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    Barbel Tales by The Barbel Society

    I have just finished reading the new book from The Barbel Society called 'Barbel Tales' The book contains over 300 pages of stories,tips,tactics and everybody's favorite subject 'bait'. The book starts with a couple of foreword's by two men who need no introduction, Fred Crouch and Peter...
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    Korum Xpert hooks

    Korum Xpert range of hooks. Korum have brought out a range of hooks to cover pretty much every fishing circumstances. There are three styles in the xpert range: POWER A strong, beaked point hook for specimen fishing. Available barbed and barbless. Sizes 6 to 16. SPECIALIST A...
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    Gardner Lead/Accessory pouches.

    Gardner lead/accessory pouches. Ideal for carrying leads, terminal tackle and bits 'n' bobs and fits easily into a bag or pocket. Three sizes available and all feature a water proof base and adjustable dividers. Small: L 17cm x W 12cm x H 8cm- £6.99 Standard pouch: L 22 cm x W 14cm x H...
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    Korum running rig kit.

    Korum Running Rig Kit. Exactly as it says, this is a four part kit comprising of a large bore run ring and lead clip, a specially designed buffer bead that is angled to help the rig 'stand off', a rig sleeve and a quality size 8 swivel. The kit comes in either weed green or flood brown...
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    Pallartax 'The Hook'.

    Pallatrax 'The Hook'. What do you look for in a hook? I once posted on a hook thread on BFW that all I look for in a hook is something that is 'sharp & pointy'. That was a bit tongue in cheek, but as a rule I'm not too technical when it comes to hooks. I have to say, before I...
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    Korum KXI freespin 50 reel.

    Korum KXI50 Freespin 50 Reel. The reel I received from Korum is the smaller of the three in the KXI range, with the others being a 60 sized and 80 sized reel. The KXI 50 holds between 280 yards of 4lb line - up to 160 yards of 12lb line (approx), which is perfectly fine for almost all Barbel...
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    Gardner Net and Extendable landing net pole

    Gardner net and Extendable Pole. By Steve Williams Which net/pole for Barbel fishing probably raises more posts on BFW that any other subject. The Drennan super specialist seems to be a firm favourite with Barbel anglers, but I suspect the Gardner Specialist Extending Landing Net Handle...
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    Pallatrax Whisker bait.

    Pallatrax Whisker bait. By Steve Williams In recent seasons, I've been experimenting with various baits to enable me to stay one step ahead of both the fish and other anglers. Living and fishing on the river Severn, most of my fishing I do is on reasonably popular venues, that see...
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    Korum Neoteric XS Twin Top Power.

    Korum Neoteric XS Twin Top Power I've said before, Korum is a brand I have a lot of time for. The whole range are well thought out items of tackle, that are designed to be used and abused. Today I'm reviewing one of their famous Neoteric rods, or to be more precise, I'm reviewing the...
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    Gardner's Roving River 'Bits Bag'

    Roving River Bits Bag This is an extremely useful item of tackle from the highly respected Gardner Tackle company. Simplicity its self, the River Rover Bits Bag is a bucket shaped bag that collapses down almost flat when not in use. Its ideal for carrying bait, tackle, food, drinks...
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    Drennan International Martin Bowler's Big River Barbel Rod.

    Drennan International Martin Bowler 'Big River' Barbel Rod. A good friend of mine who is involved in the tackle trade said to me recently that 'Drennan don't make a bad rod'. That's in interesting statement, and one that I have to agree with. I've never used a bad Drennan rod, and...
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    Gardner Hydro-tuff monofilament line.

    Gardner Hydro-tuff monofilament line. One of the down sides to being a reviewer is that I sometimes have to stop using tackle and bait that I have full confidence in, to try something from a different manufacturer. This takes a big leap of faith, but I'm not prepared to review items...
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    Korum Ruckbag

    Korum Ruckbag I like Korum tackle and accessories. I've always felt they are well thought out items, made from good quality materials, that do the job they are intended, and with the Ruckbag, the Korum team have taken a simple idea, to have a zip on the side of the bag, rather than...
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    Gardner Tackle Covert Wide Gape Talon Tip Hooks by Andrew Boyne

    Gardner Tackle Covert Wide Gape Talon Tip Hooks by Andrew Boyne Gardner Talon Tips have been around for many years now and have a strong following amongst barbel anglers. This year has seen a new version of this classic pattern bringing several improvements to an already great hook...
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    Gardner Trickster Heavy Braided Hooklink, by Andrew Boyne

    Gardner Trickster Heavy Braided Hooklink by Andrew Boyne Trickster Heavy is a new hooklink material from Gardner Tackle. It is an uncoated, fast sinking, soft and supple braid available in breaking strains of 15, 20 and 25lb in either brown or green camo finish on 20m spools. Hooklink...