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Kaizen Platinum Rods

Kaizen Platinum Rods Review

Korda Kaizen Platinum Rods – The Kaizen Platinum range has been under development for more than four years, and came about as Korda felt that they could develop something even better than what was already on the market – despite this being the first foray into rods – using the extensive knowledge and experience of the Team Korda anglers, plus the product development staff at Korda HQ.

Kaizen Platinum Rods

Danny Fairbrass himself has a long association with rods bearing his name, and which he was involved in developing, and so it was a natural progression that we should develop a range ourselves, which had all the attributes that he, and our other anglers, would be looking for from the ultimate carp fishing rods.

The aim was to design a range of high end rods that would cover pretty much any carp angling situation at home or abroad, allowing you to not only accurately reach the fish if they were out at range, but which would also feel nice to play them on.

All of the rods in the range are built on a fast-tapered profile mandrel – meaning that the taper of the rod consistently goes all the way from the butt to the tip, and this produces rods with a very ‘tippy’ action, with pretty much all of the flex being towards the tip end, although of course when under extreme pressure such as casting, the rod will still bend all the way through to some extent.

This type of action allows for better power transfer and the generation of very fast tip speeds, which in turn allows you to cast further than you would be able to with a rod that didn’t have this action. That action also allows much faster line pick-up as well, and whilst most of the bend is in the tip, the power is transferred progressively enough that the rod will absorb the lunges of a big fish at close range without fear of it causing hookpulls, and ensures that it is still a pleasure to play fish on any of the Kaizen rods.

“It’s been designed to be really easy to use for the average angler. I’m not the biggest caster in the world, but with the right length handle and a really lightweight rod, that is really powerful, like this one, it goes absolutely miles with no effort whatsoever”
-Danny Fairbrass, talking about the 12ft spod rod

The taper of the rod isn’t the only factor in determining the action and attributes that it displays, and just as important is the type of carbon that has been used in the manufacturing process – for the Kaizen range the only real choice was the best super tensile, high-grade Japanese carbon that we could get our hands on!

Japanese Carbon Wrap Dissection

This ZERO90 carbon is used in just two layers and with very little resin content, and the result of that is lighter, stiffer blanks – often that stiffness is achieved by using cheaper carbon in multiple layers, which then adds weight to the blank and reduces performance, and is something we wanted to avoid, hence choosing ZERO90 – which further enhance the attributes that the taper we’ve chosen to use on the mandrel already provides.

Not only will this allow more power to be transferred into the cast and with less effort than you’d find with a cheaper grade of carbon, but it also aids enhanced accuracy as well as it reduces the ability of the blank to twist and cause your lead to go off-target during the cast – over a long distance even tiny improvements in accuracy make a big difference to your rig landing exactly where you aimed.

There would of course be little point in producing the ultimate rod in terms of its performance, if the cosmetics didn’t also match that, and these rods have been given a custom-made look, with the type of high grade components that you would expect to find on a rod of this price.

“There is no point in developing a rod that is incredibly light compared to its power, and then adding heavy components to it.”

All of the Kaizen Platinum range is fitted with lightweight Sea-Guide TDG rings, with a 50mm butt and 16mm tip – allowing the line to ‘cone’ off of a big pit spool in a way that minimises resistance as it passes through the butt ring, and providing a tip ring that is big enough to allow leader knots to smoothly pass through it.

Tip Ring Ceramic

The reel is attached via a top quality Fuji DPS seat and the handle is finished fully in Japanese shrink grip – the use of which is more than just cosmetic, and allows for a good grip even when your hands or the rod are wet – and with stainless steel trim and an etched butt cap made by JAG completing the custom look.

In terms of the models in the range, currently there are seven, with 12ft 3lb, 3.5lb and 4lb fishing rods, plus a 12ft spod rod; a 12ft 6in 4lb version for those who really want an extreme range rod but find a 13ft model just a bit too long; plus 13ft 3.5lb and 4lb models.

This will cover pretty much any angling situation, whether you are fishing at 1 yard or 180 yards.

Kaizen Platinum Rods

I wouldn’t consider myself a long range caster, but if you are going to fish at extreme range then you need to have kit that won’t hold you back and will gain you extra yards. I’ve been using the 13ft 4lb model for all my long range fishing for two years now and have honestly seen a massive improvement in my distance.
-Tom Dove, talking about the 13ft 4lb Kaizen Platinum

“I always struggled with compressing the ‘heavy’ distance rods on the market as they felt too stiff and cumbersome, but these are the complete opposite – light to hold and east to compress, meaning that fishing at 35 wraps (140 yards) feels like casting 80 yards with my normal rods. My maximum fishing range is about 170 yards now, something which I never thought I’d have in my locker.” Tom added

The 4lb models which are specialist long range tools and have the ability to put a lead and rig incredible distances when in the right hands – as demonstrated by the likes of Terry Edmonds and Darrell Peck, where measured casts in excess of 200 yards have been achieved and which featured in our Long Range Masterclass chapter, filmed at Iles3 in France.

Kaizen Platinum Rods

Darrell Peck: “When it came to deciding which rod I would use from the Kaizen Platinum range it was a bit of a no-brainer. I prefer a 12ft rod for my general fishing, whether that be short, medium or even medium to long range, a rod that I’m going to use for 90 per cent of the fishing situations that I find myself in. So for that reason I picked the 12ft 4lb, as I like a stiff rod that’s capable of casting 4 or 4.5oz leads over 140 yards, and it’s only when I turn to extreme range fishing that I’ll look to be using a 13ft rod, as they can be a bit unwieldy for general purpose fishing.”

The Complete Kaizen Platinum Range

  • 12ft 3lb
  • 12ft 3.5lb
  • 2ft 4lb
  • 12ft Spod
  • 12ft 6in 4lb
  • 13ft 3.5lb
  • 13ft 4lb

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Compac Cool Bags and Coolers – Keeping Things Fresh!

Compac Cool Bags and Coolers – Keeping Things Fresh!

As the temperatures rise or during extended fishing sessions, ensuring the freshness of your bait and food is crucial for both angler satisfaction and the well-being of the fish. The comprehensive range of Compac cool bags caters to every need, from short trips requiring the preservation of milk and sandwiches to longer sessions demanding storage for larger bait quantities or ample food supplies lasting several days, even maintaining frozen items—though the duration depends on external temperatures and bag capacity.

Compac Cool Bags and Coolers - Keeping Things Fresh!

When selecting a cool bag or cooler from the Compac range, it’s essential to consider the volume of items you plan to store. A fuller bag with less air inside retains the coldness or freezing effect for a more extended period. Therefore, anglers may opt for different bags suited to varying session lengths or amounts of bait and food.

For those aiming to keep bait or food frozen or chilled for an extended duration, the Compac Cooler stands out as the ultimate choice. Available in a 14-litre Light Kamo or a 20-litre olive green version, the Compac Cooler excels in preserving the desired temperature.

Compac Cool Bags and Coolers - Keeping Things Fresh!

The Compac Cool Bags, while fully insulated, may not match the Cooler’s prolonged freezing or chilling capabilities but provide a broader selection of sizes, ranging from small to X-large. The main compartment capacities range from 8 to 34 litres. The larger versions feature an extra pocket for storing utensils, plates, or other cooking gear.

Compac Cool Bags and Coolers - Keeping Things Fresh!

The 12-litre Compac Bait Cool Bag, tailored for bait storage, is ideal for loose boilies or bagged bait, maintaining freshness for days. Frequent opening of the bag accelerates thawing or heating of contents.

To enhance freezing or chilling efficiency, specialized Compac Cool Packs are available in two sizes, designed to fit seamlessly into the Cool Bags and Cooler. The medium, large, and X-large Cool Bags feature straps to secure the Cool Packs in place, with each bag supplied with two appropriately sized Cool Packs.

Whether you seek to keep items chilled or frozen for varying durations, the Compac range offers a solution to meet your needs.

COMPAC COOL BAG

The Compac Cool Bag, available in four sizes, is crafted to keep contents fresh, making it suitable for food or bait. While it can maintain frozen contents for a duration, this period depends on external temperatures and the use of Compac Cool Packs.

Constructed from the durable, water-resistant fabric found in the Compac luggage range, the cool bags come in olive green or Dark Kamo. They feature reinforced carry handles, with padded, detachable shoulder straps for the large and X-large models. The larger versions include a zipped front pocket for additional storage.

All bags have reinforced waterproof bases to prevent moisture absorption and leakage. Fully insulated inner walls maintain optimal temperature, with wipe-clean material ensuring easy post-session cleaning. The Cool Bag range is designed to work seamlessly with Compac Cool Packs, with internal straps holding two Cool Packs in place. All Cool Bags, except the small size, come with two appropriately sized Cool Packs.

Sizes: small (8 litres), medium (12 litres), large (25 litres), X-large (34 litres).

COMPAC COOLER

The Compac Cooler, designed for optimal bait and food storage, boasts closed-cell, non-absorbent insulation to maintain internal temperature. Constructed from tough, wipe-clean material with a reinforced base, it is available in a 20-litre olive green version or a 14-litre Light Kamo pattern, both accommodating XL Compac Cool Packs (sold separately).

The Cooler is airtight, with a special zip and oversized puller ensuring easy access without compromising the internal temperature. It features heavy-duty carry handles and a detachable, padded shoulder strap for convenient transportation.

COMPAC BAIT COOL BAG

Specifically designed for bait, the Compac Bait Cool Bag is cylindrical for easy access to loose bait. The bag is made from durable, lightweight, water-resistant material, with an insulated, wipe-clean lining. A reinforced base ensures longevity, even when placed directly on the ground. The heavy-duty zip and reinforced carry handles enhance functionality.

With a 12-litre capacity, the Bait Cool Bag is suitable for storing various bait types. Filling the bag to capacity minimizes air inside, preventing rapid warming. The bag has a diameter of 25cm and a height of 25cm.

COMPAC COOL PACKS

The Compac Cool Packs, available in standard and XL sizes, are designed for use with Compac cool bags or any bag or box requiring ice packs. Purpose-made to fit within straps in Cool Bags or lie flat inside the Cooler, they have finger holes for easy removal without tipping the bag.

For optimal performance, freeze the Cool Packs for 24 hours before use. This ensures extended freezing once placed in the cool bag.

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Goo Tips by Jamie Londers

Goo Tips by Jamie Londers

Baiting Carp for Beginners: Goo Tips by Jamie Londers

Meet Jamie Londers and get ready for some Goo Tips!

Definition: Goo

“Originating from South Africa, this secret mixture of additives was used to devastating effect by their national team in carp competitions. It is manufactured by Kiana and all different colours and flavours are available, as well as two different versions – a thinner one to soak hookbaits in; and a thicker one that can be used in PVA bags, groundbait, or even smeared onto the outside of baits before casting out.”

1. Combine Flavors

Goo Tips by Jamie Londers: combine flavors

Don’t limit yourself to one flavor – mix it up for maximum food signals in the water. Experiment by combining different Goo flavors to create your own custom blend for a personal edge. Each Goo variant offers distinct acidity or alkalinity levels, scientifically proven to alter the water’s pH and trigger positive feeding responses in carp. In simpler terms, fish find it nearly impossible to resist. The dense viscosity of the Smokes sinks through the water column, while the lighter Supremes rise, creating a powerful attraction that draws fish down to your hook-bait. It’s pulling power at its finest.

2. Bake It On

Goo Tips by Jamie Londers: Bake it on

Let your Goo’d pop-ups dry in the sun. Use the thicker Smokes to coat your hook baits, then leave them in the sun to bake and form a crust. Once in the water, this layer of attraction breaks down slowly, creating a long-lasting cloud of unrivaled attraction around your bait’s orbit. This tactic, favored by successful zig anglers, ensures the Goo withstands the force of a cast and disperses gradually once in position.

3. Use PVA to Create the ULTIMATE Attractor Package

Use PVA to Create the ULTIMATE Attractor Package

Take advantage of the PVA-friendly nature of Goo by applying it directly to your sticks. This opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to make a bag or stick mix with high levels of liquid attraction – a fantastic way to apply taste and smell. The Goo’s solubility, combined with its PVA-friendly composition, lets you get creative. Apply a stripe of neat Goo directly to your bags or hook-baits before casting out to further boost attraction.

4. Use the Nozzle to Inject

Use the nozzle to inject.

For a quick and easy way to create an irresistible parcel of flavor and attraction, use the nozzle to inject Goo into your solid bags. Time is precious, and with just a squeeze, you’ll have a concentrated burst of goodness surrounding your hook-bait. This forms a cloud of high-level attraction, providing both a visual element with the colored halo and an unmatched concentration of some of the finest tastes and smells in the bait scene. A proven and winning tactic that keeps it simple.

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Range Finder Distance Sticks (Gardner)

Gardner: New Range Finder Distance sticks

Range Finder Distance Sticks (Gardner)

New Range Finder Distance sticks:

  • 24” ( 61cm) range finder distance sticks
  • Black anodized finish
  • Comes with luminous green detachable sight tops with plugged betalight cavity.
  • Additional black metal top protectors to be used in harder ground.
  • Hardened rubber guides for enhanced line protection.
  • Yard strap with distance ringlets set at 6’/10’/12’/13’ for every eventuality.
  • Comes with padded protection pouch.

New Range Finder Distance sticks

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wide gape X

Spotlight: Wide Gape Hooks

Spotlight: Wide Gape Hooks – The Wide Gape hooks have a storied history spanning over two decades, assisting anglers in landing numerous large fish. It’s a pattern that has stood the test of time and will likely remain a perennial favorite.

This hook was one of Damian Clarke’s early ventures in product development and was among the first hooks introduced by Korda, along with the Longshank. Later, enhanced versions in the form of the X and XX were added for added strength.

The Wide Gape hook was born from a fusion of different hook designs used by Damian and Danny Fairbrass. The primary inspiration came from the Maruta Kinryu, a Japanese hook with a wide gape and an Iseama-shaped bend, similar to other popular Japanese carp hooks like the Owner spade ends.

Spotlight: Wide Gape HooksInitial drawings were hand-drawn by Damien and Danny on paper before being professionally rendered and sent to a hook manufacturer for sampling. The received samples closely matched their vision, leading to the launch of the Wide Gape pattern. While the original design remained largely unaltered, the range expanded to include barbless models, heavier-duty variations, and sharpened Kamakura versions. There’s even a Basix range version with a slightly different eye.

wide gape hook original drawingsDespite its long history, the Wide Gape hook remains the top choice for many anglers in various fishing scenarios. Carp angler Darrell Peck, for instance, has used this hook in its various forms to land significant catches both domestically and abroad.

For anglers like Darrell Peck, landing the fish they hook is crucial, making the Wide Gape hook their preferred choice. Damian Clarke, despite trying various Korda patterns over the years, still favors the Wide Gape, particularly the upgraded Wide Gape X version, suited to the waters and carp size he targets.

Spotlight: Wide Gape Hooks:

original wide gape hook
The original Wide Gape hooks feature a slightly in-turned eye, a short shank, a heavily forged bend, and a razor-sharp beaked point. It was Korda’s first hook, introduced with a Teflon coating, a novelty in the UK at the time, which still protects against rusting.

wide gape hook

This versatile hook is suitable for various bottom bait and pop-up presentations, including the spinner rig, and comes in barbed or barbless versions in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10.

Wide Gape X:

wide gape X
The Wide Gape X is identical to the original version but boasts a heavier wire gauge, suitable for challenging UK situations such as snaggy or weedy waters, and overseas angling. It maintains the sharp beaked point, heavily forged bend, short shank, and slightly in-turned eye. Available in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10, it’s only offered in barbed.

Wide Gape XX:

wide gape XX
For extreme fishing conditions abroad or targeting larger carp species like Siamese in Thailand, the Wide Gape XX with thicker gauge wire is the right choice. It retains the original’s sharp beaked point, heavily forged bend, short shank, and in-turned eye.

Kamakura Wide Gape:

kamakura wide gape
While the original Wide Gape was sharp for its time, some anglers desire even sharper hooks. The Kamakura-sharpened version is available in barbed and barbless versions in sizes 4, 6, and 8. These hooks are incredibly sharp but have a thin point, best suited for situations without crayfish or nuisance fish.

Kamakura Wide Gape X:

kamakura wide gape x
Following the success of Kamakura Wide Gape hooks, a sharpened version of the ‘X’ model was introduced. It offers an incredibly sharp point and extra strength, available in barbed or barbless versions in sizes 4, 6, and 8.

Spotlight: Wide Gape Hooks – Basix Wide Gape:

basix wide gape
The Basix Wide Gape is a versatile hook designed to eliminate the need for additional components. It features an aggressively in-turned eye, allowing it to flip naturally. Made from ‘X’ gauge wire, it’s suitable for use in the UK and abroad. The black nickel finish and a longer-lasting point make it perfect for multiple fish without frequent changes. Available in barbed or barbless versions in sizes 2, 4, 6, and 8. These hooks are cost-effective and a great choice for beginners or anglers on a budget.

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Summit Tackle Distance Sticks!

Being accurate is a crucial part of any seasoned angler’s fishing technique.
Our distance sticks have grooves that means your line hugs the sticks to prevent tangles and birds nests, simply measure out your wraps, clip up and hit your chosen spot effectively again and again.
Available in black and stainless steel each with 3 matching small markers and green carry case.


Rippton Bitekeeper Pro Bite Alarms

Rippton Bitekeeper Pro Bite Alarms: Just added some cool little alarms to the website. The Rippton Smart Fishing Gear Bitekeeper Pro alarm sets. They are rechargeable, drop back tone and LED, and they connect to an app on your phone via bluetooth where you can change all the settings, see the battery life, and get bite notifications (a small delay between bite and notification).

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Ridgemonkey Modular Bucket XL and 15 Liter Collapsible Bucket

Ridgemonkey Modular Bucket
A 39.12oz Dale Hollow mirror getting a dousing from the 15ltr RM collapsible bucket

Ridgemonkey Modular Bucket – Everyone has those few items that you ‘can’t leave home without’ when setting off fishing.

A few of those items for me are the Ridgemonkey Modular XL bucket and a couple of the Ridgemonkey collapsible buckets. Where to start, there are so many positives for me with these items as I’ve now had them over 3 years on every single outing.

RM 30ltr Modular XL and Collapsible buckets

The modular XL bucket is a 30-liter bucket with two trays that fit inside it. I love this bucket as it’s basically an all in one bait station. The two trays can be used however you want, I’ve even seen some folks mix up stick mix In the trays and keep that in there. Personally, for me I have a dedicated hook bait tray where I keep a variety of as you will have guessed, hookbaits. The other tray I keep my odds and ends, baiting needle, bait stops, scissors, forceps, knife, plastic imitation corn, hook file amongst a variety of other things.

Bucket and compartments

The bucket itself I typically use to mix up some packbait too which being so big allows you to make a large amount. This bucket also comes with 3 different attachments you can add to it, the Cozee Bucket Seat which allows you to convert bucket in to a seat to sit on, Advanced Boilie Crusher which allows you to crush up a load of boilies in to the bucket and last by no means least the Ridgemonkey CoZee Toilet Seat which allows you to turn your bucket in to a toilet should you get the urge! However, I would recommend putting a bag inside it! There is also a slightly smaller standard bucket which is 17 liters.

Packbait with Munch Baits Sweet stim

The collapsible buckets (I always take two) break down nicely and fit in to the XL bucket, why do I take two? Simple, I keep one next to the modular bucket to wash my hands after using packbait, and the second is next to my mat to keep water on the fish for when we get those shots on the bank. They offer a couple of different sizes of these too in 10 liter and 15 liters. Ridgemonkey have also come out with a transparent one of these buckets now in which you can drop a rig in it to see how the rig mechanic’s look too, forever the innovators!

These items are a little beat up now but still going strong! None of these items break the bank either and are available over at Big Carp Tackle!

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Ridgemonkey Modular Bucket XL

Ridgemonkey Perspective Collapsible Bucket 15 liter

Munch Baits Sweet Stim Range

Munch Baits Pink Fruit Range

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Ridgemonkey Cozee Bucket Seat

Ridgemonkey CoZee Toilet Seat

Ridgemonkey Advanced Boilie Crusher Full Kit (Bucket and Crusher)

 

Forge Tackle 12ft Rod Bag Review

Forge Tackle 12ft Rod Bag – To the majority of anglers our rods and reels are amongst the most valuable assets in our collection of gear.

Thats why it’s smart to invest in some form of storage to protect our beloved rods. The Forge Tackle 12ft Rod Bag offers ample protection and storage that will surely fit the needs of todays carp anglers. Lets take a look.

Forge Tackle 12ft Rod Bag

Right on par with the rest of the luggage available from Forge, this rod bag is made to withstand any amount of abuse we could possibly throw at it. Manufactured from high quality 600D rip stop polyester fabric, equipped with solid metallic clips, heavy duty 10mm zippers, and a reinforced coated bottom, the 12ft rod bag from Forge is as durable as they come.

Forge Tackle 12ft Rod Bag

On the outside of the bag you’ll find two velcro straps on each side providing storage for landing nets, spot/marker rods, or whatever you can fit on there.

Inside you’ll find a generously padded interior with a middle divider to keep your rods safe and separated, the divider is also padded. I really like the divider as it keeps you’re rods from banging against each other and getting tangled together in transit. This particular rod bag is designed to hold three 12ft rods.

The padded shoulder strap is also a nice feature.

All in all this is undeniably one of the best quality rod bags you’ll find in this price range. You’ll have no issue transporting all three rods and a lot more with this bag. If protecting you’re rods is something you take seriously, the 12ft Rod Bag from Forge Tackle is something to strongly consider. There is also a 10ft variant of this bag.

The items seen here are available now over as  Big Carp Tackle via the links below.

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First Impressions: Forge Tackle Multi Ruckbag

Forge Tackle Multi Ruckbag – Newly available at Big Carp Tackle is the Forge Tackle Multi Ruckbag. A rucksack, carryall, and barrow bag all in one package. I recently obtained one of these Multi Ruckbags and upon unboxing I was immediately impressed by what this bit of luggage has to offer.

Forge Tackle Multi Ruckbag Versatility.

I’ve been using a standard carryall for a few years now and I often say to myself, “I wish I could wear this thing like a backpack rather than over my shoulder”. The padded shoulder straps included with the Forge Multi Ruckbag instantly transform this carryall into a rucksack making it easier to transport gear while keeping you’re hands free to carry well, more gear.

While the hardened bottom and two removable inner boxes give this bag enough rigidity to serve as a stackable barrow bag..

..and when that barrow bag gets heavy, these padded handles will make for easy transport.

Forge Tackle Multi Ruckbag – Exceptional build quality.

I’m pretty hard on my luggage. Often tossing it around, setting it down in wet grass or mud, stacking too much stuff on top of it, overfilling it, etc. So its extremely important for me to have a carryall that will withstand such abuse. Judging by the feel of this bag it’ll surely take anything I can throw at it.

The 600D rip-stop fabric and heavy duty 10mm zippers further exemplify the build quality of this carryall.

Value.

Inside the Multi Ruckbag I found an assortment of Forge Tackles tailor made “Easy Pouches”. Making life a lot easier for the angler that likes to stay organized. Included are 4 small pouches, 2 medium pouches (one insulated), and 2 Large pouches. My old carryall didn’t come with any additional storage so I used what any other budget conscious angler would use to organize the miscellanious bits, ziplock bags. Not anymore.

Overall this Multi Ruckbag has a lot to offer at an affordable price. I’ll post a real review after I’ve had a chance to thoroughly use it, but from what I can tell its perfect for any angler in need of a multi-use carryall/rucksack.

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