The Enterprise Tackle Zig Stix come under the beady eye of Angler's Mail tackle editor Richard Howard. He's the No.1 product inspector, checking out loads of quality kit every week.
Description: buoyant, biodegradable plastic rig foam.
Specifications: soft plastic; luminous, fluorescent and standard colours; three Stix per pack; trim them to size.
My verdict: Enterprise Tackle wanted to be the first tackle manufacturer to offer biodegradable plastic products, and this is their first new offering, but others are to follow.
They won’t break down in your tackle box, but they will if they are lost in the environment or sent to landfill.
Taking a step in the right direction, Enterprise Tackle is making all its plastic products with a biodegradable additive, although some accessories come with silicone or PVC tubing.
A leader in the imitation bait market, Enterprise boss Chris Hornsby told me that it was a no-brainer for them to make their baits biodegradable, provided it didn’t affect them in a negative way.
They’ve tested and trialled the biodegradable versions, and Chris has told me that they look and feel the same as their older versions, and are just as effective.
I’m happy to report that they haven’t passed on the cost of the additional biodegradable additive to customers.
Another big plus is that the waste from their production process that goes to landfill will now break down in three years, rather than hundreds.
“We send much more waste to landfill from the production process than the baits and products that we produce for sale, so it’s good to know that it will now break down much sooner,” Chris explained.
We all know that we need to reduce our use of plastic, so I think it’s a great move.
As regards the Zig Stix, I like the range of colours, including the luminous Niteglow version.
Baits vary in effectiveness from one day to the next, and sometimes at different times of the day, but there are plenty of options here to keep the fish interested.
As well as making good zig rig hook baits, perhaps in a combination of colours, Stix also look useful for tipping sinking hook baits, giving heavy bottom baits that all-important buoyancy.
I’m reliably informed that Stix don’t take on water, so you shouldn’t need to worry about your pop-ups sinking after a period of time.
They also look very useful for adding a spot of colour to a floating bait too, as it will enable you to spot your hook bait among freebies.
The luminous Niteglow Zig Stix contains two Neon Green and one Neon Blue Stix.
Charged with a UV light source, such as an Enterprise UV Torch, they will glow for hours in the water.
Get out there and experiment with them.
Price: £2.50 – £2.99 for a pack.
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