Dacron Connectors

Creating a neat, no fuss connection between your elastic and rig can significantly cut down on tangles. Dacron Connectors have become increasingly popular for this job, particularly with the modern trend to use hollow elastics, which are thicker than traditional solid elastics. Not all connectors are created equally though, and I find these brightly coloured Dacron connectors just the job, especially with my regular Stretch 7 hollow and Cenex Microbore elastics. Not only are the beads soft enough to pull easily over the chunky knot that you get when tying hollow elastics, but they butt-up nicely against my Xitan PTFE bushes. 

The Dacron loop is just the right size to make attaching your rig easily. All in all, this is a very well thought-out product that does the intended job perfectly. 

Jim Hall

The connectors come in handy packs of four.

The Dacron connectors create a neat, tangle-free link between elastic and rig.

Simple, and effective, find them at your nearest Browning stockist.

Landing Net No-Snag Latex

We all have favourite items of kit, ones that seem to last forever and just don’t let us down and one of mine is the No-Snag Latex Landing Net head. The reason is that over the years I’ve lost count of how many nets have let me down at the vital moment, either being too weak for the constant punishment they get from commercial match fishing, threads stripping or frames breaking however the area that seems to go first is the mesh. Standard mesh nets get damaged easily, be it from getting caught in a bank side snag, a hook snagging within, catching in the zip when closing a net bag, or more likely from a split dorsal fin of a carp whilst being unhooked. All these can cause a small tear in the mesh and once there, the landing nets days are numbered. Just constantly putting nets away in a net bag damp will eventually take its toll and over time weaken the mesh from rotting.

Mesh nets are a thing of the past for me and Latex mesh nets are here to stay as they take all the punishment thrown at them and simply brush them aside. Hooks and fins don’t get caught up, all saving vital seconds in a match and they don’t rot, the only minor disadvantage is that Latex nets are slightly heavier but for all the advantages they provide, I can live with this. 

Available in three sizes – 

L 50cm x W 38cm x D 28cm

L 60cm x W 48cm x D 30cm

L 60cm x W 48cm x D 35cm


Alec Roberts

The strong frame and quality mesh make this net ideal for catching lots of carp.

The latex mesh eliminates hooks and rigs snagging, which helps save time and protect your catch.

Latex nets offer many advantages and are my only choice.

Xitan 10+ Tube Pole Holdall

The Xitan 10+ Tube Pole Holdall was the first piece of the Xitan luggage range that I purchased when it came out and ever since I’ve been adding additional items on a regular basis, that’s how satisfied I am with everything.

Having numerous poles and top kits the last thing I wanted was to have to carry certain items separately in addition to a pole holdall, something I’ve been doing in the past, so opted for the large 10+ tube holdall as I needed every bit of extra space available. It might be a big piece of kit measuring 190cm long by 27cm wide by 30cm height but now I can simply load it into the car and know that everything is fully protected and with me when I arrive at the venue. The material it’s made from is great as it’s very durable, waterproof and is wipe-clean, great for keeping the motor clean and tidy after fishing through such a wet and often muddy winter, it certainly looks the part as well!

What I’m impressed with most is the layout of the compartments as they have been carefully thought through and padded in the appropriate areas to protect every section within. The large double main compartment contains up to 10+ tubes and the full size front compartment divides in 1 x full and 2 x half length pockets with side zips. 

There are no external pockets to snag in transport and the heavy duty zips open 90% of the holdalls length which eliminates any possibility of zip failure at the base. Coming complete with padded shoulder strap, double carry handles and a bottom grab handle on the reinforced base, all of which makes moving and lifting onto the trolley or into the car a doddle. 

If you’re looking for the ultimate large pole holdall that will easily home your valuable pole and top kits then look no further.

There are two other sizes available, a 6+ tube holdall and an X-Long 10+ holdall.  

Dean Tennant

The 10+ capacity is ideal for 16 metre poles, plus top kits and accessories.

The classic Xitan design carries across the whole luggage range.

The wipe clean material is easy to keep clean and really keeps its looks.

"A brilliant holdall for the pole angler."

The base of the holdall is strongly reinforced.

Extra strong zips are used on each of the compartments.

The holdall is very streamline, with all of the compartments running the full length of the bag, which stops snagging and makes it much easier to load into a car, or transport on a barrow.

Black Magic Standard Keep Net

The 2.50m Black Magic Standard Keep Net, which is the shortest of three lengths available, is ideal for my winter canal match fishing when a decent weight would be around 10lb, yet with 40cm x 50cm rings its easily capable of taking the 50lb commercial venue match weight limits.

The tough, fish friendly, dark 6mm mesh is ideal in the canal’s gin clear water as it blocks out any light, keeping the fish, mostly skimmers and roach at this time of year safe and reduces the chance of pike being attracted, which can be a problem trying to attack the fish in the net, and on occasions ruin a swim. 

All the weak points, like corners, have been reinforced and the metal framed top and bottom rings stop the net from collapsing. The angle lock is fantastic as it allows the net to be positioned perfectly every time and an innovative addition to this is the retaining cord which eliminates any of the parts being lost in transit. 

Another benefit of the mesh is it dries really quickly, reducing smells and disease transfer and the pegging points are great when fishing a shallow lake and staking out is required.

Available in three sizes – 2.50m, 3.00m and 3.50m.

 Jamie Burt

These are very well designed nets that are ideal for natural and commercial venues.

The dark mesh dries quickly, and keeps the fish in the shade.

The corners have been reinforced to stop wear caused by the net rubbing on the lake bed.

"A brilliant net for both commercial and natural venues."

The angle-adjuster is very strong and has a retaining cord that stops parts from being lost.

Rings enable the net to be pegged out in shallow water.

The dimensions of the net are perfect for both natural venues and commercials with net weight limits. Several nets can be positioned next to each other, giving you plenty of options.

Space Saver Carp Mesh Keepnets

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. 

Jim Hall

Carp mesh is brilliant for keeping carp and other big fish quiet and in the shade.

Nets have a tough life and these ones have past the test of time.

Carp King Micro Waggler Rods

Short rods have become incredibly popular for fishing on Commercials, where accuracy is much more important than casting range. Browning were at the forefront of short rod design with their Commercial King range, which proved to be a massive hit with anglers targeting hard fighting carp and F1’s.

The brilliant Carp King (CK) rods build on this reputation and represent amazing value for money too. With their parabolic actions, that absorb every lunge from a big carp, they are ideal for modern commercial carp fishing.

Let’s take a look at the two micro waggler rods in the range, which are ideal for Pellet Waggler and other commercial float fishing work.


The 9’/2.7m CK rod’s short length makes it much faster and more accurate to use than a conventional 11′ rod for pellet/shallow waggler styles. The short sections also make it easy to carry made up, and ready to go. This is a brilliant rod for Pellet Waggler fishing for BIG carp.


The 10’/3.0m “F1 Special” has a softer action primarily designed for F1s / smaller carp, but is also good for quality silverfish at small floats, light lines and small hooks can be safely used.


The high quality, ultra slim, blanks feature short handles specially shaped for comfort and speed, plus a snag-free hook keeper tube. Unbeatable value, and brilliant quality, check out the whole Carp King range at your local Browning stockist.

Xitan Z9-3 Advance Pole package

We take a closer look at the new Xitan Z9-3 Advance 16m Pole Package in this new video short video.


Please click the play button below to watch, or alternatively, you can also find it on our brilliant YouTube channel.

Distance Marker Sticks

Fishing accurately is so important and these new Distance Sticks have made it so much easier to instantly change set-ups and know that every cast is falling into the feeding zone. 

Fishing directly of the reels line clip is very common these days; however there are times when I’m bream fishing at distance or even fishing tight up against an island when a rouge carp comes along and I’m forced to release the clip. In the past making a number of casts back to the feature takes time, especially if there’s a side wind, yet having marker sticks set up firmly behind allows me to count how many wraps I was fishing at, clip up once more and continue fishing effectively and accurately. 

These new Distance Sticks are brilliant as they have solid hardened points that can be driven into the hardest of ground, with the help of the push in aid to create that extra leverage if needed. The groves near the top of the sticks hold each rap in place at a height allowing tangle free release and pin point accuracy when loading and releasing and the 4m dividing strap has a highly visible measuring scale allowing me to clip up to a certain length without having to move of the spot. 

If you’re going the distance and need to know that you are on the money every time then these are the sticks to get!

Justin Watkins  

Marker Sticks are a massive edge for fishing accurately.

The design has been very well thought out, with a side strap, solid points on the sticks and a ribbed section to hold the line.

The ‘T-bars’ make screwing the sticks into hard ground much easier.

"If you want to fish accurately then sticks are a must."

Black Viper III 4.2m Feeder Rods

Fishing powerful rivers like the lower Trent can be challenging for the feeder angler, and the right kit is essential to be able to fish effectively. One rod that really fits the bill for this type of fishing is the Black Viper 4.2m, which is available in two version, a 120 gram casting weight, and a 160 gram. 

The interesting thing about these rods is that although they are powerful enough to cast across the Trent if pushed, they aren’t pokers. Bite registration is really good, even when fishing lighter feeders at less extreme distances. Often in the summer months a 1.5oz feeder is enough to hold when fishing the middle of the river on the non-tidal sections. Fit the 4oz quiver tip and you have a lovely balanced set-up that shows plucks and drop-back bites really well. 

When the river is carrying some extra water you can step up the feeder weight without overloading the rods, making them very versatile for this style of fishing. Up the line strength and they are more than up to the job of handling big chub and barbel too. 

I match the Black Viper III 4.2m with the Black Viper Compact 855 reel loaded with 0.10mm Cenex Feeder Braid to an 8lb shockleader. The braid makes a huge difference to both the amount of lead required to hold bottom and bite indication. Having a round profile it does not catch the flow and forms a nice steady bow that makes bite detection very easy. 

If you are looking for a rod that won’t be outgunned on larger rivers then take a look at the Black Viper III’s you won’t be disappointed. 

Tom Noton

The Black Viper III 4.2m are brilliant for big rivers like the lower Trent.

I match the Black Viper II rods up with the Black Viper Compact reels.

These are the ideal rods for fishing at distance on big rivers and still waters for hard-fighting fish.

"If you are looking for a feeder rod for the lower Trent then take a look at these."


Xitan Xi-Box 36 Compact Seatbox

If you fish a lot of natural venues then long walks over rough ground, often with styles and other obstacles to overcome will be nothing new for you. Transporting a big seatbox in these conditions can be a real challenge, so given the choice, I prefer a more compact box such as the Xi-Box 36. The compact design of this box, plus its reduced weight, make it ideal for natural venues. 

Although the box is smaller the 36mm legs mean that it is incredibly stable and I have never felt compromised when fishing on soft or steep banks, thanks to the six telescopic legs that have oversized mud feet, keeping me really stable. The inbuilt spirit levels are another useful feature, enabling me to get the position of the box spot-on. 

As you would expect, the box is supplied in a great tray configuration for natural venues, with a full range of trays and other accessories available enabling you to customise the box to your needs. 

One other factor that is worth noting is that if you regularly travel with a friend the smaller size of this box means that you can get two, plus all your other gear, in the back of a regular estate car.

Rory Jones

The adjustable seat position means you don’t have to carry extra trays just to get the right seat height.

The chunky hand wheels make adjusting the legs very easy.

The frame is really strong and solid. I find the inbuilt spirit levels useful too.

"A really stable box, thanks to its 36mm legs."

Cassette-style footplate is really stable.

Extra threads in the front of the footplate for keepnets and other accessories.

All of the six legs are 36mm diameter with telescopic inners.

The Xi-Box 36 Compact is top of the Xi-Box range. It has been designed to have a small “footprint”, so easier to fit in a car, carry, or use on platforms than traditional cassette style boxes. The design is very strong and rigid with 36mm legs and specially designed clamps. The top frame of the box can be height adjusted to maintain a comfortable seating position if trays are added or removed. 

The Xi-Box 36 Compact features : 

• 36mm telescopic legs with hinged mud feet for total stability 

• Sliding footplate 

• Secure non-slip locking systems with large easy-to-grip knobs 

• Fixed mesh tray on bottom frame for under-box storage while fishing 

• Spirit levels and adjustable seat height for total comfort 

• 2 x 3cm plus 1 x 6cm side drawers 

• 1 x 4cm plus 1 x 3m tray units 

• Additional trays available 

The adjustable seat height means you only need to add the trays that you need.

A wide range of trays and accessories are available.

The over-sized self-levelling feet keep the box really stable on unlovely banks.