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No matter your discipline, terminal tackle really is the business end of any angler’s set up as it is the first bit of kit that will come into direct contact with your fish. We, here at Angling Direct stock a huge range of gear for constructing your perfect terminal tackle setup and hook your next personal best fish.

Hooks

Hooks are classified based on their size, with the smallest hook having the largest number and the biggest hook the smallest number which is universal across all freshwater angling. Sea fishing hooks are even bigger and increase in single digits. These are written as fractions known as ‘aughts’. Picking a hook that is the right size for the fish you are targeting is extremely important as a hook too big won’t be able to fit in its mouth but too small, and the hook won’t hold or even risk hurting the fish. Consideration of bait is also wise when picking a hook.

You also have the gape of the hook to consider, which is the distance between the shank of the hook and the point. A hook with a larger gape might be preferable when you’re tackling a larger fish or when presenting a bulkier bait. You also have the choice of the traditional barbed hook or a more fish-friendly barbless hook. If you’re sea fishing or predator fishing you might also want to consider using a multi-hook, which has two or three points. Brands like Drennan, Korda, and Preston all sell well.

Feeders

A popular technique when carp and coarse fishing, using feeders allows you to position your hook bait when tackling commercial waters. Method feeders are a tear-drop shape and sport a number of ridges that hold a compact groundbait or pellet mix in place. Method feeders are relatively easy to cast, thanks to their aerodynamic shade, and allow for a quick release of baits due to their open-top design. We also stock cage feeders which are more traditional yet popular because of their versatility and your control over the speed at which your bait gets let into the swim.

Floats

Float fishing requires a high-quality float to help to keep your rig on the surface of the water and suspend your rig mid-way through the water column, allowing you to tackle fish at a great range of depths. Floats are also used for bottom fishing when you want to ensure clear bite indication. This type of angling isn’t limited to coarse fishing, either, or it is ideal for use when you’re pike fishing with dead bait, too. One of the big advantages of float fishing is the bite indication, as it is clear to see when bright orange or red tip of a float bobs below the surface after a take. We stock a variety of float shapes from pencils, dumpy wagglers and sliders.

Rigs and Rig Bits

Whether you want to craft your own or use a ready-made setup, we have a huge range of rig choice for you. There are loads of different styles of rig, each with their own benefits and downfalls and best suited to a specific form of fishing. Some examples of different rig names that you’ll see banded around are zig rig, chod rig, pop-up rig, pennel rig, and trace rigs. We have a range of putties, hair stops, bait bands, beads, lead clips, float stops, and much more to allow you to tailor your rig, making sure that you can experience success on the bank.

Leads

One of the most important editions to you rig setup is your lead, as this helps your rig to sink quickly. This is essential if you’re targeting fish which feed on the bottom as you need your bait in position as soon as possible to increase chances of a catch. There are loads of different lead options out there, such as backleads which help create a slackline when carp fishing on an uneven lake or river bed. You’ve also got grip leads which are best on tackling fast-flowing rivers or steep-sided marginal slopes. Pear leads are ideal for distance fishing. Square pears are perfect for bolt rig fishing and mid-range work.

Leaders, Tubing, Swivels, and Links

Leaders are the sections of line that attach your rig section to the rest of your mainline and tend to be of a more abrasive material than your mainline. Leaders come in different breaking strains, too light and your leader could snap, losing you fish but potentially saving your leads and mainline. Too heavy and the leader could lose you you're mainline and cause a hook pull, but it is less likely to be weakened by fish with teeth. Tubing is essential in preventing your line from damaging the fish and modern tubing technology ensures that you can benefit from a supple and camouflaged edition to your terminal tackle setup.

Swivels and links allow you to create your own rig setup more precisely, allowing you to modify your rig to your exacting needs. A swivel will allow the independent movement of one section of your rig from the other, whereas a link generally keeps everything moving together as it doesn’t allow for as much twist and rotation.

Spods

Spods are essentially rocket-shaped containers that can hold a huge number of boilies. Spod rockets are quickly becoming a must-have baiting accessory for the distance fishing carp angler, ensuring accurate distribution of bait. Using a specialist spod rod you can launch your rocket of bait as far as your hook bait can go, better than a throwing stick or catapult.

PVA Products

PVA is a water-soluble material which is usually supplied in a mesh form and is used for bait presentation and distribution. This is a particularly popular tactic in carp fishing.

Our range also includes isotopes, for low light level fishing; hooks-to-nylon; knot tyers, for anglers with clumsy fingers; pole elastic; and crimps.