Are you happy with your kit?

Discussion in 'Matchfishing Chat (The Nuts)' started by Ben Field, Dec 5, 2018.

  1. Ben Field

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    Is it just me, or does anybody else struggle feeling comfortable with their current collection or rods, poles, seatboxes etc? I'm never happy. There's always a "grass is greener" thing going on in my head - wanting a different pole or rod collection than the one I have. Naturally all of the logos need to match for maximum OCD management as well! But being too matchy-matchy does me in too. I'm mental.

    That said, I am at last feeling fairly settled. I've had a bit of a reinvestment in gear this year (not that I've fished for 3 months!) and have taken a few steps back to the good old days. Or gone for things that I know (in theory) I can't moan to myself about. Through the years tackle obviously comes and goes, but some just niggle at you, like you really should own them. I tend to avoid top of the range kit as it leaves me nothing to aspire to.

    The problem is, these psychological war games I play with myself cost me a fortune. I've got 3 complete match setups at home! For the time being however, I am content.

    Does anybody else get this antsy, even over just one or two items? Is there an item of kit that you just can't get happy with or settle on?
     
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  2. Rick Baxter

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    yep - seatbox. current box is a Matchbox and whilst frame legs etc are fine the box part is falling to bits!

    want something light, with space for what I want to carry and that fits in the car allowing for 2 sets of kit to be carried. would probably have gone for Octbox 25mm version but when he relaunched the price-hike made it less attractive. I keep looking.
     
  3. george tamayo

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    i can only put it down to a mental health disorder, bit like cleptomania.
     
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  4. Hathers

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    My empty wallet controls those urges
     
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  5. Ben Field

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    Boxes have been a nightmare for me. Having looked around for quite a few years, I eventually got drawn to the Matrix ones for the value and quality. They're very good tbh. I've always wanted something light and small, but still stable. A big ask, but I'm very slim so have no need for a massive leg, wide frame setup. I always liked the idea of the Colmic Compact One from a few years ago, so bought one second hand recently. There are things that I'm modifying on it to suit - like replacing the legs so that it doesn't sit 10 feet off the ground even with the legs on the bottom setting, and I need to buy a couple of winder trays to increase the height, but it is pretty bang on. Nice that it fits more easily in the boot of the car too. I've got it nicely laid out with everything I need in there, for the limited range of venues I fish. I've been looking at the second hand market a lot more lately for those things that I always liked the look or feel of in the past. If I don't go for the latest models then again, I don't feel like I'm missing out when the next year comes around.
     
  6. Jeff D

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    I am never happy with the way I use my gear rather than the gear itself.
    Not a lot of it matches and quite a lot of it is second hand (thanks big si).
    Interesting to see people’s thoughts on seat boxes as mine is on the way out and needs replacing.
     
  7. Big Steve

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    Been there, done it, got the T-Shirt.
    My biggest problem now is all that bright shiny lure stuff that unscrupulous dealers reel you in with and keep offering more new shiny stuff ! LOL.

    By the way Ben, are the Spttin' Wires that you're not advertising just for mates or can I have some as well ?
     
  8. Ben Field

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    Haha! We only have a few and can’t get more till next August, so was saving them for the local chaps who come in the shop. Gimme a call on saturday if poss and I’ll sort you out with a couple though.
     
  9. Big Steve

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    Cheers Ben, expect a call Saturday and don't let them all go before then !!!
     
  10. buygoodtackle

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    Used to have 3 match boxes (1 from new and two second hand) set up to cover river, canal and lake. Got rid of all but one that I use for pleasure sessions at the local estate lake and got a D25 Octbox (before the price hike!). Best thing I ever did- bought a spare tray unit so I have trays stored for river, canal, commercial, lakes and can mix and match accordingly. Also bought a two draw deeper unit when I am just feeder fishing. Takes up a lot less room and is rock solid. Pole wise I am satisfied with my 2nd/3rd/4th hand Super League and Super Legion which are interchangeable and so have lots of spares, they may be old school but they suit me. Also have two Maver Metalic poles at 14.5m which I use on the local lake and rivers again one second hand and the other bought new as I was so impressed by the pole and I got a good deal!:)
     
  11. Ben Field

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    I keep considering new pole options. I have a Garbolino UK4 which is brilliant, but more pole than I realistically need. I also only fish for silvers. As a result, my head is currently settled on the 2 x 16m Milo 10-10 poles that I have with about 5 x 5 kits and a few extras. Helluva pole to be honest, even at 14.5m (I’ve not gone longer). It’s as stiff as the Garbo, but lighter and slimmer). It’s also nearly 20 years old! By going proper old school I figure I can’t get tempted to upgrade every year, and in reality it does absolutely everything I need it for. Just a bit sticky in the wet when bagging roach at range.
     
  12. Zinky

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    All fine with me just limit my Fox box to one draw keeping it light never use the foot plate.
    All my reels are dawia.
    Rods I just charge now and again after making sure I see a top class angler using them first.
    Just changed my hold-all to the small Drennan jobbie
    Most days fishing this summer has been on the feeder on natural waters so it’s a Drennan 2rod ready hold-all
    Did get a new pole last winter a MAP 501 which I find ok
    The best thing for me these days is park close to your peg with just short walks.

    As for TACKLE between my legs has never been much good but at my age it’s a bit 2 late for a change
     
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  13. Squeaky Roller

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    Not fished fresh water for a couple of years or so ..moving house and a lot of cba syndrome so this year I thought I get back into it..anyway updated a few things ..new pole rods and reels..luggage etc.. did think about changing my box as well...got an old milo 1100 see..but after speaking to a few people who have these new all singing and dancing very expensive named boxes.. and some of the breakages they have with them and wishing in some case's I might add, they wish they had never got rid of their old one... mine might showing its age now abit like me..there's nothing wrong with it ..it all works does exactly want I want it to do... and so does my old milo box.
     
  14. Fishmeister

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    Luggage is my weakness.
    I don't want to carry lots of small bags, too confusing what gear I've put in which bag as I seem to keep swapping things about.
    So I buy bigger bags and holdalls, struggle humping all the weight... and think about going back to small bags again!
    Never satisfied me...
     
  15. Ben Field

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    I think it's that same urge to thin down my kit that has made me even worse. In the old days I could manage with a box, netbag/carryall and a rod bag. THREE things! No need for a trolley, just chuck it on your back and walk... Especially since I rejoined an old club a couple of years ago. The matches are on old quarry pits and a lot of the paths aren't great so using a trolley is difficult - so need to walk. I have exactly the same cycle as you. I'll buy a smaller box, single carryall and new rod bag to slim things down, but then realise I'm just not happy once I'm at my peg being limited to such rations. Then I flip and feel like I should just take it all to ensure I have what I need (at the sacrifice of 10 extra minutes doing multiple trips from the car). Then having too much kit for what is realistically a tiny club match gets annoying again and I'm back to the idea of thinning things down again. There's no happy medium. Or it's hard to settle on at least. Especially once you get to the point where you have numerous items of luggage and box combinations that you can take for any match or session. You end up with too many options while what you really need is just one box, one bag etc etc that goes everywhere with you. At least that's what I'm working towards now anyway. I just need to sell the rest and life will be much easier.
     
  16. Fishmeister

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    Exactly that Ben; it's all or 'booger, wish I'd brought my waggler rod' kinda thing.
    I'll sometimes put 1 x tip rod and 1 x wag in the same double rigid rod bag which saves taking 2 rod bags. Cut back too much and I'll always regret not taking something. What I want is that 1 box, 1 bag you mention, but... Can it ever be achieved?