TACKLE UNDER A TENNER (2017)
15 MAY 2017
Want high quality tackle? It doesn't cost a fortune to get some of the most effective items. Here's a list of 10 new-season essentials. Get well designed tackle at exceptional prices - all retail for under a tenner!
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1. X-STRONG POLE FLOATS

'White Knuckle X-Strong' pole floats from Middy are hand-made in the UK and expertly designed. The natural woodgrain finish not only reduces the risk of fish being spooked, it can actually attract them because they think it is bread! They include a strong 'figure 8' side eye - one side of the figure 8 is fixed around the glass core stem, making it impossible for it to be pulled out! These robust floats also feature Hi-Glow fluorescent visual tips, Total-Flex glass fibre stems and they are made from A-grade balsa.

The Series 1 is a very thick-top float and ideal for heavier baits like meat (4x10, 4x12), while the Series 2 is excellent for margin work and swims that aren't too deep (4x10, 4x12, 4x14). The Series 3 is a diamond classic all-rounder and perfect for the middle of the lake at around 13m - either with bait on-bottom or just off-bottom - with a thick 2.2mm buoyant nylon tip that shows well at distance (4x10, 4x12, 4x14). The Series 4 pattern gives more stability when fishing in wind or at deeper depths and the smallest size also makes for a nice margin float (4x10, 4x12, 4x14, 4x16). Finally, the Series 5 is a longer slimmer-bodied float that allows you to scale down your lines and hooks when the fishing gets a little harder on colder summer days or in the autumn. The tip is also longer, meaning you could even present paste (4x10, 4x12, 4x14, 4x16).

All in all, a super-tough range of virtually indestructible pole floats, that are made to award-winning standards.

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2. SIDE-BUSH GRIPPER BEADS

Gripper beads are lightweight, discreet, small and pliable. They are made from soft TPE material with a tapered bore and the colours/sizes are matched to Hi-Viz Shockcore hollow elastic - just thread on easily with a pole-threader. Once in place they retain the elastic, but can then also be slid-up the elastic to make small adjustments to its tension. In conjunction with Middy's Pull-It Side PTFE Bush, they create a precise set-up. Recommended by elite match anglers such as Kieron Rich.

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3. XTREME HOOKS-TO-NYLON

The Xtreme range of hooks to nylon is superb and includes this 'Carp X-Strong' model. It's the KM-4 carbon 110 anti-glint hooks tied to high breaking strain Lo-Viz® line on a modern 6" hook length. Ideal for summer bagging sessions - available in hook sizes 12 to 20.

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4. TRICK 'EM

The most revolutionary floats in over 50 years! The Trick 'Em pellet floats from Middy make the sound of micro-feeder pellets hitting the water to attract fish. Individually packed with full instructions, you get the float with an orange vane, plus additional interchangeable black and yellow vanes. Leave the disc on at the base to make a pop and trickle sound, or remove the disc for trickle-only mode. Available in 4g, 6g and 8g models.

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5. TWIN-CUT SHOT

Middy's Twin-Cut Shot has an exclusive non-toxic formulation to make it incredibly soft. It is cut on two sides in a special way to make application and removal from line really simple. Supplied in innovative refill match tubs to buy individually or on complete 4-tub or 6-tub dispensers, Twin-Cut Shot has a dull anti-glare finish to avoid spooking fish and has been used by leading match consultants to great effect. The individual tubs, with flip-up lids, are wide for easy-access. The tubs also have an anti-spill design that only allows a few shot out at a time. (Sizes available: SSG, AAA, BB, No.1, No.4, No.6)

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6. METHOD FEEDERS & MOULDS

The Compacta mould is a superb tool for loading method feeders with the same amount of bait every time. Hold the feeder mould in just one hand, while your other hand loads the cavity and presses down the feeder, then simply press the release button and drop out a perfectly formed loaded feeder into your palm! It loads Middy Gripper method feeders and other brands perfectly and its ergonomic one-hand release design is brilliant. Compacta moulds are available in a small size and a large size and both come with a FREE Gripper feeder and quick-bead in the packet!

The Gripper is the perfect flat-bed method feeder with a special lead shape to grip the shelf and assist the cast, and radius on centre tube to eliminate line wear. The hookbait is ideally positioned; not crushed; and carp have total access to this area of the feeder. Combining Gripper feeders and Compacta moulds gives you the perfect flat-bed presentation. (Gripper feeders are available in four sizes/weights; Small 20g, Small 30g, Large 30g, Large 45g; in both in-line and elasticated versions.)

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7. PRO CONNECTORS

Xtreme Pro-Connectors are revolutionary and incorporate superb features never before seen. The over-sleeve that rests up against the PTFE bush is made from soft rubber TPE material, so that any sudden whip-back (should a fish be lost) will not result in damage to your pole. They can be used with a main line loop being attached like traditional connectors, or a colour-matching Dacron loop, which is supplied in the packet. Just slide up the small silicone sleeve after looping the Dacron onto the connector. They are small, compact and very, very strong. The Dacron link will allow for even better float presentation and rig control and is often used by the very best anglers; the problem with it before was that it was never very easy to set up, but with these new Xtreme-Pro connectors you get the best of both worlds; an easy-use connector but with an optional, conventionally more difficult/technical Dacron link set-up made simple. Colours and sizes match the Hi-Viz Shockcore hollow elastic range (7 grades).

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8. WHITE KNUCKLE WAGGLERS

Middy's White Knuckle carp-lake wagglers are all made in the UK with a natural white-woodgrain finish to reduce the chance of spooking a fish. They are incredibly strong and feature Hi-Glow fluorescent tips to make them easy to see at distance.

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9. XTREME POLE RIGS

The high-quality Xtreme barbless pole rigs from Middy incorporate exceptionally strong anti-glint KM hooks with a beak point, tied to relatively high breaking strains of Lo-Viz fluorocrystal line, making them ideal for extreme summer baggin' sessions. The floats are from the super-robust Xtreme series, hand-made with A-grade soft balsa and featuring micro tough polymer side eyes and thick visual 2.5mm tips that can easily be seen at distance. All the hooklengths are a short 6" (15cm) which is excellent for modern commercial fishing. Slot-Shot is perfectly placed onto every Xtreme rig and they are then individually tank-tested to ensure consistency.

Available in various sizes/models; All-Rounder (4x12 or 4x14 - 16 hook), Baggin' Finesse (4x12 or 4x14 - 18 hook), Fast-Stop (4x14 - 16 hook), Up-in-the-Water (4x12 - 14 hook), Band 'Em Bottom (4x12 - 16 hook) and Baggin' Meat (4x14 - 14 hook).

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10. QUICK FEEDER BEADS

These method quick feeder beads from Middy are a translucent mud brown colour and have a soft rubber over sleeve. They allow for quick change of the hooklink and you get six per packet.

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