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Tackle Test Shimano Vs Big Pit Baitrunner


What a month it has been for the carp anglers of the U.K. and abroad. As is normally the case at this time of year the fish have really started to feed well and some massive fish have been caught.

The British record has been rattled by no less than three different 50lbs plus carp which incredibly came out over the same weekend. Forties are throwing themselves onto the banks at most of the big fish venues around the U.K., and some even bigger fish have been caught from faraway lands. So here is my take on Shimano rods and reels.

Tackle Test Shimano Big Pit Baitrunner

As continental carping gets more popular, and anglers are casting greater distances in the U.K., there has been a demand for bigger and better reels. The two big players in the reel game are of course Daiwa and Shimano. Both companies offer some stunning equipment but for a long time anglers have been requesting a baitrunner version of the larger reels. These have now been developed by Shimano and this has prompted a price war between the two giants. Daiwa haven’t actually got a baitrunner reel out, but they have now cut the price of their main big pit reels and are also offering a free baitrunner conversion. As a result a lot of shops have lowered the price for their Shimano reels to compete with Daiwa. So there has never been as good an occasion as now to get yourself some new reels. Now, whilst I have not got hold of any of the Shimano reels myself, I have had a good look and play with them and they are something special. The main problem is that they seem to be so popular that rocking horse droppings are easier to get hold of. Upon initial investigation they are quite bulky but they have to be, to accommodate the massive gearing and baitrunner system that is housed in the rear body of the reel. They are however as smooth as silk to reel in, and the baitrunner facility itself is faultless and similar to the smaller Shimano Baitrunners, being located at the rear of the reel. Blue in colour, they look the part and at an average price of £115.99 per reel they won’t damage the bank account too much if you want to upgrade.

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Fishing Tackle ? and Your Wallet

You have your fishing rod, you have your bait. Let’s go fishing! No my friend, you are mistaken. When I first started fishing many years ago, this is what I believed was the necessary apparatus. I was wrong. I went to my local fishing tackle shop and was quickly told that I needed: good quality fishing wire, fishing hooks, a fishing reel, nets, rigs and lures, floats, the list goes on. I quickly realised that the cheap rod and bait I believed I needed turned into an expensive investment that cost me well over four hundred pounds!


Luckily for you, you have what you are using now: the internet. As you may have known, or should know, shopping online is much cheaper then shopping in your high street. This is why I urge you to shop online for your fishing tackle. With more and more people shopping online, fishing tackle websites are significantly cheaper then fishing tackle shops. I have seen on many websites special deals such as buy one get one free hooks. One deal I came across was selling a Berkley B1 12 FT carp rod 2.75lb at a significantly reduced price from£219.99 to £119.99, that is a one hundred pound saving! Deals like this should not be missed. I have never in my life witnessed that much discount on an item in a store, unless the item has become redundant. The deals I have found are not simply selling redundant stock; they are being sold as special offers. Theses offers are constantly changing, which enables one to buy many types of fishing tackle at reduced prices.

It is also important for one to consider the price at which fishing tackle is increasing. With technological developments of fishing tackle such as LED baits that blink to attract fish, fishing tackle is becoming more expensive. Even though these new types of fishing tackle are improved and are proven to catch more fish, I feel that the price they are charging does not reflect how useful they would be. I have still been able to catch fish in the past, the fact that I have these new technologies at my disposal means I have catch a few more fish, but ultimately I still catch a fish if I don’t use these new innovations. If you are the more serious fisherman who prides himself on the amount of fish caught, then it would be in your best interest to purchase more expensive types of fishing tackle. However if you are more of a amateur, it would be right to say that you would be better off using the more simpler, cheaper fishing tackles. 

The general fact that online stores are beginning to sell more than local stores is why their tackle is priced lower then means that it is financially better to shop online then stores. This is why I say, be you a professional or amateur fisherman the online route for your fishing tackle is the way to go if you want to save money and untimely catch more fish.

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Fishing Tackle ? the Basis of

Fishing is the most popular sport in the world and can be a very fun, relaxing venture. In order to gain the full experience, the correct fishing tackle must be used. Fishing tackle, is essentially all the accessories one uses, when fishing. Fishing tackle ranges from the fishing rod, the line, weights, bait and even to the little stool you sit on. Each of the different fishing tackles co-ordinately works alongside one other, in order for the fisherman to fish. This article will give a brief overview of the main types of fishing tackle that you will come across.

The “fishing rod” is the fundamental attribute to fishing tackle and is used to catch fish. The fishing pole attaches the fishing reel and wire, which ultimately reels in the fish; if you’re lucky enough to catch one, that is. Fishing rods vary by size and are made from many different materials such as fibreglass and carbon fibre. This type of fishing tackle is influenced a great deal by the environment of the fishing carried out. For deep sea fishing, where on average larger, stronger fish swim; one must use a longer, thicker rod with a very thick, weighted line. The hook must also be very large and sharp enough to penetrate the fish’s mouth.

The “hook” and the “fishing line” are major elements found in fishing tackle. They are greatly influenced by the type of fishing carried out. Bigger hooks and thicker, weighted lines are used in saltwater, sea fishing, where swordfish and sharks are caught for example. Whereas, on the other hand, smaller hooks with thinner, lighter lines are used in freshwaters to catch fish such as carp and bass. However, this is merely an overview; obviously there are circumstances where you would need thick and weighted lines and bigger hooks to catch large freshwater fish. This therefore shows that fishing is a very unpredictable and exciting sport where the right fishing tackle is constantly needed in order to catch the right type of fish you are fishing.

Significantly different fishing tackle is used when fishing in freshwater or saltwater, in regards to the bait used. Fishing tackle can either be live, dead of artificial. For freshwater fishing, grubs and the garden worms usually work best. Whilst for saltwater fishing, sea worms, crabs and mullets are used. In my experience of fishing live bait always works best. The vibrations of a squirming tackle at the end of your hook will attract a lot more fish than a dead, or artificial bait would. In my personal view adding live bait to your fishing tackle adds a whole new element in fishing. In nature the small get eaten by the big. In our case the small will get eaten by the bigger fish, but ultimately we would catch the bigger fish, metaphorically making us the bigger fish to the once, big fish.

From this overview of fishing tackle it is possible to understand what fishing tackle is and the importants of having different tackle when it comes to carrying out different types of fishing, whether it is freshwater of saltwater.

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Fly Fishing Tackle ? What is It?

Fly fishing is a specific type of fishing and therefore requires a specific type of tackle. But to those who are new to fishing may ask “what is it?” and what is the difference between them? The general idea of the difference is that different fish can be caught because of the different tools used. The most common associated fish caught with fly fishing tackles is trout and salmon, however pike, bass and carp are being caught as well. This article will help you understand what fly fishing is and the different attributes involved.

The basic apparatus in fly fishing is the fly rod, fly line and artificial fly line and fly reel. Each part of the tackle is vital in its own way in catching fish. The fly rod is used to cast the fly line. Depending on the type of fish caught and the environment being fished the lengths will vary between 7 to 10 feet. Normally the fly rod will be made from fibreglass and graphite and in some cases bamboo. By using different materials, the rods are lighter, heavier, stiff or bendy. Again fly rods are made from materials that suit the intended purpose.

The fly line part of the fly fishing tackle is a plastic coated line that can be found in many different floating and sinking styles in a variety of thicknesses. They range from colour to colour in many cases are bright in order to attract the prey intended to be caught.

A major part to fly fishing tackle is the artificial flies. They are made by tying hair, feathers, fur and other natural and synthetic materials onto a hook. In the past natural flies were used however, in today’s fishing tackle synthetics are proven to be much more popular. Depending on the type of fishing being caught and the environment in which you fish different flies are needed. Artificial flies range from bright vibrant colours in order to stand out, or darker colours to match the environment.

The fly reel is an important attribute when one looks at fly fishing tackle. The reel is used to hold the fly fishing line. The reel is the fundamental attribute when one considers fly fishing. Depending on the fish caught depends entirely on the reel used. For bigger fish the reel becomes more of a necessity where gears and thicker line is needed. Whist for smaller fish a manual reel can be used.

So far you can now see the apparatus needed to carry out and as you can see if will add up to a small investment. This is why shopping online for your fly fishing tackle will financially better. I have found many websites that offer a wider selection at a lower price when compared to high street stores.

From this short article it is clear to see that fly fishing tackle consists of a fly rod, fly line and artificial flies and finally a fly reel. They are all designed and work in cohesion to catch certain fish you will not be able to with a normal rod, which is why fly fishing has that edge you cannot get in normal fishing circumstances.

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