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Occasionally I see something that might (or might not) be worth keeping an eye on. Cheaper rods in particular it's nice to spot one or 2 as they quietly start to roll in. These aren't necessarily new, but the fact that they exist shows that hopefully things are moving....

In the sub £100 range I've recently seen a few like there:

- Berkley Pulse (http://www.monsterfishing.co.uk/acatalo ... _rods.html). 124g is very lightweight for a sub £100 rod!

- Okuma Salina Seaspin (http://www.nwac.co.uk/products/Okuma_Sa ... 8-664.html)

There are more (Cormoran, Grauvell etc), but it's just nice to see that the Bushwhacker isn't the only options these days. 12 months ago, if you were spending less than £120 the automatic recommendation would be the Bushwhacker! Daiwa Powermesh X Spin will soon be joining those too.

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I like Berkley rods :jump: :jump:

In fact, for some of my trout fishing back in Norway I’m still using use a few Berkley Lightning rods that I purchased around 15 years ago, and they are still going strong.

I’m also definitely looking forward to a closer look at the new Daiwa rods :) :)
 

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Well spotted, Ben - they both look nice, especailly the Berkley rod. Now, if you spent more time on that website of yours than surfing for MORE tackle....
 

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Tim Griffin said:
Well spotted, Ben - they both look nice, especailly the Berkley rod. Now, if you spent more time on that website of yours than surfing for MORE tackle....
LOL, I call it "research" Tim!! :muttley:
 

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Off topic for a second, but Ben, what exactly is going to be on your website when you have it completed? Have been interested for a while since hearing about it!

I am expecting it to be one of the best on the web with the amount of time you've put in....;-)
 

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Mark Sleep said:
Off topic for a second, but Ben, what exactly is going to be on your website when you have it completed? Have been interested for a while since hearing about it!

I am expecting it to be one of the best on the web with the amount of time you've put in....;-)
LOL, hopefully it will be!!

The main part (that is finished) is the tackle section. This is pretty much just a massive directory of lures, rods, reels etc etc etc. Everything we need and use. Combined with that is a bunch of 'real-life' reviews on how - lures for example - work and react in the water - in real fishing situations. As well as me adding my own ratings and writing reports, there is a slightly simpler version of the rating system that ALL users can use. Remember the 'rating categories; I was asking about a while back? Well, you (as members) can rate all lures, rods, reels etc on a number of qualities. The totals are added up to display a rating for each product so we can all see which ones the better products are. And not just that, but the individual ratings on each category for any product will give potential buyrs a very good idea about the lure/rod/reel they're interested in purchasing. The whole idea of the tackle section really is to give an angler an idea of what to expect from a product - before they buy it.

The second part is the 'blog' type area. Poeple can take it with as much seriousness as they wish, but all of the stuff is there for people to add their own fishing diaries. They can opt to show them to the public (no locations listed), or keep them totally to themselves. There is plenty of scientific stuff for those who are interested to enter (moon, tides, swell directions, water temps etc etc) so that with a few stats building up, there is a section where you can view your own catches plotted against various graphs (of the things just mentioned). So you'll be able to judge for yourself when you are catching most, and perhaps it'll help you figure out why?! If that makes sense. If I can get permission from the angler to plot their results against the results of others, potentially we could build up a huge number of 'not quite' scientific results. Alongside the more advanced stuff though, there is the 'simple' version for people just to write about and display a few pictures of their catches. Basically, all of the options are there to enable people to take it as seriously (or not) as they want to!

Then there are plenty of other bits like 'events' (when we have some more), news (or anything that I find interesting and think I should tell people about) and there's a whole messaging and comments section for members to use too. And there's no ruling it out as being an information/how to site as well - as soon as I feel like I've been at it long enough to give advice. It really is a massive site!!

Hope that all makes sense? I'm waffling a bit.
 

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Bushwacker

Quatum Energy Bass

Cormoran TR4

Cormoran ITO CRANK
 

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Yeah, I think both are still a bit over £100. As is the Ito Crank? They do all nudge it though.
 

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Cheers Alex. Count yourself in. Although what I'll probably do is open it up to lureforum members before it goes much further, and it'll be everybodies job to try and break it! .... then I can spend 6 months fixing it before its general release!! LOL. Joking. Hopefully there won't be too many problems with it. I've been using it myself for the past 6 months+. Although its a shame I haven't finished the blog section yet. Thats one bit that with the past 6 months catches, could be looking quite interesting by now!
 

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Yep, absolutely. Could do absolutely anything with it. Its all custom built, from scratch, so I can do whatever I like with it. Although I would keep it free for anglers.
 
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