The Illex Pepper was the first modern UL rod we fell in love with when we saw the original model back in 2011. For some reason neither of us has ever bought one. I can’t tell you why. It’s been like a scratch that needed to be itched. And then last year Chris, a good friend of ours did the deed.
So four years on, Illex have reworked the Pepper. Read more
I really liked this compact lure wallet found tucked away on the Daiwa stand. Right up my street. Double sided. On one side, under a Velcro flap, are three pockets that look to be perfect size to hold more than enough soft-plastic packets for a session. Unzipping the other side reveals a foam pad for holding jigheads, hardbaits and metals. Plus there’s an internal mesh pocket for accessories and leader, etc. Read more
There’s been a lot of interest in the Daiwa ISO telescopic net handle since I highlighted it in my 2014 Gear of the Year. New for 2015 is a shorter 3.60m version. I was lucky enough to fondle one at the show and it was noticeably lighter (480g vs 720g) – weight being the only negative I could raise about my 5.90m model.
It’s also more compact. Only 44cm when closed. It’s a really nice tool if you can get away with a 3.60m net where you fish.