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Coarse and Match Seat Boxes

Combining comfort with convenience, a seat box is a pole angler’s best friend on the bank. To the carp angler (and even the coarse angler who favours a rod and reel) a seat box can be rather confusing. For starters, it is considerably more expensive than a traditional day chair and tackle box combination! However, for the match angler, the cost of the seat box is nothing compared to the value it provides on the bank and once you’ve tried out one of the top quality seat boxes that we stock you’ll never look back.

We stock seat boxes from all of the biggest match fishing brands in the business. This includes the likes of Maver, Preston and Matrix – all of which are brands dedicated to the art of coarse and match fishing. We also stock a full range of Rive seat boxes. Rive is one of the biggest names in continental match fishing and its range of seat boxes have been best sellers in Europe for a number of years. This isn’t even to mention the range of Daiwa seat boxes that we stock and, as the biggest stockist of Daiwa tackle in the UK, we’re proud to offer exceptional deals across our collection. With so many top end products to choose from, we thought we’d give you a little run down of the kind of options we have available, as well as some of the reasons why a seat box is such a beloved element of the match angler’s armoury.

The first thing that you’ll notice about all the seat boxes in our range is their padded seat. If you’re going to be sat on the bank for hours on end, the least you can expect to be is comfortable. The padding used varies from seat box to seat box and you’ll find dense memory foam as well as gel seat options in our collection. The type of seat that you find most comfortable will usually depend on your own personal preferences, as well as the amount of time you tend to spend sat at the bank. Nine times out of 10, you’ll be able to find a pole heel in the seat of your box, too. This is used for resting the end of your pole in, either when it is fully shipped out and supported by an additional pole holder or, more commonly, when you’ve shipped in your pole and need both hands free in order to unhook your fish. A small portion of the seat boxes in our range will use this padded seat as a lid to the entire box, under which you’ll find a single large compartment. However, this is far more commonly seen on sea fishing seat boxes rather than coarse and match fishing options – although this style of seat box would be an excellent introductory option for the junior or novice angler.

It is far more common to see a multi-compartmental drawer and tray set up under the seat of the box and you’ll notice that the vast majority of the seat boxes that we stock use this format. This is because this style of storage allows you to access your terminal tackle whilst you’re still sat on the bank, in situ, rather than having to stand and potentially readjust your pole in order to start prepping an alternative setup. Most of the seat boxes we stock will come supplied with a combination of drawers and trays, although you might find that some favour one setup over the other. Either way, we’ll always supply a range of trays and drawers designed for each of the seat boxes in our collection in order to provide you with a completely customisable setup – you can find all of these in our collection of seat box accessories and we’ll talk about some of the other accessory options in a little more detail shortly.

These drawers and trays are all purpose designed for the storage of match fishing terminal tackle. This includes the likes of specialist items such as floats and winders, as well as any hooks, line, or other items that you might want to have to hand on the bank. These drawers and trays will come in a variety of sizes, although usually you’ll have the choice between a 30mm and a 60mm setup. This refers to the depth of the drawer and your choice will depend on the size of the tackle that you’re looking to bring down to the bank. If you’re looking to make the most of your match fishing then you’re going to want to ensure that these drawers are heavily populated with all your terminal tackle items. These allow you to make modifications to your rig or even your angling style whilst on the bank, ensuring that you’re as adaptable as possible. Being able to capitalise on every change at the bank must be one of your biggest assets as a match angler and it is the only way that you’re going to be able to keep the fish at your peg (and away from your neighbour’s).

Drawers and trays are only the beginning of your on-bank storage potential with a top quality seat box, however, and the vast majority of our seat boxes offer the potential for various accessories to be attached to them. One of the most popular accessories that you’ll find in our range is the side tray. These are large and flat trays which are perfect for the on-bank construction of your rigs and you’ll find that some of the seat boxes in our collection already come with integrated side trays. These allow you to manufacture rigs that are purpose designed for the unfolding water conditions in front of you whilst still allowing you to keep an eye out on your pole over the water – ensuring that you never miss an indication. Some of the seat boxes in our range with also come supplied with pre-integrated pole support systems. These help to provide additional support to your pole – which is vital if you’re fishing with a fully extended 16m – and they ensure that your setup is perfectly positioned over the water at all times. This pole support system can either come in the form of a front bar, a side hook, or both. Whichever option you choose, it pays to make sure it is manufactured from a ribbed foam, whether that has multiple ribbings in order to position your pole in a variety of manners or simply a single indent to hold your pole on the perfect position. This ribbing ensures that your pole cannot roll around on the support and the foam construction ensures that it won’t sustain any damage when it is not supported in your hands. Other accessories that you can invest in to complement your match fishing setup include the likes of brolly arms, feeder arms, and even bait bowls to house all your coarse and match bait close to hand – you can browse the full range in our category which is dedicated to coarse and match seat box accessories.

Seat boxes are not only designed with practicality in mind, however. They are also designed with the angler’s comfort as a top priority, too, and we have already touched upon this with our discussion of the padded seat on the box. The vast majority of seat boxes that we stock will have more than simply this as their comfort feature. Indeed, you’ll also find that the vast majority of the seat boxes that we stock will have been fitted with telescopic legs. These allow you to modify and adjust the height of your box, ensuring that you can achieve a 90 degree angle between your thigh and your shin when you sit – giving you the most comfortable and stable base for your angling. This ensures that you can lean in whichever manner you need without worrying that you’re going to topple your setup or cause yourself harm. This height adjustment is also perfect for the taller angler who is fed up with having to sit hunched uncomfortably on their seat box. Most of the seat boxes that we stock will have these telescopic legs finished with mud feet. Also known as swivel feet, these are broad round feet which help to better spread the weight of the seat box over the ground. This prevents it from sinking in muddy conditions and it ensures that you can always enjoy the kind of stability in your setup that you’d demand as a dedicated match angler.

Finally, you’ll also find that the vast majority of our seat boxes come fitted with their very own footplates. Sometimes referred to as a footrest, these platforms were invented for anglers who started their match fishing career angling on the banks of rivers, which would often flood leaving the ground around them waterlogged year round. Footplates allowed anglers to get as close to the water’s edge as they demanded – without having to worry about getting their feet wet. Today, although you’ll find that the most used match fishing venues will have created small platforms at the pegs in order to reduce the risk of wet feet, many anglers still prefer to include a footplate in their seat box setup. Most footplates are adjustable too. This will either mean that their height or their angle can be changed depending on your needs, allowing you to put your weight through your feet when you need to.

Now that you’ve assessed the key features of your seat box, it might be worth checking the material from which your seat box is manufactured, too. You’ll find that aluminium is by far and away the most popular choice in the seat boxes that we stock. This is because it is generally considered to be both lightweight and durable – two qualities which are essential to consider when you’re looking to invest in your seat box. After all, not only can a seat box be a large investment that you’ll want to last throughout your match fishing career, but you’re also going to be filling it up with tackle items. This can quickly add weight to your seat box and if it has a heavy frame to begin with it might quickly become impossible to transport it to and from your peg when fully loaded. An aluminium frame ensures that you can always get the tackle you need to and from the bank with ease.

After you’ve decided which features are most important to you, you might also be somewhat concerned about the price tag on your seat box. Here, at Angling Direct, we’re proud to say that we cater for all budgets across the spectrum – ensuring that you can get the gear you need without causing too much strain on your wallet. We even use a price checker system against a whole host of products in our range in order to ensure that you don’t need to shop around for your product; if you see the red ‘price checked’ sticker on the product page you can be confident that you’re getting the best deal on the market today. We also understand that a seat box is an investment piece that you’re likely to use for the entirety of your match fishing career and, as such, it pays to get the setup of your dreams from day one. This is why we have introduced our Direct Credit scheme on all orders over £300. This is a finance service which offers a fixed monthly repayment scheme on all interest-free and low-interest purchases. Direct Credit ensures that you can get the tackle you need when you need it, so you never feel left behind or let down by substandard equipment on the bank.

If you have any further questions about our Direct Credit system, any of the seat boxes in our range, or any aspect of our ordering process, please do not hesitate to call our customer services team. Our team want you to be able to make the most of your match fishing with one of the top quality coarse and match fishing seat boxes in we stock, but all advice is completely without obligation so do feel free to pick our team’s brains before taking the time to mull over your decision in order to ensure that you’re able to enjoy the benefits of your perfect seat box setup.