Black Magic Gold Mono

At times it can be really difficult finding a reliable reel line, one that doesn’t constantly twist after a few sessions, and one that will serve a multitude of applications; a real all-rounder so to speak.

Well, if you are struggling then take my advice and get your hands on a few spools of Black Magic Gold as I have been using it for years and can confidently say it is brilliant. Recently I used it on the mighty river Wye for barbel, and it handled these hard-fighting fish in often snaggy swims with ease. 

It is my number one choice when it comes to feeder fishing, and I even tie up many of my pole rigs using it – it is that versatile. It also lasts incredibly well and simply resists the constant punishment I put it through. It is a ridiculously good main line. 

Even better, it is not going to cost you the earth. In fact, it’s really affordable and comes on big spools, for example 680m in a 0.17mm diameter and 490m in 0.27mm!

Available on convenient bulk spools in the following tests / diameters:

4.5lb – 0.17mm

6.6lb – 0.19mm 

8.0lb – 0.21mm

9.6lb – 0.23mm

12.6lb – 0.27mm

Tim Bruce

A true all-round mainline.

Big carp are no problem with this line.

Line lay is brilliant for such an abrasion resistant line.

"I can confidently say it is brilliant."


Cenex Method Mono

The hurly-burly of Method Feeder fishing demands a really tough line that can stand up to landing big fish, time after time. Recently, I swapped to Browning’s excellent Cenex Method Mono, which not only has brilliant abrasion resistance, but several other key features too. 

Even the best tied knots can let you down in some lines when subjected to Method fishing, but this line really can take the strain and a well tied knot will take the strain. The breaking strain is also very high for its diameter, to I opt for the heaviest 0.26mm diameter in the summer months which has a breaking strain of 15lb. Why risk losing fish when you can use a strong line to have that extra margin for error? 

Many modern nylon lines have a tendency to be neutral buoyancy and difficult to get to cut-through the surface film, especially when fishing at range. Method Mono certainly sinks quickly, and cuts through easily, making it a lot easier to gently tighten up to the feeder. 

Method Mono has a pleasing camouflage appearance made up of three different colours that certainly helps it blend in with the lake bed. All in all, it is great to see a company making a line specifically for this style of fishing. 

Jon Whincup

Diameters Available:

0.20mm – 8.10lb

0.22mm – 10.40lb

0.24mm – 12.80lb

0.26mm – 15.00lb

Method Mono is really well behaved, with excellent line lay.

This line sinks fast and I like the camou colour.

Why risk losing big fish when you can use a really strong line?

"A really strong, yet well behaved line."


King Feeder Swivel

Creating a strong, reliable link in your rigs is essential. With some set-ups, particularly many feeder rigs, where the hookbait can spin on the retrieve, a swivel connection is desirable to cut down on twist. Most swivels are quite clunky though, and can look out of place when a more delicate presentation is required. Not the size 14 King Feeder Swivels though. These tiny swivels are ideal for both feeder and float set-ups where a swivel is needed.

The tiny size adds minimal weight and resistance to the rig (equivalent to a number 8 shot), meaning bites are seen more clearly and fewer indications are missed. The miniscule weight also means that these swivels can also be used on float rigs, especially in running water, where line twist can be a problem, I even use them on by big chopped worm rigs to avoid spin ups with big baits.

Despite the tiny size, these swivels are rated at 4kg breaking strain, more than adequate for most feeder rigs. If you want to improve your feeder rigs then these tiny gems are a must-have item in your box.

Available in a range of sizes from 8 to 14.

 

Kye Jerrom

King Swivels are a must-have in my box.

The 4kg strain of these swivels makes them useful for a wide range of applications.

King Swivels are precision engineered.

"These tiny swivels are very versatile"


Hydrus Metal Method Feeder

If you’re looking for a long-distance flat-bed method feeder then look no further.

These feeders have been designed with perfectly arranged ribs for optimal hold on the groundbait during casting. No more exploding mid air, these will keep your bait intact even when casting to the horizon, yet will rapidly release once in the water. These compact inline, metal feeders are ideal for those big venues where the fish tend to live well away from the banks. 

Bream anglers will love them. 

Available in three weights 30g, 40g and 60g and compatible with the Hydrus Method Feeder Mould.

  

Alec Roberts

Designed for distance.

The mould works like a charm.

"Bream anglers will love them."

Compatible with the Hydrus Method Mould.

Another one finds the net.

Great on commercial carp venues too.


The Black Magic Specialist Pole - A consummate all-rounder.

Over the summer I was fortunate enough to be able to test the new Black Magic Specialist pole. This is just one of a large number of new product launches from Browning, and one that I was particularly interested to take a look at. 

This latest generation of Black Magic poles is based on the, also new, Black Magic Allround. Following the motto “You can always do a little more”, the developers have tuned it to an even higher level giving fantastic quality at an extremely attractive price. Before I talk about my on-the-water tests let’s take a closer look at the technical details.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

As soon as it was unpacked this 10 meter long pole I was very impressed, as it shared many features normally found on much higher-priced poles. One of the first to catch my attention were the carbon reinforced areas around the main stress points, which serve to reinforce the pole precisely where it needs it, without adding excess weight. 

The kit supplied has a length of 2.6 meters and is already equipped with a PTFE bush and a side puller bush. This means that very little work is required to get the kits ready for use. Simply thread the elastic of your choice and the pole is ready for fishing. You can also add a cupping kit and additional pulla kit for very little additional cost.

A TRUE ALLROUNDER

The puller kits supplied with the pole are capable of handling elastics up to a 20+ rating (3.5mm hollow), so I was keen to test how well this pole handled powerful carp on stronger tackle. During testing I used the pole with elastics up to 3.1mm Stretch Hollow and landed carp quickly with little fuss. I have no doubt that this pole can handle strong tackle up to the stated rating and will land some seriously big carp. 

Soon to be available will be a range of Mini-Pole Protectors designed to fit the 3, 4, 5, and 6 sections of the pole. These have been specially strengthened to give maximum power under the elbow and enable the exact length of the pole to be adjusted to the perfect distance. With these pole protectors it is possible to fish at the following distances: 

3 parts: 4.5 meters

4 parts: 5.5 meters

5 parts: 7.0 meters

6 parts: 8.5 meters

7 parts: 10 meters

Expect the Mini-Pole Protectors to be available in Summer 2021. 

If you are looking for a great 10 metre pole that can handle everything from big carp to silvers, then be sure to check out the Black Magic Specialist Pole, it is a true allrounder. I think this pole to two different groups of anglers. Firstly, the Club Angler who is looking for a pole that can handle everything and is super-comfortable to fish with. Secondly, for anglers who fish for carp in the margins, and who might need to follow the fish out, or along the margin, to keep the bites coming the length of this pole is just right, and flexible enough to be a brilliant choice. 

Make sure you take a look at this pole at your local Browning Stockist, you will not be disapointed! 

Tight lines and best wishes! 

Christian Dörr, Team Browning Saarland


Cenex Feeder Mono

I’ve been using Cenex Feeder Mono for a while now and really feel it gives me a massive edge when feeder fishing as it sinks almost immediately and being of medium-stretch it transmits everything back to the rod tip instantly. 

Having a special smooth surface seal increases casting distance and improves retrieve, it’s also very abrasion resistant so it’s a very versatile mainline and will appeal to the bream angler casting to the horizon or the angler targeting carp up against snags where you just can’t give them an inch! Its sinking properties and suppleness are also advantageous when there is a heavy surface tow, especially when float fishing at distance.

I just love this line as it has so many uses, as it’s simply not affected by the rigorous demands of modern day match fishing.

Available on 150m spools in the following diameters/breaking strains –

0.14mm – 4lb

0.16mm – 5lb

0.18mm – 6lb

0.20mm – 7.40lb

0.22mm – 9.70lb

0.24mm – 11.80lb

0.26mm – 12.80lb

0.28mm – 13.70lb

   

Alec Roberts

Withstands everything thrown at it.

This soft line sits perfectly on the spool.

"I just love this line as it has so many uses"


Black Magic Unhooking Mat

Fish protection is extremely important and we all need to carry an unhooking mat nowadays as there are times when unhooking can be tricky and its best to lay the fish down. Even in matches I feel that mats should be used at every weighing point, it just makes sense that the fish that have made us frame are protected to the fullest.  

This mat isn’t huge as its been produced with practical dimensions to double up as a waterproof cushion, great for seat boxes which are new and slightly hard and even better when roving a river as it can be placed on the ground and sat on. 

Dimensions – (L) 75cm x (W) 45cm

Andy Blay

We all should have a mat for those tricky unhooking moments. 

Padded to protect fish and us when kneeling down.

Versatile and compact.

"Fish protection is extremely important and we all need to carry an unhooking mat nowadays "


Black Magic Compact Pan Net

There are several things that I look for in a landing net, al of which combine to make fishing that bit easier and more efficient, ultimately helping me put more fish in the net. 

Firstly, the frame and spreader need to be up to the job. Lifting double-figure carp on a regular basis, often when the water can be a few feet below the peg, puts a lot of strain on these components and they need to be strong with a good connection between the two. 

The mesh is also important. It needs to be of a close weave so that hooks are less prone to get caught in it, but with large enough holes that it slices through the water easily. Try scooping a lively carp with a net that has too fine a mesh and you will see just how difficult the net is to manoeuvre. I also like the mesh to be quite shallow – just deep enough to swallow a double-figure carp is about right. This enables me to cradle the net between my knees whilst unhooking the fish without having to reach down and search for it within the folds of a net that is too deep. 

To my mind, the Black Magic Compact Pan is spot-on for all these features, making it my choice for the majority of my fishing. 

Jim Hall

Just the right size and depth for handling fish of all sizes.

Strong enough to handle chunky carp.

"my choice for the majority of my fishing. "

Fish and hook-friendly mesh.

The net cuts through the water easily.

Metal frame and reinforced where it counts.


Sphere Square Ergonomic Pole Protectors

Fishing a long pole all day can be tough work, especially if there is a cross wind continually buffeting the sections. One feature of Browning poles which makes fishing in these tough conditions so much easier are the Square Ergonomic Pole Protectors (SEPP’s) that fit the 13m, 14.5m and 16m sections. 

These short butts feature Browning’s unique square section technology, which gives them a distinct flat-sided profile with rounded corners. This is so much easier to grip and hold under the forearm, reducing pole movement and making the pole easier to use for extended periods. This allows me to concentrate more on the fishing, enabling me to fish more precisely for longer than ever before. 

The profile of the Sphere SEPP’s is slightly more rounded than some of the other Browning poles, which gives them the perfect profile in my opinion for maximum comfort. When the conditions are rough this makes a massive difference to how well I can fish. 

The Square Ergonomic Pole Protectors also have brilliant integrated EVA foam bungs that protect the ends of the sections from damage when shipping back. 

All in all, a brilliant innovation that has made a massive contribution to fishing the long pole. Make sure you try them out the next time you visit your local Browning Pole Stockist. 

Jim Hall

SEPP sections are just one of the unique features of Browning flagship poles.

The integrated skid bungs offer loads of protection.

The square-profile section rests perfectly under the arm.

"slightly rounded, these squared-off sections give maximum comfort."


Black Magic T/A Power Handle & Gold Net

With time, we discover how important it is to choose fishing equipment for our style of fishing and specific preferences. We pay attention to cost and quality. We attach to brands that delighted us and do not disappoint. While fishing for several years, some equipment has passed through my hands. At the beginning, I completed everything slowly, buying a platform, then a pole and other elements, step by step. With time, when I knew that fishing was an activity that I love, I invested in a better quality assortment. 

I am looking for an assortment that will meet most of my requirements, will be of good quality and finish, and will not cost too much. The landing net, consisting of a handle and a net, is a must-have for a float and feeder angler. In the last year I have visited carp and crucian carp venues several times. On these occasions I decided to use a set consisting of a Browning Gold large net and 4.4 metre Black Magic Take Apart Power Handle. The previous net handle I had was 3.5 mtres long. It was perfect for quickly netting small fish, which are worth their weight in gold, but I needed something longer that would give me more reach when trying to net larger fish.

My plan was to fish more for carp over the next two seasons, so I needed to find a handle with the strength and stiffness to handle these powerful fish. After a long reflection and on the advice of friends, this set was chosen. As well as doing the job, it looks really good too.

Black Magic Take Apart 4.4m Power Handle

This is a four-piece handle. The first three are covered with a carbon structure, giving a unique look and a feel of very high quality. On the lower section the surface is smooth compared to the upper ones. Take-apart handles have their supporters and opponents. I admit that at the beginning I was also afraid that one of the elements would come loose. After a year of heavy use, nothing like that happened. The rough structure means that the surface of the handle is not scratched. However, it is worth covering the blanks with silicone or Teflon spray from time to time to keep it looking immaculate.

The finish of the blank is really neat and oozes quality. The weight at a length of 4.4 m is 460 grams – not the lightest, but with the extra weight comes durability The transport length is 1.24 metre and we can store it loose in a bag without any worries.

Gold Net 

I chose the same manufacturer’s Gold Net Large landing net. The dimensions are 55cm x 45cm x 30cm. The mesh on the rim has 8x8mm meshes. The rim is distinguished by a copper color, perfectly matching the sublime details on the landing net handle. 

The two EVA foams on the frame are designed to keep the net close to the water surface without having to hold it in position. This is particularly useful when playing big powerful fish. The head is made of good quality material, the thread is also made of brass. 

The weave of the mesh allows for trouble-free removal of hooks if they should get caught. Strong mesh hems and additional reinforcements protect it against accidental damage.

Whilst designed as a carp net, I find this a great all-rounder.  Out of curiosity, I checked it more than once when it comes to fishing for smaller fish. It is extremely well balanced and passes through the water easily. 

It amazed me mainly with the quality of workmanship and I can whole-heartedly recommend this landing net combination. 

Tight Lines! 

Luiza Pyrzyńsk : Team Browning Poland

The handle is a four-piece take apart design.

I particularly like the machined screw thread and reinforcing.

The mesh is just the right size and resists hooks well.

"It amazed me mainly with the quality of workmanship and I can whole-heartedly recommend this landing net combination. "

This net combination has been perfect for carp like this.

This net and handle complement each other perfectly.