The flipbook version of the Rapala and Storm South East Asia 2016 Catalog is now available. Click on the image below to view. [Download the PDF copy].
The flipbook version of the Rapala and Storm South East Asia 2016 Catalog is now available. Click on the image below to view. [Download the PDF copy].
It all started on one of my regular micro-jigging trips off Singapore’s Southern Islands late 2015. The current was still fairly slow but a quick sweep of the grounds showed plenty of fish on the fish finder. Aha! 12 gram micro jigs were quickly dropped into the water and whipped up the column. No takers. 15 minutes of hard jigging labour later, there were still no hits despite the fish still showing on the screen. One of the guys on board decided to put out a Sabiki rig and very soon was pulling in Sagai (Longfin Trevally) after Sagai! I downsized my jig to 8 grams and worked it in all the ways I could think of – fast retrieve, slow jerk, machine-gun style jerk, whip, high-pitch. You name it, I did it. But the jigs simply didn’t produce. The Sabiki continued to pull them in, one-by-one. I persisted with micro-jigging, and by the end of the trip, I had caught zero, while the rest had landed easily 80 fish on Sabiki.
Why did the fish choose the Sabiki over a similar-sized metal jig? That question kept bugging me for several days. I shared the experience with my buddies Fred Goh and Nigel Hagley. Coincidentally, Nigel had just caught the Ajing fever and almost everything in his mind then was about super light tackle, micro jigheads and micro soft plastics! He was very certain that in such challenging situations and conditions, the Sagai will take micro soft plastics. His theory is that the Sagai are likely zoomed in on a certain small bait profile and therefore anything else will be ignored. Micro jigs, though having the same size and profile, moved about and sank too quickly and therefore appeared unnatural to the finicky fish. To test out his theory, Nigel used his Ajing tackle on his subsequent trip. Using the new Storm Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring and Gomoku Soft Straight micro soft plastics rigged on super light jigheads, Nigel was able to produce the Sagai when the jigs were not working, thus confirming his theory. That was a start of a new craze to come for our Sagai fishing…
We left our jigging tackle at home in our subsequent trips out to the Southern Islands. Armed with only 2-6lb rods such as the Rapala RFS Finesse Series, 1000 & 2000-sized Daiwa Luvias spinning reels with Rapala Rapinova PE#0.4 and 8lb Sufix Invisiline fluorocarbon leaders and a range of 1.8g, 2.5g and 3.5g jigheads to suit different currents and drifts, we tried to figure out if this ‘modified’ method of Ajing will work consistently in our local waters. After a string of extremely successful outings, we are very certain this method of fishing is extremely deadly for a wide-range of local species, particularly the Sagai!
From our Sagai’ing trips around the Southern Islands, we’ve since discovered some interesting ways of getting the Sagai to bite and here we’d like to share some of these tips with you:
If you’ve never tried Sagai’ing with ultra-light tackle, do give it a try. It’s another technique that’s proven to be extremely effective to complement micro-jigging for Sagai, especially when they are off the bite or hunting down very specific little baitfish. Happy Sagai’ing!
Rapala Japan recently introduced a range of new micro soft plastics called the Storm Gomoku Soft series for their light salt game market. Designed to target species such as Chinu (Black Bream), Aji (Japanese Horse Mackerel) and Mebaru (Japanese Rock Fish), the Gomoku Soft Series come in two models, namely the 2-inch Gomoku Soft Straight (GSST20) and the 1.5-inch Gomoku Bulky Ring (GSBR15).
These micro soft plastics have since found their way to our local tackle shops here in South East Asia and their introduction to our local fishing scene has since opened up tremendous opportunities with exciting new methods and techniques to catch fish. From freshwater to saltwater, the Storm Gomoku Soft series have been catching plenty of fish for folks who have taken the step of faith to down-size their tackle to as light as 4lb! That figure may sound ‘normal’ for finesse applications on small fish, but when you’re talking about tackling big, bad Peacock Bass of 10lbs or more, 4lb tackle can be rather hairy!
Have you ever popped a small, bite-sized snack into your mouth just to know how it tastes even though you’re not hungry? It probably looked delicious. Maybe even smelt really good. But chances are, you’ll never know whether its really tasty until you taste it for yourself. On the other hand, you’d probably be less likely to ‘try out’ something that’s of substantial portion. Theoretically, fishes behave the same way especially when they’re not in a feeding mood. Wary fish are likely to check out a small foreign object or food with their mouths rather than something larger. This is more so in places with high fishing pressure, where fish are often caught and released.
There are also times when fish are zeroed in on a specific baitfish profile and size and simply won’t take anything else. When they’re hunting really small stuff, that’s when the micro soft plastics really shine. The vibrations given off from these small soft plastics are more minute and subtle than their hardbait counterparts, therefore appearing more ‘natural’. That said, these micro soft plastics need to be used with appropriately weighted jigheads. A jighead that’s too heavy will sink abruptly, making the presentation unnatural. That’s why most of these micro soft plastics are matched to jigheads around 1 to 5grams. How heavy a jighead to use depends on the technique you’ll be using. Do you intend to hop the soft plastic off the bottom? Then a relatively heavier jighead will be ideal. Or will you be leaving the soft plastic to drift with the current? Depending on the current speed, you’d then select a jighead accordingly to position your soft plastic in the water column.
To fish the Gomoku Soft micro soft plastics effectively, ultra light or finesse tackle is highly recommended. Unlike larger hardbaits or soft plastics, you’ll hardly feel any resistance or vibrations from these micro soft plastics on the retrieve. It’s almost as if you’re retrieving a bare hook on the other end of the line! Be assured though, that predators can hone in on them, whether by sight or from the very minute vibrations created as the lure travels in the water. 1-4lb or 2-6lb rated rods are fine for most situations. A good quality graphite rod with a sensitive tip is advantageous as it can easily pick up the slightest taps or bites. I personally enjoy using the Rapala RFS Finesse Series Elegance 2-6lb spinning rod. It’s extremely sensitive and does the job well of handling medium-sized Peacock Bass or big Sagai (Longfin Trevally). Paired with a Daiwa Luvias 1003 loaded with 150m of Rapala Rapinova PE#0.4 braid and a short length of Rapinova 8lb FC leader, this setup covers most of my outings with the Gomoku Soft micro soft plastics. As for jigheads, a good range that will cover most freshwater and saltwater applications would be 1.8g, 2.5g and 3.5g weights.
Catching different species in saltwater and freshwater requires different techniques, rigging methods and strategies. Below are just some suggestions you may wish to try with the Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring and Gomoku Soft Straight. Do bear in mind though that these are not the ONLY ways to work these soft plastics. You may want to experiment a bit to see what works for your local species and fishing conditions. For the suggestions below, we rig them with a standard jighead between 1.8 to 3.5 grams.
This method works great for the Bulky Ring. Cast it out, let it sink a bit and retrieve slowly and steadily whether mid-water of just off the bottom. You can add a bit of variation to the retrieve too, for example, pausing every once in a while before resuming your retrieve. The pause actually causes the lure to suddenly stop swimming and sink. This sudden abrupt action often triggers reaction bites. Don’t worry if you don’t feel any pulsating vibration when you’re retrieving the lure. The Bulky Ring’s little ‘heart-shaped’ tail lets off very subtle vibrations that might not be felt at all by the angler but can be picked up by the fish in the water.
This method works for both the Bulky Ring and Soft Straight. Let the rig sink all the way to the bottom. Then lift the rod tip to about 10 o’clock position and quickly let it down again. Pick up any slack line and then repeat the lift-and-drop action. This causes the lure to hop off the bottom, which can be very deadly for bottom-feeding fish. Again, you can experiment with your retrieval, whether to hop the bottom in short, sharp movements or with high and easy sweeps of the rod tip. You don’t want to use a jighead that’s too heavy for this method. Otherwise the drop may be too abrupt and frighten off cautious fish, rather than draw them in.
This technique has been proven extremely effective on Trevally species off Singapore’s southern islands for anglers fishing from an anchored boat. For this technique to work well, the current needs to be moving fairly quickly and the boat positioned up-current from some fish-congregating structure. The rigged Bulky Ring or Soft Straight is allowed to drift on free-spool with the current to where the fish are likely to be hunting down their prey. Once the lure has entered the ‘strike zone’, engage the reel and hang on. You can twitch the lure a little with the rod tip. Don’t retrieve any line though. This subtle movement of the rod tip makes the lure move only very slightly, resembling a tiny baitfish holding its position against the current. If there are no bites after a while, you may wish to allow the lure to drift further or deeper to search for the fish. Pay attention to tiny nibbles, which Longfin Trevally (Sagai) love to do on the Gomoku Soft lures. They nibble ever so delicately but do be prepared for a streaking run when you set the hook! This method not only works for Sagai but also other species such as Yellow-tail Scads, Hard-tail Scads and Fusiliers, just to name a few.
The Gomoku Soft Bulky Ring and Gomoku Soft Straight micro soft plastics are now available at Riverland Tackle (Changi Village), Sincere Fishing Tackles (Yishun), Joe Fishing Tackle (Beach Road), Big Fish @ The Helping Hand (Serangoon) and E-Waves Fishbyte (Clementi).
Have an interesting way of catching fish with the Storm Gomoku Soft series? We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us!
Malaysia’s Air Ganda is often synonymous with Giant Snakehead (Toman). Sight-casting crankbaits such as the Rapala Risto Rap at surfacing Toman can be challenging but also extremely effective. Watch the video.
Terbitan Majalah Sirip bulan Ogos 2015. Penterjemahan oleh En. Halimi Hanip.
STORM ARASHI – Berkemungkinan gewang luar biasa yang paling mudah digunakan.
Prakata di atas adalah satu kenyataan yang berani. Tetapi itulah yang Hiroshi Takahashi (pereka gewang Storm) maksudkan apabila beliau mereka-bentuk gewang Storm Arashi. Menurut Hiroshi, platform Storm Arashi diilhamkan daripada keperluan untuk gewang jenis crankbait yang mudah digunakan.
Crankbait yang ideal perlulah boleh dilontar jauh, mudah dikarau, berenang cantik sebaik keluar dari kotak dan yang paling penting, mempunyai aksi menggoda ikan yang sangat menarik. Storm Arashi memenuhi semua keperluan di atas. Jadi kenapa ia begitu istimewa?
Penggunaan material papan litar yang nipis, namun kuat dan tahan lasak pada lidahnya telah menghidupkan aksi luar biasa gewang ini. Berbanding lidah acuan konvensional, papan litar nipis mempunyai daya rintangan lebih rendah apabila gewang dikarau. Ini juga bermakna Storm Arashi dapat mencapai aksi maksimumnya walaupun pada kelajuan perlahan.
Satu lagi kelebihannya ialah keupayaan untuk kekal stabil pada kelajuan sangat tinggi. Ini penting terutama apabila mencari ikan di kawasan yang luas atau apabila terdapat keperluan mengilat laju bagi mencetuskan sambaran ikan yang agresif.
Gewang konvensional mempunyai penyangkut mata kail yang sejajar dengan muncung gewang. Walaupun konfigurasi ini baik untuk mata tiga yang sesuai, namun peluang untuk mata tiga tersekat agak tinggi apabila mata tiga lebih besar digunakan.
Dengan memutar penyangkut ini sebanyak 90 darjah, sudut pergerakan mata tiga adalah terhad, justeru mencegah sekatan apabila mata tiga lebih besar digunakan. Kedudukan ini juga memastikan mata tiga terletak lebih rapat dengan badan gewang untuk aksi yang lebih cantik.
Di tengah-tengah titik ikatan talaan sendiri pada gewang ini adalah satu rekaan pergerakan bebas berpaten yang memastikan renangan gewang melurus sebaik keluar dari kotak. Memang sukar bagi crankbait jenis terapung untuk mencapai kestabilan pada kelajuan tinggi. Walau bagaimanapun, titik ikatan pergerakan bebas ini mempermudahkannya.
Model ini berenang secara goyangan dan gelekan yang bernyawa. Keapungan membantu ia melepasi halangan dan reka bentuk lidah bersegi meningkatkan pemesongan yang sempurna apabila berlanggar struktur. Seperti namanya, ia tidak bergemerincing untuk pendekatan senyap kepada ikan yang berwaspada di air cetek.
Silent Square dilengkapi mata tiga VMC nikel hitam premium. Terdapat dalam dua model iaitu ASQS03 dengan panjang badan 2-1 / 8” selaman 3 kaki, dan ASQS05 dengan panjang badan 2-3 / 8” selaman 5 kaki.
Ia adalah gewang pemburu yang sempurna dalam perairan terbuka. Bahagian sisi ratanya membalikkan kekilatan yang tinggi, menarik perhatian visual manakala aksi gemerincingan merenjiskan getaran tinggi untuk menarik sang ikan. Model terapung yang berukuran 2-1 / 8” ini dilengkapi mata kail VMC nikel hitam premium dan mampu menyelam sehingga 7 kaki.
Rattling Deep berenang dengan gelekan sederhana, tetapi tendangan ekor sangat kencang. Model selaman dalam berukuran 2-3 / 8” ini mempunyai bebola tunggal besar untuk menjana frekuensi yang rendah dan reka bentuknya berdaya lontaran jauh dengan tepat. Ia dilengkapi mata tiga VMC nikel hitam premium dan mampu menyelam sedalam 10 kaki.
Storm Southeast Asia announces the arrival of the Storm Adventure, a new lure-casting rod priced aggressively to bring the joy of lure fishing to more anglers. Equipped with genuine Fuji reel seat and complete Fuji guide set, the Storm Adventure is absolutely value for money with a price tag that’s way less than you’d imagine! The Storm Adventure comes in a range of different tapers, from regular fast to extra fast and in both spinning and casting models.
|Model||Length||Piece||Lure Weight||Line Rating||Action||Type|
|AVC662ULF||6’6″||2 pc||1/8 – 1/4oz||2-6lb||Fast||Casting|
|AVC662LX||6’6″||2 pc||3/16 – 3/8oz||4-10lb||Extra Fast||Casting|
|AVC662MLX||6’6″||2 pc||3/16 – 1/2oz||6-12lb||Extra Fast||Casting|
|AVC662MF||6’6″||2 pc||1/4 – 3/4oz||8-17lb||Regular Fast||Casting|
|AVC662MH||6’6″||2 pc||1/4 – 1oz||10-20lb||Fast||Casting|
|AVS662ULF||6’6″||2 pc||1/8 – 1/4oz||2-6lb||Fast||Spinning|
|AVS662LX||6’6″||2 pc||3/16 – 3/8oz||4-10lb||Extra Fast||Spinning|
|AVS662MLX||6’6″||2 pc||3/16 – 1/2oz||6-12lb||Extra Fast||Spinning|
|AVS702MF||7’0″||2 pc||3/16 – 3/4oz||6-16lb||Fast||Spinning|
|AVS702MHF||7’0″||2 pc||1/4 – 1oz||8-20lb||Fast||Spinning|
|AVS662MHF||6’6″||2 pc||1/4 – 1oz||10-20lb||Fast||Spinning|
The long-awaited slow-jigging rod from Storm has finally arrived. The new Gomoku Adajo is designed to work slow-style jigs easily with each pitch or crank. The Gomoku Adajo is built on a 30 & 40 ton blend graphite blank with a slow taper for optimal recoil when working slow jigs up to 300 grams (PE3 model). Jigging upstrokes are less taxing on the angler and the optimal recoil allows for a greater tension ‘free-fall’ on the drop to bring out the slow jig’s optimal fluttering action.
|Model||Power Rating||Length||Jig Weight||Piece|
|AJC631-1||PE 1||6’3″||Max 100g||1 pc|
|AJC631-2||PE 2||6’3″||Max 200g||1 pc|
|AJC631-3||PE 3||6’3″||Max 300g||1 pc|
Probably one of the most anticipated jigging reels from Daiwa this year has to be the 2015 Daiwa Saltiga overhead. Launched at this year’s Japan Fishing Show in Yokohama, the Daiwa Saltiga comes in two sizes: 10 and 15 in 5.1 and 6.4 retrieve ratios.
The new Saltiga overhead is a very compact reel with an oversized gearbox. For greater longevity on the water, Daiwa placed its proprietary MAGSEAL ball bearing on its pinion, similar to the 2014 magsealed Ryoga Bay Jigging reels. It is also features ATD (Automatic Tournament Drag), Daiwa’s latest implementation of a new proprietary grease on their drag washers to enable a very smooth and consistent start up drag pressure right from the start.
The new 2015 Saltiga is available in 2 sizes – 10 and 15, in 2 retrieve ratios: 5.1 (retrieves 80cm per turn) and 6.4 (retrieves 100cm per turn). The size 10 takes in 300m of PE #2 line or 200m of PE #3 while the size 15 takes 500m of PE #2 line and 300m of PE #3. The reel also comes with a nifty neoprene reel pouch for protection against nicks during travel. Nice!
|Model||Handle||Weight(g)||Line Retrieval||Ratio||Drag(kg)||Line Cap.(PE./m)||Bearings|
|10||RIGHT||405||80 cm||5.1||9||2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200||8+1|
|10H||RIGHT||405||100 cm||6.4||8||2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200||8+1|
|10HL||LEFT||405||100 cm||6.4||8||2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200||8+1|
|15||RIGHT||405||80 cm||5.1||9||2-500, 2.5-400, 3-300||8+1|
|15H||RIGHT||405||100 cm||6.4||8||2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200||8+1|
|15HL||LEFT||405||100 cm||6.4||8||2-300, 2.5-250, 3-200||8+1|
Since Lauri Rapala crafted the very first Original Floating Rapala in 1936, classic Rapala lures have become synonymous with that signature Rapala wounded-minnow action – made only possible from premium balsa wood that give them their responsive, life-like action.
It is no surprise therefore when Rapala introduced the Scatter Rap series in 2013, balsa wood was the material of choice. When fitted with newly designed swimming lips that somewhat resembled Pringle potato-chips, classic balsa wood shads and minnows were transformed into entirely different baits.
Conventional ‘wounded-baitfish’ lures swim in a linear fashion and present themselves as easy meals for predators. On the other hand, lures that are capable of sudden movements and directional changes often trigger reaction strikes from predatory species. In fact, many experienced anglers know that one of the key techniques to trigger bites from predatory fish is to work a lure in such a way that it darts about, suddenly changing directions, as if it’s a baitfish in panic mode. Very often this involves some fancy rod tip work and wrist-snapping that beginners may find rather difficult to immediately pick up.
To catch fish with a Rapala Scatter Rap, there’s no need for elaborate rod-tip maneuvers or wrist motions. The Scatter Rap’s Scatter Lip creates an erratic and evasive sweeping action with directional changes that imitates a spooked baitfish trying to escape a predator’s attack. All that is needed is a steady retrieve with minor changes in the retrieve speed and the Scatter Rap will weave side to side attractively. Experienced anglers will need to resist the temptation of twitching or jerking the Scatter Rap lures as they work best with a straight retrieve and have the built-in ability to change directions on their own.
The Rapala Scatter Rap series of lures are built upon classic Rapala body shapes. The Scatter Rap Minnow resembles an Original Floating Rapala. The Scatter Rap CountDown is almost identical to the evergreen Rapala CountDown. The Scatter Rap Shad takes on the classic Shad Rap’s tried-and-true shad shape while the Scatter Rap Crank looks similar to a DT series crankbait. Each lure has a uniquely-designed Scatter Lip to match their application.
I had the privilege of fishing with the Rapala Scatter Rap series for a few outings in dams and land-based arenas and have found the Scatter Rap CountDown to be my firm favourite, followed by the Scatter Rap Crank and Scatter Rap Shad.
The 7-gram Scatter Rap CountDown casts well on a light setup and mirrors the classic CountDown’s ability to sink to the desired depth where the fish are holding. The evasive action of the Scatter Rap CountDown is perfect for fishing rocky ground or rock bunds where baitfish often hide among the crevices (hint: reservoir rock bunds!). Retrieve at moderate speed and the Scatter Rap CountDown will weave left and right among the rocks, just like a panicky baitfish darting for cover among the rocks. I was actually surprised how deadly this natural-looking, evasive action with a simple, straight retrieve (without any twitching or jerking) was able to fool wary Peacock Bass and even several nice-sized Haruan from heavily-fished waters.
The Scatter Rap Crank comes in two versions: The standard Scatter Rap Crank which has a listed swimming depth of between 1.8 to 2.4 metres and the Scatter Rap Crank Deep, with a listed swimming depth of 3 to 3.6 metres. This scattering crankbait is a great searching lure for deeper waters. ‘Lombong’ (mining pond) Haruan hunters will love this crankbait for its ability to cover a relatively larger area by its evasive action. The deep version is also ideal for gregarious Toman, such as those Air Ganda ‘gangsters’ – as the erratic, evasive action adds another dimension to trigger their predatory instincts. A note of caution though; since the Scatter Rap Crank is only 5cm in length, the possibility of the whole lure being engulfed and bitten off by a Toman is highly possible!
The Scatter Rap Shad responds to different retrieval speeds. A slower retrieve speed creates subtle side sweeps while a faster retrieve amplifies the evasive action with aggressive direction changes and tighter kicking action. The first few fishes I caught on the Scatter Rap Shad were Sebarau from a running stream flushing into an area full of aquatic plants sitting just about two to three feet under water. The depth was just nice to swim the Scatter Rap Shad close to the plants, making it look like some forage fish darting about the shallows. As the shad zig-zagged back to the boat, a dark shadow shot out from the depths to snatch the bait. Gotcha! It was definitely no coincidence as two more Sebarau were landed in similar fashion thereafter!
Scatter Rap CountDown and Shad cast best with light tackle. I personally enjoy casting them on a 3-8lb outfit such as the Rapala RFS Zephyr 3-8lb paired with Daiwa SS Air with Sufix Nanobraid or Daiwa Pixy SPR and Sufix 832 6lb. The thinner diameter line not only allows the Scatter Raps to cast a little further but also makes the lures livelier and more responsive. On the other hand, Scatter Rap Crank Deep can be cast with relatively heavier tackle of 4-10lb or 6-12lb equivalents.
At a glance, Rapala Scatter Raps look like their classic counterparts but in reality, their actions in the water are far from the same. Their evasive, baitfish-fleeing action perfectly complement existing Rapala lures that swim with a wounded baitfish action. When fish have become accustomed to the linear swimming action of conventional swimming lures, the sweeping, evasive action of Scatter Raps can possibly turn the tables of fortune for the angler. Remember, don’t twitch or jerk. Just retrieve steadily and let the Scatter Rap do the fish catching!
Slow jigging fever with Storm Gomoku KOIKA has reached the Maldives! The Rapala South East Asia team recently embarked on a light tackle, slow jigging excursion to the Maldives, armed with Storm Gomoku rods and KOIKA jigs. From pelagics to demersals, the following catch report showcases the Storm KOIKA’s effectiveness in courting all sorts of Maldivian species. Daniel Wan reports. Photos contributed by KF Leong, Adrian Soh and Yu Hock.
It’s one thing to catch fish on slow jigging tackle and it’s quite another to catch fish on light slow jigging tackle. Although the ‘white’ Gomoku range of rods (Keiryo PE0.4-1, Erito PE0.8-1.5 and Kaiten PE1-3) were not designed as dedicated slow jigging tackle, they are versatile enough to use for our slow-style jigging. Previous trips to the Maldives usually meant jigging with medium to heavy tackle. This time around, we’d be jigging with primarily the Storm Gomoku rods and Koika jigs.
Reels: Daiwa Ryoga Bay Jigging 2025PE-H, Saltiga 10 & 15, Tatula HD, Zillion PE Special, Certate 2500, Shimano Conquest, Shimano Stradic, Rapala Rage
Rods: Storm Gomoku Keiryo PE0.4-1, Erito PE0.8-1.5, Kaiten PE1-3 & prototype Gomoku ‘Slow-tuned’ rod
Jigs: Storm Gomoku Koika 40g, 60g, 80g, 100g, 150g, 200g, Storm Gomame 80g, 100g, Storm Super Gomoku 100g
Lines: Sufix 832 6lb, 10lb, 20lb, Sufix 832 Multi Colour PE2
Leader: Sufix Invisiline Fluorocarbon & Superior Leader 20lb, 25lb, 30lb, 40lb, 60lb, 80lb
Hook: VMC 7117 Slow Jigging Assist 2/0, 3/0, 4/0, 5/0