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Fishing Tackle Award Winners in 2018

Fishing Tackle Award Winners in 2018

20 December 2018

2018 was a great year for fishing tackle, with releases from 14 of the different brands we stock winning plaudits. Here, we showcase the products available from Harris Sportsmail that won winner and runner up prizes from EFTTEX, AFTA and Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards in 2018.

Line & Hooks

Berkley X9 Braid 300m (Low visibility green and fluorescent green)

Best Line winner at AFTA 2018 and Best Braid runner up at EFTTEX 2018

This line goes further than 8 carrier braids, with an extra strand. This 9 carrier braid travels smoothly through the rod guides for an even better cast, and the PE core keeps it durable.

ESP Cryogen Gripper Barbless

Best Hooks winner at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

The Cryogen manufacturing process improves the hook strength by 25%. This range already dominates the carping world and the Gripper barbless pattern is becoming a new favourite.

Lures & Baits

Rapala Super Shadow Rap

Best Hard Lure winner at EFTTEX 2018

While the colour patterns are realistic and varied, the real strength of the Super Shadow Rap is the action. It kicks to the side and then fades off, mimicking a dying fish which your catch thinks is an easy meal.

Savage Gear 3D Snake (20cm and 30cm)

Best Hard Lure runner up at EFTTEX 2018

Based on a scan of a real snake, this baby snake imitation is built with unique cable joints. It swims with a wide S action on the surface or just below, easily grabbing the attention of nearby fish.

Savage Gear 4D Line Thru Pike

Best Soft Lure winner at EFTTEX 2018

If you want to land a big, fierce fish, try tempting it with a smaller pike. Like the 3D snake, it’s made from a 3D scan of the real thing, but the Line Thru Pike also has an added DNA scent.

Rapala X-Rap Peto

Best Soft Lure runner up at EFTTEX 2018

Rapala took their classic X-Rap lure and added a colour-matched soft tail to create a seamless hybrid lure. This slow sinker is therefore equally as effective as a plug or a pike jig.

Sticky Baits oil ranges (Cap-Oil, Pure Hemp Oil and Pure Salmon Oil)

Best Carp Bait runner up at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

While there are many glugs on the market, Angling Times voters seem to appreciate Sticky Baits’ new water-soluble oils because of how well they work on PVA bags as well as hookbaits.

Rods

Drennan Acolyte Ultra float rod (12ft)

Best Float Rod winner at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

This rod is pencil-thin and only 138g (4.9oz), which is why it’s so crisp and responsive. Despite that, it can still cope with the bigger fish in rivers and lakebeds.

Greys GR100 (Casting and Spin)

Best Rod runner up at EFTTEX 2018

The GR100 range uses blanks made from 3M Powerlux, a unique nano resin that makes the carbon stronger without adding extra weight. They top it off with a genuine Fuji reel seat and sleek visuals.

Greys Xlerate (Abbreviated handle, cork handle, duplon handle, Japanese shrink wrap handle and spod + marker hybrid)

Best Carp Rod runner up at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

Angling Times called this “Greys’ most advanced carp rod range to date”, highlighting the massive casting potential of the blank along with the responsiveness. Xlerate rods come in a wide variety of handles.

Hardy HBX Rod (DH, Switch DH, AWS and FWS)

Best Fly Rod runner up at EFTTEX 2018

One of the newest ranges to have won an award, you won’t find these in most tackle shops until 2019. Luckily, you can get the unparalleled line feel, accuracy and strength of these SINTRIX 440-built rods right now from us.

Reels

Shimano Ultegra 5500 XTD

Best Carp/Specimen Reel winner at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

This big pit reel is built with many of Shimano’s latest and most premium technologies, including the smooth and durable Hagane gear system and a double bearing-supported pinion gear which Shimano calls ‘X-Ship’.

Hardy HBX Reel

Best New Fly Reel at EFTTEX 2018

Handcrafted in Alnwick, England, this premium reel is saltwater-safe, but just as capable in freshwater. In fact, you can use freshwater to completely flush the low maintenance drag systems in one of Hardy's all-time best fly reels.

Abu Garcia Revo 4 Beast

Best Multiplier Reel runner up at EFTTEX 2018

The latest Revo Beast is small, but has a 30lb (13.6kg) maximum drag. The 7+1 stainless steel bearings and Duragear keep it resistant to corrosion and friction, while the dual brake system is a revelation in casting.

Shelters & Luggage

Trakker Tempest Brolly V2

Best Shelter winner at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

This waterproof brolly is probably the easiest one to set up. The anti-twist pole system means all the poles always stay upright and the external ribs maximise the space inside.

Fox Ultra 60 (Khaki, Camo, Khaki System, Camo System)

Best Shelter runner up at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

Made from Fox’s own waterproof Ventec ripstop material, the Ultra 60 brollies have an internal vapour shield to reduce condensation, along with 4 back ribs for extra stability.

Guru Fusion (110, 150, 210, 300, 400 and 400 + 300)

Best Luggage winner at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

The Fusion range includes every type of luggage an angler would want, all eye-catching in Guru’s signature black and orange, while being water-resistant and durable.

Drennan Specialist (20 litre, 30 litre and 40 litre)

Best Luggage runner up at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

Drennan’s update range of Specialist luggage is ideal for big-fish anglers, who’ll appreciate the extra pockets, waterproof base and compact design. The durable 600D fabric means Specialist luggage will be a reliable partner on the swim for years.

Gadgets

Fox Micron RX+ bite alarms

Best Tech/Gadget/Accessory winner at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

Simply the best bite alarm on the market. The RX+ is packed with cutting edge functionality, including the D-Tec Plus Sensing System with full sensitivity control.

TF Gear Airbomb

Best Tech/Gadget/Accessory runner up at Angling Times’ National Angling Tackle Awards 2018

This ‘Shotgun Baiting’ device opens in mid-air, spreading bait in any pattern you want. It confuses nuisance birds and bait-eating pests, but falls well away from the baited area, so the fish won’t get scared off.