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The Asian Angler

April 2015 Issue

Asia’s Angling

Lifestyle Magazine

Salmo Seeker

Your Travel Companion

Something Sinister Is Happening

Rod Ford Sinister Azahar Ebek Special

Okuma’s Saltwater Powerhouse

The Okuma Azores

Made For Ultra Light Anglers

Rod Ford Lust Area Master

The Small And Powerful

Ryobi Mini Power

A Case That Ups The Ante

VFOX Robinson RB 04-M

Knowledge: Let’s Talk About Bearings | Introducin’: Zaco Lures

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My fellow anglers and friends,

Welcome to the April 2015 issue and we hope that you

enjoy reading The Asian Angler. We have received email

asking why do we test products in pay ponds as the fishes

there are easy to catch and do not represent the real thing.

Well, we’ve actually had to explain this many times (including other questions) and the

reason is that it all depends on what we want to find out. Take for example a fishing

rod, we want to see how it flexes, bends, cast, etc. Although the fishes in pay ponds are

easy prey (not always true) it meets our objectives of wanting to know these points.

Another thing to note is that pay ponds are basically like labs where we can experiment

and test things out in a somewhat controlled environment, something we can’t do out

at sea or at a lake. Let us take reels for example. We want to know how smooth the drag

is with a real fish, how tough the drag is, how well it cranks, etc.

Yes, we can do so at sea (and we do too) but we can test max drag pressure at a physical

lab too using a meter and a skateboard as well as some dumbbells. But with a fish

it is more fun and one gets to experience the reel. Same can be had out at sea or a lake

but to get similar answers with a lower risk of not catching anything significant enough

with the money spent, it makes sense to use payponds doesn’t it?

Honestly we would prefer to be testing exclusively out at sea or at a lake but with little

bidget to work with, dwindling fish stocks, and a need for answers, payponds are still

valid labs.

Well, I hope you enjoy this issue. Thank you for your support and happy reading.

Cheers,

Phil

Editor In Chief


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Test Drives

Philemon Foo

Abu Garcia Sa

Your Travel Companion

Testing Grounds: Pak Din Freshwater Fishing Pond

Series: Salmo Seeker

Model: Spinning 8’

Length: 8’

Lure Wt.: 8-20g

Line Wt.: Not Specified

Configuration: 4 Pieces (Travel Rod)

Opponents: Patin (Shark Catfish / Silver Catfish)


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lmo Seeker

Anglers who love to travel will love

this rod. The Salmo is a good looking

4 piece rod. Put together it they all add

up to a length of 8 feet and yet still feels

lightweight. It is a classic looking rod

with high quality cork handle sandwiching

a modern designed reel seat.


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30 Ton

Graphite

It lightweight is contributed by a few

factors and one of them is the 30 Ton

Carbon Graphite blank that is both

lightweight and powerful with a strong

sturdy backbone. The blank is also slim

and sexy which makes it a real looker

(we had anglers admiring the rod while

we were fishing during our test).


Weight Saving

Designers of the Salmo Seeker certainly went

about looking for ways to cut down some fat and

to do so they decided on going with lightweight

LS guides that allow for smooth flow fishing lines,

is well balanced and gives better recoil power

quality cork handles, as well as a reel seat with lots

of holes cut out. These all certainly help reduce

the weight of the Salmo Seeker.surface.


Sleek Package

The Salmo Seeker comes with a cordura

tube with ample protection for each and

every piece of the rod. The cordura tube is

also designed with colours tailor made for

the Salmo Seeker, including the embroidery

of brand, series, and logos.


Field Test

Tackle Used

Reel: Abu Garcia Promax Spinning

3000h

Line: Stren Sonic Braid 20lb

Leader: Berkley Vanish 20lb

The Salmo Seeker certainly cast very

well shooting balls of dough to good

distances. When the bait got whacked

the Salmo Seeker easily sets the hook

and then it goes into gladiator weapon

mode. It fights very well with a consistent

backbone power despite being a

four piece rod.

*Unfortunately we were not able to do a

lab test for this rod.


Verdict


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Built Quality

Finishing

Ergonomics (Feel)

Balance

Weight

Components (quality)

Castability

Sensitivity

Power

Rating: 7

Rating: 8

If you are in the market for a travel

rod that is great for bottom fishing

or casting out heavier lures, the Abu

Garcia Salmo Seeker is certainly one

to consider.


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®

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Test Drives

Rod Ford Sinister Azahar Ebek Sp

Philemon Foo

Testing Grounds: Exotic Pond (Rawang)

Series: Sinister Azahar Ebek Special

Model: RFSN632 / 592S-L J (Light Jigging)

Length: 6’3” / 5’9”

Lure Wt.: 100g Jig

Line Wt.: PE 0.8-2.0

Configuration: 2 pieces offset (butt joint)

Opponents: Amazon Red Tail Catfish, and Asian Red

Tail Catfish


ecial - Signature Rod

There are lots of signature series

products around the fishing world

endorsed by professional anglers and

captains. However, it is very seldom

one comes endorsed by a captain in

Malaysia. This is rod is one of them,

endorsed by none other than the crazy

hardcore jigging captain, Azahar of

Pekan (a coastal town on the east coast

of the Malaysian Peninsular).

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Crazy Ha


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rdcore

Yes, crazy hardcore! Azahar is a well

known old salt here in Malaysia. Anglers

who frequent Pekan would most

likely have heard of him. He is known

to have broken even the most durable

of fishing tackle with his hardcore fishing

activities and style. Being such an

angler he does have in mind the type

of rods that he finds most suitable to

fish in waters that he is familiar with.


LightWei

Picking up the Sinister Azahar Ebek

Special for the first time I was both delighted

and surprised. Delighted that

it felt light and surprised that Azahar

found such a rod suitable to his fishing.

I thought he would prefer something

heavier with a slightly faster tip.

After fishing with it I now know why.

* Ebek = Diamond Trevally


ght Fun

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Blue And


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Sporty

With a plethora of black or dark coloured

rods in the market, the Sinister

Azahar Ebek Special breaks the monotony

coming in blue with carbon fibre

wrapped up sportiness. The black

EVA adds on to the visual cues as well

as being ergonomically comfortable to

grip.


Dual P

The Sinister Azahar Ebek Special rod

is like a convertible car. When the sun

is burning, keep the roof up. When

you want the wind in your hair, let the

roof down. This rod comes with two

handles. A longer split EVA handle for

jigging and a shorter for casting (spinning).


urpose

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Field Tes

The rod looks good and feels great but

how will it perform? Without a trip out

to sea I decided to go ahead and test the

rod at my usual testing grounds, the Exotic

Fishing Pond in Rawang, Malaysia, the

coliseum where angling gladiators fight a

host of monsters such as the Amazon red

tail catfish to the giant Mekong catfish of

the land of smiles, Thailand.

*The rod has proven itself out at sea after

the time of writing.


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t

Reel: Ryobi Mini Power 500

Line (1): Monofilament 8lb

Leader: Eagle Claw (monofilament) 14lb

Line (2): Berkley Fireline Fused 20lb

Leader: Berkley Vanish 20lb


Superb Caster


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I cast out baits on two different lines during

the test. First was an 8lb monofilament

line since it’s a PE0.8-2 rated rod.

It cast superbly well with such a light line

but unfortunately I lost two fishes due to

line stretch + a forgiving tip making it impossible

to set the hook.

I then removed the 8lb line and filled

with 20lb fused line and 20lb fluorocarbon

leader. The rod still cast really well

giving me (and another tester) very good

distances casting out baits averaging 12

grams... and we started catching fish.


Shock Absorbers

Every rod has some shock absorbing

qualities and so does the Sinister Azahar

Ebek Special. When a fish hits, this rod

takes up shock to about 20% of its length

(from the tip) first without much pressure

on the fish. It then piles on the pressure to

about 40% (from tip) and that is where we

feel the backbone start to work.

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Subduing Monsters

Being rated with a maximum power of

20lb we were able to bully most fishes

dragging them out of the danger zones

with relatively high drag settings. Needless

to say we didn’t fight any ebeks but we

fought rather big Amazon red tail catfishes

and they are good fighters. On average

we pressured the Sinister Azahar Ebek

Special to about 55% length from tip before

tiring out the fish.


LAB Test


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Reel: Abu Garcia Promax Spinning

Line: Berkley Fireline Fused

Poundage: 20lb

Back at our lab we put the Sinister Azahar

Ebek Special through a pressure test

to see how much pressure it can take. For

this test we decided to measure the bend

sections. We noticed that power kicks in

at about 40% curve from the tip registering

about 5lb and continued all the way

up to 16lb and that is when we enter into

scary territory.


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Go Or Not To Go On

We pulled further back a little but the meter

didn’t move and we were somewhat

worried. We contemplated forcing the

rod further and we decided not to. We feel

that we have reached the peak (power efficiency

peak). We may be able to squeeze

out an additional 4lb but risk breaking the

rod.


Power Curve

Rod Bend

%

5

10

20

30

40

50

60

70

80

90

100

5lb

7lb

9lb

11lb

13lb

15lb

16lb

Backbone Power Range


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Backbone Power Range (lb)

20

18

16

14

12

10

8

6

4

2

10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100

Tip Rod Bend % Butt


Verdict

Built Quality

Finishing

Ergonomics (Feel)

Balance

Weight

Components (quality)

Castability

Sensitivity

Power

Rating: 8.5


The Rod Ford Sinister Azahar Ebek Special

one rod that Malaysian angler’s can be

proud off. It is a signature rod designed in

collaboration with Azahar, the hardcore

jigging captain. More importantly is that

it is light weight, looks good, casts well,

and manages the fight well.

The lows would be its somewhat forgiving

tip that makes hook setting difficult

especially if you’re using monofilament

lines with relatively good stretch / absorption.

My recommendation will be to use

braided lines or very close to zero stretch

monofilament with this rod, and have

loads of fun.

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Test Drives

Rod Ford Lust - Area Master

Philemon Foo

Testing Grounds: Lake Prima (Selangor, Malaysia)

Series: Lust

Model: RFL622ULX-S

Length: 6’2”

Lure Wt.: 2-9g

Line Wt.: 2-10lb

Configuration: 2 pieces

Opponents: Red Devil Cichlid, Peacock Bass, Catfish


Lust is an emotion or feeling of intense

desire in the body...

Lust can certainly be for anything.

Despite the sexy silhouette of a Bond

(as in James Bond) girl sitting on her

hiney, I am going to take the Rod Ford

Lust as a rod lusting for some action;

I meant light fun fishing action and

not any other whippee whoopee sort

of thing.

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For Ultra li


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ght Anglers

The Lust is made for anglers that enjoy

carrying knives to a gun fight. It is

not about winning the fight but evading

bullets, leaping behind barrels at

super speeds, and throwing the knife

from whatever place or angle so accurately

that it knocks out the opponent

upon impact. Well, maybe not like that

exactly but there is a lot of fun challenging

reasonably big fishes on very

light tackle; like the handicap scoring

system in golf.


Classic Sexi

The Lust is certainly one of those rods

with cosmetics that are done just right

without being overbearing nor under

designed. It comes in a pleasing matte

green and pearl white colours with

black and gold threads. Its blank is

slim leading all the way down to its ergonomically

contoured EVA handles.


ness

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No

There are a lot of ultra-light tackle rods

that are made like noodles (there are

noodle rods for your info.), however,

the Lust is not one of them. The blank

is designed with a butt section using

graphite with a high carbon content

giving it stiffness and power while the

tip is graphite with higher glass fibre

content for its whippy sexiness (slow

action).

Such a system allows for great amounts

of absorption should the hard fighting,

bait stealing, finned monster decides

to drop gear and engage turbo, allowing

time for the line and reel to coordinate

reducing the chances of breakage.

Yet, giving good amounts of power to

play the fish instead of just having a

line connected to the fish without capability

of doing anything else.


t A Noodle

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Fuji In Use


When it comes to ultra-light fishing I

personally prefer rods equipped with

good quality Fuji components especially

its guides and reel seats. With

very thin lines in use, a guide that dissipates

heat the fastest (most efficiently)

simply enhances the angler’s chance of

winning by reducing line damage and

burst off. Fuji guides have proven to

do just that (dissipate heat fast).

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Field Testin

Reel: Shimano Nasci

Line: HI-SEAS White Lightning 6lb

Leader: Unknown


g

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Easy Caster

Lusting for distance I stood on a boat in

the middle of Lake Prima in Puchong,

Selangor (Malaysia) with the Lust in

hand and whipped out 1” and 1.5” soft

plastics attached to little jigheads (total

weight about 2.5 to 3 grams). The

Lust can certainly cast light weights

giving good distances. Of course the

thin 6lb mono played a part too, no

doubt about it but the Lust can certainly

cast.

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ish Fighting

Well, I didn’t catch anything gigantic

but with its whippy tip and power

stored in its butt section, playing the

red devils become serious fun. None

of them were above a kilogram but

still they gave a good and fun fight

running into snags . The Lust is forgiving

enough allowing them to run but

when the curve reaches the butt section,

pressure builds up and they can

no longer run. I had copious amounts

of fun.

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Lab Torture

Reel: Abu Garcia Promax 2500H

Line: Berkley Big Game

Poundage: 15lb

We put the Lust through the pressure

test to get its power range and to see

if it will be able to achieve its rated

2-10lb.

The Lust started engaging power at

about 40% curve at about 2lb and easily

reached 10lb at about 90% curve

(10% from butt / fore EVA grip) without

any acoustics and scary feeling.

With confidence we pushed on until

we touched about 11.5lb and decided

to stop giving it the thumbs up.


Power Curve

Rod Bend

%

5

10

20

30

40

2lb

50

60

70

80

90

4lb

6lb

8lb

10lb

11.5lb

100

Backbone Power Range


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Backbone Power Range (lb)

20

18

16

14

12

10

8

6

4

2

10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100

Tip Rod Bend % Butt


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Verdict

If you are going shop to shop asking

for 2lb lines and settling for 6lb because

2lb are not easy to come by, this

here is the rod for you. It is like the

iconic Fiat 500 in the motoring world.

It is not made to win F1 races. It is

made for the sake of having fun. Thus

the Lust is certainly a fun rod and it

can most certainly whip... err... your

light tiny little lures out and help you

win fights.

Built Quality

Finishing

Ergonomics (Feel)

Balance

Weight

Components (quality)

Castability

Sensitivity

Power

Rating: 8


Pflueger Purist (Pf

Model # saP # Capacity: Mono Capacity: braid Max Drag Gear Ratio Inches-P

1325 1265678 115 yards / 4 lb. 145 yards / 6 lb. 8 lb. 5.2:1 22.

1330 1265679 115 yards / 6 lb. 150 yards / 8 lb. 10 lb. 5.2:1 25.

1335 1265680 145 yards / 8 lb. 200 yards / 10 lb. 12 lb. 5.2:1 27.

1340 1265681 195 yards / 10 lb. 230 yards / 14 lb. 16 lb. 5.2:1 30.

• 9 stainless steel ball bearings

• On/Off instant anti-reverse bearing

• Lightweight Hybrid construction provides the strength of an aluminum

body without the weight

• Machined ported and double anodized aluminum spool

• Smoothed sealed carbon fiber drag system

• Solid Aluminum Bail Wire

• Sure-click bail provides an audible signal when bail is fully opened and

ready to cast

• Anti-twist titanium line roller

• Convertible Left and Right hand retrieve

Hybrid Body System

The Hybrid Body System uses both aluminum and graphite

body components to provide the best of both worlds.

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lueger Purist)

10

er-Turn Weight

4 7.3 oz.

2 8.6 oz.

4 10.3 oz.

2 11.3 oz.

Malaysia.

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Test Drives

Ryobi Mini Power

Model Tested

Series: Mini Power

Model: 500

Testing Grounds: Exotic Fishing Pond

Opponents: Amazon Red Tail Catfish,

and Asian Red Tail Catfish


Philemon Foo

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Light tackle fishing is fun. Small reels,

thin rods, thin lines, and small lures; all

the things to spice up one’s fishing. What

if we were to take one a small reel, mismatch

it onto a bigger rod, and throw it

into a fight with big fishes? Why not? So

we did... More on that later.


Small Wonder


The Ryobi Mini Power is a small well

built reel with the body, plates, etc. being

built of a material called NCRT of

which is a Titanium + Carbon material

that is claimed to be 20% lighter and

40% stronger than normal plastics. This

give the Mini Power good amounts of

rigidity felt especially at the stem and

side plates.

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Looking Neat & To


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ugh

The Mini Power looks neat and tough

with its oversized bail-wire that looks

like a kangaroo bar of a 4WD vehicle (ratio

to size). The bail-wire hints to what

the Mini Power can handle and when

we see such hints, we want to know if

it can indeed handle what it hints it can

handle.


Smooth Performa


101

nce

The Mini Power is a smooth performer.

It comes with a smooth drag without

any sticky feeling. Crank the handle

and feel the smooth rotation of the rotor

with hints of light gear feel. Balance

wise, it feels okay with slight wobble.


LAB Test

Rod: Rod Ford Sinister Azahar Ebek

Special

Model: RFSN632/592S-LJ

Power: Light Jig

Line Wt.: PE 0.8-2.0

Line: Berkley Fireline Fused 20lb


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Pressure Test

Back at our lab we put the Mini Power

through a pressure test to see how much

it can take. It claims to have a modest

maximum drag of 3kg or 6.6lb. We gave

it a little push and it very easily touched

3kg. The drag remain very smooth at

3kg. Since we could still increase the

drag we decided to do so. Lo and behold

we managed to squeeze 11.5lb (5.2kg)

out of it.

I do agree with Ryobi’s claim of 3kg. 3kg

would probably be the best or optimum

pressure for the Mini Power to be set

at. At such a pressure the drag remains

smooth, the bail-arm and rotor does not

flex till the point of feeling weak, and

the reel still has power to crank in fish

without feeling clumsy.


Field Test

Rod: Rod Ford Sinister Azahar Ebek Special

Model: RFSN632/592S-LJ

Power: Light Jig

Line Wt.: PE 0.8-2.0

Line (1): Monofilament 8lb

Leader: Eagle Claw (monofilament) 14lb

Line (2): Berkley Fireline Fused 20lb

Leader: Berkley Vanish 20lb


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Being a reel made for light tackle fishing

we decided to mismatch it with a

light jigging rod (still in the light category

right?) and fish it at our usual testing

pond, the Exotic Pond in Rawang

(Selangor, Malaysia). We started with

8lb mono but gave up on it due to difficulties

of setting the hook due to line

stretch. We lost a few fishes initially.


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Mismatching

We decided to remove most of the 8lb

monofilament and reeled in 20lb braided

line from another reel we tested that

day. Such mismatching could mean

two things. One, we run out of line as

we could not put in much line. Two,

we break the reel as the line breaking

strength is a lot more than what the reel

can handle.

We set the drag to about a turn before

the maximum / lock and cast out the

bait. We were battling Asian Red Tail

Catfishes and Amazon Red Tail Catfishes,

and the Mini Power performed really

well. Smooth drag but enough to tire

out the brute fast and more than enough

cranking power to bring it to reel in the

limited amounts of braided line.


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Verdict

The Ryobi Mini Power is a small powerhouse

of a reel that allows for lots of

fun and yet has enough power to manage

larger opponents that may seem

to be too big for it to handle... somewhat

like the David & Goliath fight.

If you’re into light tackle fishing, this

powerhouse is something to consider.

Attributes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X

Built quality

Ergonomics (Feel)

Weight

Smoothness Rotation

Drag Smoothness

Drag Strength

Bail-arm Toughness

Line Management

Speed (Retrieve)

Balance

Power

Rating: 7


Published Informa

Sizes: 500 & 800

Max Drag: 3kg

Gear Ratio: 5.2:1

Weight: 165g

Ball Bearings: 6+1

Line Cap.: 500 (0.131mm dia. - 210m) /

800 (0.165mm dia. - 175m)

Features: NCRT Material, waterproof

drag knob, stainless steel thread bailarm,

Hi-intensity titanium main shaft.


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Test Drives

Okuma’s Knight: The Mig


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Foo

Series: Azores

Model: Z-65S

Testing Grounds: Exotic Fishing Pond

Opponents: Amazon Red Tail Catfish,

and Asian Red Tail Catfish


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The Mighty Knight

In last year’s ICast Okuma brought

out on a stallion its knight, the Azores.

The Azores is a powerful reel made to

subdue saltwater giants bringing them

down to their knees, I meant tails.

How well does it do this? Well, we are

about to find out.


A Spinning Beginn


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Okuma’s beginnings are in spinning

reels and over the years they have developed

better and better reels. The

Azores is born out of all these years of

experiences and improvements along

the way and just by the feel and looks

alone one can tell that within its dull

metallic grey body lies a very serious

powerhouse.

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The Knight And Hi

Picking up the Azores one can feel

its weight. The armour is no light toy,

and inside this armour sits a powerful

knight ready to take on any battle.

The Azores feels super tough refusing

to flex at its weakest points such as the

stem thanks to its rigid aluminium

die-cast body and plates giving it this

otherworldly toughness.


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The rotor and bail-arm feels seriously

tough too with a super thick bail-arm

wire held together by tough, solid, and

rigid bail-arms. Being rigid is a seriously

good thing especially when the

opponent is tougher than nails, perhaps

somewhat stronger than an ox,

and can move at speed cheetah’s only

dream of.

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Power and More P

The language of power encapsulates

the entire reel from the stem to the

bail-arms on to the body all the way

to the handle. The Azores is equipped

with a seriously rigid and solid handle.

At its end site a huge handle knob that

sits perfectly in my hands. This power

handle is made to crank up monsters.

I may seem to be exaggerating

and I would like to highlight the word

SEEM.


ower

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Test Of Power

When you’ve got so much power in

your hands what do you do? Test them

out of course. To do that we head to

our secret lair where we have tortured

many warriors of such and quite a few

who look the part but cannot play the

part have come to eternal rest.


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Lab Test

Rod: Penn Defiance (Boat Rod)

Model: PDBC601XH A

Power: Extra Heavy (XH)

Line Wt.: 30-80lb

Line: Berkley Big Game

Poundage: 40lb


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Under Pressure

The Azores has a max drag rated at

40lb. With that in mind we plugged

it up to our nasty drag pressure meter

and started the torture process. The

drag flowed smoothly all the way till

it passed the last readable number on

our meter and continued. Its smoothness

begin dipping at about 38lb but we

still had not maxed out yet. It maxed

out at about 44lb (4lb above rated).


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Field Test

Rod: Abu Garcia Tournament K

Model: TKS602H A

Power: Heavy

Line Wt.: 10-20lb

Line: Berkley Fireline Fused 20lb

Leader: Berkley Vanish 20lb

To see how well this knight performs in battle

we took it to the Exotic Pond in Rawang

(Selangor, Malaysia) where monsters lay in

wait for a ferocious battle. Before going on,

I want to make known that the Azores is a

saltwater class reel made for much larger

and harder fighting fishes and we are testing

it here just to get a feel of its performance.


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olling Dictator

I had the drag up to about 60% and

waited for a brute to bite. It didn’t take

long before I was locked in battle. The

rod bent and I set the hook. To test the

power of the Azores I got into a steady

/ stable stance, placed the rod butt on

my tummy, proceeded to tighten the

drag slowly. To cut a long story short,

the Azores’ drag didn’t need maxing

out and we were literally dragging in

brutes ala tug-of-war.


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What Else...

The Azores performed well having a

powerful drag bullying fishes. During

the tug-of-war with the brutes, no flex

was felt and this is just how tough the

reel is. It is well balanced with close

to zero wobbliness. It certainly is not

the lightest not is it the smoothest reel

in the market but then again it is not

priced at the levels of Mercedes Benz

type reels.


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Verdict

The Okuma Azores is all about power and toughness.

Its playground is certainly out at sea or perhaps

at freshwater ponds where huge giant Mekong

Catfish lay in wait to show off some muscles and

perhaps drag an angler or two into the water. So, if

you enjoy bullying fishes and fish mainly by flexing

your muscles, don’t give the Azores a miss.

Attributes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X

Built quality

Ergonomics (Feel)

Weight

Smoothness Rotation

Drag Smoothness

Drag Strength

Bail-arm Toughness

Line Management

Speed (Retrieve)

Balance

Power

Rating: 8.5


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Published Information

• DFD: Precision Dual Force Drag system

• Precision click drag adjustment for more precise settings

• Multi-disc, Carbonite and felt drag washers for DFD

• 6HPB + 1RB corrosion resistant stainless steel bearings

• Quick-Set anti-reverse roller bearing plus ratchet system

• Dual anti-reverse system for maximum security

• Precision machine cut brass pinion gear

• CRC: Corrosion-resistant coating process

• HDGII: Corrosion-resistant, High density gearing

• ALC: Rigid diecast aluminum body, sideplate and rotor

• MSS: carbon Mechanical Stabilizing System

• Machined aluminum, 2-tone anodized spool with LCS lip

• Machined aluminum handle arm for added strength

• Hydro Block water tight drag seal

• Heavy duty, solid aluminum bail wire


Zenith POWER SOFT FL

More durable than

normal nylon lines

Handles

knots well

Extremely

Smooth

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IGHT FLUORO NYLON

Good shock

absorption quality

Handles

abrasion well

High quality

leader

ia.

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New Launches

The Asian Angler / Mr Bassin’

Abu Garcia Sapphire Cr

Anglers who’ve been stung by the travel

bug, I bring you good news. Abu Garcia

recently launched a series of travel rods

and this here is one of them, the 10 feet

Sapphire Crest.


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Series: Sapphire Crest

Model: Spinning 3m

Length: 10’ / 3m

Lure Wt.: 35g

Line Wt.: Not Specified

Configuration: 3 pieces - Travel Rod


Classic European Design


One look at the Sapphire Crest and

one can tell that it has its roots in Europe.

It’s simple basic and classic design

cues gives it that distinct look

coupled with the high quality cork

handles and butch looking blank.

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IM6 Blank


The Sapphire Crest comes with an

IM6 Carbon Graphite blank giving

it sturdiness and being a 10 feet long

rod, this is an important factor. The

tip is not whippy and it can certainly

cast baits to very good distances with

good amounts of control as tested recently

at a Pak Din Freshwater Fishing

Pond in Bukit Antarabangsa, Kuala

Lumpur.

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uides

The Sapphire Crest comes with the

SS304 guide system that is said to be

20 time tougher than normal guides

and about 55% lighter in weight. It

certainly allows line to flow through

them pretty smoothly.

*As of time of writing no fish were

fought / caught on this rod.


Comes With Tube

For more information contact Pure Fishing Malaysia at: Tel : +603 7832 3380

or email info@my.purefishing.com


The Sapphire Crest comes with a nice

looking cordura tube with separated

segment giving each piece its own

space protecting them from hitting

against each other’s guides of which

could cause damage especially during

travel.

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New Launches

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Pflueger Microspin

If you are into ultra light tackle

fishing or finesse fishing, this

Pflueger Microspin UL reel is one to

consider. It looks and feels good with

a gold coloured spool and whitish

beige coloured graphite body.


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Light Weight & Smooth


As with many ultra light tackle reels,

the Microspin UL is light weight

and feels balanced. It is also a pretty

decent performer with smooth rotation

and drag that maxes out at 6lb of

which is great for ultra light fishing.

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Wooden Handle Knob

The Microspin UL comes with a

wooden handle knob that gives it the

classic look. The wooden knob not

only enhances its looks, it also gives

it a classic feel.


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Wooden Handle Knob


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BRAID CAPACITY YD/LB: 130/6

BRAID CAPACITY M/MM:

140/0.13 90/0.20 45/0.23

ANTI-REVERSE FEATURE: Instant

Anti-Reverse

Bearings: 4

RETRIEVE RATE: 19.6

MAX DRAG LB: 6

REEL SIZE: 20

For more information contact OAG

Worldwide at Tel : +603-3358 6003 or

email oagwsb@gmail.com


New Launches

The Asian Angler

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Pflueger Arbor

Line comes off Pflueger’s large

arbor spool in larger coils, ensuring

less memory in your superline and

taming the most stubborn fluorocarbon

lines. The Hybrid aluminum/

graphite construction contributes

strength, while keeping weight to a

minimum.


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8 Bearing System - Corrosion resistant

stainless steel ball bearings

Hybrid Body - Aluminum body with a

graphite body cover, lightweight strength

Aluminum Spool - Lightweight, durable,

spool design

Sealed Carbon Drag - Sealed system, always

lubricated, always smooth

Aluminum Handle - Aircraft grade aluminum

handle, extreme durability

Large Arbor Design - Large arbor reel increases

casting distance and minimizes line

twist

Soft Touch Knob - Soft touch rubber knob

provides excellent grip and comfort

Models Available

7435

7450

For more information contact OAG

Worldwide at Tel : +603-3358 6003 or

email oagwsb@gmail.com


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New Launches

The Asian Angler

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ZMAN Pop ShadZ


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Constructed of high floating, 10X

Tough ElaZtech material, this first-of-itskind

soft plastic surface popper sports a

cupped face that pops, spits, and chugs

along the surface for maximum fish-calling

attraction. Buoyant enough to float

even a heavy gauge hook, its baitfish profile

accurately mimics a number of freshand

saltwater forage species.


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Features

• Unique soft plastic popper design thanks to super buoyant

ElaZtech material

• Cupped face and side-to-side walking movement creates

strike-provoking surface action

• For best results, rig weedless with a heavy wire 4/0 or 5/0

offset EWG style hook

• Ideal for a number of fresh- and saltwater species, including

bass, pike, stripers, snook, redfish, seatrout, and more!

• 10X Tough withstands violent surface strikes and being

ripped through surface cover

• 5” length, 3 baits per pack, available in 8 vibrant topwater

colors


New Launches

The Asian Angler

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ZMAN Finesse Shroom

Designed to be paired with the

Finesse TRD, Finesse ShadZ, or Hula

StickZ to create the perfect Ned Rig,

the Finesse ShroomZ jighead sport

a custom wire keeper welded onto

the hook shank that not only makes

rigging a breeze, but holds ElaZtech

baits securely without the need for

gluing. The unique keeper, coupled

with the extreme durability of 10X

Tough ElaZtech, creates a near bulletproof

package that will fish-afterfish

for hours on-end without the

need for re-rigging.


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Features

• Designed for Midwest finesse style fishing, aka

the Ned Rig

• Ideal for use with any small ElaZtech baits

• Unique wire keeper is welded directly to the hook

shank to make rigging simple and hold ElaZtech

baits securely

• Mushroom-shaped head blends seamlessly into

finesse baits and is preferred by top finesse fishermen

• Built around premium, high carbon black nickel

hooks

• Available in 1/15, 1/10, and 1/6 oz weights for a

variety of finesse scenarios, both deep and shallow

• Offered in 4 colors, 5 jigheads per pack

For more information contact OAG Worldwide at Tel : +603-3358 6003

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New Launches

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ZMAN Finesse TRD

The Finesse TRD (The Real Deal)

is designed specifially for the Midwest

finesse style of fishing, more

commonly known as the Ned Rig,

which has been gaining momentum

nationwide as a subtle and easy-tomaster,

yet amazingly effective, presentation.

While savvy anglers have

been modifying ElaZtech baits for

years to create perfect baits for Midwest

finesse fishing, the TRD possesses

the ideal finesse profile in a

ready-to-fish package. A softer ElaZtech

formulation and custom salt

content allow the TRD to exhibit the

precise sink rate, lifelike action, and

irresistible feel that expert finesse

anglers have learned result in longer

holds and increased hook-up ratios.


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Features

• Specially designed for increasingly popular Midwest finesse

technique, aka the Ned Rig

• Custom ElaZtech formulation and salt content to provide

the ideal sink rate, lifelike feel, and unique flutter desired by

top finesse fishermen

• Dimpled texture provides an increased realistic feel

• Designed to be fished on Finesse ShroomZ jighead

• Very easy to fish, perfect for beginners and children

• Employed by tournament fishermen in tough conditions

• Effective on a variety of species including largemouth,

smallmouth, spotted bass, bream, crappie, white bass, drum,

catfish, walleye, and more!

• Super tough ElaZtech construction

• 2.75” in length, available in 8 colors


VFOX Robinson RB-04M

New Launches

The Asian Angler

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Looking for a case to put you

terminal tackle? The all new VFOX

Robinson RB-04M Case is one to

consider. It comes with high quality

plastic and it is built tough to withstand

all types of weather. It is waterproof

and will keep your terminal

tackle dry should it fall into the water

or should you get caught in a heavy

downpour.


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Case


The Robinson RB-04M looks really

good being well designed and it

comes with rubber footings to reduce

sliding. Inside the case are compartments

that are adjustable to fit your

terminal tackle, and these compartments

are protected by clear plastic

covers that stops them from dropping

into other compartments.


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For more information call Brilliant Tackle at +6 06 334 4555 or visit

their website at www.brilliant-tackle.com


The clear covers are spring loaded

and will flip open when you unlock

the latch. Being clear also allows you

to see what you have in each compartment

without having to open up

the covers only to find out that you

have got the wrong compartment

open.

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New Launches

The Asian Angler

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VFOX Fishing Lip Grip

Fishing lip grips are essential

these days. The VFOX Fishing Lip

Grip FLG-09 is a high quality fishing

lip grip that is well designed and

looks really good. It is made of aluminium

giving it the lightweight feel

and strength.


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FLG-09


It comes with a rubber grip that allows

you a firm and good grip without

reducing the slippage especially

with the weight of a large fish at the

other end.


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The FLG-09 uses a trigger to open

and close the clamps making it easy

to manage especially when you’ve

got a fish by the water wanting to get

away while your other hand is holding

on to your fishing rod, as you try

to insert the clamp of the lip grip into

the fishes mouth.


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To help ensure that the lip grip is not

lost the FLG-09 comes with a spring

type lanyard with a carabineer that

can be attached to your belt or to any

area that is convenient and comfortable

to you.

For more information call Brilliant Tackle at +6 06 334 4555 or visit

their website at www.brilliant-tackle.com


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New Launches

The Asian Angler

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VFOX Reel Bag SBR-20

We spend good amounts of

money on our fishing equipment

and it is important that we keep

them safe and that includes out fishing

reels. VFOX recently launched

the VFOX Reel Bag SBR-2001 M for

round reels.


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01 M


The SBR-2001 M is made of neoprene

which give some protection. It

has absorption properties that absorb

shock and at the same time protects

the reel from damage. It is also easy

to put on as it uses Velcro straps to

secure reels in place.


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For more information call Brilliant Tackle at +6 06 334 4555 or visit

their website at www.brilliant-tackle.com


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New Launches

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VFOX SBR Rod Bag SB

The VFOX SBR Rod bags are

designed to keep you rods safe especially

during transportation. They

act as protective shell made of EVA.

Many a times rods are damaged during

transportation when they hit

against something hard. The VFOX

SBR Rod Bags are made to eliminate

such damage.


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RB-3068 & 2068


VFOX SBR rods bags come in various

lengths and configuration. One

uses a flip type cover with a Velcro

strap that straps around the flip to

keep the rod within safe and secured.

The other uses a zip that zips all the

way from one end to the other. It

opens up all the way. The one with

the zip comes with a strap as well for

easy or convenient carrying about.

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For more information call Brilliant Tackle at +6 06 334 4555 or visit

their website at www.brilliant-tackle.com

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Introducin’

The Asian Angler

What A Case

VFOX Robinson

When it comes to cases

for your terminal tackle such

as swivels, snaps, hooks, split

shots, etc. there are quite a few

in the market but this case, the

VFOX Robinson RB-04M certainly

takes the cake. If I were

to be a secret agent, this would

be the kind of case that I will be

fishing with.


RB-04M

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Well Designe


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When it comes to such cases,

most of them are just normal

plastics with a cover, and that’s

about it. Most of them are purpose

built and thus look boring

most of the time. The Robinson

RB-04M is designed really well

somewhat like a weapons case

or a case someone would keep

plutonium in.


Good Locking

When it comes to such cases,

most of them are just normal

plastics with a cover, and that’s

about it. Most of them are purpose

built and thus look boring

most of the time. The Robinson

RB-04M is designed really well

somewhat like a weapons case

or a case someone would keep

plutonium in.


Mechanism

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Spring Opera


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ted Covers

Open up the case and you will see

more covers. Push on the latches

and the covers spring open. All

covers work this way giving the

Robinson RB-04M a very classy

look and feel. What’s more important

is that each individual

compartments are sealed really

quite tightly. Hooks and small

snaps will not be able to travel to

other compartments freely.


Adjustable Co

The compartments are adjustable

by removing the separators.

Should you have a need to bring

along longer or larger hooks,

snaps, etc. all that needs to be

done is to remove the needed

separators to make the compartments

larger. This adds to practicality.


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Waterproof


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Goodness

Another thing that I like about

the Robinson RB-04M is that

it is waterproof. A rubber goes

around the rim of the case and

when the case is shut tight, the

rubber blocks water from sipping

in keeping our hooks,

snaps, etc. safe and dry inside.


Conclusion

The VFOX Robinson RB-04M

looks great and feels really good.

It has the feel of up market higher

priced cases. What’s great is

how it works and it is certainly

a case that will like to have with

me on my fishing expeditions.


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Introducin’

The Asian Angler

Zaco Crank CF75M


ZACO CF75M bait naturally gives a

sense of dimensions and impressively reduces

air resistance. By using a combination

of tungsten and steel balls for weight

balance system, ZACO CF75M secures outstanding

casting distance.

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Additionally, it was built with the detailed

calculation of the optimal lip angle that occurs

right after the landing. Through these

excellent designs, it minimizes the reflection

of light from any angle, and enables wobbling

action from even subtle movements.


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Adding rattle inside the body embodies

a realistic vibration and wavelength that

a bait fish makes and it delivers to further

places in order to effectively attract bass.

The Crank comes with our company’s selfdeveloped

distinctive colors that have proven

to catch fish. Crank series adopts durable

and sharp treble hooks approved by all certificated

tests.


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Specifications


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Body Length: 75mm (3”)

Weight: 19g (2/3oz)

Buoyancy: Floating

Running Depth: 2 - 3m (6.6 - 9.8ft)


FEATURES

Best in Class Quality

Hand Spray Process with Durability

High Quality Paint with Visuality

Internal Holographic Foil

3D Holographic Eyes

High Strength Treble Hooks

Tungsten Ball with Long Casting Design

Glass Rattle Inside

For more information please refer to: http://www.theoutdoorlure.com/zaco


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Introducin’

The Asian Angler

Zaco Minnow SP70S

With a carefully designed thin tail part,

ZACO SP70S reaches the target water level

in a short period of time. Also, what has

been put into consideration is the weight

balance for the sake of improving its carry

distance. The appropriate balance of wiggling

and wobbling can easily attract target

fish.


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Using a proper line allows suspension time

for a user to take advantage of. The SP70S

come with our company’s self-developed

distinctive colors that have proven to catch

fish. The SP70S adopts durable and sharp

treble hooks approved by all certificated

tests.


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Specifications

Body Length: 70mm (2-3/4”)

Weight: 6.4g (7/32oz)

Buoyancy: Suspending 16ºC (60ºF)

Running Depth: 0.7m (2.2ft)

FEATURES

Best in Class Quality

Hand Spray Process with Durability

High Quality Paint with Visuality

Internal Holographic Foil

3D Holographic Eyes

High Strength Treble Hooks

Glass Rattle Inside

For more information please refer to: http://www.theoutdoorlure.com/zaco


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Skill Enhancers

Fishing With Spoons Part 4 - B


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Philemon Foo

asic Presentations: Let It Fall

Spoons are so very versatile. There is

no such thing as only one way to present

a spoon unless of course you only know

of one way to do so. I believe that we

need not discuss casting as I believe all

of you know how to cast. We’ll focus on

“fall” also called “drop” action which is

when the spoon breaks the water’s surface

and falls to the bottom.


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Factors To Note

There are certain general factors that we need to consider

here and they are the size of the spoon, the weight

of the spoon, and the design. For the purpose of this

article I will refer to the teardrop designed spoon (being

a very common spoon).


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How these factors affect the spoon is in the way it falls

or the fall action. Spoons of different weights and sizes

have different fall actions. Generally larger spoons with

larger surfaces will have wider flutter, wobble, glide,

etc. as compared to smaller spoons.

Lighter spoons may not drop slower than larger heavier

spoons as lighter spoons usually have smaller surface

areas and thus may drop faster due to lower amounts

of resistance from the water. Smaller spoons usually

have narrower flutter and shorter glides. Spoons of different

sizes also gives out different acoustics (noises)

and bubble trails underwater.


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Indirect

Factors

The indirect factors include the weight of the hook

used, hook type (single or treble hook), weight of accessories

used such as swivels and snaps, as well as the

buoyancy of the lines (leader and main) used.


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Tank Tested

Spoons

Most spoons(those that go through tank testing) are

tested with the hook that it comes with. Most of the

time we change these hooks to better hooks or hooks

that we are comfortable with such as single hooks, and

doing so may change the action of the spoon.


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Balancing

Issues

Changing the weight and size of the swivel and snap

does affect the spoon’s action too. Using heavier or

lighter swivels and snaps will shift the weight in either

direction (towards the swivel and snap or away which

is usually towards the hook).


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Line Buoyancy

Leaders and mainlines used have a certain degree of

buoyancy. Braided lines tend to float. Fused lines and

monofilament lines will sink at various rates. The fastest

sinking lines are fluorocarbon lines and certain

new technological advanced fused lines. All lines have

different sink rates. Line diameters too affect sink rate.

These too effects the action of the spoon during the

drop.


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Environmental

Factors

For those not in the know, saltwater such as the sea,

does affect spoons differently as compared to freshwater.

Things tend to have better buoyancy out at sea

due to saltwater being more condensed as compared

to freshwater. Then there are also currents to consider

(rivers and sea) but let us not get too hung up on all

these.


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So What Now?

With all that we have discussed thus far, my recommendation

before you make that cast is to first not

worry too much about what you have no control over.

Second, drop the spoon in the water in front of you

and see how it drops (action).

Take a mental note of its drop rate (speed). Drop the

spoon about 3 feet from the tip, place the spoon on the

water’s surface and drop your rod tip to about a feet

from the water surface while you mentally count how

long the spoon reaches the bottom (where you feel the

weight of the spoon on your rod tip).

Next, drag the spoon left to right or vice versa at different

speeds to see the different swim actions. This

will give you an idea of how your spoon will swims

during the retrieving process of which we will discuss

in a future article.


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Why Is The Fall

Important?

Yes, I have fished with many angler who cast out spoons

and start retrieving right when the spoon hits the water.

It is not wrong to do so. But many a times fishes

take spoons during the drop as it makes its way to the

bottom. As it drops it wobbles, flutters, glides, etc. and

should there be a nearby fish, chances are it may hit

your spoon.


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Fishing

Different

Water

Columns

Another reason is to allow your spoon to reach a certain

depth (water columns) before cranking it back.

Say for example, you see fishes hanging out at about

5 feet beneath the water’s surface and you want your

spoon to swim close to them. What you will have to do

is to wait for your spoon to drop till it reaches the said

water column before you retrieve.


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Know Your

Drop Rate

As mentioned earlier, I highly recommend

that you test your setup and

spoon’s drop rate. When you know your

spoon’s drop rate you can do a mental

count during the “wait,” somewhat like

fishing with a countdown lure; for it to

reach the wanted water column before

you start retrieving.


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When Not To

Drop

There are times when allowing your spoon to drop to

the bottom can be a risky affair and you may not want

to take that risk. This is when you are casting to areas

where hard snags like logs are present and you’re using

treble hooks. Chances of snagging onto a log is really

quite high and you thus you may decide not to risk it.


Personally I prefer to use single hooks as doing so reduces

the risk of getting snagged and losing your spoon

quite significantly. This allows me to fish along snags

and catch fishes hiding amongst them. Do think about

your setup as well such as rod power / action, line lb,

etc. should you decide to cast towards snags.

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Conclusion

To help you remember to allow your

spoon to drop keep this in mind... Cast,

Wait, Retrieve. When you are fishing in

water such as lakes, dams, out at sea, etc.

you have the option of allowing your

spoon to drop to the bottom. Unless it

is really snaggy and you cannot stomach

the lost of your spoon, try allowing your

spoon to drop.


Knowledge Wise

Let’s Talk About B


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Philemon Foo

earings: Part 1

Bearings, one of the more important factors a

lot of anglers use to consider how good a reel is. I

have overheard without intentions of eavesdropping

that this reel is better because it has more

bearings than the other one; or you should get

this reel because it has got more bearings.

What Are Bearings?

So, what are bearings? Bearings are in general

little things that could be shaped like balls or

cylinders that helps to reduce friction between

parts. In general that is what bearings really are

but then why are they so important that anglers

use them as a means of judging how good a reel

is?


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Fishing And

Heat

Our reels work really hard when we fish. It works

hard when we are casting (bait casting reels especially).

They work hard when we retrieve our

lures or baits. They work hard when we are fighting

fishes. They even work hard when we are

spooling in lines, removing lines, etc. When they

work, friction amongst parts creates heat.

Big game anglers that play with turbocharged

high performance fishes can attest to how hot

a reel can get when in battle. Reels have burnt

with parts inside breaking mid fight. Some reels

get so hot that they could lightly burn one’s skin.

Thus you sometimes hear stories of people pouring

water on their reels mid fight to cool it down.

Heat is caused by friction.


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Why Use

Bearings?

First off, I want to make clear that personally I

am not a believer in the “more bearings is better

gospel.” I believe that the efficient use of bearings

is more important than the amount of bearings.

That said, bearings are super important because

they help to reduce friction thus reducing reel

breakage mid fight. They also help with stability

and balance.


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Types Of

Bearings

Found In

Reels

Inside your fishing reels there are basically 3

types of bearings and they all have a role to play.

These bearings are:

Radial Bearings

Radial bearings are found on reel shafts that supports

spools, side plates, handle knobs, etc. They

allow for smoother operations. When one talks

about how smooth a reel is, this is one of the contributing

factors.


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One Way Bearings

One Way Bearings are needle roller clutch bearings

that are designed to move only in one direction.

The one way bearing is normally placed at

the side plate of the handle area. The use of one

way bearings is as the name suggests, to allow

smooth movements in one direction.

Ball Bearings

Ball bearings are basically balls that are placed at

places such as the areas that support the shafts in

certain reels, inside certain handle knobs, to support

certain worm gears, etc. They are of course

sound inside radial bearings.

All these bearings are made using various materials

such as steel, stainless steel , and ceramic of

which we will cover in later magazine issues.


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Bushings

Vs. Bearings

Remember earlier on I said that I am not a believer

in the gospel of more bearings means better

reel? The reason is because for certain reels

more bearings may not be better. One example is

saltwater reels. Certain parts in saltwater reels are

more prone to getting wet with saltwater.

Being corrosive in nature, saltwater can and will

rust even expensive good quality stainless steel.

For reasons of such some reel manufacturers use

bushings instead of bearings for these parts and it

makes sense maintenance wise.


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Simply

Adding

Bearings

Another reason is that there are manufacturer

who add bearings just for the sake of adding

bearings to create a better image of their reels

(some only claim to have that many but actually

don’t). Doing so brings no benefit but there

is the additional weight and maintenance issues

to think about (rusting bearings breaking up and

causing damage to other parts for example).


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High

Quality Reels

There are high quality reels with lots of bearings like the

Shimano Stella that comes with 14+1 bearing. A lot of

time, effort, and money has gone into making them better

reels and the bearings used are placed there functionally

to give one the ultimate of smoothness and feel as well as

better durability to parts. In such instances I agree wholeheartedly

with the amounts of bearings needed.

So Now You Know

So now you know why bearings are important and having

more does not always mean better. What’s more important

is functionality. This article should also give you new

found respect for your reels. Take care of them well and

they will in return take care of you.


News Worthy The Asian Angler

Power

Collaboration

Good custom rod builders can build really good rods but

they may not have enough clout to work with rod factories to

have them mass produced at a good price point. Rod brands on

the other hand can make very good rods at affordable prices but

these rods are normally not as finely tuned as those made by a

specialized custom rod builder.

Dream Team

Recently MGFA (Malaysian Game Fishing Anglers) joined forces

with a very well known rod builder, Kenny of Extreme Anglers,

who has build rods for many anglers from many countries

around the world, and whom himself fishes a lot. This collaboration

completes a very powerful puzzle bringing finely tuned rods

to anglers at mass production prices.


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MGFA

There are high quality reels with lots of bearings like the

Shimano Stella that comes with 14+1 bearing. A lot of time,

effort, and money has gone into making them better reels

and the bearings used are placed there functionally to give

one the ultimate of smoothness and feel as well as better

durability to parts. In such instances I agree wholeheartedly

with the amounts of bearings needed.


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Kenny

Extreme Anglers

Kenny is a hardcore angler and have been building custom

rods for a long time. As the name Extreme Anglers go, Kenny is

known for building fine tuned rods working with a very sound

knowledge of blanks, precise guide placements, etc. and has created

rods to handle extreme fishing.


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Having A

Chat

We recently had a chat to discover why

such a collaboration happened and it

made a lot of sense. First of all, such a collaboration

will make the country (Malaysia)

proud and has the potential to change

the future of fishing. Here is our chat with

Mak of MGFA & Kenny of Extreme Anglers.


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Chat Time

Why did MGFA decide to collaborate with

Extreme Anglers?

MGFA and EXTREME ANGLERS share the same goal and

vision. Our goal is to build a local brand and make it global.

We want anglers around the world to recognize Malaysia as

a country that is able to produce and engineer quality products.

This to me is the most important element in our partnership.

To build a brand with international recognition, the core

product itself needs to be really good and to serve functionality.

It must be engineered to outperform many and sit

on par with the best. And finally, innovation is the key for

survival in a competitive environment and Kenny’s in-depth

knowledge is our asset to open that door.

Kenny is the most technically sound person I know in the

industry, be it about fishing equipment or the sport itself.

When Kenny talks, he talks with many years of experience.

He is also very hand-on and is constantly at the forefront of

changing global trends. He does not derive knowledge from

GOOGLE or catalogues.


What is the difference between Kenny’s design and the

others?

Kenny’s design focuses on functionality while many other rod makers focuses

more on the form (outlook / design) making them attractive, easy to

produce, and easy to mass market.

In our collaboration Kenny will handle the technical parts of building the

ZEN ZAGAN of which includes the guide system, handle construction,

blank engineering and material, and the action as well as the power of the

rod; hence the term CUSTOM STANDARD.

In Malaysia, there is a lot of misconceived idea about custom rod building.

Many anglers build custom rods for the sole purpose of owning a piece of

his favourite rod that no other angler can purchase off the shelf. There are

also some anglers who chance upon a blank that they like but is not produced

into a complete rod for them to purchase. They thus purchase the

blank and have a rod built for them.

But when it comes to EXTREME ANGLERS, a custom built rod is made to

outperform mass production rods that are found off the shelves. First off,

the blank and its character must be made for a certain type of fishing taking

into consideration the length, the blank action, lb ratings, and materials

used.

The next but also very important aspect, something of which many do

not fully grasp, is the guide settings. Many just follow the Fuji catalogue

as long as Fuji guides are in use, or they will refer to popular fishing rods

available in the market to ensure that nothing will go wrong. However,

these may not always be the best settings for the said rods.


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Each and every blank has its own character although they may share the

same length or lb rating, and with different characters one will have to set

the guides differently to optimize the performance standards of the blank

according to the fishing application it is built for.

When both these factors are combined, we get what we call a rod with

high functionality or an well rounded rod; a rod that is light for its class,

well balanced, sensitive and responsive to work lures or jigs, and ultimately

delivers enough power and comfort during battles with fishes.

What type of jigging rods are local anglers (Malaysian

anglers) most interested in and what is demanded of

these rods?

Most local anglers want their jigging rods to be light, thin or fine (smaller

in diameter) as they move towards using smaller reel sizes and lower line

lb. Many anglers have started enjoying the challenges of fighting a big fish

on smaller tackle as well as the effectiveness of smaller jigs.

Of course what Malaysian anglers enjoy most is the fight more than anything

else. We tend to fight hard, fast, and aggressive with high drag settings

and that sometimes results in rods breaking. Many prefer a rod that

can take a fair amount of abuse, as well as a rod that allows the angler to

focus on the fight having full confidence in his tackle giving him zero failure.


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How many series are there in the new ZEN ZAGAN

stable?

5 series – 16 models. These models are:

SLOW TWITCH – PE 1-3 Standard Jigging / Bottom Rod

METAL MAYHEM – PE 2-3 Standard Jigging / Bottom Rod

MICRO MANIA – 0-6-1.5, 0.8-2.0 Micro Jigging – But also able to take

40gm

OFFSHORE SHOOTER – Boat casting – Sinking Minnows, Poppers, Spoon

Good for TENGGIRI, DORADO, GT, QUEENFISH

SLOW PITCH 6’6” PE 1-3 , PE 2-4 – Slow pitch game

What are the advantages of the new series?

The advantages of this new series is the ability to handle many different fishing

techniques applicable to coastal boat game fishing. Any angler to owns

a set of Zagan rods is considered fully equipped to fish for many parts of our

waters.

Every model shares two common characteristics in its blank construction

of which are being lightweight and powerful. If you have use any one of the

models and you like it, I am very confident that you will end up falling for

the rest.


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What is the purpose of developing this new series?

The purpose of this new series is to allow our anglers to fish with using the

many varieties of techniques that they are exposed to and to give our saltwater

anglers a fishing rod that is specifically designed for our local conditions,

techniques, and game fishes. We believe that this will enable our

anglers to fish better and enjoy the fishing experience better too.

Many reputable rods in the market are made without focusing on our market

and our anglers, but their place or country of origin. Therefore they

may not be the best rods made to handle our game fishes as well as our local

fishing conditions.

Will there be further collaboration between MGFA &

EXTREME ANGLERS to develop new rod series?

MGFA and EXTREME ANGLERS next collaboration will be the GTZERO

ready built rods that will be tuned by Kenny. We will also collaborate on a

new brand of which will be an ongoing project.

Conclusion

Well, the future is exciting. I am excited with the possibilities that this collaboration

will bring to our fishing scene.. Better rods, better performance,

and better prices. We are patiently awaiting.


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CONSCIOUSNESS)

With light tackle picking up steam, the

new Viper Sting rod is poised to give light

tackle anglers a lot of fun. The Viper Sting

is lightweight and built tough using high

quality graphite blanks and thus is able to

manage many species of fish while not being

overly rigid thus allowing anglers loads

of fun.


EST STATE OF

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Confident Handling

The Viper Sting’s EVA is ergonomically designed

in such away to give you the most

comfortable of grip while you are fishing.

Care is also put into the weight of the EVA

as the Viper Sting is a well balance rod and

rod balancing is a delicate process, thus it is

important to ensure that balance is maintained

despite shaving off weight at the EVA.


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Quality Built


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Viper Sting rods are carbon rods that are

well designed and sporty being adorned

with carbon fiber wrap, quality Fuji components,

high quality EVA handles, and

quality graphite blank.

Baitcasting

VS562MLB 6-12LB 6-17G

VS561MLB 6-12LB 6-17G

VS602MLB 6-15LB 6-20G

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Spinning

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Get Your Kids Fish

Junior Anglers

An Initiative By The Asian Angler Magazine

Fishing is a very healthy sport.

As anglers we enjoy fresh air, we

experience nature, we improve

our analytical skills, we absorb

vitamins from the sun, we expend

our minds, we learn about the

environment, etc.

There are so many benefits to

fishing and we should reduce our

kids addiction to video games,

computer games, playing with

mobile devices, etc. We should get

them to interact more with our

environment and teach them a

thing or two about life and living

life.

With this in mind we hope to

encourage you to take your kid(s)

fishing and have dedicated a section

of our magazine to Junior

Anglers.


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* Picture courtesy of Pure Fishing

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Junior Anglers

Marching Through March


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By Amirul Irfan

Overall, March has been great. The weather

was hot and water levels dropped but I managed

to hook a few fish. Pressure from other

commitments such as school has limited my

fishing time but I still have the weekends. Notice

the mount of soil at the end of the ‘steroid’

pond?


The back of the ‘steroid’ pond

has a different view now. I

presume that it will be covered,

so I have decided to start

my snakehead relocation program.

From the beginning of

March I have caught and kept

snakeheads, and will relocate

them to other locations. Other

fish species will be included.

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Bashing through the jungle to reach

a spot with lots of tree stumps,

snakeheads and peacock bass.

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I have failed to pluck any fish out of

this area. I tried fishing the Berkley

Havoc Pitboss, but I failed to set

the hook after a Giant Snakehead

took it. There are some peacock

bass lurking around in this area

too.

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The anticipation of fishing topwater

lures is exciting. Seeing ‘torpedo’

shaped wakes going straight

towards your lure can make your

heart stop for a while. I am a topwater

fan, and I am sure that will

never change.

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30cm Striped Snakehead on the Rapala

Countdown 5 in Golden Alburnus.

I decided to match the hatch as

the fish in the steroid pond are very

spooky and I was successful. The

tight wiggle and baitfish profile of the

countdown is perfect for fooling wary

snakeheads.

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Rapala Countdown 5 in Hot Tiger.

This snakeheads was fooled by my

younger brother right before we left.

Another lure added to my favourite

list.

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Juvenile striped snakehead caught

with a worm in just 10 seconds. The

low water level and high temperatures

made the fish passive so I had to use

bait. Back to basics can be fun.

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A tilapia caught on worms too.

Fighting it with 4lb Berkley Solutions

mono is fun. It pulled

my bobber around and put up

a great fight until I had it in my

hands. Now it is in my aquarium

feasting on shrimps while

waiting to be relocated.

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I tried to fish for another tilapia

at the same spot but this juvenile

striped snakehead managed

to steal the worms first. It made a

run into some reeds and 4lb test

was not enough. I had to get in and

pull it out of the reeds with a plank.

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My youngest brother managed to

hook this juvenile tilapia. They

look great when they are small.

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This juvenile snakehead was caught

on a live minnow in around a

minute. Watching my float bob

away after the snakehead took

the minnow was tempting. The

hook was small but it managed

to hook the lip of this snakehead.

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Climbing Perch caught on a worm.

Bigger ones were nibbling hard

but they managed to get away.

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Mr.Zul Ali, a friend I met at Uncle

Jim’s tackle shop. He thought me some

great knowledge about hampala barbs

and snakeheads. During our short

meet and fish session, I missed a few

juvenile snakeheads but it was fun.

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Some snakeheads in the holding

tank. Currently I have 6 snakeheads

waiting to be relocated. I feed

them with shrimp and minnows I

net at the ‘steroid pond’. Hundreds

of shrimp can be caught in an hour

by using a homemade minnow trap.

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The Berkley Powerbait Kasumi

Craw never fails to produce. I used

the green pumpkin colour for contrast

in the murky water on that

particular day. I fished the craw at

a fast pace on top of some hydrilla.

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I do not know what is that orange

marking on this snakehead. It seems

to be a healed wound, but I am not really

sure.

Super stoked for April , and I hope

everyone reading this will have a great

time ahead be it on the water or in

an office (dreaming about fishing..).

Please remember to stay safe while

fishing. Recently I have heard of multiple

fishing related accidents. If you

are fishing from a boat, wear proper

gear and take necessary measures to

prevent any accidents.

Tight lines and Happy fishing.


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MONO BRAID MAX GEAR INCHES HAND

MODEL # SAP # CAPACITY CAPACITY DRAG RATIO PER TURN WEIGHT BEARINGS RETRIEVE

RCN-5600 1292709 Box 12 lb/135 yd 30 lb/135 15 lb 6.8:1 33 10.2 oz 8 Right

RCN-6600HC 1292711 Box 12 lb/320 yd 30 lb/310 15 lb 4.7:1 23 11.8 oz 8 Right

RCN-6601HC 1292712 Box 12 lb/320 yd 30 lb/310 15 lb 4.7:1 23 11.8 oz 8 Left

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ABU GARCIA AMBASSADEUR MORRUM ZX

PRECISION CASTING AND CONTROL IN THE ULTIMATE ROUND REEL

Not just any reel has what it takes to bear the Mörrum name - introducing the new Mörrum ZX.

From its machined aluminum frame andsideplates to bent carbon handle and flat EVA knobs,

no detail was spared in designing the ultimate round reel. Compact design coupled with the

renowned IVCB-IV (Infinitely Variable Centrifugal Brake) system enables anglers to cast ultralightweight

lures with precision, accuracy and control.

THE ABU ADVANTAGE

• 10 stainless steel HPCR bearings + 1 roller bearing provides increased corrosion protection

• Machined aluminum frame and sideplates provides strength without excess weight

• Carbon Matrix drag system provides smooth, consistent drag pressure across the entire drag range

• IVCB-IV TM (Infinitely Variable Centrifugal Brake) gives very precise brake adjustments allowing anglers t

easily cast a wide variety of baits

• Infini II spool design for extended castability and extreme loads

• Compact bent carbon handle provides a more ergonomic design that is extremely lightweight

• Flat EVA knobs provide greater comfort and durability

• Titanium coated line guide reduces friction and improves durability

• Recessed reel foot allows for a more ergonomic reel design

• Made in Sweden

MONO BRAID MAX GEAR INCHES HAND

MODEL # SAP # CAPACITY CAPACITY DRAG RATIO PER TURN WEIGHT BEARINGS RETRIEVE

MORRUMZX-3600 1292537 Box 12 lb/135 yd 30 lb/135yd 15 lb 6.3:1 28 7.34 oz 11 Right

MORRUMZX-3601 1292538 Box 12 lb/135 yd 30 lb/135yd 15 lb 6.3:1 28 7.34 oz 11 Left

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The stainless steel gear train in our Squall Lever Drag

reels doesn’t get much tougher. Machined from stainless

steel and drilled out for weight reduction, these gears offer

the perfect combination of strength and speed.

Our Dura-Drag ® material contains a special Phenolic

bonding agent that prevents premature breakdown

to water. We then pretreat each drag washer with a

special compound developed by PENN engineers.....

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PENN SQUALL LEVER DRAG 2-SPEED

The PENN Squall Lever Drag 2-Speed is basically a graphite International and comes

in the 3 most popular big game sizes. Made from graphite for its benefits of being both

lightweight and corrosion resistant. The Quick-Shift 2-Speed and Dura-Drag systems

have been perfected in our International reels and the technology has transfered down

to the Squall platform.

THE PENN ADVANTAGE

• Lightweight graphite frame and sideplates

• Forged and machined aluminum spool

• Stainless steel main and pinion gear

• Dura-Drag ® washers virtually eliminate hesitation, even under extreme drag settings

• Quick-Shift 2-speed system

• 4 Shielded stainless steel ball bearings

• Double-dog ratchet anti-reverse

• Line Capacity Rings

Mono Cap. Braid Cap. Max Drag Max Drag Line Retrieve Weight

Model Material # (yds/lb) (yds/lb) Bearings @ Strike @ Full Gear Ratio (in)High/Low (oz)

SQL16VS 1292936

1090/15 • 725/20 • 540/30 1490/30 • 1040/50 • 865/65 4 20 lbs 26 lbs 4.5:1 / 2.1:1 39/18 38.5

SQL30VSW 1292937 1395/20 • 1035/30 • 595/50 1995/50 • 1660/65 • 1435/80 4 24 lbs 32 lbs 4.2:1 / 1.8:1 41/18 47.0

SQL50VSW 1292938 1550/30 • 890/50 • 565/80 2485/65 • 2145/80 • 1835/100 4 30 lbs 40 lbs 2.9:1 / 1.5:1 33/17 55.6

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Featuring

AVAILABLE IN

LEFT HAND

AVAILABLE IN

LINECOUNTER

Switchblade TM Harness Lugs

available on the SQL50LW

PENN SQUALL LEVEL WIND

The PENN Squall Level Wind reel is the sucessor to the GT series reels which have

been around for decades and proven themselves on big fish. The Squall LW has all

of the proven featurs of the GT series, with the addition of improved gear ratios and

an Instant Anti-Reverse bearing, in a more compact package. Left hand sizes

available in the 20 and 30 sizes.

THE PENN ADVANTAGE

• Lightweight graphite frame and sideplates

• Forged and machined aluminum spool

• High-strength marine grade bronze alloy main gear

• Stainless steel pinion gear

• 2+1 Shielded stainless steel bearing system

• Instant Anti-Reverse bearing with silent back up ratchet

• Line Capacity Rings

Model Material # Mono Cap. (yds/lb) Braid Cap. (yds/lb) Bearings Max Drag Gear Ratio Line Retrieve (in) Weight (oz)

SQL15LW 1292939 320/15 • 280/17 • 215/20 580/20 • 435/30 • 305/50 2+1 15 lbs 4.9:1 28 16.2

SQL20LW 1292940 415/17 • 315/20 • 290/25 865/20 • 650/30 • 455/50 2+1 15 lbs 4.9:1 28 16.9

SQL20LWLH 1292941 415/17 • 315/20 • 290/25 865/20 • 650/30 • 455/50 2+1 15 lbs 4.9:1 28 16.9

SQL30LW 1292943 455/25 • 370/30 • 285/40 1020/30 • 710/50 • 590/65 2+1 20 lbs 4.9:1 35 20.9

SQL30LWLH 1292944 455/25 • 370/30 • 285/40 1020/30 • 710/50 • 590/65 2+1 20 lbs 4.9:1 35 20.9

SQL50LW 1292945 435/40 • 320/50 • 285/60 900/65 • 775/80 • 665/100 2+1 20 lbs 4.0:1 32 24.6


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PENN GT LEVEL WIND

The PENN GT family of reels is one of the most recognizable on the market and perhaps

the most capable all-around level wind reel available. The GT reels are available in models

capable of everything from light-duty inshore bottom fishing to heavy-duty halibut models

and that is why they are the standard reel of choice on charter and private boats throughout

the country.

THE PENN ADVANTAGE

• Lightweight graphite frame

• Machined and anodized aluminum spool

• Built in linecounter for precise depth control (LC models)

• High-strength marine grade bronze alloy main gear

• Precision-machined stainless steel pinion gear

• HT-100 drag washers provide smooth drag under heavy loads

• Stainless steel level wind

• Stainless steel reel stand

Model Mtr # (Box • Clam) Mono Cap. (yds/lb) Braid Cap. (yds/lb) Bearings Max Drag Gear Ratio Line Retrieve (in) Weight (oz)

321GT2 1152017 Box 410/15 • 290/20 • 190/30 775/20 • 575/30 • 400/50 2 12 lbs 4.3:1 25 23

330GT2 1152021 Box 450/20 • 330/30 • 250/40 900/30 • 625/50 • 525/65 2 16 lbs 3.6:1 26 27

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ROD FORD SINISTER

Featuring

Rod Ford first ever collaboration with Azahar MJ, a fishing guide and

boat captain of Pekan, Pahang. Greatly known for his prowess in

hunting the Ebeks with metal jigs and wild mackerel chase, Rod Ford

built coastal class saltwater jigging rods to Azahar’s own specification

preference.

Each of the Sinister Ebek Special models come in dual handles. The

extended with split rear end for jigging and a shorter full EVA handle

for lure casting in estuaries, bay, coastal lines or around islands.

The perfection is in which each model is equally well balance with

both handles.


EBEK SPECIAL

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The 7’3” model is made to execute long fall technique with fluttering

metal jigs on a spin outfit. Though contradictory to what the native

Japanese suggest to using a multiplier reel for this option; our local

shallow waters of South China Sea allows the different setup combination.

Constructed from 24TON + 30TON Carbon and equipped with standard

K SiC guides and Fuji ACM/VSS reel seats.

Comes in two section models with butt joint and dual handles.

RFSN732/692S-LJ

RFSN632/572B-LJ

RFSN632/592S-LJ

PE1.0-2.0 JIG100g

PE0.8-2.0 JIG 100g

PE0.8-2.0 JIG 100g

For more information please contact:

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Tel: 607-861 9289

Fax: 607-863 2189

Email: info@mgfanglers.com


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Featuring

ROD FORD HALFMO

A revival of a hit from 2010, the Halfmoon was a favorite among

snakehead lure anglers then for its moderate action which cleverly

impart better swimming action to deep diving minnows and a tough

blank you can push to its limit during a do or die tussle.

Rod Ford designs the new Halfmoon with Carbon Veil concept; layering

the outer blank with additional carbon scrim to increase strength

and toughness. This is visually evident with the wavy carbon patterns

throughout the blank’s surface. A concept adopted by the older

model too; difference lies in the finer finishing on the latter. Handle

section is further wrapped with Aramid (Kevlar) for stiffness and cool

factor.


ON ULTIMATE

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Constructed from 24TON Carbon and equipped with standard K SiC

guides and Fuji ACM/VSS reel seats.

Comes in only one section models.

RFHM561B-M

5’ 6” 6-12 L B 4-20G LURE MEDIUM ACTION WT : 110G BAIT

RFHM631B-M

6’ 3” 8-14 L B 6-20G LURE MEDIUM ACTION WT : 120G BAIT

RFHM631S-M

6’ 3” 8-14 L B 6-20G LURE MEDIUM ACTION WT : 120G SPIN

For more information please contact:

MGFA (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Tel: 607-861 9289

Fax: 607-863 2189

Email: info@mgfanglers.com


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Featuring

Zen KON

Zen KON is a polyhedron shape jig that is designed for

slow jigging approach and long fall method. Fishes usually

get excited and attack when the jig free fall with its

enticing built in action. Comes in 2 different sizes ranging

20G &40G; Zen Kon offers 5 different colors in reflective

laser effect which prove to be an effective visual attractant

for SW game fishes from afar. Color available: Blue

smelt, Sardine, Dorado, Shinner, & Mullet.

For more information please contact:

MGFA (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Tel: 607-861 9289

Fax: 607-863 2189

Email: info@mgfanglers.com


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Featuring

K-RU POP

Pop, Gurgling, slide and pushes water with each rod twitch,

K-RU Pop float and maintain a horizontal profile even when

motionless on the water. The enticing swimming leg action during

retrieve sends lurking snakehead into frenzy, Made with

TPR material, K-RU Pop is very lifelike and incredibly tough.

Available in 7cm/4gm and 9cm/10gm with 3 colors to choose.

For more information please contact:

MGFA (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Tel: 607-861 9289

Fax: 607-863 2189

Email: info@mgfanglers.com


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Rod Ford ATOM Tune

Featuring

Rod Ford ATOM Tune up stage rod designed for those crazy

lure caster out there with made with quality composite graphite

to make it light for long hours casting, sensitive and tough

to suit the every challenging fishing environment where are

the predator hiding. This Rod ford ATOM rod action which enhances

the lifting power with a handing feel while minimizing

the fatigue and exhaustion experiences by the angler. FUJI

component guide and reel seat.

Model available:

RFATCT501MRFB LINE 4-10LB LURE 1/8-3/8OZ

RFATCT561MRFB LINE 5-12LB LURE 1/4-5/8OZ

RFATCT601MRFB LINE 5-15LB LURE 1/4-5/8OZ


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Up Stage

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Featuring


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If life squid is the ultimate bait for sea fishing as what

all saltwater anglers swear by; Rod Ford Loligos should

make the ultimate metal bait for micro jigging and shore

casting. 15gms in weight, the LOLIGOS flashes in daylight

with its reflective laser sticker front and back body

and glow in luminous green under dark conditions. The

LOLIGOS slightly protruded fins imparts a irresistible

swimming that provokes strike without fail. Either reel it

in or let sink and jig it up. Highly effective for “Cencaru

Kuda”.

Color Avalible: Green, Blue, Pink, Silver & Black.

For more information please contact:

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Tel: 607-861 9289

Fax: 607-863 2189

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