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Feeder Rod Rest

Feeder Rod Rest

 

When feeder fishing and accuracy is important I like to use a wide contact surfaced. The reason being is as soon as the feeder hits the line clip and starts descending in the water I want to drop the rod straight down, onto a rest and then simply tighten the tip accordingly without fear of moving the feeder. 

This is where this rod rest comes in useful as being 35cm wide it allows the rod to be dropped without having to worry about locating it in certain slots. It’s also padded so the rod can be placed down quickly without any fear of damage and the raised sides act as a safeguard just in case of one of those brutal bites. It also has an adjusting knurled screw on the universal thread which allows the rest to be adjusted if needed.

Perfect if you are fishing on the clip for big bream.

 

Tim Bruce

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Black Magic Gold Mono

Black Magic Gold Mono

Finding a reliable, affordable multi-purpose monofilament mainline isn’t always easy. We all have our favourites and it’s really difficult to switch in fear of it letting us down at that vital moment, yet after being introduced to the Black Magic Gold line by an all-round angler who had total faith in it I just had to pick up a few spools in different diameters and give it a go.

Taking a closer look I was amazed at its fine diameter in ratio to its breaking strain, 6.60lb being just 0.19mm!

Spooling up I could feel its smoothness and the line lay was perfect with no curling something many low diameter lines are prone to. Putting the 0.19mm diameter through its paces for the first time whilst fishing the method for medium sized carp was a complete joy and although a couple momentarily found an underwater hazard a bit of extra pressure saw them turn away and on inspection of the line no damage was found showing its outstanding strength and abrasion resistance. 

Next to try was the 0.17mm diameter which has a breaking strain of 4.40lb. This was loaded onto my Black Magic FD 420 for a spot of float fishing on the river Test. Whilst long trotting the line pealed of the spool as expected, really smoothly and when that all important bite came the line picked up really easily off the water and with its moderate stretch the hook was set instantly. At the end of the day and after numerous battles with hard fighting chub the line showed no signs of wear proving this is a multi-purpose line that’s up there with the best and since those first tentative tests I can say that I’m really impressed with its performance.

Available in five convenient breaking strains ranging between 4.50lb and 12.60lb (0.27mm) I can see this mainline becoming a big hit, not just for match anglers but with specimen anglers as well.

Available on convenient bulk spools in – 4.5lb, 6.6lb, 8lb, 9.6lb and 12.6lb breaking strains.   

Colin Sheppard

The bulk spools of Black Magic Gold line are great value.

This is a really tough line, ideal for feeder fishing.

The brown colour blends in well with most lake beds.

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Black Magic FD 420 Reel

Black Magic FD 420 Reel

The Black Magic FD range really punches way above their price tag. 

Featuring all the advanced features that you would expect from modern day reels, such as powerful gears, 5-curve line distribution, continuous anti-reverse, finely adjustable front drag, stainless steel handle, anti-twist line roller plus many more this really is the perfect reel for targeting quality fish. 

I use this quality, durable reel for big time bagging on carp dominated venues where it take some serious punishment and it hasn’t let me down once. It’s silky smooth and the reel stem isn’t too long allowing me to have easy, comfortable finger control of the spool when casting and the front drag is easy to adjust and responsive. The line lay is perfect due to the anti-twist line roller and the aluminium spool has a hardened front edge for longer casting distances. 

It’s not just full of features as it looks like a reel that would cost miles more with its graphite body and subdued golden trim associated with the Black Magic range. This reel, as do the others in the range, comes with a spare spool. 

Weighing in at 260g the Black Magic 420 is the smallest in a range of three and has a line capacity of 155m of 0.16mm line, has four ball bearings, a gear ration of 5,1:1 and retrieves 59cm of line per oscillation. 

What more could you want for less than fifty quid?

Colin Sheppard

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Big Pit Feeders

Let’s face it, we’ve all had cage feeders that have split, broken or simply exploded on impact with the water, yet in all the years of using Browning’s Big Pit Feeders I can honestly say not one has let me down and when they cost half the price of most other cage feeders on the market, then you really do need to check them out.

Made from an almost indestructible (in a fishing application) clear plastic the Big Pit feeder range consists of three sizes – Mini, Standard and Large, there’s also an Inline version and they range in weight loading of between 15g to 60g. The large holes allow for a quick bait release once landed and the ridges within hold the groundbait in place even when casting to the horizon. The stem of the feeder holds a standard swivel and is of a length to create a boom and reduce any chance of tangling and the weight is evenly spread across the base for accurate casting and securely locked into the design of the feeder to eliminate them letting you down.

I used the 50g Big Pit Large Feeder to great effect recently whilst targeting big bream. Casting out a dozen times to lay a bed down bait it wasn’t long before the bream arrived got their heads down and provided me with some outstanding sport. 

Reliable and affordable, what more do you need from a feeder?

Tim Bruce

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Big Pit Feeders have a near-indestructible plastic frame.

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There is a Big Pit Feeder for almost every situation.

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The weights are carefully moulded to the bottom of the fame and available in a wide range of sizes.

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Xitan Microbore Pole Elastic

Having used solid elastics for many years when fishing for small silver fish I saw little reason to switch to hollow elastic, but eventually I was persuaded to give it a go and instantly felt the difference when using Xitan Microbore Pole Elastic.

Nowadays I’m completely converted as it has numerous advantages. The first is that it lasts far longer than solid elastic; it’s also so much smoother, doesn’t stretch when a rogue carp comes along, has less memory, and doesn’t stick. Microbore is also available in a wide range of different strengths and is much thinner than normal hollow elastic.

Now completely converted, I use it when fishing for silvers, big bream right through to carp. I would highly recommend the green for roach, skimmers and perch, orange for big bream and pink for F1’s and carp.

If you are still using solid elastic then give Microbore elastic a go, you will be pleasantly surprised.  

 

Xitan Microbore Pole Elastic is available in six diameters –

Lime Green 1.3mm rated 3-5

Orange 1.5mm rated5-7

Pink 1.9mm rated 7-9

Blue/Pearl 2.3mm rated 9-13

Hunter Green 2.7mm rated 13-17

Rocket Red 3.0mm rated 17-21

John Pantrey

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Microbore elastic runs smoothly through pole sections without sticking and is lighter than normal hollow elastic.

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Microbore is available in a wide range of different diameters, making it suitable for everything from silver fish to big carp.

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Xi landing net handle

Xi-Match Landing Handle

Xi-Match Landing Handle

If you enjoy fishing for silvers, like I do, especially net skimmers and roach then netting them quickly and efficiently is vital. This becomes somewhat harder when there is a side wind or if fishing a canal or river where there’s some flow and if your landing net and handle are too heavy and big it can all become somewhat clumsy.

Speed fishing for silvers is all about getting every part of your equipment right and if you want to get the best out of every situation then you really do need to get your hands on the Xi-Match handle as it’s so light, long and strong. At full length this 3 piece handle stretches to 4m and its ultra slim, yet still retains amazing rigidity and it only weighs 293g!

Other points to mention are the reinforced joints, anti-slip surface at the base of the handle and joint protectors which all contribute to making this the best ever silver fish handle I’ve ever used and team it up with a Silverlite Ghost net and you have a winning combination. 

John Pantrey

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The thin diameter and stiffness of this 4m handle makes it very easy to move through the water.

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The joints are reinforced for extra strength.

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Cenex Hybrid Power Mono

Cenex Hybrid Power Mono

Cenex lines have grown rapidly in popularity with match anglers since there launch and there’s a reason for this, they are simply lines that you can rely on. 

My favourite for my pole rigs is Cenex Hybrid Power Mono, just check the diameter and you will find them to be true and accurate and it’s extremely strong and abrasion resistant, yet it’s remarkably supple allowing perfect bait presentation and never kinks.

Originally available in five popular sizes however due to popularity and demand two new sizes have become available, 0.10mm which is exceptionally strong for its fine diameter and brilliant for targeting silvers and skimmer. The 0.22mm is ideal for the carp match angler putting big weights together and needs a line that simply won’t let him down. 

Is there a better line for pole rigs and hook lengths, well if there is I don’t know about it!

Cenex Hybrid Power Mono is available in the following diameters –

0.10mm 1.37kg/3.00lb 

0.12mm 1.70kg/3.70lb

0.14mm 2.55kg/5.60lb

0.16mm 3.00kg/6.60lb

0.18mm 3.90kg/8.50lb

0.20mm 4.20kg/9.20lb

0.22mm 4.70kg/10.30lb

John Pantrey

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Xenos Jet Feeder

As the name suggests, the Xenos Jet Feeder is designed to go the distance. One of the longest casting feeders that Browning have developed, thanks to its fantastic aerodynamic shape and moulded nose weight, which gives maximum stability on the cast.

The ring-shaped weight also make the feeder very easy to load, as the groundbait can be compressed from both ends. It also empties very quickly, for the same reason. 

One little talked about benefit, is that this feeder is also very snag-resistant, as it rises quickly from the bottom when retrieved, making it ideal for venues, like many in Ireland, where there is a distinct ledge at distance. 

The plastic frame is very robust and will not crack, and the specially coated weight will not chip or crack. 

A brilliant feeder for long range fishing available in weights from 20 grams to 50 grams. 

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The aerodynamic, moulded design of the Xenos Jet Feeder makes it easy to load, and casts long distances and with great accuracy.

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Ideal for long range fishing with the paternoster rigs.

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Silverlite Jens Koschnick Feeder Rod 12’ 6’’

Silverlite Jens Koschnick Feeder Rod 12’ 6’’ 

Developed in conjunction with Jens’, the Silverlite Jens Koschnick Feeder Rod 12’ 6’’ rods are designed for the angler looking to catch shy-biting silverfish on the feeder in the most demanding situations. The designed has been optimised to offer brilliant casting performance, thanks to the butt and lower mid-section having the back-bone to cast feeders up to 60 grams without folding. The Upper mid-section and tip are softer, helping to spot shy-bites and reduce the number of fish coming adrift on the retrieve. 

Whilst the action is optimised for feeder fishing for bream, roach and other silvers, these rods pack enough punch to handle big F1’s and rogue carp too. The optimised blank really can handle everything! 

The 12’ 6’’ model has been fitted throughout with larger diameter SiC rings, making it ideal for combining with modern ‘Big Pit’ style feeder reels, with their large diameter spools. Quiver tips are available with both larger and standard ringing. 

The exceptional finish and quality fittings add to the overall package, making these serious rods for the aspiring match angler, without the a wallet-busting price tag. 

Silverlite Jens Koschnick Feeder Rod 12’ 6’’ / 3.85m model is fitted with large diameter rings throughout for casting performance. 

Tips compatible with original 2.2mm diameter World Champion series rods.

Casting Weight – 60 grams

Quiver tips – 0.5oz, 1.0oz, 1.5oz

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Feeder Rod Rest Deluxe

Feeder Rod Rest Deluxe

The Feeder Rod Rest Deluxe has become invaluable this winter as it holds the rod firmly in place when even the strongest of wind has been blowing. 

The compact foam groves allow the rod to be placed down without fear of damage and the numerous groves allows fine adjustment of the rod without the chance of moving the feeder. The raised ends also protect the rod if a savage bite comes along, commonplace on the carp venues I fish a lot when using the method feeder. 

The Feeder Rod Rest Deluxe is also useful on flowing venues when the rod needs to be positioned high and the elements are against you and although strong its extremely light which is great if having a distance to travel to your swim.

 Colin Sheppard

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A brilliant design that allows me to tension the tip perfectly.

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The small raised parts give numerous rod positions and hold the rod securely even when you are getting vicious bites from carp.

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The raised ends really lock the rod in place.

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