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For folks who have been waiting for a jighead that’s strong, extremely sharp and has a high corrosion resistance in saltwater, wait no more! VMC introduces 2 new jigheads specially developed for the South East Asia market to tackle our hard-fighting fish and to suit a wide variety of soft plastics.

VMC7150XJ Barbarian X Jighead 2.5g 3.5g 7g 10g

VMC 7150XJ Barbarian® X Jighead

The 7150XJ Barbarian® X Jighead features VMC®’s Technical Locking Curve, a unique “V” like bend that allows for fast and effortless hook penetration while locking the fish securely upon hookup. The hook’s Technical Locking Curve also offers greater resistance to opening up. The 7150XJ comes in two hook sizes – Size 2 with jighead weights of 2.5 grams and 3.5 grams for finesse fishing and Size 3/0 with jighead weights of 7 grams and 10 grams. Size 2 jighead is an excellent choice for finesse Peacock Bass fishing or Sagai ‘Aji’ing with Storm Gomoku Soft micro soft plastics.

VMC7150XJ Barbarian X Jighead 2.5g 3.5g 7g 10g

VMC 7312WJ Mystic Predator Weedless Jighead

The 7312WJ Mystic Predator weedless jighead is perfect for fishing soft plastics such as the 3.5″ and 4.5″ Trigger X Slop Hopper or Storm’s 4″ So-Run Hypno Grub and Makan Minnow over weedy areas or heavy cover. The worm hook features an extra wide gap for better hookups and slightly elongated point to prevent fish from throwing the hook. The hi-carbon steel wire is also forged for extra strength to handle big fish. The 7312WJ comes in hook size 3/0 and available in jighead weights of 7 grams, 10 grams and 15 grams.

VMC7312WJ Weedless Jighead 7g 10g 15g

Both jighead models feature VMC’s premium Needle Sharp point, a super sharp point that’s the result of a unique point-grinding process and then further chemically sharpened for superb needle-sharp penetration. They are also coated with Tin finishing for greater saltwater corrosion resistance.

Can’t get the VMC jigheads at your local retailer? Get yours today from E-Waves Fishbyte and Eastackle.

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Rapala RCD Mag Spring Pliers

For 2017 Rapala introduces a completely new range of tools for anglers. The Rapala Custom Design Series tools and accessories feature modern innovations and contemporary designs that lift angler’s tools to a totally new level. Features like the patent pending, Rapala Mag Spring have not been seen on any tool before. Clean looks and well thought-out functionality raise the bar on how angler’s tools are made.

Rapala RCD Mag Spring Pliers

The flagship of the new Rapala Custom Design Series is the RCD Mag Spring Pliers (RCDMP6).

The pliers are built with two internal opposing magnets to hold the pliers open, and there are no springs that could rust, break or lose their elasticity over time. The patent pending Mag Spring offers smooth, one hand operation and will not fail even in the harshest of conditions and extended use.

The durable steel jaws with gun metal finish have serrated tips for secure grip. The pliers have custom-designed, ergonomic, co-moulded Soft Grip handles for comfortable hold.

Rapala RCD Mini Clipper

The RCD Mini Clipper (RCDMC) features sharp, ground jaws that cut monofilament and most braided lines with ease. Built from durable stainless steel, the RCD Mini Clipper features an ergonomic, curved design for easy use. Built-in bottle opener at the tail end of the tool adds a recreational function.

Rapala RCD Magnetic Release

The RCD Magnetic Release (RDCDMR) is a powerful magnetic release tool with a carabiner clip. Ideal for hanging nets and other tools and accessories to fishing jackets, bags or vests. Break-away magnets allow easy one-hand operation, releasing the hung tool with one pull. The magnets also make the re-attaching quick and easy.

Rapala Fish Ruler RFR120

The Rapala Fisherman’s Ruler (RFR120) stretches 120cm long and is the perfect tool to measure your catch on the go. Folds neatly and weighted at both ends to keep the ruler straight. Easy to clean and store when not in use.

The whole Rapala Custom Design Series follows suit with comfortable, user-friendly yet edgy design and well thought-out functionality.

Can’t get the Rapala Vaaksy at your local retailer? Get yours today from The Fishing Marathon and Eastackle.

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The Storm SX-Soft VIB is now available in a smaller 58mm (14g) size! It still retains all the great features of the 70mm and 90mm versions – long casting, low-memory internal wire and the unbelievable fish-catching action that fish just love. Storm Southeast Asia Pro Staff Nigel Hagley explains some tips on how to use the new 58mm SX-Soft VIB at D’Best Pasir Ris Pond.

 

Get the new Storm SX-SOFT VIB 58mm now at Eastackle and The Fishing Marathon!

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In keeping with the evolution of slow-style jigging in South East Asia, Storm has launched the new Gomoku Slo4 Evolution slow jigging rods that are built especially for South East Asian slow jigging styles.

Storm Gomoku Slo4 Evolution Slow Jigging Rod

The new Storm Gomoku Slo4 Evolution slow jigging rods are made with Mitsubishi Rayon prepreg, the Slo4 Evolution’s graphite blank features a super responsive tip that is very sensitive yet providing optimal recoil when working slow-style jigs and yet offering a very strong butt section for serious fish lifting power when needed.

The Slo4 Evolution has a standard length of 6’3” and is available in 3 PE ratings for different purposes:

Storm Gomoku Slo4 Evolution Slow Jigging Rod PE1

Slo4 Evolution PE 1 – Model SFV631-1

This rod is designed for light slow jigging game with jigs from 40 to 100 grams in depths of 20 to 60m. Ideal for Ebek, Jemuduk, Golden Trevally, Small Grouper and Snappers. Comes equipped with Fuji SiC K-guides and Fuji TCS reel seat that is suitable for smaller baitcast reels.

Storm Gomoku Slo4 Evolution Slow Jigging Rod PE2

Slo4 Evolution PE 2 – Model SFV631-2

This rod is an all-round, slow jigging game spec rod that is ideal for working jigs from 80 to 200 grams in depths of up to approximately 80m of water. Ideal for Groupers, Snappers and other demersal and pelagic species. Comes equipped with Fuji SiC K-guides and Fuji T-DPS reel seat that is suitable for larger baitcast reels.

Storm Gomoku Slo4 Evolution Slow Jigging Rod PE3

Slo4 Evolution PE 3 – Model SFV631-3

This rod is designed for working jigs up to 300 grams and yet has the ability to handle large fish from deep water. Ideal for big Groupers, Snappers, GT, Amberjack and other large demersal and pelagic species. Comes equipped with Fuji SiC K-guides and Fuji T-DPS reel seat that is suitable for larger baitcast reels.

STORM GOMOKU SLO4 EVOLUTION SPECIFICATIONS

Model Power Rating Length Jig Weight Piece
SFV631-1 PE 1 6’3″ Max 100g 1 pc
SFV631-2 PE 2 6’3″ Max 200g 1 pc
SFV631-3 PE 3 6’3″ Max 300g 1 pc

 

Storm Gomoku Slo4 Evolution Slow Jigging Rod

Fred Goh putting the Slo4 Evolution PE3 to work.

Storm Gomoku Slo4 Evolution Slow Jigging Rod

10kg Grouper landed with ease on the Slo4 Evolution PE3

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Can’t get the Rapala Trail Blazer at your local retailer? Get yours today from Eastackle.

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Fred Goh chases down some snag-dwelling Sebarau (Jungle Perch) with the new 6cm Storm Gomoku Popper and Rapala Skitter Pop 9cm. It’s a game of locked drags and fish-wrestling in snaggy terrain! Hold on tight!

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The Gomoku Slow Rocker is the latest slow-style jig from Storm. Designed specially for shallow-water situations and slower currents, this chubby-looking jig slowly flaps and rocks side to side with plenty of ‘air time’ on the fall – deadly for fishes that feed very close to the bottom.

TIP: To obtain the best action from this jig, lift the jig off the bottom with a slow and gentle sweep of the rod on the upstroke, rather than a swift and abrupt sweep. Then let the jig’s falling action attract the bite. Using a slow “yo-yo”-like approach is often more effective than a quick lift-and-fall method.

The Gomoku Slow Rocker is available in 6 colours in 40g, 70g, 90g and 120g weights. Check them out at your nearest Storm dealer!
Gomoku Slow Rocker Gomoku Slow Rocker

Gomoku Slow Rocker

Gomoku Slow Rocker

WATCH VIDEO: CATCHING DIAMOND TREVALLY WITH STORM GOMOKU SLOW ROCKER

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Flat Rap Seluang FLR08-SLG

5th September 2016 Rapala Southeast Asia announces the arrival of Rapala Flat Rap 8cm SLG or “Seluang” pattern. The “Seluang” is the Malay name for the Rasbora, a common baitfish found throughout Malaysia and other parts of Southeast Asia. Of all the classic, fish-catching balsa wood lures from Rapala, the Flat Rap fits the slender minnow profile of the Seluang perfectly. Beautifully illustrated by Nigel Hagley from Singapore, the Flat Rap Seluang is the result of listening to the voices of Southeast Asian anglers asking for a Rapala lure that resembles a local baitfish. The Flat Rap Seluang (SLG) weighs 7grams, has a body length of 8cm and a swimming depth of 0.6-1.2 metres. Check it out at your nearest Rapala dealer today!

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The new Storm Arashi Rattling Deep - big crankbaits for big fish like Toman.

The new Storm Arashi Rattling Deep – big crankbaits for big fish.

The Storm Arashi Rattling Deep gets two new size extensions for 2016. The 22g Arashi Rattling Deep 18 (ADP18) has a body length of 7cm and dives down to 5.5m while the larger Arashi Rattling Deep 25 (ADP25) is 9cm long, weighs 32g and dives to a whopping 7.6m! These are definitely big crankbaits built with big fish in mind.

Side view of the Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Side view of the Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Both the ADP18 and 25 have big profiles and offer plenty of presence in the water to draw big and aggressive predators in. Like the smaller ADP10, these two deep-diving crankbaits features a large single knocker rattle that delivers a low frequency pitch as well as the Arashi-series signature circuit-board lip.

Top view of the Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Top view of the Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Compared to a conventional moulded lip, a circuit board lip is thinner and will have lesser resistance when the lure wobbles from side to side, which translates into lesser effort needed by the angler to work the lure. This also means that Storm Arashi crankbaits are able to achieve its high-pitch action right away even at slow speeds.

Broad circuit board lip is reinforced underneath to prevent breakage

Broad circuit board lip is reinforced underneath to prevent breakage

Given the larger circuit board lip on the ADP18 and 25, both models have moulded reinforcements below the lip to prevent breakage when hitting snags or being chomped down by monsters.

Notice the rotated hook hangers on the Arashi series of hard baits.

Notice the rotated hook hangers on the Arashi series of hard baits.

Most hard bait lures have hook hangers that are in line with the lure’s tow-point. While this configuration is fine for appropriately sized treble hooks, the chances of hook hang-ups are rather high when larger trebles are used. By rotating the hook hanger by 90 degrees, the treble’s angle of movement is limited, therefore preventing hang-ups when hooks up to a size larger are used. This position also ensures the hooks are nestled closer to the lure’s body, offering better action.

Rotated hook hangers on the lure's tail

Rotated hook hangers on the lure’s tail

Since their arrival in Australia, the Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 18 & 25 have been catching big fish – from Yellowbelly to monster Murray Cod. As for us folks in South East Asia, do you think these two crankbaits will win over our local species like Toman, Grouper and Black Bass? There’s only one way to find out!

Lubin Pfeiffer with a monster Murray Cod on Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Lubin Pfeiffer with a monster Murray Cod on Storm Arashi Rattling Deep 25

Say "Ahhhh!" - Photo by Lubin Pfeiffer

Say “Ahhhh!” – Photo by Lubin Pfeiffer

 STORM ARASHI RATTLING DEEP

Model Running Depth Body Length Weight Buoyancy
ADP18 5.5m 7cm 22g Floating
ADP25 7.6m 9cm 32g Floating

 

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Each year, a group of hardcore Gomoku jiggers would descend upon The Maldives for a week-long metal-bouncing pilgrimage. This year, Fred Goh and friends are back once again on Mas Hibaru in search of jig-munching species. Here’s Part 2 of their photo catch report.

Paradise on earth

Paradise on earth

Ready for the battles ahead

Ready for the battles ahead

Getting the rhythm going with the Storm Gomoku Adajo slow jigging rod

Getting the rhythm going with the Storm Gomoku Adajo slow jigging rod

Not exactly huge but definitely hard fighting and super fun!

Not exactly huge but definitely hard fighting and super fun!

Splendid Coral Trout by Thomas

Splendid Coral Trout by Thomas

Drop-offs always produced surprises!

Drop-offs always produced surprises!

A keeper for the table!

A keeper for the table!

Many Yellowfin Grouper were caught on this trip

Many Yellowfin Grouper were caught on this trip

A new species for Andy!

A new species for Andy!

This GT still has a bit of growing up to do

This GT still has a bit of growing up to do

The team were pampered with excellent food on Mas Hibaru throughout the trip

The team were pampered with excellent food on Mas Hibaru throughout the trip

Does this get your mouth watering?

Does this get your mouth watering?

Fresh sashimi!

Fresh sashimi!

The team also hit a Coral Trout patch

The team also hit a Coral Trout patch

Solid Coral Trout by Noel

Solid Coral Trout by Noel

No sweat!

No sweat!

Bananas - an instant energy booster!

Bananas – instant energy booster!

Although there were lesser numbers of Emperors this year compared to last year, they certainly made up in size.

Although there were lesser numbers of Emperors this year compared to last year, they certainly made up in size.

Fred's smile is contagious!

Fred’s smile is contagious!

One of the bigger Yellowfin Groupers caught by Siang. On Koika Orange Zebra

One of the bigger Yellowfin Groupers caught by Siang. On Koika Orange Zebra

Another cracker Job by Thomas

Another cracker Job by Thomas

Solid GT jigged up by Noel

Solid GT jigged up by Noel

Piggy-back jigging!

Piggy-back jigging!

Fred playing the Pied Piper of Maldives!

Fred playing the Pied Piper of Maldives!

Gomoku Koika Green Sardine working very well for Andy

Gomoku Koika Green Sardine working very well for Andy

Amazing colours!

Amazing colours!

Seeing double...

Seeing double…

Somehow the Amberjacks had a penchant for the speedier jigs.

Somehow the Amberjacks had a penchant for the speedier jigs.

Barry's thumper Amberjack from the deeper parts

Barry’s thumper Amberjack from the deeper parts

Green Jobfish were really aggresive and hard fighting

Green Jobfish were really aggresive and hard fighting

Storm Koika is a consistent producer in the Maldives

Storm Koika is a consistent producer in the Maldives

Superb Yellowfin by Thomas

Superb Yellowfin by Thomas

A little Red Bass from the reefs

A little Red Bass from the reefs

Rusty Jobfish offered plenty of fun!

Rusty Jobfish offered plenty of fun!

Many good-sized Jobfish were landed on this trip

Many good-sized Jobfish were landed on this trip

Little rats were still good fun!

Little rats were still good fun!

The Super Gomoku SGS 100g UVSI wielding it's charm

The Super Gomoku SGS 100g UVSI wielding it’s charm

"Hip, hip hoooray!!"

“Hip, hip hoooray!!”

This Amberjack gave Daniel Soh a good run for the money!

This Amberjack gave Daniel Soh a good run for the money!

Tense moments as a biggie takes off!

Tense moments as a biggie takes off!

The deckies patiently waiting as Fred battles an unknown fighter from the deep.

The deckies patiently waiting as Fred battles an unknown fighter from the deep.

It's a Dogtooth!

It’s a Dogtooth!

The Super Gomoku (SGS) 100g jig in UVSI never disappoints!

The Super Gomoku (SGS) 100g jig in UVSI never disappoints!

Another Rosy Job fooled by the Super Gomoku jig (SGS)

Another Rosy Job fooled by the Super Gomoku jig (SGS)

The deeper waters yielded treasures!

The deeper waters yielded treasures!

Having a blast!

Barry and Thomas having a blast!

How's that for 'Double Jigging'?

How’s that for ‘Double Jigging’?

Speed jigging with the Super Gomoku yields results

Speed jigging with the Super Gomoku yields results

Scenes like these were common

Scenes like these were common

Dogfight winner!

Dogfight winner – the Super Gomoku (SGS) jig in UVSI!

The biggest Amberjack from the trip, caught on Super Gomoku (SGS) UVSI

The biggest Amberjack from the trip by Andy, caught on Super Gomoku (SGS)!

Alas... all good things must come to an end...

All good things must come to an end…

The 2016 Maldives 'Pilgrims'

The 2016 Maldives ‘Pilgrims’

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