Fred from Uxbridge (London)
I saw Duck Sentinel on eBay and thought it would be a great accessory – why had no body ever thought of this before!! November is not the ideal time to catch on the top but gave it a go. The carp seem to be attracted to the Sentinel which was a good start and I managed to catch three in an afternoon session on a rod, close in the margins. The ducks came after my free offerings as usual but were unable to get at my bait. Like all great inventions – simple but effective.
Keith from Bedfordshire
I was told about Duck Sentinel by a fishing buddy as I had not seen it advertised. I obtained one on eBay and tried it on my local lake. I fished initially in open water and managed to cast it with a controller float filled with water to where I saw fish feeding on the surface about 75 yards. There were some ducks around, but they did not get my bait. I managed to land a 6lb mirror, which was great for late November. Good bit of kit – Mr Inventor.
Tina from Nottingham
The sentinel is a fantastic piece of kit that I must say I was a bit sceptical about it but believe me - it works! I used mine for margin fishing on my pole and had 20 carp over a 4 day period in the evenings mostly. I caught carp from 8 lbs to 14 lbs and had no trouble with the ducks, coots and swans getting to my bait-they picked off my freebies but were 100% unable to take my bait-I was using bread and oily floaters. I also found that the carp were interested in the flotation foam and this appeared to encourage them to keep coming back for more!
The other anglers were not happy with me - a mere female catching far better than they were!!
The weather decided not to play fair on the day we chose to try out Duck Sentinel with wind and rain making fishing uncomfortable at best. Despite the weather, the Duck Sentinel certainly seemed to live up to the manufacturer's claims. The wind didn't seem to trouble us and we were able to be pretty accurate with casting. Also, our surface baits were never troubled by the occasional passing duck and we were able to leave our bait in the water whenever one appeared. Unfortunately we didn't catch any fish using the Duck Sentinel. In fact we caught very little using any method that day. That's fishing I guess.
Reviewed by Ben Wales: May 2016
DUCK SENTINEL from Linjazro
With the carp now well up in the water it is a great time to get out there with the floaters and catch a few off the top. This exciting method has to be one of best ways of catching a carp; the visual aspect of it all heightens the excitement making for electric scenes when you hook a fish. At the same time it can be very frustrating. We’ve all had it when a carp is mouthing away right next to your hook bait and the somehow it drifts away having not taken the bait. Worse still you get a group of fish feeding and then a load of ducks or geese move in and clear out your floaters! Although the carp don’t seem to mind feeding in amongst our feathered friends, there’s always the worry you might hook one, which would not be good. The Duck Sentinel from Linjazro could be just the thing you need, especially if you fish a busy park lake or similar where you are likely to encounter a lot of ducks. The specially designed clear plastic dome features several small floats around the perimeter and is designed to go right on the end of your hook link. The Sentinel comes complete with eight round brown floats that resemble boilies or mixers, as well as eight yellow floats that are designed to look like pellets but offer a great visual aid when on the water. Also included with each Duck Sentinel are 10 PVA rings that allow you to fold the Sentinel in half, temporarily locking it closed for more accurate casting and improved range. Once set up correctly and cast out, your hook bait sits immediately under the protective Sentinel cup, preventing birds from picking up your hook bait whilst allowing it to be taken by carp from below the surface. It’s a great idea in principal, but I have not yet had the chance to try it out. There are definitely a few venues I have in mind where it could prove useful.