As YOUR angling columnist, I am extremely pleased to be able to include the following press release from Devon-based manufacturer Pallatrax:

“Pallatrax is pleased to announce that Clint Walker has joined their existing team of Pallatrax consultants.

Clint, a renowned all-round angler is also fast becoming a well-respected feature writer for both magazines and online media.

Pallatrax MD, Simon Pomeroy, stated, “It’s great news for us that Clint has joined our team of highly respected angling consultants that are a key part of the Pallatrax set up.

A well-known angler in his own right, he is also fast becoming recognised as an accomplished and credible angling journalist who now writes for a whole host of media outlets.

Clint has joined us on a long-term basis and I’m looking forward to working alongside him over the coming years as he assists us in growing the brand.”

From my point of view, I am extremely pleased to be asked to become part of the Pallatrax team. I’ve been looking for a product line which will give me a definite advantage in my angling, and the Pallatrax Stonze and ‘Naturals’ range will certainly let me do something different to everyone else.

The opportunity to help develop the range is too good to miss, and I’m looking forward to fishing with some very accomplished team members and promoting Pallatrax both on the bank and in the media.”

Obviously I’m very happy to be signed to well respected and innovative company, it will help my angling to be able to be involved in new baits and tackle from inception to retailer, so I’m buzzing if I’m honest!

My first session using the new baits resulted in a cracking winter trout taken on the Giant Mealworms for the Pallatrax ‘Naturals’ range; I was after chub, but as no-one else caught, I can’t complain!

I fished the River Dove using a ‘Stonze’ straight through to a size 12 hook to hit the only bite of the day in bitter conditions.

I’d tried roving with a trotting set up, but took the precaution of baiting a couple of likely looking swims to drop back into later; thankfully it paid off at last light as the temperatures really started dropping!

More sessions are planned for my new sponsor, and I’ll keep you informed as to my progress!

Cyril Brewster of Cudmore Fishery rang today to invite me to his meeting on January 25.

All the big hitters (and me) from tackle and trade will be there to discuss moving forward with a new ‘supergroup’ of representatives to make angling even more accessible to the millions of us who wet a line.

Starting with a brand new angling show, through to making the National Angling School into a template which can be used elsewhere and then finally a new ‘centre of excellence’ with over 1000 pegs which will be used to develop future England match squads and host international competitions as well as offer day ticket options; brilliant times ahead!

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