Before Xmas my trusty old bag finally died (who said Sheena?… How dare you!!!). No it was my roving/stalking bag. We had shared many good years bankside in all weathers and to be honest both of us were looking worse for wear and it was touch and go as to which one of us would expire first. Luckily for me it was my old bag. So a replacement was required and much researching was done. The replacement had to fit the following criteria.
1/ Waterproof and rugged
2/ Big enough to accommodate all the essential tackle but not too big as to get filled with pointless stuff that gets carried around for years, just in case, without ever being used.
I settled on the Diawa Wilderness Game Bag No4. (£29.99 from Uttings of Norwich) http://www.uttings.co.uk
Now I am well aware that a blog review of a bag will probably be as dull as dishwater so what I thought I’d do is show you the bag and what I use it to carry, so here goes.
The bag has a couple of useful side pockets.
In these I have my scales and spare batteries and the other side holds my small yet powerful power pack. both in plastic bags for protection from the elements.
The front of the bag has two further small pockets each with a magnetic flap. These contain the following; one side has my metal tin “Ashtray” (why do people insist on flicking their tab ends in the water?) my spare torches, and most importantly some sustenance should I get peckish.
The other side holds my selection of hooks, spools of Flourocarbon hooklink and some split shot.
Behind these pockets is a long shallow pocket that quite nicely takes my tackle box.
The main compartment is plenty big enough for the remaining essentials such as bait boxes, a flask, rag, and my unhooking mat sits nicely on top. This largest compartment also has a good quality detachable waterproof lining.
At the rear of the bag is one further slim pocket with a zipper. This holds my poncho which is vital should I get caught in an unexpected downpour.
I also carry other items that I have found invaluable.
A bungee cord with clips. This is a fantastic addition ro a river stalkers kit and has many uses. for example – yesterday I fished a swim where there was a long branch crossing at about 9ft high preventing me from lifting my rods up. I hooked this with my landing net and secured it to the trunk using this bungee. in 30 seconds I had made a comfortable swim out of an unfishable one. You will find many uses for a bungee.
Also in my bag is a small tripod that holds my phone. This in conjunction with the “Whistle camera app” enables you to capture better pictures. This tripod performs another vital role as a torch holder. As regular readers of my blogs will have spotted, when Chub fishing, I like to fish into dark, thus making the most of the “Golden Hour”, that wonderful time when dusk turns to dark and the fish bite. My quiver tips are painted white and the tripod holds a small and not very bright torch which is just powerful enough to light up the tips without illuminating the opposite bank and fields for miles as the super powerful ones seem to do. The other bonus of this fantastically crap little torch from Halfords, is the battery life is 20+ hours unlike the 1/2 hours you get from the powerful ones.
Here is a bit of advice – if you use this torch set up always position the torch low and downstream of you with the beam pointing upstream so it is not visible to the fish you are trying to catch. While we are on the subject of light I also carry this handy little lantern which I hang on a bankstick near my left shoulder. This provides enough light for baiting up etc. Note the tape blocking off light to one side again so as not to be visible for the fish.
One other thing I would like to recommend are these tubs.
These are called Lock N Lock and are only a few quid from places such as the Range,. They come in various sizes and are fantastic for holding most of your favourite Chub delicacies.
The other great thing about these boxes is when you get home from a session they can easily just be put in the freezer ready for the next trip.
So, there we have it my roving bag, and all it contains. So far I am impressed with the quality and and usability. Maybe I will review it again in 10 years to report on its durability, but for now its ‘So far so good’
What do you have in your bag? any tips on vital bits of kit I may be missing?
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Happy Chub hunting.