Sphere 10' Bomb +10% Rod

Most of my fishing, come summer or winter, is on commercial fisheries where casting accuracy is far more important and distance. In recent years there has been a definite trend towards using shorter rods for this style of fishing, which really enable you to get every cast on the money. Finding the perfect rod for this style of fishing has been quite a difficult task for me, with many being slightly too soft to land big carp quickly. Whilst others are slightly too powerful for the short casts being made. Fortunately, I have found the Sphere 10’ Bomb +10%, which is absolutely spot-on for this work. 

As the name suggests, this rod has 10% more power than the original Sphere Bomb. This subtle difference enables me to fish light bombs, though to medium-sized Method Feeders, thanks to the through-actioned blank. For fishing up to around 30 metres this is perfect. 

When you hook a big carp that is determined to get under the near margins and snag you up the blank simply allows me to apply pressure and let the rod do the work. It is amazing how many times the rod has slowed a carp to a dead stop and enabled me to lead it into open water. 

Like all of the Sphere range the fittings on this rod are absolutely top-notch. From the custom Fuji reel fitting, to the low-profile ‘skeletal’ guides, and the ergonomically shaped handle, everything has been carefully thought out to be the best there is. 

The ten foot length is perfect for this style of fishing. I like the way that I can tuck the rod down out of a cross wind, yet it isn’t too short that it makes it difficult to turn a carp that has kited sideways. 

Lighter 0.5oz and 0.75oz tips are supplied; ideal for winter work, with heavier 1oz and 1.5oz for feeder fishing. Spare tips are available right up to 5oz in carbon and glass. 

If you do any amount of short leger work on commercials then you seriously need to check out this rod at your local Browning stockist. 

Jon Whincup

The Sphere +10% has amazing reserves of power.

When accuracy is key this rod doesn’t disappoint.

Equally at home landing big carp as it is skimmers.

Match is with a bomb or Method feeder.

"If you do any amount of short leger work on commercials then you seriously need to check out this rod."

Top-quality Sea Guides are used throughout.

The custom reel seat is incredibly comfortable.

Four tips between 0.5oz and 1.5oz are supplied with heavier models also available.


Sphere Match Hooks

The Sphere Match is my favourite as once in, it stays in, due to its long tip and slightly in turned razor sharp point, the micro barb helps as well! Amazingly it’s very robust, despite its lightness and can easily handle that bonus lumpy carp that barges in on occasions whilst targeting other species. It really is what I would call an all-rounder, perfect when feeder fishing for delicate mouthed fish such as roach and crucians, but just as at home when fishing the pole or trotting a river for chub. 

This spade end hook comes in an extensive range of sizes, loose in packets of fifteen, from a size 18 right through to an 8. They also come on continuous ready-tyed looped spools in the same sizes. 

If you are looking for a hook that is versatile and reliable, here it is!

 

Andy Blay

The Sphere Match, my favourite.

The range covers both loose and ready-tied hooks.

Once they go in they stay in.

"it’s very robust, despite its lightness and can easily handle that bonus lumpy carp"


Sphere Feeder Ultra Lite Hooks

Have you ever experienced those frustrating sessions when you lose too many fish and wonder what’s going on. Dace fishing can be extremely frustrating, just hitting the bites can be difficult let alone having them fall of soon after. This is almost certainly down to the hook as some patterns just don’t suit their bony mouths and constant twisting in the water.  

One hook that does suit speed fishing for silvers, especially roach and dace, is the Sphere Feeder Ultra Lite range, not just an exceptional feeder hook but a great maggot pattern when float fishing. These hooks are razor sharp, very light creating the perfect presentation and once in, they stay in!

Available on pre-tied continuous spools containing eight micro-barbed hook lengths in sizes ranging between 8 and 18, these spade end hooks are ideal for silvers and although light are strong enough to land any bonus fish hooked. They are also available in the same sizes loose in packets containing fifteen hooks.    

Colin Sheppard

A razor sharp hook and a great pattern for float or feeder.

I lose very few fish with this hook pattern.

The ideal hook for river silverfish.

"These hooks are razor sharp and very light creating the perfect presentation"


Space Saver Carp Mesh Keepnet

I own quite a few keepnets, but the ones that I find I use more than any other are the Space Saver Carp Mesh models. These modern nets have proven to be really long-lasting and strong, making them ideal for the big carp found in many venues. 

I tend to use the fish-friendly carp mesh version, which is available in 2.5m, 3m, and 4m versions. The mesh has a lovely soft feel which I especially like. The top and bottom rings are made of alloy for added strength and I can report that the mesh shows no signs of wear in the corners – a common area of failure on many nets. 

The variable angle bankstick attachment has also been nicely reinforced and enables me to get the nets positioned perfectly on my footplate legs. 

As the name suggests, these nets don’t take up a great deal of space, and are remarkably lightweight too. For anglers that need to carry several nets you can pack these into a double net bag with room to spare. 

Often an unsung bit of gear that we all use, but one that has been thoroughly thought out to do its job with all of the common weak-points designed out to give a long useful life. 

Available in 2.5m, 3m and 4m lengths.

Jim Hall

I really like the strong bank adjustable stick adaptor.

The carp friendly mesh dries quickly.

"These modern nets have proven to be really long-lasting and strong."


Targus Seatbox

I recently started using the Targus Seatbox. I’ve had it about a month now, and to say that I am impressed with it would be an understatement. It is a really fantastic piece of kit. I am not a small bloke, but this box, with its sliding footplate, are absolutely rock-solid. 

I have been fishing here at Decoy Lakes at 14 metres all day and the box just doesn’t move, making fishing long so much more comfortable, with no rocking or movement. 

The frame is a really chunk ‘Z-style’ design that is super-stiff and gives loads of room to add trays both above and below the frame. It is a cassette-style box, so you can fit up to five trays below the frame and as many as you need to get the right height above it. I’m a tall guy and I use two shallow and one deep tray on top of the frame to give me the right seat height, less than I have used on other boxes, which I like. I would rather be able to mi and match the trays I have in the cassette system below the box, than have to use them to get the seat height right. 

Really chunky 36mm legs are fitted all round and these are all double-extending, ideal if you are faced with uneven banks on rivers and lakes. The big handwheels make tightening up the legs  easy as they give you plenty of grip. 

A small detail, but one that I have come to appreciate, are the spirit levels on the back and side of the frame. These make getting the box set perfectly level so much easier and ensure that I am sitting properly every time. 

All in all, this is a fantastic box that ticks all the boxes for me. 

Jon Whincup

Super Stable design, even for larger anglers.

Plenty of room for the cassette system underneath the frame.

Integral spirit-levels make getting the box level really easy.

The large handwheels make adjusting the legs very easy.

The perfect box system.

Strong Z Frame.

"All in all, this is a fantastic box that ticks all the boxes for me."


Pole Cup Set

This set of two large Pole Cups have a tremendous capacity and I find then especially useful at the start of a match when I want to introduce a good helping of feed to an area in the swim, a throwaway line so to speak, which can be left unhindered till the last hour of the match whilst feeding other lines on a little-and-often basis with the Mini Cups. 

The cups are supplied with pole tip adaptors with a standard screw fitting to suit Browning and most other poles. I already had screw adaptors fitted to my feeding kits, which as expected fitted through the cups and secured with the screw supplied. 

These cups hold an incredible amount of bait, 250 and 175ml which is great for activating a line without having the need to ship in and out more than once; they are also great for measuring bait. 

A great addition to my armoury when I want to kick start a swim quickly, efficiently and stealthily at the start of the match or for topping a line up when the fish are really having it!

Ryan Lewis

These large pole cups compliment the Mini Cups. 

Supplied with pole tip adaptors with a standard screw fitting.

Great for kick starting a line with a good helping of feed.

"These cups hold an incredible amount of bait"


Sphere Classic Hooks to Nylon

Hooks have always been somewhat a very personal subject when it comes to my fishing, find a pattern that you’re confident with and you stick to them. Trying something new is never easy and rarely feels right, however since the Sphere hook range was introduced, and having a trial batch sent to me, I have to admit to being instantly impressed and converted. 

The range consists of six varieties, Match, Ultra Strong, Ultra Light, Beast, CPS LS and my favourite the Sphere Classic. All these hook patterns have different applications, yet the Classic is what I would call an all-rounder. It’s a barbed hook with a long shank, great for pole or feeder fishing, with a great hook-up rate. It’s also a light hook, but this doesn’t compromise on its strength. A great big fish, pole and feeder hook that comes tied to high-performance monofilament, or loose in packets of fifteen. Sizes ranging between 12 and 18.

If you’re looking for a great all-round hook then look no further!

Gary Ford

The Sphere Classic Hooks to Nylon – brilliant!

A great all-rounder, pole, float, feeder or simply hit and hold.

Pre-tied on unique continuous rolling lengths.

Remove a hook length and simply place the next hook in a spool positioning point.

"If you’re looking for a great all-round hook then look no further!"


Black Magic Gold Power Elastic

Many of the commercial venues that I fish have bigger than average carp in them and quite often the swims have a few snags around that can cost you fish. In these instances I use Black Magic Gold Power Elastic, as being pure Latex it powers up really quickly after setting the hook, turning those potential match winning lumps away from the snags and into the waiting net. 

It is a great quality elastic and great value too. 

Available in four ratings in 6m lengths –

Green 1.4mm – 10 rating 

Blue 1.8mm – 12 rating

Purple 2.2mm – 14 rating

Orange 2.6mm – 16 rating

 

Gary Ford

Quality elastic and great value.

Power Elastic is especially good for bigger fish.

"being pure Latex it powers up really quickly"


Fish Counter

Fish Counters have become an essential part of a match angler’s kit as most commercial fisheries impose a weight limit per keepnet. Come the weigh in and find that you have exceeded this means being penalised, something that can cost you the match. Keeping track of this can be difficult so it pays to play on the safe side and I do this by using two counters, one for the number of carp caught, and the other to estimate the weight as I go along. 

Browning offer two different Fish Counters, basically the same, but this one has a standard thread allowing it to be screwed into a standard fitting on a seat box and positioned in easy reach where it can be clicked without having to look away. 

Gary Ford

An essential part of modern day match fishing. 

Standard screw thread for easy fixing into seat boxes and platforms. 

A nice net of carp easily under the net allowance weight.

"The bankstick thread allows it to be attached to a seatbox leg."


CK Competition Landing Net

The CK Competition Nets are up there with my favourite items of kit as they are the perfect size and depth. No more bending over and stretching down, chasing the fish around the net as once netted and between my legs the 28cm drop means that the fish is in easy reach for a speedy pick up, unhook and before you know it’s in the keepnet. 

Available in three sizes the Hair Rigger net is one that will impress the match angler fishing for bigger fish using hair rigged baits as it has a really fine 2 x 2mm mesh which eliminates those annoying moments when the mounted bait slips through the mesh and gets snagged up causing lost time from hook ups and broken hairs. All three nets are light and easily manoeuvred, especially the wide-mesh speed versions, even in the strongest winds and throughout constant punishment I have yet to have anything break on me. 

If you hate reaching down to find the landed fish or have experienced hairs getting caught in the mesh then you need to check these nets out, they are simply superb.

Small – Width 45cm, Height 35cm, Depth 28cm, Mesh 8 x 8mm

Medium – Width 50cm, Height 40cm, Depth 28cm, Mesh 8 x 8mm

Hair Rigger – Width 50cm, Height 40cm, Depth 28cm, Mesh 2 x 2mm

Andy Blay

The nets are very easy to manoeuvre.

The perfect depth for handling fish of all sizes.

"All three nets are light and easily manoeuvred"