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About Anchor Tackle

Anchor Tackle started trading out of a small workshop in 1978 selling sea weights to the tackle shops in the south east of England. Ross Keightley founded the company and his engineering background enabled him to make custom machines to mould fishing weights more efficiently than the traditional hand poured method.

A range of coarse fishing weights soon followed and then in the early 80’s the first carp weights were commercially manufactured after some of the original ‘names’ in carp angling requested a weight that would cast well and be painted black for concealment. At peak production in the 80’s the factory unit would be producing 10,000 carp weights per day.

Then in 1987 the Non-Toxic Legislation was passed within the British Isles and the use of lead in fishing between the weights 0.6g and 28.4g was outlawed. To keep ahead of competition Anchor introduced the 'Super Dense' alloy Arlesey Bombs. Ross saw an opportunity to take advantage of the change in legislation and explored non-toxic materials for split shot manufacture. His first idea was to mould the shot in 2 pieces using an innovative plastic material that had a high iron content making it relatively dense. This shot was called Snapshot and was very successful at first but the costs to produce were very high. Other alternatives were heavy metal putties or the traditional type forged split shot made from tin. Tin is much harder than lead that the angler did not like the feel and it was difficult to put onto the line with causing damage. Ross came up with the Double-Cut principal that transformed a stiff tin split shot into an easy to open and close split shot that hung centrally and didn’t damage the line. The patent for the ‘Double-Cut’ principal was granted and provided security for future sales.

In 1995 Arun, Ross’s son joined the business full time on a temporary basis after attending university, 16 years later he is still there and now has the position of managing director and handles the day to day running of the company. Arun was eager to design and make new products. He gave the Anchor Carp brand a major facelift and new weights were designed and manufactured.

In 2002 we re-located from South London to Wiltshire.

Our latest products to run off the production line are their new ‘Bait Logic’ imitation baits. We liked the imitation baits that were already on the market but they all appeared to be of the ‘pop-up’ variety. We started to experiment with different materials to see if baits could be made to be a similar density to the real thing. Arun wanted to make an imitation corn that didn’t pop-up but also didn’t sink too fast, he came up with Critical Corn of neutral density. A mould was created and a few samples were made of the right density. These samples were taken to France and fished on one rod out of three to begin with, by the end of the week all 3 rods were baited with the critical corn!
We knew that we were onto something and decided to introduce the corn into the product range. From our understanding of the materials available and ‘Due to our in house engineering facilities and expertise we can turn ideas into a reality very quickly and with low cost’ the bait range has increased hugely from the introduction of critical corn in 2009 to over 70 different types and colour of bait in 2011. Our Imitation Bait Boxes containing popular carp and coarse baits have been very well received since their introduction in late 2010.

2018 and Gary Thorpe took over the brand and continues to supply Worlwide.

.................. more development and innovation to come !!

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