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The Big One Tackle Show 2010 – a great success

Posted by Editor On February - 22 - 2010

I attended The Big One fishing tackle show in Farnborough, on Saturday 20th February and hats off to Fishface Promotions - it was a cracker!

I haven't seen any official visitor numbers but at times during the morning it was absolutely ram packed - hundreds and hundreds of anglers all looking for a bargain or two and taking advantage of the excellent displays and seminars by the tackle manufacturers and angling celebrities that attended.

Parking was easy and as promised there was a nice touch in that for anglers that overindulged themselves on the discount tackle (especially heavy ground-bait, pellet and boilies) there were a number of motorised buggies to ferry you and your purchases to your car. I got there for opening - around 9am - and was pleasantly surprised that the queuing situation wasn't as bad as I was expecting. I think I was inside with entrance ticket purchased within 15 minutes - a testament to the excellent organisation.

My only gripe was that it wasn't clear where the Tournament Casting demonstrations were and in the end I left without seeing them, which was a shame.

As you might expect the tackle on offer ranged between genuine, bargain branded tackle to not so bargain non-branded items (albeit very cheap) to the latest high-end products at competitive prices (especially on the carp side). I didn't really have a shopping list so just enjoyed rummaging around each stall looking for any tackle bargains on offer. In the end I walked away with the following:

  1. Mitchell Privilege II Boat Rod - £29
  2. 2 x Rapala CD-22 PM Mag 'giant' Plugs - £4 each
  3. Lucky John Water Shaker wooden jointed lure - £3
  4. Middy Sea System 8/0 O'Shaughnessy Hooks (with bent down eyes for Pennel rigs) - £1
  5. 4 x DAM Sumo Feathers & Shrimp rigs - £3
  6. 14 x Shakespeare Tidewater Sea Rigs Mackerel & Launce Feathers (my favourites) - 50p each
  7. 2 x Small Fox Neoprene Reel Bags - £1 each
  8. Berkley Stainless Steel Line Clippers & tool - £3
  9. 6 x Rubber coated lead weights - 60p each

That was my haul. What did you buy? [please add comments below]

Already looking forward to next year.

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