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ESP is a brand which has long been associated with top quality terminal tackle. However, this range of hooks is on a whole new level and, once you’ve used an ESP Cryogen Hook, all others pale in comparison. The hook sounds like it is straight out of a science fiction film and it is a comparison which is not unwarranted – this range really does use futuristic technology to ensure that these hooks are sharper and stronger than any other on the market and they will revolutionise your carp fishing. The hooks begin life in much the same way as any other hook series on the market. They start by being super-heated and they are tempered up to 180 degrees. This is where most manufactures would stop, letting the hook cool before packaging it up. However, this is only the first stage in the process for the ESP Cyrogen Hooks. They are then super-cooled down to minus 195 degrees in a cryogenic freezing process – the 24 hour process which gives the hooks their iconic name. From this point, the hooks are then raised to an ambient temperature, again over a number of hours, in order to maintain hook strength. The ESP Cryogen Hooks were developed over a process of two years and during this time they were extensively field tested by a team of expert anglers in order to ensure that they could live up to their impressive claims. One such tester was ESP’s very own product developer. He is a dedicated carp angler obsessed with rigging perfection. As such, he had developed the habit of changing his hooks after each landed catch in order to ensure that he was always angling with the sharpest possible hook. Whilst out testing the ESP Cryogen Classic, he landed a huge 40lb carp from a trickey weedy pit – in fact, the fish put up such a fight through the snags that he had to get out on the boat in order to bring it from the water. After landing the fish he automatically went to change his hook but just once glance made him stop in his tracks. Not only was the hook in the same shape as it had been when he originally cast it – without the usual gapes that come after a huge fight though weeds with a double figure fish – but the hook was also perfectly sharp. In fact, it looked as if it had just been removed from the packet, rather than from the mouth of a huge carp! Going against his instinct, he simply re-baited and cast it straight back out. Within moments he was into another huge fish – this time a 43lb monster. It was perfectly nailed and he landed it without a problem, with the hook still in great condition even after these two intensive outings! The ESP Cryogen Classic is essentially a refined version of the classic (and best selling) Big-T Hook. Based on the original pattern, this new hook features a longer, finer, and straighter point which has been slightly more inclined towards the shank in order to further improve the hook strength. The hook has been finished with a super-slick PTFE Teflon coating, too. This ensures that the hook is ultra-sharp as well as exceptionally strong, so it will nail your carp with incredible accuracy and consistency. The hook comes in five different barbed sizes, from size four through to size 10 (sizes five and nine are omitted). This ensures that you’re always able to find the perfect Classic for your needs. Its micro barb guarantees excellent hook holds and the 13 degree inturned eye provides excellent anti-eject properties, too.
When ESP released its new series of Cryogen Hooks in March of 2016 the brand knew it was onto something golden. However, it wasn’t entirely prepared for the huge outcry of support that it received as carp anglers recognised the advantages that these uniquely manufactured hooks offered them. There were soon calls for more ESP Cryogen hooks in the series and the brand, already with hooks in development, were happy to oblige. This ESP Cryogen Grip Rigger is, as the name suggests, the product of a beautiful marriage between the original Cryogen Grippers and Cryogen Stiff Riggers. Combing the shape of the best selling Stiff Rigger with the devastating beaked point of the Gripper, this hook ensures that you can enjoy an exceptional hold – in fact, it is such a good hook that it can almost be considered unfair on the carp as it really will have no choice once it takes the hookbait! This Grip Rigger fills the gap between a chod or stiff rig hook and a beaked hook, bringing you the best of both worlds! It has proved deadly in weedy and snaggy conditions, providing you with unprecedented hook hold and all-round high-end performance. They are ideal for use with a popped-up carp bait setup. As the name suggests, these hooks benefit from the same unique cryogenic treatment as the original series. This treatment process used to modify the molecular structure of steel, reducing the hook’s propensity to stress, increasing its resistance to all the usual wear and tear which comes part and parcel with life on the bank, and improving its overall strength whilst still retaining its slim gauge. This is a technique which is most commonly used in the engines of Formula One cars in order to ensure that they can offer a high performance throughout their time on the track and it is used to a similar effect with these hooks. In fact, during the extensive testing process, the brand only received a handful of reports that the point of the hook had turned over and they never heard a report of a hook gape widening. Bearing in mind that the likes of Terry Hearn were using these hooks to bring in huge double figure carp, this is an incredibly impress feat. In fact, the brand is confident in stating that the Cryogen series is between 30% and 40% stronger than any other PTFE coated hook on the market – although the exact figure is hard to ascertain. This ESP Cryogen Grip Rigger Hook joins a series of three new hooks in the range – all of which have been designed to fill a gap in the market to ensure that all anglers can target the very biggest personal best carp with confidence, no matter the conditions on the water. All of the Grip Rigger hooks feature a beaked point and a micro barbed finish to ensure that they provide you with an exceptional hook hold – even in snaggy conditions. The hook comes in packs of 10 and it is available in five different sizes. These range from a size four right the way to through to a size eight, so whether you’re starting out on smaller doubles or you want to dive in at the deep end with a monster chunk of a fish then you’ll always have the perfect ESP Cryogen hook for the job. Heavy forged, with the same wire gauge as the original Stiff Rigger, and designed with pop-up, chod, and stiff rig fishing over weeds and snags in mind, the ESP Cryogen Grip Rigger will soon become a firm favourite in your carp fishing arsenal.

ESP Cryogen Curve Shanx Barbed

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From £4.25
ESP’s Cryogen Hook series has been world famous for achieving the seemingly impossible: super strong without increasing the gauge of the wire. However, for those anglers who want a stepped up wire gauge too, the brand has you covered. This ESP Cryogen Curve Shanx Hook joins a trio of hooks designed to be an expansion to the original and best selling Cryogen range and it offers you a super-strong alternative for targeting the very biggest species. The original ESP Cryogen Hooks relied on the cryogen tempering process in order to provide them with their impressive strength. This process first involves heating the hook to approximately 180 degrees – at which point most traditional hooks are left to cool before being packaged. Cryogen hooks, on the other hand, are then put through a unique super-cooling process. This is the cryogen freezing stage of the process and it chills the hooks down to minus 195 degrees over a period of 24 hours. The hooks are then warmed till they reach an ambient temperature. This entire process manipulates the steel molecules in the hook to ensure that the hook can offer greater resistance to stress, increasing the hook’s resistance to wear and tear, and improving the overall strength of the hook. This is process which is most commonly used in the engines of Formula One cars to ensure that they can perform under significant stress on the race track. With the ESP Cryogen Curve Shanx, the hook also benefits from an increased wire gauge, too. This makes the hook almost 25% stronger than the other hooks in range – hook which were already up to 40% stronger than other PTFE coated hooks on the market. Like the original hooks, the ESP Cryogen Curve Shanx benefits from an ultra long and fine needle-like point. This ensures that it can perfectly penetrate the mouth of any carp, ensuring a solid hook hold in a variety of conditions. In fact, this hook is one of the most versatile hook patterns on the market today! It features the same classic curve as the ESP Raptor hook but this time with an improved strength thanks to its cryogenic tempering and increased wire gauge. This makes the hook point extra durable and, in testing, there were very few cases of the hook point turning over – even after it had been in the mouth of a huge double figure carp – and no cases of the gape widening under the stress of a big fish fight. One of the biggest benefits of this hook pattern is its quick tunring, anti-eject shape. This ensures that you never need worry about the carp freeing itself from your hook in the water – in fact, it is so effective that it could almost be considered unfair to your carp. The hook also benefits from the same micro barb as the rest of the hooks in the range, ensuring that the hook hold is unparalleled. The hook can be used in a whole variety of presentations, allowing you to make the most of all scenarios on the water, and it is especially suited to the Ronnie Rig as it ensures that you have none of the problems associated with a traditional long curve shank hook. The ESP Cryogen Curve Shanx Hook is available in a range of sizes, from a size four all the way up to a size 10 (omitted sizes five and nine as these tend to be the least popular in this style of angling). The hook has proven exceptionally popular during product testing and it really does look set to succeed on the bank. If you want to revolutionise your carp fishing this season then you need look no further.
ESP is famous among carp anglers for its top end terminal tackle and the brand has consistently produced high end tackle for the discerning angler. Suppliers to Terry Hearn, living carp fishing legend, along with a number of other top end anglers, the brand continues to excel in all areas of end tackle production. However, even the biggest ESP fans couldn’t have predicted the success of its Cryogen hook range. Released in the spring of 2016, the range of hooks flew off the shelves and were widely regarded as some of the finest carp tackle items on the market. Shortly after their release, ESP started to become inundated with requests to expand the range. Luckily, the brand had anticipated these calls and had already begun work on an expansion to the range. There are now an additional three hooks in the Cryogen series, all of which benefit from the unique tempering process which made the original hooks so popular, which have been designed to fill the gaps that the originals left behind. This Para-Point Hook is the real enforcer of the range and it has been designed to be a supremely versatile all-rounder. The ESP Cryogen Para-Point Hook has been designed with a medium length shank and almost a ‘crystal’ pattern bend. This is complemented by the inclined point, which leaves you with an incredibly strong shaped hook and the point of the hook itself is very long and fine. This is needle-sharp, to ensure that your carp isn’t going anywhere when it takes your bait. This is the most versatile hook in the whole series. As such, you can use this with confidence regardless of your angling circumstances, whether you’re using it with a bottom carp bait or a popped-up rig. It can even be used both with and without a kicker. This allows you to maximise your angling potential in a range of scenarios and it really ensures that you can step up your game no matter the conditions on the water. However, in testing, ESP has found that this hook is especially effective with the Tungsten Loaded D-Rig. As the name suggests, this ESP Cryogen Para-Point Hook has been designed using a unique cryogenic tempering process. Most commonly used in the motor sport industry, where it is used to strengthen the resilience of engines in Formula One cars, this is a process which alters the molecular structure of steel. In fishing hooks, this reduces the hook’s susceptibility to stress, increases its resistance against the kinds of wear and tear which you would usual expect to damage a hook on the bank, and it improves overall hook strength. This results in a hook which is, on average, between 30% and 40% stronger than traditional fishing hooks. The process first involves super heating the hook to temperatures in excess of 180 degrees. This is the point at which traditional fishing hooks are left to cool and packaged, but it is only the start of the process in the life of an ESP Cryogen Hook. The hook is then super-cooled over an extended period of time (usually 24 hours), bringing the hook temperature down to minus 195 degrees. This is the cryogenic freezing process and it is where the real strengthening magic happens. Finally, the hook is slowly brought back up to an ambient temperature – again over a number of hours. Not only does the ESP Cryogen Para-Point hook benefit from ESP’s cryogenic tempering process but it also benefits from a PTFE ‘Tufflon’ coating. A stronger and more durable version of Teflon, Tufflon ensures that the hook is super-slick – your fish won’t even have a chance!
If you’re a fan of science fiction then you’ll already be more than familiar with the term ‘cryogenic’. A super freezing process commonly used to preserve bodies in scifi books and films, you might be a little surprised to see the term used in relation to angling. In this context, cryogen refers to ESP’s brand new manufacture process for the brand’s new range of carp hooks. All of the hooks in the range have been manufactured using the same super-heating process as traditional fish hooks. This is a tempering process which heats the hooks to temperatures in excess of 180 degrees and it is at this point that traditional manufacturers stop. The next stage of the process is what sets these ESP Cryogen Hooks apart from the rest as they then undergo a cryogenic tempering process. This super cools the hook to minus 195 degrees over a 24 hour period before slowly raising the hook to an ambient temperature again. This process is by no means exclusive to the angling world and it is often used to strength steel in the construction industry. It is also the technique used in the production of Formula One car engines in order to strengthen the engine parts. In ESP’s experience, this process reduces the hook’s susceptibility to stress, it increases wear resistance, and it improves overall hook strength. The ESP Cryogen Hooks have undergone a two year testing period and the brand is pleased to report that they have received hardly any reports of the point on these hooks going over and absolutely no reports of the hooks gaping. Bearing in mind that these hooks have brought in countless double figure carp over the years, this is particularly impressive. It is difficult to quantify accurately, but ESP believes that the hooks in the Cryogen range are between 30% and 40% stronger than any other hook on the market to date – without any increase in the wire gauge. That is surely something worth shouting about. This hook, the ESP Cryogen Stiff Rigger, is a refined version of ESP’s classic MK1 and MK2 Stiff Rigger hooks. Featuring a slightly more inclined point for a stronger shape and a longer and finer point for overall improvements with sharpness, the hook is ideal for use with pop-up rigs as it maintains the lightness and buoyancy of the rig. Stiff Riggers were the first of the new range of hooks to be produced and the brand saw immediate success with this model. As soon as they had them in stock, ESP passed them over to carp fishing legend Terry Hearn. Tel had always been a huge fan of the original MK1 and MK2 Stiff Rigger hooks and he wasn’t sure that these hooks would be able to improve on the originals. It is fair to say that this new model far exceeded his expectations! Even with the heaviest duty of ‘broom handle’ carp rods, you’re never going to experience gaping or your point going over using these hooks. He has found that he has never brought a fish in to find that 2mm or 3mm of the point has turned over when using this new ESP Cryogen Stiff Rigger and, although they may blunt overtime as all hooks do, their life span is so greatly improved that he is more than happy to simply re-bait rather than completely re-rig with this hook. Boasting a PTFE Teflon coating, this hook is as sharp as it is strong. It is available in five different barbed sizes, ranging from a size four all the way to a size eight, and you get 10 of these top quality hooks in each pack. If you’re looking for a new barbed hook to revolutionise your carp fishing then you need look no further than the ESP Cryogen Stiff Rigger and it will soon become your go-to hook for hinged stiff rig and chod rig presentations.

ESP Cryogen Gripper Barbed

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From £3.95
ESP Cryogen Gripper, When ESP was looking at its existing hook range, the brand designers realised that something was missing: the brand was lacking the perfect, all-round, beaked point carp hook! The team set to work to design a product to fill the gap, utilising their brand new technology, and this ESP Cryogen Gripper was the result. This new hook is a combination of the classic T-6 and D-7 series, both of which were best sellers in their day, and it has been described as the perfect hook for fishing with bottom baits. It has been designed with a 10 degree in-turned eye, which is slightly shallower than that of the ESP Cryogen Classic in order to allow for an improved beak, and it features a super-fine, long, curved point for impressive hook holding ability. One of the biggest benefits of this new hook is its improved corrosion resistance. Terry Hearn, the living carp fishing legend, was wowed during the testing process of this hook as, even when fishing on acidic and silty bottomed pits, he has never experienced point corrosion with this hook – giving him the confidence to leave his rig out there for hours without the itching feeling that he needs to reel in and check that all is well. This ensures that he can leave the water undisturbed, tempting in those wily double figure monsters for which he is famous. The hook has been manufactured using ESP’s dedicated cryogenic tempering process, which gives the hook series its name. The hooks in the series start life in much the same way as traditional carp hooks and are super-heated after construction. In the traditional process, they would then be allowed to cool naturally before being packaged. However, this is only the beginning of the story for the ESP Cryogen Hooks. After the super-heating process, the hooks are then super-cooled in a cryogenic freezer. This freezing is achieved over a 24 hour period, cooling the hooks to minus 195 degrees. They are then slowly brought back up to an ambient temperature. The whole process reduces the hook’s susceptibility to tress, increases the hook’s resistance against general wear and tear, and it improves the strength of the hook overall. The cryogenic cooling process isn’t exclusive to ESP and the angling industry, however, and the brand was inspired by its effectiveness in the Formula One industry, where the process is used to create resilience in the vital engine parts. Although it is difficult to accurate quantify, ESP is confident that its Cryogen hooks are between 30% and 40% stronger than any other hook available on the market to date. It has achieved this purely through the new tempering process, without any increase in the wire gauge, ensuring that these hooks are super-slim and ultra-strong. These ESP Cryogen Hooks have undergone a two year testing process prior to their release, as the brand wanted to be confident that the hooks met their exacting standards. In that whole time, only once or twice did the brand get reports of a point going over (something carp fishing legend Terry Hearn has yet to experience with these hooks) and never did they hear of the hook increasing in gape. This is virtually unheard of, even with other top-end hooks, and it has got the carp fishing industry incredibly excited. The ESP Cryogen Gripper Hooks all feature a micro barb (to improve hook hold whilst still ensuring that hook removal is quick, easy, and pain-free) and are available in a range of sizes. This ensures that you’re always able to pick out the perfect hook for your job, so you never have to worry that you’ll be let down on the bank by a substandard hook.

ESP Cryogen Classic Barbless

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From £4.25
ESP Cryogen Classic Barbless Hooks, This hook is a result of taking the existing Big-T pattern and improving and refining it to create a better, stronger hook pattern. The Classic features a longer, finer straight point which is slightly more inclined towards the shank. This fine ultra-sharp point combined with the slick PTFE Tufflon coating ensures excellent hook holds. The 13-degree in-turned eye provides excellent anti-eject properties and is a highly versatile pattern for a wide range of presentations. Over three years of development and the last two years spent thoroughly field testing prototype samples has culminated in the launch of a new range of hooks that we believe sets a new standard in strength and point durability. New manufacturing techniques including both high temperature and cryogenic tempering have produced significantly stronger hooks with more durable, long life points. Cryogenic tempering is a process used to improve the molecular structure of steel which in turn reduces stress and improves strength and wear resistance. It is used in many disciplines with Formula 1 engine parts being a classic example. Bench tests on initial samples proved to us that the new tempering processes combined with improved designs and heavy forging resulted in hooks that were 25-30% stronger than other Tufflon coated carp hooks in the same wire gauge. So rather than having to improve strength by simply increasing wire gauge, new manufacturing processes have allowed us to maintain optimum wire gauges for each size which allow for fine, ultra-sharp needle points which are now more durable than ever. Over an exhaustive two-year field testing period where the hooks were used by around 15 independent specialist carp anglers plus ESP consultants Terry Hearn, Kev Hewitt and Martin Bowler, feedback has been wholly positive from everyone. In fact, we have barely heard of a point turning over let alone a hook gaping out! Over those two years, a serious amount of big carp have been caught on the new hooks from a wide variety of waters and every angler who has used them came back wanting more!

ESP Cryogen Grip Rigger Barbless

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From £4.25
ESP Cryogen Grip Rigger Barbless Hooks, As the name suggests, this is an amalgam of the best features of the Cryogen Gripper and Stiff Rigger, which is almost unfair on the carp! The shape is that of the Stiff Rigger, with the fine curved 'sticky' point of the Gripper. We have been getting asked for a while for a chod / stiff rigger hook with an ultra-sharp beaked point and have answered those pleas with a hook that has even converted a few straight point devotees through the testing process! Although hook choice is often down to personal preference rather than exact science, a beaked point can provide extra assurance especially in weedy or snaggy conditions, with unbeatable hook holds - and so they have proved through the testing process. Made in the same wire gauges as the Cryogen Stiff Riggers, making them the perfect pop up hook, the Grip Riggers feature heavy forging and of course the Cryogen treatment making them incredibly strong with durable points. The initial launch of ESP Cryogen hooks in March 2016 caused a massive stir with discerning anglers quickly recognising the distinct technical advantages they offered. They were the result of over three years of development and field testing which culminated in a new standard in strength and point durability. New manufacturing techniques including both high temperature and cryogenic tempering have produced significantly stronger hooks with more durable, long life points. Cryogenic tempering is a process used to improve the molecular structure of steel which in turn reduces stress and improves strength and wear resistance. It is used in many disciplines with Formula 1 engine parts being a classic example. Bench tests on initial samples proved to us that the new tempering processes combined with improved designs and heavy forging resulted in hooks that were 25-30% stronger than other PTFE coated carp hooks in the same wire gauge. We subsequently sent the hooks for independent scientific testing on hardness and tensile strength and the tests carried out confirmed and supported our initial findings. So rather than having to improve strength by simply increasing wire gauge, new manufacturing processes have allowed us to maintain optimum wire gauges for each size which allow for fine, ultra-sharp needle points which are now more durable than ever. ESP is now delighted to introduce three new patterns into the Cryogen range, with each type having been developed, tested and 'tweaked' over the last 18 months. They have proved outstanding in field testing and provide an even greater choice in high-performance, long-lasting carp hooks.
This is the same classic curve pattern previously known as the ESP Raptor, but this new range has been made even better by stepping up the wire gauge in each size and giving them the Cryogen treatment. These Curves are now around 25% stronger than their predecessors while still retaining long fine needle sharp points which are now extra durable. These are highly effective in a whole variety of rig presentations (perfect for the Ronnie Rig) and their quick turning, anti-eject shape combined with a needle sharp point ensures exceptional hook holds. New manufacturing techniques including both high temperature and cryogenic tempering have produced significantly stronger hooks with more durable, long life points. Cryogenic tempering is a process used to improve the molecular structure of steel which in turn reduces stress and improves strength and wear resistance. It is used in many disciplines with Formula 1 engine parts being a classic example. Bench tests on initial samples proved to us that the new tempering processes combined with improved designs and heavy forging resulted in hooks that were 25-30% stronger than other PTFE coated carp hooks in the same wire gauge. We subsequently sent the hooks for independent scientific testing on hardness and tensile strength and the tests carried out confirmed and supported our initial findings. So rather than having to improve strength by simply increasing wire gauge, new manufacturing processes have allowed ESP to maintain optimum wire gauges for each size which allow for fine, ultra-sharp needle points which are now more durable than ever.