Going Bros S.O.S

Do you know of a good traditional fishing tackle shop, past and present.
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Going Bros S.O.S

Post by Pallenpool » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:24 pm

Would anyone happen to recall this marvellous little shop in Sunny Southend? I had to collect a couple of rods from there way back in the early 80's. They were made by a certain Mr Bruce Ashby. You had a choice of blanks and finishes but Bruce always seemed to build on green Sportex blanks, with full or part cork and Fuji ring sets. They were great rods and well worth the trip to collect them. The shop itself was very small from memory and was in the old part of town atop pier hill I believe. The service was second to none, I think the staff wore brown long coats, like you would see in a hardware shop. The interior was an alladins cave for the specimen hunter and traditionalist alike. If only shops like this were around today - still nostalgia has a large part to play in why we choose to angle the way we do.

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Post by GregF » Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:34 pm

Yes, I remember the place. Didn't use the shop much because I had others more local to me but it is where my Avon Royal Supreme was purchased around 82-83.

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Post by Tengisgol » Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:29 pm

Yes, I remember it well. You can probably still get those green Sportex blanks from Ted Oliver!
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Post by Ian.R.McDonald » Sun Dec 31, 2017 3:48 pm

it upsets me when I see Southend pier on the Jimmy and Jamie tv prog in its post fire stripped state. But at least its still there

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Post by Cooky » Sat Jan 20, 2018 7:52 am

]Great little shop in a prime position at the top of pier hill overlooking the Thames Estuary.. You would have thought that it would mainly be specializing in sea tackle but no, it was the 70s carp angler who they catered for. Martin Ashby the resident rod builder built the range of green Sportex carp rods know as Carp 1 - 10, as well as the Gibbinson Clooper carp.Image[img][img]

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Post by Cooky » Sat Jan 20, 2018 8:43 am

They even used to have a full page advert in the early BCSG books, very few specialist shops around at the time.Image

Here's a nice leney strain common caught on my Carp 6 that I bought from Goings in 1980/81.

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Post by GregF » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:18 pm

Loving the green glass and abbreviated cork. Classic! :Ok:
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