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Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
Joe Carass inspects a new range of hooks that might just take the market by storm. . . H ooks are hugely personal things, and for most anglers their choice of patterns tends to come from a variety of companies.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
The G-Max feeder rod range was a massive hit in the Match Fishing office, so when the float rod range came in we all got a bit excited! But are they any good? Joe Carass took a closer look…After being hugely impressed with the G-Max feeder rods that we tested a couple of months ago I could not wait to get my hands on the new float rods from Garbolino. I have long been a fan of Garbolino rods having used several of them from the Super G range for quite a long time. They have always been great value and top performers, so when Garbolino’s main man Darren Cox told me that these new offerings were in a different league then I must admit to getting rather excited!First up in the range is the 11ft 6in Commercial Waggler. This rod is a two-piece model that has been designed for commercial-fishery situations.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
Joe Carass checks out a new flagship pole that’s set to become a big seller in 2011… Preston Innovations has managed to raise the bar in pole design yet again with the GiS 14 Absolute. In an era where every pole we see is aimed at carp fishing, it makes a refreshing change to find a pole that is beautifully light and stiff, yet still retains plenty of strength for those situations when you need it. Preston has worked closely with Tommy Pickering and Des Shipp to produce the ultimate match pole. With the GiS 14 Absolute you get an excellent package of two match top fours, three power top twos, one short No4, one Kup Kit and Kups and a 10-tube GiS holdall.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
Joe Carass reveals his thoughts on Browning’s new Xitan Z7. 5 pole. Will it be another success for the tackle giant?With Browning’s Xitan range of poles growing in popularity, I couldn’t wait to have a look at the latest addition to the range – the Z7. 5 – to see if it could live up to the standard set by its predecessors.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
This new seatbox from Ultimate offers excellent value for money. It features a heavily padded pole seat, double-extending non-marking legs, five drawers and a cassette-style footplate. RRP: £149. 99 .
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
We’re in an era when good-quality seatboxes are arriving at our offices every few weeks, so just how good is the new Sensas 700? Joe Carass checked one over to find out… For the past few years Sensas has been trying to make a name for itself in the seatbox market, and several models have been brought out since the company’s first designs. Now, though, I think that a product of a quality synonymous with the Sensas name has finally hit the tackle shops. The 700 box really is the perfect example of what the modern match angler is looking for in a seatbox. It has a modular design so that trays can be added for extra storage, along with a slide-out rig section where anglers can house hundreds of rigs or various other bits and bobs.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
Due to the rise in popularity of pencil floats, Preston has released this pattern that looks set to continue this trend. The floats feature a stable wire stem and a plastic bristle that looks great for dotting down. They’re available in sizes from 0. 1g, right up to 1.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
After developing a successful range of gear that all started with pole pots, the Frenzee design team has now turned its attentions to rods. Dave Harrell checks out the initial range of seven… Having worked in the fishing-tackle industry myself in a previous life, I know more than most exactly how difficult it is to break into the marketplace with a new range of angling products. I went through the exercise just over 20 years ago when I created the MAP brand, and while taking on the big boys in the industry was challenging I sometimes found myself wondering if I could make products like rods any better than (or even as good as) what was already available from long-established companies. Thankfully, at that time at least, the answer was yes and sales were good for several years before the big influx of rods from China put paid to any competitive developments I could achieve in the UK.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
This quality PVA mesh is available in two popular sizes – 23mm and micro 18mm. The mesh is fast melting, even in cold water. The 18mm size looks perfect for winter when a small parcel of feed is all that is needed to tempt a bite. Both sizes come in 5m lengths.
Match Fishing Staff  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  0 comments
Joe Carass takes a close look at a new family of hooks that is already gaining favour with many top anglers on the match circuit… Even though I’m very young (well, compared to editor Dave Harrell) my angling career stretches over more than 18 years, and the original Preston PR range of hooks seems to have been available for as long as I can remember! There were many cult hooks among that range and I’ve had loads of success using several of the various patterns available. They were hugely popular but, as with all things, technologies move on and hooks can be produced nowadays that are even better than when the original range was first produced. So, having used so many of the old PR range I couldn’t wait to see what the lads at Preston had come up with in their new range. It comprises five hook patterns, which is quite a small range, but it complements the existing PR competition range of barbed hooks and the PR eyed range perfectly.

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