THIS MONTH: Thinking Anglers, Reuben Heaton, Iceatope, Taylors Lead Lounge, Gemini Carp Tackle
This month we check out some new products from Thinking Anglers, Reuben Heaton, Iceatope, Taylors Lead Lounge and Gemini Carp Tackle
As you will all no doubt have seen, the chaps at TA have given the brand a major overhaul and, as of last month, their rebranded and expanded terminal tackle range has been back on the shelves of all the leading tackle shops nationwide.
While you will, no doubt, be familiar with the majority of the line-up, they have added a few key items right from the start, with the full range, including hooks, new hooklink materials, tools and some fresh additions to their luggage, set for a major launch early in 2019.
For now, there are three more swivels to choose from, with ring, quick link and ring quick links available in both size 8 and 11. These along with the original seven that made up the range are all now finished in their brand new, ‘industry first’ super-slick finish. This dark grey PTFE coating gives each and every one unrivalled movement.
The keenly awaited leadcore is now on the shelves too. Its ‘olive camo’ colouration features a disruptive pattern that changes every 10cm along its length, making it suitable for all manner of lakebeds. It carries a 45lb breaking strain and is available on 10m spools, or in ready-tied, 1 metre lengths with all the necessary beads and swivels for both chod and helicopter set-ups.
To complete the lead-core range, there are now three beads that seamlessly cover all eventualities: The safety top bead, which comes supplied with silicone tubing to provide a safe set-up when fishing a helicopter rig, plus two static beads – a 5mm green rubber and a 5mm tungsten bead, both with a much tighter bore than was previously available.
There are also some dainty little 10mm cork balls, perfect for those that prefer to fish smaller pop-ups, or balanced hookbaits.
Finally, the marker float kit is back by popular demand, although this has had an overhaul too; it now features upgraded components and a large rubber bead in place of the old-style cork ball.
The Tidy Booms are hand-made here in the UK by Gemini Tackle. Formed using a unique, bonding process to fuse the loops together instead of via conventional crimping or tying, has created a far more secure and stronger loop with no discernible weak point. They use a high quality fluorocarbon in their make-up, with just the right blend of stiffness and suppleness, allowing them to kick away from the lead, yet lie flat on the lakebed. They are super sleek and their tidy finish gives for very neat rigs which allow for the addition of antitangle sleeves should you wish.
For the Tidy Booms, Gemini uses 30lb Flurocarbon with a 6mm fused loop at one end and the same again at the other end, with either a size 11 quick change ring swivel incorporated which is ideal for Ronnie rigs, or with a standard size 8 swivel which is ideal for hinge rigs. The booms are ideal if you are looking for a way to help improve your rig presentation.
Many of you probably won’t associate Reuben Heaton with anything other than weigh scales but they are the distributor for the American Trokar Eagle Claw hooks here in the UK.
We have seen a number of high-profile anglers using these in recent years, although they may have been a little bit hesitant about saying as much! These wickedly sharp hooks come in a number of familiar patterns, although their points are anything but.
Using what is known as surgically sharpened technology or SST for short, they all feature a three-sided, symmetrical point that is scalpel sharp. Designed in the USA, working alongside an industry leading manufacturer of needles, they formulated a point specifically for angling using a special high-carbon Q741 wire which is then tempered to provide the maximum amount of strength, while allowing just enough flex to resist breaking.
Available in five patterns; Chod, Wide Gape, Curve Shank, Long Shank and Heavy Duty and in sizes ranging from 1-10, they will cover every eventuality.
All of the leads from Taylors Lead Lounge are handcrafted and double coated to ensure durability. They are available in a choice of smooth or textured finishes and in a whole host of sizes, depending on the style. All their leads are finished with a large eye, matte black swivel that is compatible with all lead clips currently on the market.
The inline leads are available in a choice of three styles: dumpy distance, flat pear or square – and in weights from 2-3oz. These are ideal for PVA bag fishing or when using running rigs.
The feature finding lead has a very distinctive, noseheavy shape, with four protuberances at the end, which will undoubtedly highlight every bump, stone and change of lakebed. They also benefit from a very narrow ‘shoulder’ to help counter collecting too much weed on the retrieve. They can be ordered in 3oz or 4oz sizes and only come with a textured coating.
Their gripper leads definitely aren’t the ones for fishing at range but the flattened shape, allied with a nobbly finish to each side will certainly aid anyone fishing on the rivers or at range with the use of a boat. They come in a range of sizes between 2-4oz and are available in both the smooth and textured coatings, and even a sandy finish which is available upon request.
The backleads do what they say on the tin. Available in one size, they are perfect for using when targeting wary fish, fishing across deep margins, or when fishing multiple rods on a spot. Once again you have a choice of two textured finishes for these, or you can request a smooth/sandy finish if required.
While it may be tough to wax lyrical about a baiting tool, these are a thing of beauty. The Night Needle is constructed from a clear VO polycarbonate body and features a 1.1mm high-carbon steel needle and built-in isotope. There are a range of nine colours to choose from, so you can either choose one to match the rest of your kit, or simply opt for a bright green that will make scrabbling about in the dark a thing of the past!
It comes complete with a 20mm split ring in the blunt end, this can either be used as a knot puller, or simply to hang it up somewhere for ease of location after dark.
They all benefit from an interchangeable needle/isotope mount, so if anything untoward should happen, you can simply replace the parts.
Thinking Anglers BeadsRRP: £2.99Online: www.thinkinganglers.com
Thinking Anglers Marker Float KitRRP: £2.99Online: www.thinkinganglers.com
Thinking Anglers LeadcoreRRP: £7.99Online: www.thinkinganglers.com CARPWORLD
Thinking Anglers SwivelsRRP: £2.99Online: www.thinkinganglers.com
Thinking Anglers Terminal RangeRRP: From £1.99Online: www.thinkinganglers.com
Thinking Anglers Cork BallsRRP: £7.99Online: www.thinkinganglers.com
Gemini Carp Tackle Tidy BoomsRRP: £3.49 for three - available in 5.5 and 7inch Online: www.geminicarptackle.com
Reuben Heaton Trokar Hooks RRP: £5.99Online: www.reubenheaton.com
Iceatope Baiting Needles RRP: £12.99Online: www.iceatope.co.uk
Taylors Lead Lounge Inline, Backleads, Feature and Gripper LeadsRRP: Prices from 70pOnline: www.taylorsleadlounge.co.uk