This week we look at the tackle items that we reviewed this year which we feel beat all the others on the market.
Our CTR Best Carp Fishing Tackle Awards 2017 have been selected from our tackle review team and our readers.
Our awards are set out as a bit of fun and merely our favourite items we reviewed this year.
The awards cover the best rods, best reels, best alarms, best bivvy, best clothing range and best gadget we’ve used this year.
We wish everyone a happy new year, a big thanks for reading the blog and we’re looking forward to creating some unique and interesting content in the new year.
Let’s get started with our 2017 tackle awards…
Best Rods – Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods
With most high end rods going for as much as £300/£400, the Wychwood C-201 is the perfect mid range rod option.
The C-201 Carp Rods scream quality throughout and come with all the features you would expect from a high end rod but available at just under £100.
You can find our review of the Wychwood C-201 Carp Rods here.
Best Rods runners up: Daiwa Longbow DF, Fox Warrior S and Free Spirit CTX
Best Reels – Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTD Reel
The Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTD Reels are well designed and well built throughout. One of the main features is the instant drag, going from taking line to a tight drag when playing the fish with a single turn.
The reel includes a unique slow oscillation and brilliant line lay, which means the line can pull off the spool fast, this can be great for distance casting, making the reels ideal for most European type waters.
These are excellent carp reels for the money and most likely, the best carp reels you will find for under £150.
You can find our Shimano Ultegra 14000 XTD Reel review here.
Runners up: Daiwa Windcast, Fox FX9 and Wychwood Riot-S Black Big Pit
Best Alarms – Delkim Plus Alarm
The main feature that sets a Delkim Bite Alarm apart from the rest is that Delkim use a vibration sensing technology. The vibration sensing technology is exclusive to Delkim and offers you more accurate sensitivity options which could result in more fish on the bank in theory.
The Delkim Plus Alarm includes 20 sensitivity options which is handy in different weather conditions and fishing at different distances evidently avoiding false bite indications.
You can find out more about the Delkim plus alarm range in our Delkim 25th Anniversary Plus Bite Alarm review.
Runners up: Gardner ATTs, steve neville mk2 and Nash Siren R3
Best Bivvy – AQUA Camo Atom
The AQUA Camo Atom became our overall favourite bivvy in this years best bivvy 2017 guide.
Boasted as the most compact, lightest pram hood bivvy available on the market it was a clear winner of the best bivvy award.
It’s purposely designed with the mobile angler in mind but is also perfect for small swims, canals and river fishing.
Runners up: Avid Tardis, Trakker Tempest and Chub RS Bivvy
Best Clothing Range – Trakker
The Trakker clothing range includes waterproof coats, joggers/combat trousers, t-shirt, hoodies.
All of the range items compliment each other and look great on and off the bank. Our top picks are the Aztec Hoodie and the Core Multi-Suit.
Runners up: Nash, Fortis and Fox
Best Gadget – RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket
The RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket is essentially a modular, multi compartment bucket, ideal for separating bait and tackle.
The two lidded trays included can be kept inside or attached to the outside the bucket for extra convenience whilst on the bank.
The RidgeMonkey Modular Bucket is a super simple gadget perfect for separating and organising items such as lose feed, stick/bag mixes, hookbaits and ready to go rigs.
Runners up: Korda Tackle Safe, RidgeMonkey Action Station and Jag Hook Sharpening Kit
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