Specialist fishing equipment is fishing tackle and accessories designed to be used by those that partake in the hunt for specimen fish. Although it is now a commonly used term in angling, ‘specialist’ angling only really broke out into the mainstream about 15 years ago.
Of course there have always been specialist anglers but it was really the Carp fishing scene that was responsible for its introduction to the media. Once the media got hold of it, there was no shortage of traditional fishing equipment manufacturers and new start up companies just waiting to jump on the band wagon. The manufactures know that where the term ‘specialist’ is involved they can make some money, and so the niche of specialist angling product was created.
There is a fantastic range of fishing tackle now available to suit carp anglers, cat fish anglers and in fact any other species specific based angler. Aside from the actual basic tackle (rod, reel and line) there is a multitude of specialist equipment available. There is a common theme that has been adopted by the manufacturers of this equipment – generally speaking it’s all produced in olive drab or black material. Some are even produced in military like camouflage.
There are Bivvies for example, these are in essence very similar to tents but usually designed for one man and there fishing equipment. They are produced in drab colours to blend in with there surroundings to not disturb any wary fish.
There are also bed chairs and normal fishing chairs that do not convert in to a bed. These chairs and bed chairs are the Rolls Royce’s of your normal camping chairs, featuring adjustable legs, adjustable foot and back rests and have heavily padded sprung seating. You can get sleeping bags designed specifically to for fishing use, with the base of it reinforced with nylon so you can sit on it with your boots on.
You can get rod holdalls that allow you to store your fishing rods with the reel in place. All you need to do when you get to your swim is piece the rod together and you’re ready to go.
There are barrows that allow you to transport all of your specialist kit to your swim easily, without having to make multiple journeys. Once it has served its purpose it then folds up for ease of transportation.
Above are just a few examples of the sorts of specialist fishing equipment available. There is a bewildering amount and you can almost spend more time deciding what to buy than actually fishing!