Sunday, 22 November 2009

Single Strand Titanium Spin Traces For Sale

Whilst at the PAC Convention in September, I was introduced to a ground-breaking new wire that was just about to be introduced to the market by Andy Lush and E.T. Products. Well known and respected Pike angler James Gardner had been using the same 50lb trace for almost 18 months; only having to replace the heavy duty link via a split ring at the end of his trace a couple of times in that period. The wire itself was still virtually as new.
With dozens of pike being caught on just one trace, I could see that even though this wire is ruddy expensive at £11 for 15ft; this was an incredible wire that was almost totally kink-resistant and would outlast any other wire available on the market today. Making up for it's initial cost with the number of pike that could be landed on just one trace. I was so impressed with the look and feel of the wire, that I bought a spool of it there and then f4from Andy and made up three 18" spinning traces to take to the International with me.
Throughout that long weekend at Bridgwater of the Thursday through to the Monday, I used just the one 30lb trace landing pike to 13lbs 07 which tail-walked and gyrated non-stop throughout the fight. A normal trace might have lasted me a couple of fish before I had to replace it, but not so with this wire. At the end of 4 days of fishing, the trace still looked and felt like new. Not a mark on it!
Now you all know that I really enjoy trace making, so I decided to splash out on a few spools of the stuff along with a quantity of quality fittings; and I have been busy building a quantity of 18" Spinning Traces in 20 & 30lb breaking strains with a choice of quality Coast-Lock swivels or Kwik Change Link swivel fittings. All traces come finished with a trace crimp sleeve fitted to the top swivel to give a professional finish. The wire is impossible to twist, so all traces are hand crimped using Mick Willis Professional Crimping Pliers (The best there are available at any price).
These traces will be available for purchase at the cost of £3.50 for one trace inclusive of packing and postage, or £10 for three. Absolutely every single penny of profit made from the sale of these traces will be donated to the BPS funds, to help us towards covering some of the costs of sending the team to Ireland next year.
This range of traces will be added to shortly with some superior quality Ball Bearing Swivel Coast-Lock 30lb traces, which will cost £4 for one trace, or £11 for three. I will also be making up a number of 14" 50lb traces with equally high-strength quality swivels and links for use with large lures or baits.
A range of 7-Strand economy traces are also now available, with a 20lb Duo-Lock clip trace retailing for £1.25 for one trace, or £5 for 5 (Both inclusive of postage). A 30lb Screw-Lock version costs £1.50 each or 4 for £5.
Traces that are available to purchase so far are:

20lb Wire - E.T. Coast-Lock Link / Titanium Wire.
20lb Wire - Fox Kwik Change Links / Titanium Wire.
30lb Wire - E.T. Coast-Lock Link / Titanium Wire.
30lb Wire - Fox Kwik Change Links / Titanium Wire.

20lb Wire - Duo-Lock Link / 7 Strand Wire.
30lb Wire - Screw-Lock Link / 7 Strand Wire.

As traces are sold, I will up-date my stocks of traces so that I can keep a steady supply of traces available for prompt postage.
If you are interested, then drop me an email at with your requirements. Included in the picture are (Left) 20lb Single Strand Titanium Wire Trace with E.T Cross-Lock Link and (Right) 30lb Single Strand Titanium Wire Trace with Fox Kwik-Change Link.
Please make all cheques payable to either "M J Skipper" or "The British Pike Squad". and post your order directly to me at:

Mike Skipper
38 Appledore Close
East Sussex
BN23 7JE

Friday, 13 November 2009

Set Lines Discovered

Those attending last weekend's Practice session on possible waters to host next years Team Selection Final, discovered a number of set lines on the waters they fished. Baits attached to these were still alive and fresh, so they can't have been set long before the boys arrived in the area.
It really is time that action is taken, with severe penalties being actioned to stop the rot before our wildlife is destroyed forever.
Here's a couple of pictures of what they found.....

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Our Eastern European Friends?

Alan Hickson showed us this shot taken on the Kings Sedgemoor Drain back at the International.

Well at least it's not a pike; but still shocking to say the least. There can be no doubt at all that it's been well and truly butchered by a gang out to make a profit and fill their freezers.

Monday, 9 November 2009

BPS Website

After listening to most of your grunts and groans, I have taken on board your comments and re-built the British Pike Squad website. It now allows you to open links and the forum as separate pages, so you can get back to the website with ease.
I am still in the process of adding more photos to the site, and am looking for a few extra articles as well. So come on you budding authors and get typing.