Top kits and elastic choices

Stewie74

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I’ve currently got an MTX1, with 3 match kits, 3 power kits and a short kit. Expecting to collect my long awaited MTX3 pretty soon, which will see me with a total of 7 match kits, 6 power kits and a short kit.

Thus far I’ve used Matrix Slik, I’ve currently got the following:

Match 6-8 x1
Match 8-10 x1
Match 10-12 x1
Power 10-12 x2
Power 14-16 x1
Short kit 10-12 x1

All these elastics are relatively new.

Thinking about how to set up the new top kits when I get them. I’m thinking about another 6-8 (or 2) in match kits to cover winter and silvers fishing, and some heavier stuff (14-16) in the new power kits for summer and bigger carp.

Alternatively, I’m open to suggestions in order to simplify it, maybe Preston Dura or Daiwa hydro.

Most of my fishing is matches, so single figure carp, on commercials, or silvers on the club lakes.

I’ve also considered selling a couple of match kits and replacing them with power kits, as I think 7 match kits is probably a bit too many, and I could use more power kits set up for shallow etc

Thoughts and suggestions gratefully received👍

Stewie
 

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I dont use Power kits other than snaggy margins.
Most match kits are fine for open water commercial Carping with elastics upto Black Hydro or equivalent.
 

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I dont use Power kits other than snaggy margins.
Most match kits are fine for open water commercial Carping with elastics upto Black Hydro or equivalent.
Yes, I havnt had any issues with the match kits, but I don’t suppose there’s a lot of difference in use, so I figured that power kits were better as the range of elastics that you can put through them is bigger?
 

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Depends where you fish, I fish long a lot and find power kits unbalanced the pole making it top heavy.
I only use 3 elastics in Summer in my Match kits.
Preston 11 hollo in short kits x6.
White KND Hollow x 4.
Black KND Hollow x 6.
Power kit with Purple Hydro.
Power kit with Middy 18-20 solid.
 

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the 14 to 16 slick is good for carp in sumer in open water but i would go for 16 to 18 or higher for margin fishing. as there is a stretch at the begining before it powers up. my goto slick is 10 to 12 in open water to see what i will be catching. its strong enough to land carp but forgiving enough to land silvers. if i hook a monster i will up it to 12 to 14 or 14 to 16. anything below 10 to 12 is more silvers or like you said. winter fishing
 

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My match kits take up to a 12 solid.
Anything bigger goes into power kits.
Still use middy high viz solids for everything - two power kits have some form of preston hollow.(for.now)
Have alot of middy hi viz in storage and will most likely still use it in ten years time until I run out.
Works for me and dont get into those hollow/hybrid/solid arguments😉
 

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I’ve got 12 short kits , 6 with 6-8, 4 with 8-10, 2 with 10-12 …..4 match kits with 6-8, 4 match kits with 8-10, 2 match kits with 12-14 …….4 power kits with 14-16,4 power kits with 16-18, 2 power kits with 18-20 solid , all elastic is hybrid apart from the 18-20 solid …..I have got more kits but not elasticated 👍even in winter I don’t go below 6-8 in a long match kit for F1 fishing or carp , don’t really do much silver fishing , if I do I usually just make do 💁‍♂️
 

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I’d say to double up in each grade whatever you go for. The ones I use most in my full length kits for commercials are 2x 9 duraslip, 2x11 Duraslip and 2x13 Duraslip. My margin pole has 2x 17. I also have 3 silvers kits with 5 duraslip.
 
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