who had a proud tradition of producing high quality British-made tackle still charge top end prices, even though their tackle is now produced in China. The components are top quality and a lot of investment would have gone into product development, but the cheaper production prices need to be reflected in the price of the products once they have hit British stores and, in some cases, this is not apparent.

It is evident, though, that a lot of companies are increasingly offering tackle at competitive prices and most are well-built, reliable and more than adequate for the majority of anglers’ needs.

There are still a handful of companies that make their products in Britain and they should be commended. With more overheads, they do well to keep their retail prices down as much as possible to compete against the cheaper production of China-made tackle.


Bygone collectibles

VINTAGE British-made tackle is now extremely collectible and Angler’s Mail resident columnist, antique tackle collector Matt Sparkes, highlights traditional tackle in Angler’s Mail most weeks. He details the history of each item, and reveals the price when they were first made and also their value in today’s antique collectors’ market.

If you have antique tackle, of any origin, then e-mail Angler’s Mail as much detail as possible. We’ll try and publish as many queries as possible, but we are unable to respond by e-mail or value long lists of tackle. It’s best to send us a question about one item of tackle to stand the best chance of it being answered and published… and you’ll also win a prize if your question is printed



Grayling. With their graceful features, it’s no wonder they are nicknamed the lady of the stream. Check out quality grayling in this week’s issue, together with a few hints on how to catch them.



Illegal fishing. The use of gill nets seems to be widespread and there doesn’t seem to be sufficient measures in place to combat this growing crisis, or tough enough penalties for people who are caught. Full story in this week’s Angler’s Mail.



Our latest issue includes coverage on the Brentwood Carp Show and here’s some terrific insight gleaned by young Carl and Alex – who give a top tip in AM mag. Alex is seen here hearing about zig rigs for carp fishing from Alan Blair and Callum Mcinerney of Nash.

For more videos from Brentwood, click here




If carp fishing is not your thing, the video below may well interest you. Shakespeare’s James Robbins explains waggler and feeder fishing on lakes, again with some top tips. It’s just one of the latest raft of videos added to our amazing AMTV player.





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