THIS MONTH: Ridgemonkey & Korda
They say the best things come in small packages, so it’s a warm welcome then to Korda’s Kamakura hook range and Ridgemonkey’s Ezeeknot Hookbait Tyer...
The latest addition to the ever expanding RM-TEC terminal range, these hook beads are made from a nice, soft rubber that is designed to grip the hook shank and stay in place, even during the biggest of casts, yet move, so as not to impede hooking potential, only when you receive a take.
They are ideal for creating all manner of rigs, but particularly Ronnies and anything else featuring anti-eject, sliding ring set-ups. They have a subtle, dark green, smoky translucent finish ensuring that they are as discreet an element of your rig as possible. They are available in two sizes, small (for hook sizes 6-10) and large (for hooks sized 1-4).
Well, they say the best ideas in life are the simple ones and for those that don’t trust the mechanics of a bait screw, a bore-ring, or a blob of floss, and prefer to ‘do it old school’ – then this is for you. The simple, two-piece magnetic design features a cylindrical bore, which will fit hookbaits ranging between 10mm and 20mm. Simply drop in the one of your choice, slide your floss down to the bait, rotate the device and tie two overhand knots. It really is that simple... and it should mean the end of fiddly, mid-winter chores when you’ve got Tom ‘n’ Jerry fingers and keep dropping fiddly little rig rings on the groundsheet!
Billed as the sharpest hooks commercially available, the Kamakura range have been some three years in the making! Following on from footage revealed by their Underwater series of films, the chaps at Korda became convinced that an ultrasharp hookpoint ultimately led to more pickups being converted into genuine takes and consequently, landed fish.
There have been a number of advances in hook-making technology in recent years but this process of bestowing each hook with a Kamakura point, post production, is a genuine leap forward. Every hook in the packet has been honed to the same level of sharpness to ensure each and every one is exactly the same.
Prior to being packed into the hard, protective case, each hook also has a blob of wax applied to each uncoated tip, helping to protect it, right up until you are ready to cast out into the lake.
Currently available as size 4, 6 and 8, in both micro-barbed or barbless, in the standard gauge Wide Gape and Krank patterns, expect more to follow in the future. Due to modern advancements, Korda have recently been able to release a range of coated braids which have tiny tungsten granules impregnated within the coating, meaning that it will now sink quickly and lie tight to the lake bed.
It has a semi-stiff nature, from the spool, so steaming it will probably gain you the best results once you have constructed your rig of choice. The coating itself has a nice, matte finish and remains easy to strip, whilst maintaining good abrasion resistance.
It is available in either 18lb or 25lb breaking strains and in their two most popular colourways – Weedy Green and Gravel Brown.
Ridgemonkey Ezeeknot Hookbait Tyer RRP: £8.99 Online: www.ridgemonkey.co.uk
Korda Dark Matter Tungsten Hooklink RRP: £12.99 per 10m spoolOnline: www.korda24.com Korda Kamakura Hooks RRP: £6.50 per pack of 10 Online: www.korda24.com