The Shakespeare Salt Tripod is a great piece of kit.As I first started my foray into sea fishing it quickly became apparent that I would need some sort of tripod, its pointless in more places to even try fishing without one. I tried a sand spike initially but it was only of use on the beach. I then tried saving money and bought cheap genric ones and the amount of times everything went over got annoying quickly. All it takes is a bit of wind or tidal pull with a poor tripod and all your tackle ends up on the floor.
After trying two other tripods at £10 and £12 respectively, one broke on its third use and the other is very unstable so stays in the shed where its belongs. These sort are really poor value, you will end up paying out more in the long run. Example HERE
Value for money?
I had a look around at what was available and settled on the Shakespeare Salt tripod. It takes me a while to make any purchase decision, everything has to be reviewed a few times before I make any sort of purchase. There are other options on the market at various price points, this one is a great all rounder with good features.
I chose the Shakespeare Salt Tripod after having a closer look at various options in store at Anglesey Bait Centre. Its a sturdy piece of kit and can be set up quickly and easily, the adjustable legs help get it into the perfect position. When fishing from rock marks it great as its simple to adjust, on sand I just place it down and sink it in. The legs are spike to make its stable in loose sand, moreover it’s height adjustable so will fit most peoples preferred position easily.
There is a small hook just under the head of the tripod head, when its windy you can hang a weight here to make it even more stable. Perfect for hanging pre prepared and baited rigs, great for when fishing match’s and you need to get back out quickly. Bait buckets can also be handily fixed here too. I have used it in awful windy weather and its always held its own, its also good when the tide is pulling strongly. Its super stable with superb build quality. Its been tried and tested on the river Mersey on some large tides and windy conditions, I would bother without it.
The tripod comes in its own bag with shoulder strap for lugging it about, it is a touch heavier than some other models as it also has stabilizers on the legs which you don’t get on other brands, its a solid piece of kit. It is also shorter when its in its bag than a lot of other tripods available so I can just put it in the back foot well of the car. It also fits sideways into the boot of my small hatchback so its pretty portable too.
I’ve used it all over Anglesey, Llyn Peninsula and the Mersey during winter and its never let me down, its the one piece of gear I grab first when heading out the door. Strong and sturdy, you can also attach a bait net to the legs which makes baiting up much easier.
Great for keeping the wind and rain off while hunting for the winter cod.
Exert from the Shakespeare info page.
Shakespeare Salt Beach Tripod
An innovative designed beach rest that is packed with special features and offers the angler the ultimate in stability. Constructed from lightweight powder coated aluminium with angular central section and rounded legs, this Salt Beach Rest is robust, yet compact at its closed length of 1.25m. The unique slide and lock stabilising arms ensure the most stable of fishing stations in all conditions.
- Two piece central angular bar with spike extending to 7’/2.04m
- Round section telescopic legs with neat click-lock adjusting mechanisms. Both legs clip to main bar for storage
- Two adjustable side stabilising arms
- Two sliding adjustable butt caps
- Unique rod rest head design
- Supplied in a robust carry case with two velcro secured external pockets for rod rest and butt holder
- Weighs only 2.70kg
The Shakespeare Salt Tripod really is a great piece of kit to add to your fishing gear collection, whether you are starting out or a seasoned angler it does a great job. Stable and adjustable it will be the one piece of kit you wont forget.
We have a mini review page on various tripods HERE