Match Tackle

2010.... So, after a 16 year break the thought of having to start the tackle purchases off again was an exciting but dawnting prospect.

I decided to follow these simple rules:
  1. Buy the best I could afford
  2. Buy British where possible
  3. Do not become a "tackle tart" - major fail on this point!
My main aim is to get back into Match Fishing. The fishing scene has changed a lot, many commercial fisheries have dominated the more natural waters that I was used to fishing.

It easy to see why commericals have become so popular, it almost guarantees the angler of a days sport.  This is what I ended up going for:

Rods
Reels
Pole
With the pole I was debating to either go for a flagship pole or mid-range pole.  I ended deciding to go for a flagship pole and narrowed my choice down to Daiwa or Tri-cast, both british made poles. 

My selection after reading many reviews online and in the media was the Tri-Cast Excellence Pro which also turned out to be cheaper than the Daiwa.  Previous I had a Tricast Trilogy XS which was a brilliant pole for the last 6 years.  I protected the pole sections with Trevor Jean's PTFE Nose cones.  A quality hand made product.

The package you get with both poles is very good.  I requested a further two power kits and a short number 3 section. 

My elastic selection is as follows, all with pulla-bungs as I'm not a fan of drilling my top kits: 
SeatBox
Pole Rollers
After a large investment in the pole, to protect it on the bank I decided to purchase a V Roller and 2 x Flat Rollers, which should help with any bankside situations
Luggage
The Tricast Trilogy came with a deluxe pole holdall, which after a couple of months showed signs of wear.  Tricast kindly replaced it free of charge.  However I decided to review my luggage choice and selected the following:
  • Mosella Kompact 8 System - a great holdall, quality zips and padded, double stiching
  • Mosella Match Carryall - which tends to stay at home for storing pole rollers and other tackle.
  • Mosella Compact Carryall - enough room for my bait, Roost kit and all other off box accessories, including groundbait bowls, small side tray and towels in the central zipped section
Keepnets and Landing Nets
With the advent of commercial fisheries and their varying keepnet limit rules one or two keepnets is not the norm.  So I opted for two of the Drennan Carp nets and one of the Drennan Silver fish nets.

Landing nets I got a couple of the Guru ones and for venues that hold larger carp I purchased a MAP 24" Carp Landing Net head.

It's worthwhile setting up both landing nets just in case of a larger fish, so the landing net poles I opted for the Tri-cast XRS Easy Reach (8' and 12'), although in hindsight I should have bought two 12' handles...

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