You can’t truly call yourself a carp publication until Julian Cundiff has penned something for you, so we asked the short-session king to lift the lid on his tackle box.
“Some of these items are 20 years old,” said the genial northerner as he popped the lid and let us have a nosey around.
Here, in his own words, are what’s inside Julian Cundiff’s tackle box…
1: Shot to balance my pop ups with. I know what size of shot balances what size of pop-up. There’s also some silicon sleeves for my multi rig booms.
2: Two varieties of PVA tape for stringers and long hairs.
3: Electrical tape for clipping up, and thin PVA tape.
4: Torch, spare superglue, ear plugs for anglers who snore when I am trying to relax on overnighters, and spare putty that I use on braided hooklengths to sink them.
5: The all-important notebook where I make notes about replenishing items, things to do etc. And braid blades.
6: Two boxes of essentials. Shot, hair stops, silicon etc.
7: Metalware. All my swivels, links, big-ring swivels, bait screws and my lucky 10p I found when I caught Decade at 49lb 6oz at Nashy’s lakes. There are also crimps, large shot for overshotted pop-ups and small silicon.
8: The odds and sods I have built up and can't bear to lose! The alarm clock in case my mobile phone fails at 5am, JAG eyepiece, needles for all types of baits and a lucky black rabbit keepsake!
9: Forceps for removing hooks safely and testing knots. Two lighters, crimping pliers and long stringer needle.
10: Disgorger for deep hook holds, laser pen for presentations (cough!), pen blade sharpening tool and marker for dulling hooklengths.