I want to talk to you
a little bit about my tackle box, and what I carry when I’m fishing. Obviously, I do loads
of different types of fishing. Sometimes
I could be fishing on a little park lake, throwing maggot bags around, and then the next time,
I could be on a huge canal in Belgium, or I could be on my boat at Orient. There’s so many different types
of fishing that I do over the course of the year,
and truth be known, you can’t carry all of the kit
all of the time otherwise you would end up
completely bogged down. So, obviously, I’ve got a big
sort of storage container at home with all of the kit in, sort of split up, and then I sort of take apart
my tackle box to match the sort of venue
that I’m going to. One thing that I do, is I carry an awful lot of hooks
no matter where I’m fishing. I’m an avid hook sharpener,
and what that means is, if I’m catching bream, tench, carp,
or even just winding in from the spot, nine times out of ten,
the hook is ruined. You file them down
to such a fine point, the metal is so fine
it only has to touch something, and then it’s burred,
and you have to start again. So, because of that,
I don’t keep my hooks in the Tackle Box. I keep them in the lid
of the largest size Compac. I’ve got them all in there.
I’ve got some solid bags in there, and a few sort of,
just a few spare items that I don’t want to clutter
my tackle box up with. I’ve got some hooks in there,
but this is like all my spares and everything
that I need for every eventuality. Underneath the Tackle Box
I’ve got my leadcore. I’ve got some split shot,
some Dark Matter tubing, a line stripper, a screwdriver,
a few extra lighters and some Carp Care, but the main thing is the Tackle Box. I used to have a Tackle Safe, and that is good
if you’re only targeting one water. If you’re only targeting one water and you’ve got it absolutely refined
down to carrying exactly what you need, then that’s perfect.
You can be ultra-minimal. A lot of the time, I’m targeting
lakes or venues that I’ve never been to, so I am sort of packing
for a few eventualities. So, I’ve got a few things
that probably never see the light of day, but at the same time, I might need them. So, that’s why I’ve got
that extra space in the Tackle Box. You’ll see that in the lid,
I’ve got a lot of plastic items. Some metal ones. You don’t want to fill
the lid with loads and loads of metal, otherwise it will get
really, really heavy. But I’ve got a few swivels
and I’ve got a few rig rings, but mainly, it’s sort of like lead clips,
tail rubbers, Heli-Safes, boilie stops, a few bits of foam, some rubber beads
that sort of thing. In the main part of the Tackle Box,
I’ve got obviously my hook links, my Marker Elastic, shock leader,
PVA tape… Again, more… more hook links, Vaseline for my hook points,
a couple of packets of split shot, a couple of pairs of scissors, my floss. I’ve got a little three compartment box
down there. In the top part
is mainly hook sharpening stuff. I’ve got my pliers –
my crimping pliers, sorry. I’ve got the vice that I use
for hook sharpening, my SP Max file, a little stone for finishing,
a magnifying glass, again, a couple of lighters. This… this is where I put
my sharpened hooks. I sharpen them myself, and then I put them into this
and it just keeps them nice and fresh. And underneath that,
I’ve got my baiting needles and stuff. So this is how I’m using it,
which, it looks pretty bare. A lot of people have the… like loads
of different compartment boxes, because they are packing
for more eventualities, but I try to keep it more minimal,
if you know what I mean. I am sort of being sort
of quite picky at home, taking out what I don’t need,
putting in what I do need, and I always, I spend – my missus
is always giving me a hard time – I spend a lot of time in the garage
sort of prepping for sessions because I really do…
I want to be organised, because when you are organised,
and everything’s in its place, you can just fish that much better. The Compac range
is rapidly expanding, as you can see. I’ve got a couple of carry-alls
in front of me, and just to talk you
through the essence of these, it’s the fit, the existing Compac pouches. So, I’ve got one of the 100s in there. This is my tackle bag. This is what I keep everything in that
I take every single time I go fishing. So, in this particular one, I’ve got my Tracer battery in there. And there’s four pockets
on each of these carry-alls, each designed
to take the same size of Compac. Now at the front,
I haven’t got one in there. I’ve basically got another pair
of glasses, my receiver, Propolis, that sort of thing, just odds and sods
in the front there. The other one at the front
has got baiting tools, my Tufty torch,
which is an absolute godsend, Spombs and what have you in there. You haven’t got to use
the pouches in them, but that’s what they were designed for. That side has got another pouch in, and that one
has got overflow kit in there. You can see a little Camo pouch as well.
They’re due to be coming out soon. And if I talk you through
the internals of this bag, it’s been basically designed, again,
to fit the stuff that we’ve already got. So, it’s just long enough
to fit a long Rig Safe inside, and I’ve got two of those in there. And then just going a bit further down, we’ve got the new Compac
for the Tackle Safe. So, that’s all
my terminal tackle in there, absolutely everything I need. A little tiny one for my leads. And then at the bottom, I’ve got a 140,
which I keep all my Singlez kit inside. So, it will take two of those
at the bottom, plus these ones down the side of it and then obviously, that over the top, and the Rig Safes as well. It’s got a pouch on the inside. I’ve got a prototype catapult in there
that I’m not going to show you yet, and then there’s another one
on the back. So, loads of pockets,
and as you can see, minimal styling, a nice carpy green colour. We thought we’d go with that
to begin with, take all the camo off of it,
and just see how this one is received and then maybe we will expand
into some camo at a later date. The little one next to it is the one that Tom and Damo
use in their fishing. They take less kit than me. Still takes the 100-size Compacs
on the side, and on the front as well, still got a pouch on the back,
and then if I open that up, I’ve got my brew kit in this one
at the moment, because I’m not taking
any cooking kit with me. So, you can see, I’ve got a couple
of 140s at the bottom, side by side. That’s got all my personal
bits and pieces in there, all my sort of tablets and what have you,
sun tan lotion, all that sort of thing. And the other one’s got all my sort
of cooking stuff in there as well. I would use a bigger one than this if I was going to use it
as my proper food and cooking bag, and there’s going to be a carry-all
larger than these two and then a bigger one still, because we know some people
take loads and loads of kit. So, four carry-alls. There’s one size of rucksack as well, which Darrell
has been using during this session, and that’s aimed at sort of the guy
that’s doing reasonably long sessions. Maybe he doesn’t want to put his stuff
on top of the barrow. It’s nice and compact as well. Obviously, it takes the pouches
in the pockets on the sides of it. Really comfortable on your back, and we’re just going to start
with the one size of that and see if there’s demand
for a bigger one at a later date. Also, cool bags. Damian’s been using cool bags
for years and years in his fishing, for his bait and for his food, and he’s developed
like a double-layer system and if you put the blocks
all the way around the inside of it on the pockets that have been provided, it keeps everything cool
for absolutely ages, and that double insulation
makes all the difference. They’re very rigid, those bags, as well. Darrell’s been using them here
as his sort of cooking bag, and his food bag,
and there’s a smaller one still that will take sort of
2 or 3 kilos of boilies. The big one will take nearly 10 kilos. And then moving on from there, of course, there’s going
to be rod bags in the range. I’m using the three-up,
two-down style rod bag at the moment. I’ve never used one of those before,
and I have to say, I was quite impressed with it. It’s very, very compact,
and offers good protection to your rods, and really keeps them
in quite a condensed space. And like all of this luggage, it’s got handles for putting it
onto your barrow and then lifting it into the car as well, and the straps on all of these
are really well-balanced. They fit nice on your shoulder
if you are going to carry it that way, and the ones on these carry-alls
can actually be unclipped. So, rather than having them get
in the way during your session, you can actually unclip them, store them,
and then clip them back on at the end. And to go with the three-up, two-down, there’s also a three-rod sleeve
and a two-rod sleeve. So, if you want to keep
your spod and marker separate from your fishing rods,
you can do, or if you’re just doing day sessions,
and you’re only taking two rods, you can do that as well.
So, we’ve tried to strip everything down, style it as beautifully
as we possibly can, make it look as carpy as we possibly can,
but most importantly, make it functional. The new Delkims
have been on sale for almost a year now, but I think it’s fair to say,
from when they very first came out, they’ve definitely divided opinion. Lots of people out there, they love that
old school look of a Delkim and didn’t want to see it change. Let’s face it,
none of us like change, do we? But I think by doing what they’ve done,
by making it slightly shorter, by narrowing it up, they’ve made a real modern,
cult-looking bite alarm, but still maintained
that old-school Delkim vibe. Whilst it’s nice that it looks nice, more importantly
is the technology side to it and the improvements that
they’ve made. If you are a Delkim user, you’ll be pleased to know that
that double warble tone is still there. A Delkim in full flight,
with that double tone is one of my favourite things
about carp fishing, and always will be. I’ve been an avid Delkim user
for over 15 years, and any other bite
just doesn’t sound quite as good to me. But with the vibration sensor that it has, it’s not just about how it sounds, it’s what it also does
from a practical point of view. If in the depths of winter,
you are still getting out there fishing, because there’s no moving parts
to register you getting a bite, it means that,
should you have an absolute whiteout, a mega-frost,
you’re still going to register a bite. There’s no roller-wheel
that can freeze up, that can maybe make you miss
that all-important bite in the depths of winter. A couple of other little features
on it as well: you’ve got an LED adjustment. So, if you’re fishing in bright sunshine,
and you have it at the brightest setting, you’ll still be able to see
if you get a couple of bleeps, and work out which one it is quickly. But on the flip side,
in the depths of night, that brightness could hurt your retinas
if you’re not careful. So, you can programme it right down, so it just gives you a nice dim glow
across the swim when you get that bite. Now one thing you’ll notice
is the lack of one of the dials. There’s always been three on a Delkim.
Don’t panic. You’ve got V for volume,
self-explanatory. You’ve got R for response, or sensitivity,
I guess, is how you’d remember it, but you can now use that in conjunction
with an internal beep speed, to make this the most sensitive
Delkim bite alarm there has ever been. Now the one that’s missing,
for me, is the all-important one. It’s the tone setting.
Don’t panic, it’s still there. Again, it’s within the internal settings. There’s 64 different tones
in the new Delkim, so you really can find the one, find the sweet spot
that is perfect for you. You’ll notice
there’s a couple of buttons on the front. They’re actually your
on and off switch, and how you do a lot of
the programming, and again, that’s put
quite a few people off because they… maybe a bit like me,
you’re a bit of a technophobe, but there’s instructions. As long as you follow them,
it’s really, really simple to use. And if I can programme my Delkims,
you can definitely do yours as well. Finally on the alarm itself, there’s a couple more points
I want to talk about, one of them being the anti-theft. Delkim were the first bite
alarm manufacturer to add any sort of anti-theft
to their alarms, and that works by you being in your
bivvy, you’ve got your receiver set, someone turns your bite alarm off
outside, and that went into meltdown. Well, that’s still exactly the same,
but to further protect it, they’ve added what’s called an IMU,
an Inertia Movement Unit, and it works the same
as a Nintendo Wii remote. So, now, if someone just grabbed
your bank sticks, grabbed your pod and made a run for it,
that alien movement in the alarm will once again
send the receiver into meltdown. So, that’s the head. There are a load
of other features on there as well, which are fully covered
in the instructions that you get with it, but let’s have a little look
at the receiver, too. Once again, giving it a modern look.
It looks pucker, but the improvements they’ve made
from a technology point of view far outweigh how it looks. Now that it’s gone fully digital, it means that any beep
that’s registered on your bite alarm will now register on your receiver
as well. It will not miss a beat. From a range point of view,
it’s got three different settings. On the standard range,
the middle one, if you like, they’ve tested it in a straight line
in the clear view to 750 metres. Now you’ll never be
that far off your rods. If you are, that’s incredibly bad angling,
but it just shows the improvements that have been made
over the original ones. I actually use mine
in the minimum setting because it’s the way
to get the best battery life out of it and it still means
that within a 50-metre radius, you’re picking everything up. Now, I’m never that far off my rods,
so it’s all I need to use. There are other features on here as well, but one of my favourites already
is the Do Not Disturb. Essentially, I fish with my bite alarms
on zero volume, and all the volume just comes from this, but because I like to fish my Delkims
really sensitive because I love the noise,
in the middle of a massive rain shower, the rain bashing on the bite alarms,
absolutely sends this bonkers. Historically, it meant I’ve had to go out,
turn the sensitivity down, get soaking wet, but not anymore. I simply press
a couple of buttons on here. It puts this into a Do Not Disturb,
or Silent mode. So, whilst the rain
is just tapping the alarms, this makes no noise, but after four seconds
of continual movement – so, if I get a bite –
this will once again kick back in. Now, it’s a brilliant setting
as long as you use it correctly. If you’re fishing to snags,
to lily pads, weed, anything like that, then it’s not for you,
but just plain open-water fishing, it’s been an absolute godsend to me
on a couple of occasions. There you go.
That gives you a brief look. Trust me, they’ve got a host
of other features as well. Every alarm comes
with a full list of instructions, as well as a hard case as well. So, if you’re a Delkim user already, it’s got all the features
that you’ve come to know and love, plus some new ones, and if you’re not a Delkim user, how about popping down your tackle
shop and having a little play. Be lucky. Another lovely new bit of kit. This is the Tackle Safe Compac, and I don’t know if you remember,
but I did a public apology to Dovey after I really got
into using the Tackle Safe. I used to use a big Fox box. I never thought the amount of gear
that fits in here would fit in here, and this is everything
that I use over and over and over. And we wanted something really
that complimented this. Obviously, you can’t get spools in there,
things like the Boom material and that. You can’t get the Krimp pliers in there. So, we wanted something
that fitted with it. So, basically, that obviously
just drops beautifully into there, but if I take it out the way to show you
the little compartment underneath. So, we’ve got a plastic tray in there, a moulded tray, obviously done perfectly
for the size of all the different bits. So, you can see
I’ve got the big spools in there. You could get two big spools in there
if you wanted to, but I’ve just got my Boom material
in now. Obviously IQ would fit in there as well,
Mouthtrap too, and then a few spools at the top of that
just to take up that space. I seem to take quite a lot
of the smaller spools with me like leadcores, Hybrid Stiff,
a little bit of 30lb N-trap Semi-Stiff. It’s amazing how many you end up with to cover all the different kinds
of fishing. And in the next tray along you can see there
I’ve got my Kamakuras in there, and there’s two trays
that will take those. So, you can have loads if you want to,
but that’s enough stock for me. The next one along,
instead of the Kamakuras, I’ve got spools in there again. The next one along from that, you can see
there’s all the bigger sort of rig items. I’ve got my JAG clamp in there,
plus my hook file, my Krimp Tool as well, sharp knife, some extra needles
and bits and pieces underneath, and this will actually come out. If I do that there, you just sort of do it at an angle,
take that out of there. That’s the guy out of the tray. Obviously, it would stay in there
for pretty much all of its life, but it shows you
it’s a solid moulded tray. You can’t move the sections
around in there, they’re already done. So, nothing can break or anything
and that just slides back into there. And if that wasn’t enough, in the lid, we’ve got loads of compartments
in there. So, at the back, what I asked for, was four compartments
to get the hook wallets in. So, I’ve got my Kurvs in that one. I’ve got my Wide Gape Xs in there. I’ve got my Long Shanks in there and I’ve got my Choddys
at the other end. And then in front of that,
I don’t know if you can see there, there’s another big compartment
for even more bits and bobs. I’ve got loads of extra packets
of hooks in there, but that is an absolute myriad of kit
that just goes into one Compac. Let me put that in there.
Boom. Zip that up. That is absolutely made for the job,
and if like me, you like the Tackle Safe, that’s got to be in your armoury. There are three new additions
to the Compac range. First of all, these two air dry bags. So, one that takes
sort of 2.5, 3kg of bait, another one that takes, believe it or not,
probably 8 or 9kg of boilies. Now I recommend, if you are transferring boilies
out of the freezer into these, pour them into a bucket first
out of the freezer bag and then into these
and they won’t spill everywhere. As you can see,
nothing revolutionary about them, nice air flow,
and a lovely camo pattern on them, nice little details as well,
very strong handles, but they are, effectively,
just an air dry bag. So, if you want to keep the rats off them,
keep them up in the trees. Keep the bait moving around
when you first put it in there to stop the baits in the middle
keep holding the moisture and going off. So, they are the air dry bags. Then this little fellow. This is clever. So, this is the Boilie Caddy, and the nice bit about this,
you can see poking out the top there, we’ve got a watertight inner to it. That has got a multitude of uses. You will have seen me pouring water
over the fish with this and also testing my pop-ups
in there as well. So, fill it up with water, use it like a bucket
for doing your pop-ups, and then if you’re going to use it
for baiting up, just slot it back into there… like so, and a little tip, right, if you’re throwing’s sticking
and your baits are splitting, we all know the trick of just putting a little bit of water
in the throwing stick, throwing it out and then the bait
stops splitting for a little while, and then the water disappears
and the bait starts splitting again and you have to do it again. If you put your boilies in there and put the tiniest
little dribble of water and just shake them up in there, they just get a little glassy effect
on the top of every single boilie. You put those out with a stick
and you never have to re-wet the stick. Now obviously then,
you can just dry it out and then use it
for whatever you’re going to. If you’re going to put baits
with oil in them, then use that so it doesn’t bleed
through onto the outer. And then the outer,
again in the lovely camo material, nice styling to it, but that would double
as an air dry bag if you wanted it to. So, if you’re just doing
an overnight session, or just a 24-hour, you could probably get a couple
of kilos of boilies in there. They will carry on drying out during
that session, getting harder and harder, so they’re going to go out the stick
better and better. So, we’ve tried to think of everything. Like I say, they look really nice,
but they’re functional as well. Carp care. It is one of the most important
if not most important aspect of fishing. We want to see our fish
in tip-top condition. Now if we get a hook hold
that needs treating, or we’ve lifted a scale, or they’ve had
a little abrasion from spawning, it’s really important we treat that area. Now new to the range, we’ve got
the Propolis and the Ulcer Swab. Now all you simply need to do is dry off the affected area
that needs cleaning. I get a dry towel, dab around that area,
say, for instance, a lifted scale, then add some Ulcer Swab. This will help disinfect
and clean that area. Simply put a little bit on your finger,
mask the area that needs cleaning, and once the area has been cleaned
and disinfected with the Ulcer Swab, we now need to seal the area
with the Propolis. Simply over the top of the Ulcer Swab,
apply the Propolis. A little bit of lake water
will help seal that now so that when the fish goes back
in the water, he’s off, fighting fit.