Good things I’ve used this year (2022)

Paul Cresswell

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It’s that time again when we can all list fishing related stuff new to us (may not be new to the market) that we have started using this year that we rate. Here’s mine in no particular order:

The edge - the on line channel from Rob Wooton and Lee Kerry. I’ve learnt a lot, love the detail they do including underwater footage. I still enjoy the videos for methods I’m unlikely to ever do, £6.49 a month now.
Guru catapult - the light one with the orange elastic, really worked for me, great grouping of bait
Sonubaits Microwafters - small and great with small hooks (16/18) and caught lots on them, not just small fish
Preston Ascension 3.4m feeder rod - wanted a silvers rod with casting power, tippy action performed brilliantly
Shimano Aero xr 4000 Reel - Shimano are back imo, amazing clutch, just bought another!
Preston precision rod rest - brilliant for feeder fishing with braid on the canal
Drennan feeder links - brilliant design, just work.
Matrix All Weather hoody - my outer layer when not wearing coat, comfy and some waterproof properties
Seatbox uk Seat - quality made, super comfy replacement seat
Midwater roller bag - quality well made bag, no frills at a great price
Map hybrid elastic - have used sizes 4-6 to 16-18. Lasts well, performs brilliantly and great value. Average Angler on YouTube has proved all hybrid elastics are not all the same, so sticking to one brand now - MAP
Maver 921 Pole - arrived February and done everything I’ve asked of it. Super stiff, beefy and hardwearing Pole.

As a plug many of the above (plus other products) have a video review on my YouTube channel (Paul’s Tackle Reviews).
 

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Matrix Chair, Korum transition rucksack for traveling light and a MAP 4 wheeled trolley for when the kitchen sink comes along also
 

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Reels - Okuma Epixor and Daiwa Emcast BR - thanks to @rd115 for both of those.
Rods - Advanta Drop Shot and Darent Valley 12oz
Misc - Guru Pellet Cones and Dinsmores 24" Landing Net (ok the screws came loose but good once fixed)
 

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Reels - Okuma Epixor and Daiwa Emcast BR - thanks to @rd115 for both of those.
Rods - Advanta Drop Shot and Darent Valley 12oz
Misc - Guru Pellet Cones and Dinsmores 24" Landing Net (ok the screws came loose but good once fixed)

I have a couple of those Dinsmores spoon nets and they are exceptional for the money. Not had any issues with screws on mine but easily remedied i'd imagine.
 

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Probably a freespirt 11’ ctx waggler tidy float rod for the money, I use it for perch float fishing . Borrowed my dads and I liked it , after I took the tip off my tdm rod . Or the aero x Baitrunner.
 

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I've been relatively restrained this year, not a single rod was bought, not that I remember.

Browning Sphere CFT 4500 reel. A decent lightweight fixed spool reel that I suspect is destined to fall between the cracks in the tackle market. Looks rather nice on a Sphere rod.😳

DAM CTE 135/137. New old stock courtesy of a member of the forum. Always fancied trying a CTE/CFM with drag. I had to strip it down to clean up some rather solid old grease, but I actually enjoyed figuring it all out. I don't use it too often, but I do like it. Whilst the drag is rather basic, it works surprisingly well. Quite a bit lighter than one of the big Abu reels.

Korum 22" folding spoon net. Only bought it because I somehow managed to lose a Drennan Super Specialist and couldn't replace it like for like. I took a punt on the Korum simply because it was available. As it happens, I rather like it.

JW Young Super Lightweight (4.5x1") Centrepin. Fancied a pin that would be as light as possible. The very light spool means little inertia. Start up takes very little flow/weight, handy in low flows. The flip side is that it doesn't spin forever. Those who desire perpetual motion, or as close as possible, will be disappointed.

Octbox Mk20 Compact box (with the additional swivel seat). No leg slippage on these bad boys, even when subjected to a fatty.
 

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Best things value wise I’ve bought this year by a mile are the korum 7ft 10-30g snapper cult travel spinning rod and 3000 infernos reel which I got virtually half price at Bobco. Just a lovely light tackle combo for the money. Not really used that much else new this year at least not enough times to really judge them.
 

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Middy method feeders have been spot on
Winning 2 matches using them
Also middy method feeder pre tied hook’s I won one match with 147lb and genuinely never lost one fish …..
 

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Drennan Specialist roving bag. Bought this to facilitate more roving about when on the river rather than setting up shop and then not wanting to move a load of gear to a different swim. Fits everything I need for float/feeder/barbel fishing and when combined with the Ridgemonkey bait bucket I don’t need to carry anything else other than rod and net.

Daiwa TDM. This is the first time I’ve bought a higher end reel (normally stick to £50-100 new but bought these for £65 each second hand) and they feel lovely to use.
 

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BROWNING ²EX-S COMPETITION CARP DL 13M POLE compared to my Z8-3

Obviously there will be some great expensive products people have bought, but thanks to a forum member bringing this to our attention (thanks @Fishfinderuk) - I bought one. It’s the best deal pole readily available if you only need 13m, plus reversible butt extension (that I know of). At some locations some forum members found it as cheap as £399 for a what was an £1199 RRP pole (still some available at £499 including eBay).

Comparing to my Z8-3 (generally a highly respected benchmark pole on this forum)…

At 13m there are virtually identical stiffness but the 2ex-s is rated at 20 elastic v’s Z8-3 of 16 (only a number).

The weights are not as different as the official figures claim. My poles both have nose cones & elasticated. When I weigh them (using the same top kit) the 2ex-s is 904g (claimed 910g) and the z8-3 is 891g (at 5% over claimed 851g)!

I’d say my 2ex-s is 99% as good as the z8-3 but for quarter the price (£400 v’s £1600). If you buy the Z8-3, you are paying 4x the price for 2 extra butts (14.5 & 16m), butt protectors & top kits.

So, I could have written this claiming how rubbish the Z8-3 is for the price compared to the 2ex-s, but that would make some proud z8-3 owners blood boil. So instead, I’ll say that the 2ex-s is amazing value for the price if you only need 13m.

@Fishfinderuk - you are the only other person I know that has owned both - what do you think?
 

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BROWNING ²EX-S COMPETITION CARP DL 13M POLE compared to my Z8-3

Obviously there will be some great expensive products people have bought, but thanks to a forum member bringing this to our attention (thanks @Fishfinderuk) - I bought one. It’s the best deal pole readily available if you only need 13m, plus reversible butt extension (that I know of). At some locations some forum members found it as cheap as £399 for a what was an £1199 RRP pole (still some available at £499 including eBay).

Comparing to my Z8-3 (generally a highly respected benchmark pole on this forum)…

At 13m there are virtually identical stiffness but the 2ex-s is rated at 20 elastic v’s Z8-3 of 16 (only a number).

The weights are not as different as the official figures claim. My poles both have nose cones & elasticated. When I weigh them (using the same top kit) the 2ex-s is 904g (claimed 910g) and the z8-3 is 891g (at 5% over claimed 851g)!

I’d say my 2ex-s is 99% as good as the z8-3 but for quarter the price (£400 v’s £1600). If you buy the Z8-3, you are paying 4x the price for 2 extra butts (14.5 & 16m), butt protectors & top kits.

So, I could have written this claiming how rubbish the Z8-3 is for the price compared to the 2ex-s, but that would make some proud z8-3 owners blood boil. So instead, I’ll say that the 2ex-s is amazing value for the price if you only need 13m.

@Fishfinderuk - you are the only other person I know that has owned both - what do you think?
Both fantastic poles that I'd highly recommend to anyone.z8 3 fantastic pole,does the lot,2ex s fantastic power pole,that feels like a match pole,I've had carp to over 16lb and didn't bat an eye.
 

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My Octoplus canal stool for pole fishing (cane of course)
 

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Black grease for my float tips, saved me going cross-eyed a few times.
Sensas diamond eye threader for pole float rubbers. Saves me so much time.
Maver Invincible X pole. Back up for my 921 and in the summer probably use it more. Will take 20s elastic and 10lbs line no problem.
Daiwa TDMs reels. The QD has saved my rod going in a few times.
Pablo RWC paste floats. They just work.
 

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BROWNING ²EX-S COMPETITION CARP DL 13M POLE compared to my Z8-3

Obviously there will be some great expensive products people have bought, but thanks to a forum member bringing this to our attention (thanks @Fishfinderuk) - I bought one. It’s the best deal pole readily available if you only need 13m, plus reversible butt extension (that I know of). At some locations some forum members found it as cheap as £399 for a what was an £1199 RRP pole (still some available at £499 including eBay).

Comparing to my Z8-3 (generally a highly respected benchmark pole on this forum)…

At 13m there are virtually identical stiffness but the 2ex-s is rated at 20 elastic v’s Z8-3 of 16 (only a number).

The weights are not as different as the official figures claim. My poles both have nose cones & elasticated. When I weigh them (using the same top kit) the 2ex-s is 904g (claimed 910g) and the z8-3 is 891g (at 5% over claimed 851g)!

I’d say my 2ex-s is 99% as good as the z8-3 but for quarter the price (£400 v’s £1600). If you buy the Z8-3, you are paying 4x the price for 2 extra butts (14.5 & 16m), butt protectors & top kits.

So, I could have written this claiming how rubbish the Z8-3 is for the price compared to the 2ex-s, but that would make some proud z8-3 owners blood boil. So instead, I’ll say that the 2ex-s is amazing value for the price if you only need 13m.

@Fishfinderuk - you are the only other person I know that has owned both - what do you think?
I purchased one also, fantastic for the price. 👍
 
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