Another new product which has just hit the shops is the Paragon Plus landing net.
This lightweight net features high modulus 42 inch carbon arms and a strong, rigid 6ft (1.8m) reverse taper handle.
The ultra-light super strong spreader block creates a perfectly tensioned 36inch gape across the drawcord.
The arms feature machined aluminium fittings and a deep, soft olive green mesh perfect for retaining carp in the margins.
If you are looking for a quality net for under £100 which not only does the job but looks the part too, check out the Paragon Plus.
Sean’s 37lb 8oz Bayeswater common
As the temperatures start to drop maggots come into their own as one of the main winter edges. Sean Leverett employed the ‘germs’ approach last week and was rewarded with a lovely common, well done Sean!
‘With work starting to slow up a little now I managed to get in a few days fishing over on the Bayeswater Syndicate.
I opted to go on the back of the wind as it was a few days old and I thought they may have backed off it by now. I’d fished the area a couple of times before so knew where I wanted to fish the rigs. The last 8 or 9 carp had been out on maggots and the boilie fishing had all but stopped so with this in mind I got some red maggots on my way to the lake.
I decided on Multi rigs with our own 12mm Red Seal pop-ups attached with a small bunch of red maggots tied at the top to form a medusa rig. Pva bags of mixed boilie crumb and red maggots were then glugged in Pro Amino liquid before being attached and cast to a deep silty gully at 55 yards. On my second morning I had a strong take and after a short fight landed this 37lb 8oz common.
Rigs consisted of a size 6 Stiff Rigger and the soon to be released Tungsten Loaded hook link material in 25lb. Ejector Lead lead clips and Flexi Anchor Tube due to the no leader ban. 18lb Syncro Loaded main line finished off the set up. The pva bags were made up using the 32mm PVA Mesh Kit’.
ESP Zig Bugs
The most realistic zig bugs on the market? Almost certainly! Ready tied zig bugs have been around a few years but ESP’s association with the method goes back over 10 years to 2004, when Bristol angler Mark Drake (the brother of ESP sales rep and expert fly tyer Dave Drake) first used them on Pingewood Lagoon. He gave some to Terry Hearn who was also fishing the lake at the time and between them they tricked a few of the lakes prized residents on these bugs. Being considered such an ‘edge’, they were kept quiet at the time but are now available to all.
Expertly tied to super sharp ESP Curve-Shanx hooks and buoyant enough to support a long mono hook link, the black foam body acts as a silhouette, replicating a ‘bug’ perfectly and acting as a lure to carp feeding aggressively on fly hatches.
The four bugs have different coloured bellies – pearl, red, green and yellow – which add a visual flash of colour for added attraction.
Available in sizes 8 and 10 and a choice of barbed or barbless. Four bugs per packet, mounted in hook protecting soft foam.
ESP Zig & Floater Mono
This clear, semi-buoyant mono is ideal as a hook link for zig rig and floater fishing applications. Featuring a fine diameter to knot strength ratio, it is tough and durable and has just the right amount of stretch to make it perfect for combining with smaller hooks.
ESP Zig & Floater mono knots well and although the breaking strain is not underrated, optimum knot strength can be achieved with a carefully tied five turn grinner or palomar.
Available on 100m spools and in the following sizes:
8lb (3.63kg) 0.23mm
10lb (4.54kg) 0.26mm
12lb (5.45kg) 0.28mm