Reviews

A Quick Look At The 12ft Rod Bag From Forge Tackle

March 29, 2021

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… Read more

Solar – A1 (3 rod) pod – In Review

March 15, 2021

Today we are going to be taking a look at the A1 3 rod pod and a few of the items that Solar Tackle offer in the A1 range. For many years Solar Tackle has been producing the industry standard for rod pods, with the Globetrotter and the hugely versatile… Read more

Gardner HydroSink Braid: A Review

March 12, 2021

Gardner HydroSink Braid is a fast sinking braid with low stretch and great handling characteristics. It is a combination of Dyneema and Kevlar with a Teflon coating which is certainly a top of the line (pun intended!) combination. Unlike many lines on the market, the breaking strain of the line… Read more

Quick Look Review – Sonik SK-Tek Carryall.

March 7, 2021

  A “Quick Look Review” of the Sonik SK-Tek Carryall! check out this video as I talk you over the solid and well made item of luggage from Sonik Sports, SK-Tek range. Its outstanding quality to value, really puts this item of gear high on the list of items to check… Read more

First Impressions: Forge Tackle Multi Ruckbag

March 2, 2021

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. Versatility. I’ve been using… Read more

Quick Look Review – PB Products “THE ROCK”

February 25, 2021

Not having enough time while on a session to tie up new rigs due to hook points not being sharp enough is never a good thing! Especially if the session is going off and you want to stay on the fish! This is where the rock… from PB Products, comes… Read more

Top 5 Picks Of Must Bring Gear.

February 23, 2021

    With winter now starting to show the end of its self, we all start looking at our gear and…then it happens, the light goes on! Got to prep the gear for the spring sessions. well… I do like to take some time to go over my gear pre-spring… Read more

Summit Tackle – Colosseum Euro Pod Kit

February 21, 2021

  Overview: The euro pod kit has been designed and manufactured in the UK, The euro pod kit comes with, 1 x Colosseum pod and bag 2 x 9” twist lock banksticks 2 x 3rod adjustable buzz bars 2 x Ratch-it, 3/8 universal angel adaptor 2 x 20” front legs… Read more

Rod Hutchinson DMX Rods

February 21, 2021

    Rod Hutchinson DMX Rods   The new technologies and materials gradually filter down from the aerospace and Formula One industries to the fishing tackle industry. This has enabled us to entrust our concept of ‘the perfect curve’ to another range of mouth-watering rods that feature improved recovery for… Read more

Sonik Tournos XD 10,000 Reels – Review.

February 8, 2021

  The Sonik Tournos, like all other items from Sonik, boast outstanding quality to value. Along side it a list of features almost as long as my arm… it puts these reels way up high on the quality to value ratio. If you are in the market for a new… Read more

Korda Kiana Goo

February 4, 2021

    Like many of you I am constantly testing different types of pack and hook baits. What works one day may not work the next, it can be maddening. For the last couple of years I have been tracking what works and where. Last year I decided to purchase… Read more

Product Review – Fox EOS Barbel Rod (11ft 1.75lb)

January 29, 2021

PRODUCT REVIEW – FOX EOS BARBEL SPECIALIST ROD 11FT 1.75LB In my last article I went into my approach to winter fishing, specifically using a feeder method and approach. To fish this method effectively you do require a few specialist items, the first being a good rod, that is not… Read more

Trakker Retention Welded Stinkbag

January 26, 2021

Let’s face it, a successful day of carp fishing stinks! The end of the day you are packing up wet, slime covered gear. The smell can be quite overwhelming and may forever be imbedded in the fabric of your vehicle. To solve this issue and keep the depreciation of my… Read more

Rod Hutchinson – Winter Flavors

January 15, 2021

Just a quick tip on winter flavors. I really like to spice it up in the winter and have found a lot of success in doing this. I know a lot of folks like the Rod Hutchinson Megaspice during the winter time. This is a pretty strong flavor and I… Read more

Fox R-Series Brolly System

January 12, 2021

If you don’t like the weather wait ten minutes, it will change. It was a beautiful fall day in Colorado.  We were landing carp left and right. We were having so much fun that we didn’t notice that the storm predicted for the next day had begun to roll in.… Read more

PB Products – Bungee Rod Lock

January 12, 2021

Being able to close your eyes at night, walk away from the rods or just turn your back on them while out on a session and know that your rods are safe and sound and not going for a swim is always a worry. Over the years I am lucky… Read more

PB Products Gator Braid

August 12, 2020

To Braid Or Not To Braid! Without question braid has a steadfast place in angling, and respectively, given the right fishing situation It will offer a number of attributes that other main lines just can’t. So the big questions are when, where and why is it a good idea to… Read more

Thinking Anglers 600D Rucksack

Thinking Anglers 600D Rucksack Review by Craig Welch

July 31, 2020

I’ve always been one of those anglers that takes way too much gear with me. I’ve always liked to be prepared for any eventuality, which is fine for long sessions on the bank but most of my angling these days is short day trips and I found myself struggling with… Read more

All Things PVA

July 31, 2020

PVA…? If you are not using PVA in your carp angling, then it is about time you should! Simple yet devastating! In this How-To / Review I take you though a number of PVA products that are available over at Bigcarptackle.com from PB Products. From the most simple items like… Read more

Rod Hutchinson Lounger Chair

May 19, 2019

Combining comfort with functionality, the Lounger Chair features a pair of moulded clips on the rear frame allowing the chair to be set at three preset angles removing the need for awkward cams. With arms for added comfort, this chair offers the excellent head and back support required, especially if… Read more

Rigwise Foam

April 18, 2018

Rig tangles are always a concern while casting. There are a number of ways you can make your rig less likely to tangle, such as PVA sticks. But what if you just want to wack out a single bait? Rig foam is the answer, and the Rigwise Foam from Gardner… Read more

Gardner’s Pop-Up/Bait Bag

December 12, 2017

If you are having, as I had, a problem with you hook baits being a mess of pop-up tubs and various containers of all sorts, the Gardner Pop-Up/Bait Bag might be just what you need. The outside of the Gardner Pop-Up/Bait Bag is a durable material with both handles and a strap… Read more

NGT 6 Pot Green Glug Bag

December 6, 2017

  I have been looking for a quality bag not only for glugs but to put my jars of corn and tiger nuts in. The best part about this bag is you can lay them down to see the actual flavors on the labels. I have to say this bag is… Read more

Gardner Braided Hair Needle

September 5, 2017

I have used a lot of hair needles over the course of my carp fishing career and I can easily say that the Gardner Braided Hair Needle (standard size) is my favorite. There are a few reasons for this but the biggest is that they are versatile. As my baiting… Read more

Gardner’s Outreach landing Net

July 27, 2017

The Outreach landing net from Gardner is a well thought out and durable piece of essential equipment. As the name suggests the handle is a bit longer than normally seen with the addition of an additional section that can be added on. Read more

Gardner Pro Line

April 26, 2017

There are so many lines on the market – and so many make fantastic claims about their abilities. So what about Gardner’s Pro line? It is a fairly limp line and behaves it’s self very well. There are so many claims about line being limp and tough and this line… Read more

The Century C2-D Spod Rod

March 27, 2017

The C2-D Spod rod from Century is, if not the best spod rod in the world, certainly in the top 3 (it’s likely the #1). Read more

ATT Alarms (thoughts after some use)

January 12, 2017

There are lots of bait alarms on the market and I have tried some of them. While I started off wanting all the knobs and buttons and adjustments, I realized that none of these things really matter as much as reliability. Having the ability to change the sensitivity of the… Read more

Solar Titanium Indicators

December 20, 2016

While the principal behind visualbite indication is fairly simple. If you get a run the indicator moves upwards, upon a dropback the indicator will drop or sag.  So why have things gotten so complicated, and furthermore what else does a bite indicator need to accomplish?  When I began Carp Fishing… Read more

JAG Hook Sharpening Kit Review by Josef Raguro

June 22, 2016

Well I’m retiring my Berkley hook sharpener. After seeing Zach retouch his hook points on the bank I decided to get a JAG hook sharpening kit. It comes in a small pouch. The kit includes a vice , jeweler file ,2 polishing stones , jeweler’s eye / magnifying glass and… Read more

Review: Gardner’s Deluxe Pencil Marker Float

June 19, 2016

Gardner has a few different marker floats on the market, and each has a slightly different set of benefits. The Deluxe Marker float is a classic take on the marker float: balsa wood construction and the “pencil” design. It is available in two sizes, with the smaller size being well… Read more

Rueben Heaton Scale

Weighing In

June 16, 2016

In the late 70s, when I first fished for carp, the most common method of weighing my captures was with a plastic bag and bar spring scale. These scales are still sold in huge numbers for anglers. Their popularity being due to a very low cost and widespread availability. Their… Read more

Review: Gardner’s GT80+ Main Line

June 12, 2016

I am fussy about my line and have used a lot of different brands and types over the years. There are a lot of lines that will catch fish, but some are much more pleasant to use than others. Gardner’s GT80+ is one of the latter. For example, some lines… Read more

Review: Gardner’s Mugga Hooks

April 10, 2016

The Gardner Mugga Hooks are an example of a hook that has gotten it right in just about every way. The metallurgy is spot on, the finish is great, and most importantly they are really, really sharp. Read more

Century Rods – F2MA and C2-D Review

January 13, 2016

Some tools are for the casual user, some are for those who use them often, and some are for those who understand that their passion demands the best. Century rods are in this last category. Nothing about these rods is done in half measures and it shows. For anglers who fish tournaments,… Read more