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Lee Kashan

Terminal Tackle Brand Choices and Why?

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Overall I like ESP, their new hooklink Tungsten Loaded is awesome, I like the soft

Their swivels are also awesome, the Hi-Performance Japanese ones all the way for me, silky goodness! Their beads and stuff are good as well, as are their anti tan gle sleeves nice and neat and thin, and their tail rubbers are also very thin and neat

I have not given their lines much of a run ever but just bought some Syncro XT having heard it's good

I use a couple of Korda bits as well, their updated smooth matt coated leads and updated intelligent backleads are superb (the old ''un-intelligents'' were awful)

I keep things really simple at the end so that's about all I use.. Apart from a bit of any old leadcore lying around in my drawer.. Oh yeah hooks, Drennan Continentals all the way now.. Drennan own ESP anyway..

 

 

 

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Excellent

Used Shimano Technium for years but got some much stiffer rods and it doesn't suit them as it's too low stretch

The Syncro stuff is stretchier but not too much, should be perfect, anyway has a nice feel to it and quite like the very dull green greyish colour

I heard the original is better than the loaded so I got that, in 12, I don't care how quick it sinks I use backleads a lot lol so every line takes about one second to sink lol

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1 hour ago, yonny said:

Rig Marole for me, almost everything they release is a genuine step forward and offers and advantage over similar products. I use a lot of their stuff.

I quite like them, used to use them a lot, must keep an eye on their stuff, they are a clever bunch..

ESP just suit the way I like to fish and the lakes I fish a bit more if that makes any sense lol

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for me, Atomic Jell-E-Wyre and chod wyre. Atomic hooks. Other bits and pieces from all over. Fox hook beads, bank tackle, avid, korda, kryston, the list goes on. 

I am looking at the mozzy hooks though. silly sharp, tough and dirt cheap. My mate had a few which I looked at and I have to say I may be using them in the curve shank when using bottom baits next year. Letting him give a full trial on them first though!

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5 minutes ago, greekskii said:

I am looking at the mozzy hooks though. silly sharp, tough and dirt cheap. My mate had a few which I looked at and I have to say I may be using them in the curve shank when using bottom baits next year. Letting him give a full trial on them first though!

Pretty sure I have a few packs of the mozzy curves and their chods that you can have mate, bought them for a French trip but wasn't overly impressed. Let me check later, If I can find them I'll post them to you.

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47 minutes ago, yonny said:

Pretty sure I have a few packs of the mozzy curves and their chods that you can have mate, bought them for a French trip but wasn't overly impressed. Let me check later, If I can find them I'll post them to you.

trying to offload then on to me. From what I saw they were sharp from the pack and looked strong. I just like a big curve shank for bottom/balanced baits on the multi rig. The atomic size 5s are still pretty small. Have caught on them though, and had no drop off at all but it's just a confidence thing when I head back to harder waters with bigger fish. 

If you weren't impressed then I will steer clear. Always looking for alternatives now fox hooks are as soft as butter.

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Mate just get on Drennan Wide Gape Specialists

Superb and just over a quid a packet

And Drennan Continentals

They are all I use now and been a few years, only offset hooks you can get any more, an offset beaked point is the ONLY hook you can use in barbless in my opinion as they do not slip 

I don't like curve shanks one bit. In the smaller sizes they rip gobs, seen it too often to ever use them again

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34 minutes ago, greekskii said:

trying to offload then on to me.

Lol.... no offence intended..... they're OK, it's just the hook point isn't long enough for them to sharpen up well....

27 minutes ago, greekskii said:

been put on to J Precision hooks...

Been using them this year in place of the Atomics, very impressed so far.

7 minutes ago, Lee Kashan said:

Drennan Continentals

A classic big fish hook mate, also decent.

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8 minutes ago, Lee Kashan said:

Mate just get on Drennan Wide Gape Specialists

Superb and just over a quid a packet

And Drennan Continentals

Looking for a curve shank to suit my fishing.

8 minutes ago, Lee Kashan said:

an offset beaked point is the ONLY hook you can use in barbless in my opinion as they do not slip

only use barbed

8 minutes ago, Lee Kashan said:

I don't like curve shanks one bit. In the smaller sizes they rip gobs, seen it too often to ever use them again

agree, its why I use big hooks. they stay put.

 

1 minute ago, yonny said:

Been using them this year in place of the Atomics, very impressed so far.

Going to get some. I rarely fish bottom/balanced at the moment so doubt I'll really use them. 

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I very seldom fish anything other than bottom baits, been that way for years.. Gone right off wafters, I think they move around too much for big carp to be able to pick them up.. 

I'm interested in trying over weighted pop ups and snowman rigs more though

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I think its key to use what you like using and stick with it

Never forget that there are endless little alterations you can make with your choice of hook regarding the hook size, bait size, rig length, hair length etc.

I used to tie ultra neat rigs all the same length thinking they were ''the one'', but that isn't the way forward as all you are doing is teaching the carp which bait has a line stuck in it!

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1 hour ago, Lee Kashan said:

I very seldom fish anything other than bottom baits, been that way for years.. Gone right off wafters, I think they move around too much for big carp to be able to pick them up.. 

I'm interested in trying over weighted pop ups and snowman rigs more though

Over weighted pop ups are what I normally use unless fishing over light weed/heavier silt.  Snowman rigs should be balanced and act the same as wafters? Had my pb on a snowman and caught countless fish on them. 

The angling situation dictates what rig I use. Normally a low pop up on my stiff multi rig. Snowmen on harder spots or over finer background feed. Saying that I have landed some tricky carp on 2 inch pop ups over beds of groats, pigeon conditioner and maples.

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I have a few nice ideas to try out, basically using almost the full range of my chosen bait with a few tweaks that are definitely out of fashion!

Plus groundbait which is also very out of fashion

I don't do method balls though, my old second hand rods which I carefully rebuilt are too valuable to me for all that heave ho, lol

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Vic, I used to use the arma points exclusively and never thought I would change. I then tried the esp cryogen range and they are special mate. Now the edges range has taken over from the armas, I'm glad I was given the nod on them just before release!! 

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1 hour ago, nigewoodcock said:

Vic, I used to use the arma points exclusively and never thought I would change. I then tried the esp cryogen range and they are special mate. Now the edges range has taken over from the armas, I'm glad I was given the nod on them just before release!! 

Not quite with you mate are you saying the Edges hooks are pants?

I bought a load to look at and they seemed fine. Fox hooks are famously strong and reliable.

Big let down for me with them and many brands is this obsession with the (completely useless) palm test and a big lean away from offset patterns

I can't use a hook unless its offset, massively aids hookholds with no need for barbs, never slips, only pattern that should ever be sold in barbless is an offset beaked point in my opinion. I hate barbed hooks personally but that's another debate altogether lol

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5 hours ago, greekskii said:

Yes they are pants. Too soft. Turn on if you breathe on them

I only have one item Fox thing, a new sleeping bag, overpriced just like all the big brands but a great bit of kit to be fair

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I have a thing about all the gear I choose including bait that the company I use must be friendly and approachable/contact-able..

I won't list the ones that you can never speak to and are rude and which I hate, and it might be silly, but that's just the way I am

I used to support my local tackle dealer loyally and help them out but they're a miserable prat so I use online instead 

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3 hours ago, Lee Kashan said:

I have a thing about all the gear I choose including bait that the company I use must be friendly and approachable/contact-able..

I won't list the ones that you can never speak to and are rude and which I hate, and it might be silly, but that's just the way I am

I used to support my local tackle dealer loyally and help them out but they're a miserable prat so I use online instead 

Such wood are good lads. Played beer pong with them at carp in the park. Don't remember much afterwards!!

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