Mikado represents over 30 years of tradition and experience; both in angling gear design and implementation of innovative solutions to the range already present on the market. As a product team we are open to our customers’ suggestions and eagerly listen to feedback from a broad team of testers. We are keen absorb all the constructive ideas from any experienced angler, in order to make sure that every single piece of angling equipment we make and release to the market is perfectly corresponding to requirements set by a modern angling.
Mikado carp gear is a branch that we develop rapidly, introducing new products to it and improving what requires improvements. One of great examples of those improvements is the Territory weighting bag that, even in its basic version, has been a modern product, fitted with a unique set of ribs. Such a solution provided sufficient amount of space to the fish stored in it, reducing surface of material touching the fish to a complete minimum. Product had a great opinion and delivered some amazing sales results, yet after extended trials we came up with a new idea that would increase its functionality even more. We released an improved version of the bag, where fabric of the bottom got replaced with a fish-friendly, soft mesh. That step improved drainage, significantly reducing time required to remove the bag from the water and to precisely weight the fish caught. Another advantage coming from the modification was reduced weight of the final product, meaning more realistic indication of the weight with lower impact of the wet fabric on the final read. Naturally, prior to the release to the market, the product has been thoroughly tested and checked by our top carp anglers. With their approval we could release the Territory bag with a clear conscience.
We mentioned previously our experience in new products design, therefore let us introduce you one of our new products for the 2020 – the small accessories box: System Rig Box. It is an insanely fascinating product and we believe that it will gather lots of attention both among beginner anglers and across experienced carp hunter. The most important feature of the new Box is its compact size; its dimensions allow it to be placed even in the smallest compartment of a bag or a box. Do not get tricked by its look though, as the product has some huge potential. Rig Box is fitted with a system of lockable compartments, divided in to 1,2 or 4 sections, each of them capable of fitting different product. Without any issue we will find here space for a full set of accessories necessary to create carp rigs. There are 8 smallest compartments that can serve as swivels, snaps, rings and other smallest elements storage. Slightly bigger sections can be filled with safety-clips, rubber bands, positioners, chod rigs making sets or even backleads. All the heat shrinking tubes, stoppers, soft lures can go to medium sized sections, while pre-made leadcores and spare rigs can be stored in the largest, lockable boxes. Apart from compartments for the tiniest accessories, the box also has a large compartment for the largest tools, required for carp rigs tying and arming. We can easily fit here a full set of needles with scissors, a multitool and a spare sharpener or a lighter in example. Due to modern and very-well-though-through construction, the box is insanely capacious, easy to pack, light and compact. Outer dimensions have been reduced to bare minimum yet the number of accessories stored remains equal to specs of larger carp boxes. We have to add that our new System Rig Box is lockable with magnetic latches what significantly extends its damage-free usage period.
Since we are speaking of minimalization, let’s talk a bit about the series of waterproof-EVA-made cases. We introduced three sizes of them to our range, with one of them – the largest, being tailored to match our System Rig Box. It was a deliberate action that aimed to reduce both size and weight of the accessories bag. Case will work great when it comes to storage of moist-sensitive, soluble PVA fabrics or any other accessories that won’t fit into our Rig Box. The XL model with its 27 cm of length and 16 cm of width will fit set of braids, leader lines, a PVA tunnel with 44 mm diameter and any accessories such as additional weights, backleads etc. Additionally, we are able to place the System Rig Box on top of it, having all the wide array of the necessary accessories needed during the carp angling expedition placed in a single case. We have to mention that each EVA bag has a spare mesh pocket with a zipper, located at the inner part of the lid. It designed to store all the flat elements of our set, such as packs of hooks, coiled leaders or rigs. Complete minimalization of the equipment allows to easily assemble the setup using only a single case and to quickly re-pack all the accessories to the other, larger bag. Our testers are really happy with functionality of those new products and they cannot imagine an expedition without a System Rig Box packed into the Carp EVA case anymore.
We talked a lot about minimalism and accessories, including leader braids. It would be a shame not to mention a new, magnificent series - the Carp Territory. The family consists of top-quality products; even their packaging has been designed to be as handy and cost-efficient as possible. All the leader braids within the new series are available in 10 m spools. That allows us to prepare around 30 ready-to-use rigs. It is worth mentioning that it was designed that way on purpose and such a solution enables purchase of 2,3 or even 4, different materials in price of a single, 20 m spool made by the competition. Let’s get to products though. The main ingredient of the Territory family is a series of leader braids – both soft and coated ones (a bit stiffer due to the external layer – the Coated Braid). Each product is available in two colours and with various durability allowing to adjust them perfectly to conditions met at the fishery. Standard models include Silky Soft – a very soft braid made for fisheries with moody fish and the Fast Sinking – heavier version that sticks perfectly to the bottom. The Territory series is perfectly completed with 2 types of mono-lines – floating Zig Line that was designed to be used with a Zig Rig technique within the reservoir or with special floats from the surface of the water. Another line – the Chod Link is a professional material for Chod rigs production. Its advanced structure allows to shape a proper, arched profile of the rig, without a need to use steam. All you need to do is to properly shape the material while making the rig, or after the assembly.
Another perfect addition to the series is the modern and innovative, core-less Lead Free Leader, that stands out with its flawless softness and significant weight, allowing its perfect adjustment to the shape of the bottom. Great quality of the material used guarantees high durability and abrasion resistance; lack of core provides long and reliable life of rigs made with it.
These are only some of many well-thought-through products from the Mikado catalogue, that will be released in the 2020. Team of our product department specialists, supported by a strong crew of testers, restlessly works to expand and improve the range; both by adding new products and by implementing new, well-tailored items that satisfy expectations of modern anglers.
Mikado Fishing Team