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EST. 1983

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

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TB//Essentials - New Products & Deals Plus Recommended Ranges

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Check out our TB//Essentials Guide with details of exciting new products and deals, plus recommended ranges for this season. To download the full guide click the image below.

Tench Fishers Review - DV 8ft Specialist Quiver Rod

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To view the Tackle Box Darent Valley 8ft Specialist Quiver Rod click here.

Urban Baits

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We've teamed up with Urban Bait to bring you these video tutorials to help you catch more Carp this winter season. They include a number of secret tips that should help you increase the consistency of your catch rate as well as achieve new personal bests.

Video 1: This first video is by well known Angler Jim Shelley. In it he walks you through his favourite winter baits and why they work so well over the winter months.

Video 2: In this next video Urban Baits very own Terry Dempsey takes you step by step through how you should go about tieing a wafter rig.

This graphic also shows the step by step process to ensure you are on the right track.

How To Tie A Wafter Rig

How To Tie A Wafter Rig, courtesy of Urban Bait.

Video 3: Last but not least is this video by Jim Shelley where he takes you through the steps in order to glug frozen boilies for best results.

We hope you enjoyed the videos. Look out for more to come in the near future. Most of the products featured in the videos are available to buy right here on the Tackle Box website. Alternatively come on down to the store to browse our selection.

Carpology Carp County Book Review

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No book released this year contains a line-up of contributors or a history lesson like that of Carp County. Colin Davidson gives us a insight into what we can all expect from this 360-page brute

I guess like the Hair rig or skinning paste in boiling water, a book centred on the contribution to carp fishing of one county is simple yet genius. This 360-page production is truly one of a kind, and if carp angling was an academic subject it would be on the required reading list.

I doubt any book has contained so many famous and time served carpers, or covered so many significant venues or famous fish. From Pete Springate to Lee Jackson, Derek Stritton, Roger Smith and Jim Gibbinson the contributors' names are as revered as the carp and fisheries they document – Pilgrim from the Tip Lake, She from School Pool, Sutton-at-Hone's Fully Scaled and so many more. You'll also find tank suits, knotted mesh and monkey climbers, but above all there's history on every page written by the people who made that history.

There's wonderful reading from cover-to-cover but Fred Wilton's contribution on the development of carp bait is unprecedented. You'll read of library visits to measure pheasant eggs to ensure he was using bait the size recommended by Dick Walker through to precipitating his own casein in bins and a spin drier whilst pursuing his belief in food value in carp bait. Every carp angler should read it.

Far from just being a fascinating read, this is a genuinely important historical record. If we don't record history we lose it, and Chris Haswell and Mike Starkey should be proud of their achievement producing such a volume. From personal recollections to black and white plates to newspaper cuttings it has been thoroughly researched and presented beautifully. An absolute treasure trove of a carp book.

“GIMME": £35.00; tacklebox.co.uk


Oz Holness, Mike Harris, Jim Gibbinson, Chris Ball, Roger Smith, Ken Rowley, Chris Brown, Fred Wilton, Robin Monday, Chris Haswell, Michael Hatchman, Alan King, Peter Springate, Robin Johnson, Derek Stritton, Bob Morris, Terry Gage, Dave Lawrence, Jason Barber, John Carver, Daren Norman, Lee Jackson, Mickey Nolan, Ted Bryan, Steve Briggs, Mick Cutler, Gary Peet, Lee Randall, Roy Ashdown, Steve Burke and Tony Pocock.

Compiled by Chris Haswell

Edited and designed by Mike Starkey

10 Tips for a Warmer Winter

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Catch of the Month

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Terms & Conditions

Promotion: 'Catch of the Month' photo competition.
The prize: The winner will receive a TB//GIFT CERTIFICATE worth £25.
Terms & Conditions: All entries will be judged and a decision made on the 1st day of each month and the winner will be notified by email within 7 working days. The winner will be required to acknowledge receipt of the email within 7 days and provide their name and address in order for the prize to be sent to them. By entering the prize draw, the winner is consenting to receiving future e-marketing from The Tackle Box and to taking part in any publicity that may accompany or result from this promotion. All e-marketing offers an 'unsubscribe from this list' option. The competition excludes employees of The Tackle Box and their immediate families. The prize is non-transferable with no cash alternative available. No payment or purchase is necessary to enter. The winning image will selected by The Tackle Box and we will not enter into any discussion with any entrant or participant in order to discuss or justify the result.

Fold Friendly Ringing

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If you have ever damaged your rod, your rings or line because of the awkward way in which your rod packs away, then 'Fold Friendly Ringing' could be for you. For more information, check out the booklet below.

Total Carp Magazine Review TB CF-X Rods

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The Tackle Box CF-X Rod Range
Nowadays you can get a lot of rod for your money and the CF-X rods from The Tackle Box are a prime example. For the modest price tag you get a range of rods that perform brilliantly and look the part. Available in 2.75lb, 3.25lb and the 3.5lb Stepped Up (SU) version, there is a test curve for every situation, not to mention the spod and marker rods that also carry the CF-X name.
The Tackle Box offers an awesome custom-build service with the rods, which allows you to add your own little touches. From as little as an extra £27 you can customise your CF-X rods. Options such as full-cork or full-shrink handles are available, with rod ringing arrangements and sizes. All models are well spec'd featuring a high-modulus carbon blank made from a CF-X weave that is unique to The Tackle Box.
A neat, low-profile, ergonomic reel seat complements the blank, which is adorned with attractive green whippings above and below the reel seat. The entire CF-X range carries the air of a bespoke, custom-built rod without the heavy price tag.
The CF-X SU is designed for use at long to extreme range and to accommodate heavy shockleaders and reduce friction on the cast, a 50mm butt ring is fitted. The action differs from the other models in the range in that the tip recovery is faster due to it being stiffer, helping achieve improved accuracy at long range.
The 3.25lb and 2.75lb test curves feature a more all-round, progressive action, comfortably casting PVA bags and Method feeders when extreme distances are not required. The through action is perfect for close-quarter battles and fishing in heavy weed. A standard 40mm butt ring features on these models.
The Tackle Box also offers a range of 'utility' rods. The CF-X spod rod is identical in design to the standard carp rods, with a few important tweaks to ensure top casting performance at long range. It performed excellently in our Buyer's Guide in the August 2012 issue, receiving punishment at long range, with attention also being paid to the short-range spodding work, where it excelled. Like the SU, the spod and marker are fitted with 50mm guides.
The recent trend of using a light spod rod as a marker rod has prompted the production of the CF-X marker rod. It is easily at home casting 4oz and 5oz leads, which improves the feel transmitted through the rod when using a marker float and braided main line. The rod also lends itself to light spod work at medium range, making it the perfect multi-purpose tool. So there you have it, a custom-made feel without the heavy price tag – and they perform great too!
To view the full product range click here.