Used and Abused #1 Daiwa on  Zen2 (season 3  )
Apr22

Used and Abused #1 Daiwa on Zen2 (season 3 )

In this day and age every review or mention of fishing tackle tends to focus on the  new , whats hip and in many cases what is effectively untested gear . Nice photos, nice words but often full of speculation rather than experience.  I’ve been in the game for over a decade now and somethings never change. Daiwa sponsor me or should I say Zen2 . We use and abuse  Daiwa gear , not exclusively I should add  . I like to flirt with other products from time to time . It can be tricky being sponsored and being able to speak your mind in a negative way about your ” donor” gear. If and when I come up against a product that lets me down or doesn’t suit my  style of fishing I will always be honest and tell the guys I work with .This may not be what they want to hear but I don’t feel comfortable playing  games with the truth.   I may not go public and rant and rave about how bad something was , theres retaining integrity then these plain stupidity ! So hopefully this precursor to a product review will set the tone . It’s spring and I am now making my preparations for the intense season ahead . I had the first Bass of spring  a couple of days ago, My first spring Bass has come from the exact same reef and even the same part of that large reef  3 years in a row !! Zen2 will be out there hunting Bass for somewhere in the region of 120 days a year , well it has the last 2 years . I will be pretty depressed if I don’t achieve the target again this year . I still have plenty of gaps to fill in the diary but then that happens every year . They should fill !! ?? GULP . I want to look at the gear Ive been using over the last few years , there are products that I dont rate but as I explained I prefer to keep stum and focus on the goodies . Daiwa Certate reels  We use the 2500 series and 300 Series Certates on Zen2 , its actually the Pollock that put the real strain on the reels and we certainly have landed plenty now . The drag systems have been 100 % faultless to date ,they also have a very powerful drag system (Certainly powerful enough for UK Bass Pollock .Cod etc ) Bail arms are still clicking over perfectly and the reels are still light and silent to wind. This was a very pleasant surprise. I did wonder if they would...

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Ultimate Armageddon ML 66 Review
Apr08

Ultimate Armageddon ML 66 Review

Ultimate Armageddon sounds like a sci fi disaster movie it is however a humble fishing rod. It a special little wand for sure and I have now given mine a good testing. I know what it can and cant do   Anyone who knows me , will likely know that I have not exactly embraced LRF with open arms. Whats LRF some of my customers will no doubt ask . That’s a great question, the answer in short is LRF is ultralight lure fishing with soft plastics repackaged with a japanese influences mixed in . This rod probably doesn’t quite qualify as an LRF rod and after the things I did to mine today I’m not sure where you will categorise this little wand. The Armageddon range of rods are the fishing equivalent of street racer bikes, they are hi spec and fitted with the best components, All bling or unnecessary weight has been stripped out to enhance performance. The comfort  of EVA grips  has gone and you effectively hold the blank in your hand, You don’t develop a sore or suffer fatigue without foam, you just feel everything going on at the other end. The rod is one piece , ( I love one piece rods !) six foot six inches and rated 5 – 14 g , The blank is as light as a feather and very crisp. It compress when you cast light lures and yet feels stiff and highly sensitive when you are on the retrieve. A stiff rod that is soft ? That doesnt make sense !Its a high tech no compromise Japanese thoroughbred and Ultimate have managed to pitch this around £240 . Not as cheap as chips but still a great deal cheaper than Ultimates range of Tenryu rods. On the water I started by fishing the  Armagedon with a Sawamura one up shad 4 ” with 7 – 10 g of lead.  This feels perfect and falls bang into the middle of the rods comfort zone. I also fished Xlayer originals with 7 g . The rod tip relays every bump and sniff from would be assassins below, When you hook a 1 – 2 lb fish the rod will bend convincingly . I have yet to try the rod with 6 – 7 inch weedless or lightly weighted slugos. I’m sure the rod will be perfect for the job. I fish Patchinkos and Z Clws fairly often, You can forget that idea as the rod tip is too soft. I do however think it will work a IMA skimmer sweetly. Bending  the rules and rods We managed to cast the Sayori Shad with...

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Tenryu Redvolution Vertigo
Aug19

Tenryu Redvolution Vertigo

Today I found the boat rod that I have been wishing for. The Tenryu Redvolution is a fairly specialised piece of kit. We have a great deal in common. its short , great looking, Its tough and strong yet it is still very sensitive. The Vertigo is a 6 foot jigging rod , well perhaps it isnt ? The name would suggest so and the rod has a lure rating of 10 -30 g casting and 130 g Vertical. I never had a chance to test it in vertical mode today,  but what i did find is a wonderful lure casting , lure retrieving rod. The first thing you notice when you pick up the Vertigo is that it is as light as  a feather. My Supermix 210 now feels like a lump of lead in comparison. If you know the injection then I would say it feels 20 %  lighter again. The stiff   tip works a Patchinko or Z claw at range effortlessly .  I love topwater lures and this vertical jigging rod was sensational and I knew that on the first chuck.  Today was a  bloody tough day. I fished all manner of lures. The Vertigo will cast an Xlayer on a 7 g Jig head but I do feel the rod springs into life from 10 g upwards. I also fished Sayori Shads on 17 and 25 g jig heads , this was excellent . The combination of short rod and stiff tip enables you to feel that paddle tail vibrating at any range. The Vertigo is incredibly versitile short stick that anyone witha boat or kayak would love. I have 3 rods lure rods rigged at all times when I boat fish. I may well kit out my boat with 3 Vertigos . Im that impressed.   Hopefully I will have a chance to test it in some deeper water and go vertical. If it sings the way it has today then thats a done deal for me. http://ukbassfishing.com/acatalog/info_Tenryu_Redvo.html     UPDATE Yesterday I found a shoal of Pollack sitting in 80 – 100 foot of Water. I landed countless fish in the  5 – 8 lb Class. The Vertigo handled these fish with no problem. Later the same day I had a 64 cm bass fishing with the Megabass Zonk CONCLUSION The Redvolution Vertigo does everything as if it was designed to do so. I have now cast 25 g Plastics – fished 15 – 20 g Hard lures , vertical jigged in 120 foot of water, Fished  small soft plastics. It seems impossible but its true.I give it 10 out of 10 in all all applications.  The easy way...

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