After our pre-show fish (see here), Matt and I arrived at the hall ready for Tackle and Guns 2014. I was keen to see all the new products I could and meet up with some like minded anglers, as well as help out where I can on the Lure Heaven UK stand.
There seemed to be a real buzz in the air as we entered and everyone seemed very positive, I would say more so than last year. I think part of the buzz was from a new addition to the show in the form of a big raised lure testing tank. I had heard rumours of a tank being present but I wasn't expecting it to be a cool as it was. I certainly didn't expect to see perch and pike in it.
Whoever had the idea for a tank like this is pure genius. Not only did it excite people and create a good buzz, it also gave distributors and manufactures a chance to demo their lures as well as retailers a chance to see them work. The tank also helped to keep people in the area and encouraged them to check out the stands thoroughly.
Lure Heaven UK
The observant of you would have noticed the signs on the lure tank and those of you on Facebook will probably have seen pictures popping up from time to time promoting a new venture from DHP in the form of a dedicated lure fishing e-magazine. I've said for sometime that the UK needs a dedicated lure magazine rather than a few pages and the odd article wedged in between the 'how to improve your pennel rig' and 'pendulum casting for beginners'. I was lucky enough to meet up with Steve Phillips and get a sneak peak of the first issue. The combination of great content, awesome photos, sleek modern look and a truly awesome layout is going to set this mag in good stead. I really am quite excited about this and I'm looking forward to having a good read of the first issue after it is released in the not too distant future.
As always when I attend these events, there was something shiny that caught my eye. The UK lure scene definitely has some huge Shimano and Daiwa fans when it comes to reels, myself included. Some are split one way and others like myself like both. As always though I like to keep an open mind. One series of reels in particular caught my eye and on closer inspection I began to like them more and more.
I am of course talking about the Quantum reels and the flagship model, Exo. Smooth as you like, light weight and durable with the toughest bail arm I have ever seen but is it enough? Aimed primarily at the freshwater anglers this reel is huge in America and goes through some very vigorous testing but I think the Shimano and Daiwa boys will take some convincing. I'm already convinced the reels are about as tough as they come but will they withstand the test of time?
The baitcaster is equally tough if not tougher and just as smooth and light. I think this will be a brand to watch here in the UK over the next few years. Check out some of their videos of the tests these reels have been through.
The saltwater guys will be please to know they also do a saltwater model called the Smoke PT.
I'll be interested to here from anyone that's been using these reels, especially for a season or more and has any thoughts on them.
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