British based lure company HTO have just launched a whole host of new light lure products on to the market including rods, luggage and a new street fishing telescopic net handle.
HTO have always been a go to brand for good quality rods for LRF and light lure fishing tactics and their Rockfish range has been the leading entry level range of rods in these categories for some time. So when the HTO guys bring out a new rod range that fits in a similar niche, then it’s time to sit up and take notice.
There are three rods in the new Aikido range. The shortest is a 6 foot solid tip number that’s rated 0.2g – 6g that should be ideal for genuine LRF species hunt work and chasing perch or trout especially in overgrown locations where a longer rod my prove cumbersome. Next up is a 7ft model that is tubular tipped and rated 1-5g and will be perfect for canal work and LRF from piers and harbours where a bit of extra reach can be very useful. Finally there is a 7’6″ version that is rated 1-11g that looks like being the best model for specimen perch, canal zander and light wrasse work.
The rods have a nice red and black livery and if they prove to offer the same value for money that the Rockfish range has delivered over the years then they are set to be immensely popular.
Landing Net Handle
When the original JDM Daiwa ISO super compact, super long telescopic landing net handles hit the European market a few years back they were a must have item for serious street fishing. Most of the time they were actually longer and therefore heavier than was needed, particularly for canal fishing and at around £80 a pop they weren’t the cheap either. Since then we have seen more brands launch shorter compact tele handles to fill the gap in the market and HTO’s new 2.8m model looks like it could be one of the best priced yet with an RRP of just £32.99. The handle has a standard scew fitting so most net heads will fit, although we are told that HTO will soon have a foldable net head to match.
As well as the rods and net handle, HTO have also launched some new luggage ideal for light lure fishing including a Sling Bag, Hip Bag and a Light Game Bag. The new range is constructed from tough, water-resistant, wipe clean 420D Oxford Nylon material and from the pictures we have seen look very nicely put together. We particularly like the HTO fish logo zipper pulls…nice touch !
Some of this kit is already available online from the usual retailers and if you want to keep up to date with all HTO’s new releases then head over HERE