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Pro­logic Cruzade lug­gage

RRPs: Car­ryall £34.99, hook­bait bag £16.99, lead bag £9.99 www.pro­log­ic­fish­ing.com

This neat col­lec­tion is per­fect for the rov­ing or short-stay an­gler. The Cruzade car­ryall is de­cep­tively spa­cious and well made, with chunky zips and 400D rip-stop fab­ric.

There’s a wa­ter­proof bot­tom, four outer pock­ets and an ad­justable, padded shoul­der strap. It’s 54cm long, 33cm wide and 31cm tall.

Fit­ting per­fectly in­side is the hook­bait bag with glug pots (which could per­haps be more heavy-duty) and a neat lead bag, a sturdy pouch ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing a de­cent weight.

Nu­tra­baits Liq­uid Krill

RRP: From £5.99 www.nu­tra­baits.net

Fish­meal liq­uids vary enor­mously in qual­ity from one man­u­fac­turer to the next, but this one from bait-mak­ing vet­eran Nu­tra­baits is straight out of the top drawer.

Thicker than a re­al­ity-TV star, this gloopy liq­uid is packed with blitzed Antarc­tic krill and can be mixed with all sorts of baits, from boilies and pel­lets to ground­baits and par­ti­cles. We reckon in­ject­ing it into a solid PVA bag would be a great fish-catcher.

Avail­able in 500ml and one-litre bot­tles.

Rig Ma­role SLS Spec­i­mon Tough

RRP: £19.99 www.rig­ma­role.co.uk

For snaggy, weedy venues this cop­per­brown line with an in­her­ent abra­sion re­sis­tance fits the bill. It sinks quickly, has low stretch and low mem­ory. Avail­able in 12lb (0.30mm), 15lb (0.33mm) and 18lb (0.37mm), 1,000m spools.

JRC Co­coon land­ing net

RRP: £79.99 (42ins) £89.99 (50ins) www.jrc-fish­ing.co.uk

The mag­netic mesh-re­tain­ing point on this net is a great touch – it keeps it tidy and away from snags as you net a fish, then releases as the fish drops into the mesh.

What’s more, the stain­less steel fold­ing spreader block is a thing of beauty and re­ally sets this well-priced prod­uct apart from its ri­vals. The near-2m to­tal length of the net and pole of­fers that bit more reach than most sim­i­lar items.

Gard­ner Deluxe Weed Rake

RRP: £11.99 www.gard­ner­tackle.co.uk

We are big fans of Gard­ner’s orig­i­nal castable weed rake, and this ad­di­tion to the range looks just as good.

Shaped like a tra­di­tional rake head, it can be used in con­junc­tion with the orig­i­nal to clear masses of weed from your swim. The Deluxe pro­vides the fi­nesse once the large clumps of weed have been cleared – it’s great for re­ally pol­ish­ing a spot and get­ting it ready for your hook­bait.

Strong braided main­line is rec­om­mended when us­ing this 3oz item, but it’s still very user-friendly and cre­ates much less dis­tur­bance than a hand-thrown rake.

“IT’S PER­FECT FOR RE­ALLY AC­CU­RATE BAIT­ING AT UP TO ABOUT 70 YARDS”

Taska Venda SR throw­ing stick

RRP: £39.99 www.taskacarp.com

Un­like most throw­ing sticks, this car­bon of­fer­ing isn’t de­signed to blast baits to the hori­zon. It’s a more sub­tle tool for use when dis­tance isn’t the main ob­jec­tive.

Light and short, it’s per­fect for re­ally ac­cu­rate bait­ing at up to about 70 yards.

When you don’t need to cast into the next county it makes sense to use a stubby, light­weight stick like this. It feels ef­fort­less in the quick tests we have car­ried out so far.

Korda Zig Box

RRP: £10.99 www.korda.co.uk

This space-sav­ing clip-lock stor­age sys­tem will ac­com­mo­date dozens of pre-tied zig rigs, as well as lead­ers and floater hook­lengths.

It comes with four extra-wide EVA spools around which you can wrap all your mono rigs without fear of them kink­ing or twist­ing.

There’s enough space un­der the lid for zig rigs to be stowed with their baits left on.

Chub Van­tage suit

RRP: £149.99 www.chub­fish­ing.co.uk

With au­tumn draw­ing in and win­ter around the cor­ner, now is the ideal time to get your clob­ber in order – and this three-in­one of­fer­ing from Chub is in­cred­i­bly ver­sa­tile.

Both the jacket and the bib and brace trousers are made from wa­ter­proof and breath­able Cli­ma­tex 3000 outer ma­te­rial which is softer and ‘qui­eter’ (no ‘swish-swish’ noise as you walk the banks) than many sim­i­lar prod­ucts. The trousers of­fer plenty of move­ment and com­fort, with a zipped an­kle sec­tion for ac­com­mo­dat­ing large boots and a zip fly on the trousers.

The zip-out fleece sits within the main jacket or it can be worn on its own in milder tem­per­a­tures. The main jacket boasts very large pock­ets with se­cu­rity zips and Vel­cro wrist straps to keep chill­ing draughts out. For un­der £150 it’s a very im­pres­sive pack­age.

Nash Siren snag ears

This brass thread will ac­cept bob­bins and swingers. RRP: £9.99 www.nash­tackle.co.uk

De­signed to fit Nash’s own S5 and S5R alarms, and any other alarm on the mar­ket, these snag ears ex­tend the height of the alarm to stop rods be­ing pulled off the side in the event of a take.

At the front there’s a brass in­di­ca­tor thread to ac­cept bob­bins and swingers.

Gard­ner DSLR Cam­era An­gle (Heavy Duty)

RRP: £14.99 www.gard­ner­tackle.co.uk

Gard­ner has long made the best bank­stick-to cam­era adap­tor on the mar­ket, and this up­rated ver­sion, ma­chined in the UK, will cope with the largest and heav­i­est SLRs. Screw a bank­stick, a rod pod or tri­pod into one end and the cam­era into the other – now you can do self-take pho­tographs without the need for a des­ig­nated cam­era tri­pod. This prod­uct is built to last. The 360-de­gree ball and socket joint al­lows the cam­era to be po­si­tioned level on any sur­face in ei­ther por­trait or land­scape mode.

The Taska Venda SR throw­ing stick is per­fect for medium-range work.

Use the Deluxe Weed Rake to clear the swim of all resid­ual green stuff.

This zip-out fleece can be worn within the main jacket or on its own

Snag ears ex­tend the height of the alarm for added se­cu­rity.

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