Here's something new. Ocean Ruler's CrazyG HD jigs and jigheads were one of my favourite finds at the 2012 Nantes tackle show. As far as I know, the Ocean Ruler brand is owned by a Japanese tackle manufacturer called Tsuriken - known for innovation. The French tackle show was the first time I'd consciously come across the brand. Interestingly, in France, it ... Read the rest of this entry »
As ever, much of the first day of the Nantes Tackle Show (Salon Europeen des Peches en Mer) consisted of collecting each of the many, first class fishing catalogues available from the manufacturers and distributors exhibiting. And what a superb collection it was again at the 2012 show. Inevitably, with the limitations on rack space, these catalogues are invaluable in discovering every last new item of tackle each brand has released. It's great to see that so many ... Read the rest of this entry »
Right, Bass Anglers... listen up, this is a big one!
'Fiiish Black Minnow'
Fiiish, not Fish. Count the i's. One... two... three of 'em.
Quite why we didn't tell you about them when we got home from the show in Nantes last year, is anyone's guess. But thankfully, we got a massive slap in the ... Read the rest of this entry »
Thanks to the MonsterTackle.co.uk homepage for reminding me that Savage Gear have released an awesome new colour for their soft plastic sandeels. For 2012, the Savage Gear Sandeel is available in Dirty Silver for the first time. This great new colour has all the merits of a surefire hit; contrasting top and bottom, realistic sparkle and flash & the inclusion of red slash marks - a great strike trigger for predatory ... Read the rest of this entry »
We're 24 hours away from starting a lengthy journey. Driving down to the south coast, we'll be catching the cross channel ferry from Portsmouth to Caen. Once in France we'll need to drive a further 180 miles to Nantes - all this for a fishing tackle show. But to quote a friend, "if Carlsberg did fishing events, it would probably be close to the Salon European des Peche en Mer in Nantes" from the 27th to the 29th of January.
Two of us have been before - last year. It was a hugely enjoyable event for us (despite not speaking good French) ... Read the rest of this entry »