SUMMER SHOPPING LIST: 10 MUST-BUYS (2017)
11 MAY 2017
Make sure you have all the right tackle ready for your summer baggin' sessions. The vast range from MIDDY® will cover all of your summer needs – here are ten must-buys for the 2017 season.
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1. KM-4 CARP X-STRONG HOOKS

The KM-4 is a barbless spade end pattern, made from 110 hi-carbon and featuring a beak in-turned point. It is an extra-strong pattern for baggin' sessions, formed from a gauge of wire that is not too thick but ensures reliability of catch. Like many of Middy's hooks, the KM-4 is Teflon impregnated and has a dull anti-glint finish. The range goes from size 10 right down to a size 20, to allow for finesse presentation but with the security of knowing that even this smallest size hook will hold.

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2. 4GS LANDING NET

Middy's top match consultants have created a range of perfect commercial competition nets! 4GS nets are lightweight yet robust and arguably the very best landing nets on the market. They cut through the water fast and have an anti-hookup fine grey mesh base that calms the fish as it approaches the net. The netting is not too deep, meaning fish transfer is quicker and the balance is perfect for when you hitch-back the handle to increase speed. The glass-filled spreader block is even ergonomically designed for a quick net grasp and has a robust brass thread. You will not find so many features on any other nets! Available in 20", 22" and 24" sizes, 4GS nets come highly recommended following months of testing with elite anglers such as Kieron Rich.

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3. WHITE KNUCKLE CX HANDLE

The White Knuckle CX Series take-apart landing handle is a 3pc design now featuring riveted end thread. Both the second and third are threaded - this unique design allows you to use it at 3m for silverfish/F1 and as a super-strong platform 2m handle for F1/double figure carp and speed-scooping. A landing net handle for all jobs.

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4. SLOT-SHOT

Slot-Shot is an elongated hybrid of conventional round shot and styl weights, so it stays in-line and affixes easily. It is super-soft and the wide slots accommodate up to 0.30 diameter lines. 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. Slot-Shot has a dull anti-glare finish that avoids spooking fish - even more so when used in conjunction with Lo-Viz® fluorocrystal line or the new M-Tech™ co-polymer line. Slot-Shot Pliers are also available to make affixing the shot even easier. Slot-Shot is available in a 4-tub dispenser or a 6-tub dispenser with dovetail assembly, making it easy to replace different sizes on the dispenser with refill tubs – which are available individually in sizes No.4, No.6, No.8, No.9, No.10 and No.12.

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5. GRIP-FLEX PRO POLE POTS

Lightweight and with a very low centre of gravity, Grip-Flex pots are easy to ship out and have a unique 'press-inside to flex-open' soft base. Press the base inside the pot and the channel that grips onto your pole will open, to make affixing or taking-off pots easy. This unique feature also allows for a strong grip, while totally protecting your pole. You get two sizes in the packet, with optional anti-spill rim lids, and then a totally unique lid to convert the smaller pot to be a micro size, that no-one can see you are using! They also have a flatter profile for wind resistance at long distance (14.5m+). The best pole pot design ever due to consultation with leading match anglers, including Matchman of the Year Lee Thornton, as well as Kieron Rich who reported that these pots are "light, will feed accurately and will definitely improve your catch ratio".

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6. STARGRIP 5IFTY KEEPNET

The StarGrip 5IFTY is made from thick polyester super-soft carp-sack cloth material and has been uniquely designed to attach perfectly onto match seatbox systems. The fixed thread carries a lifetime warrantee and is fitted onto the top ring at a special five-degree angle, setting the net to the perfect level. The 10mm diameter bottom rings are super strong with steel clamping device to keep them weighted down. The compact size of the StarGrip 5IFTY is ideal for fishing a three or four keepnet setup where fisheries impose a 50lb net limit, although it will of course hold more than 50lb per net if required. It is also compatible with Middy's StarGrip360 Keepnet Arm fitting. Further features include pull-out weighing-in handles, cushioned intermediate rings with anti-wear protective webbing and a quality robust brass thread.

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7. WHITE KNUCKLE POLE RIGS

These incredibly robust ready rigs feature high-quality components, including a Middy White Knuckle X-Strong pole float. These floats are hand-made in the UK, with a natural woodgrain finish that makes fish less likely to be spooked. They also feature a totally secure 'figure 8' side eye that wraps around the centre stem, so it will not pull-out! The anti-glare, extra-strong KM-4 hook is Teflon impregnated and has a beak in-turned point. The hooklength is a short 6" (15cm) which is ideal for modern commercial lakes. White Knuckle X-Strong pole rigs are available in a range of different float patterns, breaking strains and hook sizes to suit various situations - try them out.

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8. HI-VIZ® ELASTIC

Hi-Viz® solid elastic from Middy is extremely popular throughout Europe and is the choice of many of angling's biggest names. It is made with a unique lattice configuration to give it incredible strength and stretch, as well as a soft action. Hi-Viz® is fluorescent colour impregnated and pre-coated with Hi-Viz® Pure lubricant ready for use. Available in eight different grades from 1-2 up to 18-20, its reputation is second-to-none and the 6-8 orange grade is Steve Ringer's "number one choice for big F1's and carp to 5lbs". If you haven't tried Hi-Viz® yet, now is the time. It is also available in a range of 'Shockcore' hollow grades.

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9. MUSCLE-TECH MARGIN POLE

The world's slimmest strongest ever 6m margin pole - with an incredible 30 elastic rating, just hit and hold tight! The Muscle-Tech 600 is both effective and safe on fish, constructed with T-Core 30STT anti-shatter carbon technology and it features a Power-Arc rapid hold action and S-Line super slim mandrel design. It comes with a pull-it reinforced 2-kit in the pole, a size 30 PTFE bush and an optional flick tip for speed work. The pole weighs only 270g at the full 6m length, which is particularly amazing given the immense strength! Additional 2-kits and flick tips can be purchased separately; along with parallel 1m extensions, should you wish to extend to 7m or 8m.

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10. M-TECH™ LINE

M-Tech™ is a specially developed co-polymer line for Method and up-in-the-water fishing on carp commercials. It sinks faster than mono once it is pulled under the lake water surface tension, with its 1:1.19 quick sink ratio (standard mono is only 1:1.07). M-Tech™ is extruded through a highly-polished die to create a Hard-Shell™ outer, which assists casting, improves knot strength, creates anti-abrasion properties for extra durability and reduces refraction so light does not go off at an angle. Supplied on mega 300m spools, with up to three reels capacity, M-Tech™ is likely the best carp commercial line to have ever been developed.

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