Richworth 1st Contact Sorcerer Braid.
Another product in the 1st Contact range from Richworth** Realistic Reviews by Real Anglers**
There are lots of different Carp braids on the market. They all promise different things and whilst many deliver what they promise I've found that others don't. When you think about it, we all spend lots of money on the latest rods, reels and buzzers, but really the most important part of any set-up is at the business end. I am a firm believer that location is the key to fishing success. However, with the increasing pressure placed on our carp waters these days the presentation has got to be spot on.
This Sorcerer Braid from Richworth is a new sinking braid which according to the packaging is "The Art Of Carp Trickery". Over the past few weeks I've been seeing if the braid lives up to this claim.
One of the major problems I find with many carp braids is that they do not lie flat on the bottom of the lake bed, instead they have a tendency of arcing upwards between the lead and the hook bait. On a number of occasions I have watched carp in the margins and seen how they react to our rigs and bait. I have sat perched in a tree as a big fat carp meandered across the baited area and started picking off the free offerings. You have carefully used a leadcore leader and a back-lead in order to keep the line down flat but as the fish approaches the hookbait it suddenly feels the braid lifting up off the lakebed. The result is that the carp is spooked out to the other side of the lake and more than likely has taken its mates with it as well!
This is where I found using Sorcerer Braid a major advantage. Firstly, I tried the old 'tank test' with a rig using Sorcerer Braid alongside one tied with another well known braid. The Sorcerer slowly sank to the bottom, whereas the other braid arced up towards the surface. With its green and white camouflaged appearance the Sorcerer Braid seemed to blend into the bottom and gave a much neater and more natural presentation.
It feels very soft to the touch out of water, but seems even more supple once under water. It gave me the confidence straight away to try it on my local lake, and as you know if you are confident on something you are half way there.
At my local lake the fish feed very close-in amongst dense lily pads, so your presentation has to be spot on as well as abrasion resistant. As the Sorcerer Braid I had was only 15lbs I used it on one rod in light pads and dropped it carefully in the margins. Sure enough, it sunk to the lakebed and looked neat and tidy.
A couple of fish came into view and I watched as these well-educated carp checked out the new rig. They swam around a bit before they felt confident to go down on the bait. I was poised over the rod when it burst into life and a fat 13lb common slid over the waiting net. The fish had sped off through the pads, but the Sorcerer Braid held up well and when inspected after its ordeal it looked as good as new. During that same session I had fish spook off my other rods and I had to revert to using small amounts of rig putty before I could get a take on these.
After a couple more sessions on a variety of waters I now have 1st Contact Sorcerer Braid on all of my rods. It enables me to tie neat and precise hooklengths and also looks the business in the water. I have cast over 100 yards on a number of occasions and not had a tangle on the cast or retrieve. Although I have been on my previous braid for over 8 years, I can see it gathering dust for some time, and I'll save a bit of money on the rig putty as I will not need it on the Sorcerer Braid.
I have now 'tricked' carp to over 23lbs on the Sorcerer and think that Richworth are onto a winner. I've recently bought a spool of 25lbs breaking strain for heavier use in the pads. I plan to use Sorcerer Braid for the rest of the season and will then be able to give a long-term verdict but I can confidently say now that it will be a permanent addition to my tackle box.
Richworth 1st Contact Sorcerer Braid comes in breaking strains of 6lb, 10lb, 15lb & 25lbs and costs £ 6. 90 for 20 metres.