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The Thailand International Fishing Tackle Show is probably one of the best organized and most anticipated fishing tackle show in South East Asia. This year’s Thailand International Fishing Tackle Show, organized by Thailand Fishing Tackle Manufacturers’ Association (TFTMA), was held at the Central Plaza in Bangkok, Thailand from 2-4 May. Check out some of the highlights from the show!

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The bridge linking the Central Plaza shopping mall to the exhibition halls.

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Let the show begin!

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Rapala Thailand’s booth showcasing the latest lures and the new Rapala Rage reel.

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 Northcraft lures makes its official debut in Thailand this year.

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Daiwa’s minimalist yet classy-looking booth.

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Pretty models distributing Daiwa 2014 catalogs.

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Line up of the brand new Daiwa Morethan spinning reels.

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Daiwa’s flagship Saltiga Expedition equipped with Mag-Sealed Ball Bearings.

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Daiwa Saltiga Dorado Slider

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“Good vibrations”!

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Mr Hironori Kitade, founder and lure designer of Northcraft lures explaining the features of the Northcraft Air Ogre.

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The talk shows attracted a good crowd.

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Capturing the moment.

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Mr Toshinari Namiki returns to the Thailand International Fishing Tackle Show this year.

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And as expected, his phenomenal casting demonstrations attracted large crowds!

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Spectators having a go at a guessing game.

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Mr Toshinari Namiki’s autograph session.

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Namiki-san signing off with his trademark, “Bass or Die”

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Siam Zoo’s booth featuring Sunline and Banax.

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Pure Fishing Thailand’s bevy of beauties.

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Lucky Frog.

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Custom made buzz baits.

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Up and coming GEECRACK featuring the GILLING swimbaits.

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Check out the awesome finishes!

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Tenryu rods on display.

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No shortage of jigs here…

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J&P Fishing Tackles.

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Slow pitch jigs becoming more popular.

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Thai Jump Frogs on display at the Lure Factory booth.

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One of the many realistic creations from Lure Factory.

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Super realistic!

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Shimano booth displaying the latest rods & reels.

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It’s wonderful fishing.

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Megabass lures by AKAN Tackle.

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T-Surf Marine Boats & Accessories.

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World Tackle booth.

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Eupro & VFOX rods & accessories.

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Frillneck outdoor headgear.

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Humminbird Thailand showcasing fishfinders and Fusion Marine Speakers.

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Hobie Kayaks.

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Hot models from Samyung Marine Electronics.

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Feel Free Kayaks.

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Guess who was also at the Show? It’s Mr Kozo Okubo!

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You’ve got the latest and greatest light jigging rod in the market and a spanking new, tough as nails reel loaded with double-digit bearings. You’ve even loaded up your jig bag with proven branded jigs endorsed by the jigging pros but you’re still not getting those biggies from jigging. The pros make it seem so easy by getting heaps of nice fish on jig on every outing. What’s up with that?

Here are some general yet practical tips that may help you improve your light jigging results:

TIP #1: LEAVE THE BAIT AT HOME
If you’ve brought some bait along “just in case the fish aren’t hitting jigs”, chances are you’ll use it. Intentionally embark on your fishing trip with only jigs. You’ll have no choice but to jig throughout the trip and statistically, the longer your jig stays in the water, the higher your chances of getting hits.

Tenggiri JiggingRule #1: Leave the bait at home!

TIP #2: KEEP AN EYE ON THE FISH FINDER
The fishfinder is a very useful piece of equipment that can reveal plenty of information such as depth, bottom structure and the presence of fish. You can quickly deploy your jig to the appropriate depth column should a school of big fish appear at a specific depth. This can maximise your chances of  the fish spotting your jig.

TIP #3: USE THE THINNEST DIAMETER LINE YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH
A thinner diameter line has less resistance in water compared to a line with thicker diameter, giving you more control over the jig on the drop in fast current. Sure, you may get the occasional bust-off from a monster fish from time to time, but a thinner line will get your jig down to the group of fish appearing on the fishfinder faster without being dragged off target by the current compared to a line with a thicker diameter. On days when the fishing is tough, it pays to consider downsizing the line and leader too.

Light Jigging

TIP #4: USE FLUOROCARBON LEADER
Fish can be leader shy! Fluorocarbon leaders have a lower refractive index than ordinary monofilament leaders and therefore, less visible underwater. Good quality fluorocarbon leaders have good abrasion resistance and strength yet are soft. What poundage to use really depends on the targeted species and the terrain. If the targeted fish do not have rough, abrasive lips such as Longfin Trevally, you may use fluorocarbon leaders as light as 10-15lb. These fish don’t always hug the bottom and therefore getting your leader roughed out or even cut off at the reef is highly unlikely. On the other hand, if you’re targeting species such as Snappers and reef fish, it makes sense to use fluorocarbon leaders of 20-25lb (or more depending on how rough the terrain is).

TIP #5: MATCH THE HATCH
It’s an advantage to know what the targeted fish are feeding on for a particular location and to match your jig profile to the primary food source. For example, if you’re targeting pelagic predators that are hunting fast-moving bait such as kembung, selar or tamban, it makes sense to choose a jig of a similar shape and size. Likewise, if most fishermen have been catching Ebek (Diamond Trevally) with squid, then a suitable jig would be one that has a broader profile.

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TIP #6: UNDERSTAND WHAT ACTION YOUR JIG IS CAPABLE OF
Matching your jig to the size and profile of the bait is only part of the equation. Understanding what action your jig is capable of is another crucial key to success. Each jig is designed with specific movements in mind, whether retrieved, jerked or falling. Therefore it’s important to know what kind of action you can get out of these jigs and to be able to work them to the movement of the bait. Speed jigs tend to arouse the hunting instinct of predators that love chasing down frightened or stressed prey (Queenfish and Tenggiri come to mind!) whereas jigs that flutter on the fall often trigger the opportunistic behaviour of predators. It is always easier to chow down a crippled prey than to expand their energy chasing down a lively one. Whatever your jig selection may be, always match the size, profile and action of the jig (and jigging speed/stroke) accordingly to the movement of the prey of your targeted species.   

TIP #7: DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS
There’s no single jigging stroke that can catch all fish. Some fish respond to very fast jigging strokes. At times, they may prefer short, sharp flicks of the rod tip with very subtle retrieve and sometimes they can prefer slow jigging strokes. These require experimenting to see which stroke (corresponding to jig type, of course!) works for you for your targeted species.

TIP #8: THE BOW AND STERN ARE GOOD POSITIONS ON THE DRIFT
If you’ve been fishing often enough with most experienced charter captains who are as equally enthusiastic as you are to fish, you’ll notice they always love jigging from the bow or the stern of the boat. These are great positions to be at especially in fast drifts as you can cast the jig up current and begin working the jig by the time it reaches the sea floor before the boat drifts over. This is a distinct advantage as your jig stays in the water longer compared to the folks positioned at the middle of the boat. Additionally, the jigs up current will cover new water first compared to those jigs dropped from the middle of the boat. 

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Anglers positioned at the bow and stern of the boat (blue) can cast their jigs up current while the anglers located at the middle of the boat (red) can drop their jigs vertically. Casting toward the bow or stern is still possible but space and distance is limited.

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By the time the jigs touch the sea floor, the jigs dropped vertically (Y) will be positioned further down current compared to those cast up current earlier (X). 

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By the time the boat has drifted further down current, the jigs dropped vertically (Y) will now be too far away at an angle, making jigging difficult. The angler will have to retrieve the jig and reset. However, the jigs cast up current earlier will still be at a reasonable distance and angle, allowing the angler to still keep the jig in the water without reseting. 

TIP #9: PICK THE APPROPRIATE TIDES
Certain tides are more favourable than others and these can differ from location to location. It’s always best to check with the fishing charter skipper on which are the best tides for targeting certain species. If you’re fishing a new spot without much information on hand, it’s a good idea to keep a journal or log book to record which moon phase, time and tide that produces the best results. Over time, you’ll be able to make out a consistent pattern to determine which dates are better. It’s also handy to know that pelagic fish tend to be more active on new and full moons so it’s ideal if you time your jigging trip around these tides if you’re after pelagics. There are fishing calendar apps available these days on IOS or Android that can recommend some ideal dates and times for fishing based on the Solunar Theory.

TIP #10: NEVER GIVE UP!
It’s often tempting to throw in the towel when the fish aren’t hitting the jigs. In such situations, don’t give up. Keep on jigging! Sometimes the jigging can be totally off for the entire day only to fire up all of a sudden at the change of tide. Perseverance can pay off.

Tight lines and happy jigging!

 

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Semakin hari semakin banyak jenama gewang yang muncul di pasaran pada masa sekarang. Umpama cendawan tumbuh selepas hujan. Pelbagai bentuk, saiz, warna serta selaman yang kita lihat berlambak dikedai-kedai pancing dan membuatkan kita pening kepala di buatnya untuk membuat pilihan mengikut selera serta budget masing-masing. Oleh yang demikian, jenama Storm yang mana sudah pun di kenali sejak dulu lagi juga tidak terlepas daripada arus persaingan pengeluaran produk-produk atau peralatan memancing yang terbaru demi untuk merialisasikan permintaan pelanggan (pemancing) yang mana semakin hari semakin mendapat persaingan hebat, lebih-lebih lagi produk atau barang pancing dari negara matahari terbit iaitu Japan.

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Di sebabkan sifat pemancing kita khasnya yang lebih suka “pandang ke timur” untuk ber-shopping barang-barang pancing, jesteru pihak pengurusan bagi produk jenama Storm melantik beberapa orang pemancing atau otai-otai dari sana untuk memberikan suntikan idea terkini bagi produk-produk terbaru Storm termasuklah gewang, joran serta aksoseris pancing yang lain.

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Terdapat pelbagai jenis gewang  Storm selaman dalam dan cetek yang sesuai untuk aktiviti mengilat yang berkesan untuk menjerat spesis-spesis muara. Di antaranya ialah model ThunderCrank Madflash, Smash Shad, Twitch Stick, Rattlin’ Thinfin, Deep Baby Thunderstick, Deep Jr Thunderstick serta banyak lagi. Terpulanglah kepada anda hendak menggunakan model yang mana mengikut kedalaman lubuk yang hendak di duga. Oleh yang demikian, untuk menguji keberkesanan gewang Storm selaman dalam model terbaru untuk menjerat spesis-spesis muara, saya telah pun berkunjung ke beberapa batang sungai di kawasan Miri serta di sekitar tembok pemecah ombak muara Miri.

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Mengilat berbot
Bagi menerjah di kawasan-kawasan yang di sungai-sungai yang agak payah untuk melakukan aktiviti mengilat dari tebing, menggunakan bot adalah jalan terbaik. Lazimnya, jika mengilat menggunakan bot, saya lebih gemar dengan menggunakan kaedah berhanyut di sepanjang tebing sungai mengikut arus pasang surut air laut  atau dengan cara melabuhkan sauh jika terdapat bangkar separa tenggelam atau lubuk-lubuk yang difikirkan berpotensi.

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Kaedah melabuhkan sauh jauh sedikit daripada struktur atau bangkar di sesuatu lubuk ini amat berkesan bagi mendapat peratusan untuk strike tinggi. Ini kerana apabila arus laju, bot juga bergerak laju. Oleh yang demikian, konsentrasi kita untuk meletakkan gewang di sesuatu sudut atau spot yang dikatakan berpotensi terjejas apabila bot hanyut dengan lintang pukang. Sedikit sebanyak, ini akan menyebabkan gewang yang di lontar tidak tepat ke sasaran.

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Oleh yang demikian, kita dapat menduga lubuk tersebut lebih lama serta dapat memberi peluang untuk pemangsa mencekup gewang selaman dalam yang di suakan. Jika tiada respon daripada pemangsa di bawah, bukan bererti pemangsa tiada di situ. Oleh yang demikian, saya selalunya menukar saiz gewang yang lebih kecil sperti Storm Baby Deep Thunderstick yang berbadan kurus serta atau menukar kepada model gewang selaman yang lebih cetek. Dah banyak kali saya megalami situasi begini untuk memujuk pemangsa di bawah membaham gewang yang di suakan dan akhirnya berjaya membuahkan hasil.

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Jika di sesetengah lubuk tersebut mempunyai reba di dasar, saya lebih gemar menggunakan model Thinfin memandangkan ianya mampu membuat selaman menjunam terus ke reba memandangkan ianya mempunyai bib yang panjang. Oleh yang demikian, secara automatik ia membuatkannya seakan-akan kalis sangkut. Sebab apabila gewang berlaga dengan reba atau bangkar di dasar, bib gewang tersebut akan mengena dahulu sebelum mata tiga gewang. Caranya ialah kita hanya memberhentikan karauan dan gewang akan timbul serta melepasi halangan tersebut. Setelah gewang di fikirkan melepasi struktur di dasar, barulah karauan semula di lakukan. Selalunya pemangsa akan mencekup semasa gewang berhenti gewang nak bergerak semula.

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Mengilat tebing
Disebabkan kebanyakkan kawasan di sepanjang tempok pemecah ombak di muara Miri berkedalaman 2 meter ke 5 meter. Oleh itu, pemilihan gewang yang amat sesuai perlulah di titik beratkan. Oleh yang demikian, gewang Storm yang paling di gemari di gunakan di sini ialah model Thundercrank Madflash. Kerana ianya mampu menyelam pada kedalaman tersebut serta lenggokkan ekornya ala-ala Rapala Tail Dancer.

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Bagi acara casting dari tebing dengan mengguakan gewang Storm selaman dalam atau cetek,  cara terbaik ialah dengan melontar gewang beberapa kali di spot-spot yang sama yang difikirkan berpotensi atau selari dengan tembok pemecah ombak. Sekiranya tiada sambutan daripada pemangsa di bawah, cuba untuk beralih tempat dan melakukan perkara yang sama.

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Oleh yang dermikian,  kita dapat melakukan aktiviti mengilat meliputi kawasan yang luas serta peratusan untuk strike amat tinggi berbanding dengan hanya terpacak di sesuatu spot  menunggu pemangsa lalu. Selain daripada itu, jika tiada sambutan dengan menggunakan gewang yang sama di spot yang sama, sepertimana yang saya  lakukan ialah menukar model atau kedalaman selaman gewang yang di fikirkan sesuai.

Storm Smash Shad

Tips
Dari segi saiz gewang pula, saya lebih gemar menggunakan gewang saiz 6 cm hingga ke 8 cm terutamanya bagi memburu siakap putih atau merah. Ini kerana pemangsa di sini seperti siakap di sini lebih mengemari gewang bersaiz berkenaan.  Selain daripada itu, apa yang penting apabila menggunakan gewang ialah bagaimana kita mempersembahan gewang itu sendiri dilakukan supaya pemangsa tidak teragak-agak untuk membaham gewang yang di suakan.

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Selain model gewang  Storm yang telah lama bertapak di pasaran, keluaran model terbaru Storm Smash Shad tidak kurang hebatnya. Memang telah terbukti keberkesanannya menjerat spesis-spesis muara dengan kaedah casting kerana ianya juga di lengkapi dengan galas bebola di dalam badannya supaya menghasilkan bunyi yang bergemerincing di dalam air apabila di karau sepertimana model-model gewang keluaran Storm yang sebelumnya. Rekabentuknya yang menarik serta berat, menjadikannya amat sesuai apabila hendak melakukan lontaran jarak jauh apabila bot di labuhkan jauh daripada spot untuk mengelakkan ikan lari atau takut apabila ternampak bot lebih-lebih lagi di lubuk-lubuk yang sederhana dalam iaitu kurang 3 meter.

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Spesimen MJ yang agak kasar dengan Storm Smash Shad

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Daripada pemerhatian saya, pemangsa seperti siakap putih, siakap merah, baby GT dan boleh di katakan hampir kesemua spesis yang kami perolehi dengan menggunakan gewang Storm lebih gemar menyambar apabila di karau dengan sederhana perlahan. Tidak kira samada dengan kaedah mengilat dari tebing atau dengan menggunakan bot. Dengan karauan yang sederhana perlahan serta dengan sedikit jerking di buat terhadap hujung joran, ini akan menambahkan aksi seolah-olah gewang yang di mainkan seakan-akan ikan mangsa yang cedera dan membuatkan pemangsa tidak akan teragak-agak untuk membaham.

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Selain daripada itu, pemilihan joran juga amat penting apabila casting menggunakan gewang yang bersaiz sederhana besar. Untuk tugas itu, saya di beri kesempatan untuk menggunakan joran terbaru keluaran Storm model Solitude dan Mojo iaitu di mana model Solitude berkekuatan 10-16 lb manakala model Mojo 8-17 lb bagi memainkan gewang yang bersaiz berkenaan.

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Memandangkan keadaan dasar di sesetengah lubuk yang berselerat dengan bongkah batu atau reba, saya lebih gemar menggunakan Storm Mojo. Lebih-lebih lagi apabila mensasarkan atau memburu siakap merah.  Ini kerana ianya mempunyai aksi extra fast action. sekiranya berlaku strike yang ganas daripada pemangsa di bawah, rod aksi sebeginilah yang paling sesuai untuk mengekang larian ikan daripada masuk menyelinap ke bangkar atau lubuk yang di penuhi oleh reba.

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Storm Solitude 4-piece

Model Solitude pula amat sesuai di gunakan untuk acara tracking atau travelling kerana ianya  senang di bawa kemana-mana memandangkan ianya 4 pcs. Pada mulanya saya meragui ketahanannya, tetapi apabila berjaya menumbangkan siakap merah berskali sekilo lebih dengan mudah serta beberapa ekor siakap berskala 4 kg lebih, ternyata apa yang saya sangkakan meleset sama skali. Walaupun ianya mempunyai empat sambungan serta batangnya yang halus, namun ianya mampu untuk melakukan aksi-aksi lenturan yang luar biasa apabila menerima tentangan daripada pemangsa di bawah.

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Dari segi perambut (leader) serta tali utama (main line) pula, saya menggunakan perambut berkekuatan 20 lb dan 30 lb sepanjang  satu setengah depa atau dua depa. Sebaik-baiknya gunakanlah perambut 100% fluorocarbon kerana ianya tahan geseran daripada teritip-teritip di dasar yang mana sentiasa memberi khidmat kepada pemangsa  untuk meloloskan diri semasa bertarung. Manakala, tali utama (main line) pula, 15 lb ke 20 lb sudah memadai.

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Apa yang saya lihat, kesemua model gewang selaman Storm amat berkesan bagi menjerat berbagai-bagai spesis pemangsa  sepertimana  yang telah di nyatakan di atas. Jadi terpulanglah kepada anda bagaimana cara persembahan yang di lakukan mengikut keadaan giografi lubuk atau tempat masing-masing. Apa yang penting di sini ialah kita hendaklah harus pelbagaikan model gewang dari kedalaman selamam, bentuk serta saiz gewang itu sendiri dikotak pancing masing-masing bagi menjayakan sesuatu trip mengilat selain factor cuaca serta pasang surut air.

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Fuji Torzite - Osaka Show Booth

Made of high-strength, low-density material. Rigorously polished to minimise friction. Slim and lightweight. This is TORZITE, Fuji’s next generation ceramic ring.

Fuji Torzite vs SiC weight

According to Fuji, the name “TORZITE” is derived from the geometric term “torus”, describing the unique shape of the toric ring. With this new material and shape, the TORZITE ring is much thinner and lighter than a SiC ring of the same size, effectively reducing the overall weight of a guide by about 10%.

Fuji Torzite Cross Section

Fuji Torzite demo 2

A cross-sectional view of the TORZITE ring shows a greater surface area that allows for a greater dispersion of force under line load as compared to conventional ring designs.

This test shows how a monofilament line that’s run through a TORZITE ring under the same load results in lesser line curl than an equivalent line running through a SiC ring.

TORZITE, Ring Size

Thanks to its slimmer shape, the TORZITE ring’s inner diameter is approximately 15% larger than a SiC ring of the same size.

TORZITE guide downsize

Fuji Torzite vs SiC b

What this means is that we can downsize guides by one size, translating to significant weight savings of about 20-30% in total guide weight. Downsizing to lighter guides also makes the tip lighter, reducing bouncing and improving rod blank sensitivity.

External impact is one of the biggest problems for ceramic rings. Fuji TORZITE has a special characteristic that bounces off the impact like a spring.

TORZITE’s high-strength ceramic material has the same level of abrasion resistance and impact strength as SiC. This is despite the fact that a TORZITE ring is much thinner than an equivalently sized SiC ring. Therefore the chances of rings fracturing upon inadvertent impact are lower compared to other lower grade ring materials.

SiC vs TORZITE smoothness

Illustration shows the difference in micro pits on SiC and TORZITE ring surface.


TORZITE rings are highly polished to a very smooth finish to maximize fishing line performance and prolong line life. In conjunction with the toric ring design, line flow is smoother and heat build up is dramatically reduced while fighting fish. A smoother ring surface reduces contact pressure and friction, allowing for smoother casts and retrieves. Fuji’s lab tests have also found that monofilament lines have 4 times longer line life or endurance when used on TORZITE rings compared to SiC rings.

Fuji Backlock reel seat

Besides guides, Fuji also introduces several other new rod components for 2014. The newly-developed LO/AN lock-nut is designed to firmly secure the Fuji DPS-SD/ASH nut from loosening. The business end of the lock-nut is a threadless collar with a stopper to prevent loosening of the nut during fishing. Fuji calls this the BACK STOP mechanism.

Fuji Backstop Lock Nut
Fuji’s new LO/AN lock nut

Fuji 2014 New Reel Seats

For 2014, Fuji also introduces an array of new reel seats, namely the PLS, PTS and TVS, each with specific purposes.

Fuji TVS Reel Seat

 

The TVS reel seat is Fuji’s first blank-touch reel seat for spinning rods, designed specifically for sensitivity and accurate casting. Ergonomically designed, the TVS reel seat fits naturally between the thumb and fore finger, forming a “V” shape when viewed from above. The thumb positioned on the blank at the side of the reel seat gives more stability hence optimizing casting accuracy.

Fuji PTS Reel Seat

Fuji’s PTS (Palm Trigger Seat) is designed to be wider and flatter to improve palming and grip hold. The trigger shape is also refined to reduce finger stress.

Fuji PLS Reel Seat

The Fuji PLS (Palming Support Light Weight Seat) is designed based on ergonomics to keep the angler’s wrist at a natural angle, offering comfortable palming with minimal stress on the wrist. Sensitivity is also improved with blank exposure. The PLS reel seat is recommended for jigging rods and corresponds to reels size 100-500 (Daiwa) and 1000-3000 (Shimano).

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Tenryu prides itself in ‘Japan Quality’, producing quality crafted rods made in Japan. We had an opportunity to pop by their booth at the Osaka Fishing Show 2014 to check out their latest products.

Tenryu – the Dragon rising

A sweet-looking model displaying Tenryu’s 2014 catalog.

Tenryu’s showcase displaying their CNT (Carbon Nano Tube) material.

According to Tenryu, CNT penetrates into the resin connecting each carbon fiber within the rod’s graphite blank, enhancing their strength while maintaining its elasticity and lightweight property.

Rods using CNT technology will feature the CNT reel seat decal

Tenryu staff displaying the new Magna-Impact Heretic bass rod

Mr Tatsuo Egashira, Sales Director of Tenryu

Tenryu’s new 2014 rods featuring the CNT technology – Jig Zam Dragg Force (Offshore jigging), Brigade Grace CNT (Shore Eging) and Magna Impact Heretic (Bass lure casting)

The Jig Zam Dragg Force is designed specifically to be lightweight and sensitive enough to feel the tide and jig action, yet having incredible pulling power to stop big fish. Also features Fuji’s lightweight Titanium K-guides.

Simple, minimalistic and classy design. The Jig Zam Dragg Force is available in 3 models: JDF621S-3 (Lure Max 150g, Line 40lb Max, Drag: 6kg max), JDF621S-4 (Lure Max 180g, Line 50lb Max, Drag: 8kg max) and JDF621S-5 (Lure Max 200g, Line 60lb Max, Drag: 10kg max)

Jig Zam Dragg Force (JDF621S-4) being loaded

Also on display were balsa wood, tungsten weighted lures – the Magna Impact Crankbaits

The Magna Impact Crankbait features a coffin-shaped circuit board lip and Cultiva ST36BC trebles

Magna Impact Fluorocarbon lines ranging from 4lb-20lb…

… and Magna Impact Nylon lines ranging from 4lb-20lb

For more information about Tenryu’s products, visit http://fishing.tenryu-magna.com

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Being one of the heavyweights in the tackle industry, Shimano’s product launches are always highly-anticipated affairs. Today we have a look at some of the new Shimano 2014 products featured at the 2014 Osaka Fishing Show.

The Shimano booth

Announcing the various talks and demos lined up for the day.

See any familiar faces? ;)

Shimano New Stella line up

For 2014, Shimano unveils the new Stella, it’s first spinning reel to adopt the Micro Module gearing. Shimano’s Micro Module gearing adopts the use of smaller teeth on the gears to reduce gear vibration, resulting in smoother gear meshing when engaged. Additionally, the new Stella also features a new anti-reverse bearing that is supposed to reduce friction by 25%, enabling the Stella to have a very light, silky smooth retrieve.

The body of the new 2014 Stella is also redesigned with a slightly ‘bent’ shape to shift the center of gravity closer to the hand and rod. This is achieved by moving the worm shaft, traditionally located at the lower part of the reel body, to the top.

Cross section of the 10′ Stella showing the worm shaft position below the body

Cross section of the 14′ Stella showing the new worm shaft position.

Now its time to look at some baitcasters

Shimano’s Calcutta Conquest gets a significant upgrade in 2014

The 2014 Calcutta Conquest has an extremely compact body and comes equipped with Micro Module gearing as found in the 2013 Antares, X-Ship and a new S3D spool.

Oversized gearbox…

… yet with a very compact palming side.

Comparison between the new Calcutta Conquest (2014) vs. its predecessor

The Micro Module gearing comparison kit on display

Comparing the smoothness and cranking power of the new Calcutta Conquest with the previous generation model

The new Shimano Ocea Jigger Limited 3000PG/HG, featuring ‘Reverse Tune Drag’. The star drag rotation direction is reversed (forward = loosen drag, backward = tighten drag) to enable the angler to quickly loosen the drag in response to the sudden run of a very big and fast swimming fish when slow jigging with very light line.

The Ocea Jigger Limited also comes in the 1500 (right hand) model and 1501 (left hand) in PG/HG models.


Shimano also showcased the new Excense DC in left hand model.

For low-profile baitcasting reel lovers, there’s good news in the form of Chronarch Ci4+ featuring the new Shimano SVS braking system, X-Ship and S3D spool.

Very light too, weighing only 185 grams

Shimano Scorpion gets an upgrade too – featuring the new SVS braking system, high-capacity S3D spool and X-Ship.

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It’s the time of the year again when new products from various Japanese manufacturers take centre stage at the annual Osaka Fishing Show. For Daiwa, 2014 seems to be the year of ‘Steez’ism. Following the successful launch of Daiwa Steez SV last year, Daiwa now offers its flagship baitcaster in several variants.

The Daiwa Steez Limited SV TN (Toshinari Namiki) edition is one sporty-looking Steez with the aggresive red cosmetics and 80mm carbon swept handle. Weighing only 148 grams, this special edition Steez with a gear ratio of 6.3:1 features a G1 duralumin SV spool with air brake system, a larger diameter drive gear that the previous generation Steez baitcaster and paddle knobs bearing bass pro T.Namiki’s signature motto ‘Bass or Die‘.

Steez 103HL TN_front

Daiwa Steez Limited SV TN (Toshinari Namiki edition) – 103H TN / 103HL TN

Steez 103HL TN_side

Does it look Spider Man-ish or Superman-ish?

Steez 103HL TN

As with all Steez baitcasters, the SV TN sits very comfortably in one’s palms.

Steez LTD 105XH_hero

The next variant of the Daiwa Steez is the LTD SV 105XH / 105XHL.

Steez LTD 105XH_hero

The Steez LTD SV 105XH (160g) boasts a sexy chrome finish, multiple portings on the frame, the standard Steez star drag and a 90mm skeletal swept handle. It also features a blazing gear ratio of 8.1, pulling in 86cms of line per turn.

Steez SS AIR 8.1L line up

But wait, there’s more! Daiwa springs another surprise for 2014 in the form of the SS Air, a finesse baitcasting reel with a colour scheme similar to the Daiwa T3 Air. The SS Air also makes use of the Steez platform but shaves off plenty of meat to bring down its total weight to a mere 145 grams! The speed? A super hi-speed gear ratio of 8.1 that grabs 81 cms of line per turn. The business end of this finesse machine is an ultra lightweight ported G1 duralumin spool weighing 6.9grams.

Steez SS AIR 8.1L

Daiwa SS Air 8.1R / 8.1L

Steez SS AIR side

A closer look at the Zaion star drag and 80mm skeletal swept handle.

Steez SS AIR magforce

There are 20 micro adjustment levels available in increments of 0.5 (OFF to 10) to suit different weights and situations.

Steez SS AIR KNOB

Not forgetting the skeletal paddle knob as seen on the Daiwa T3 Air and Daiwa Aegis.

Steez SS SV_side

But wait! There’s still more! Daiwa also introduces an ‘affordable’ Steez platform baitcaster for 2014 in the form of the SS SV. Available in 3 gear ratios (5.3, 6.3 and 7.1) and corresponding accents, the SS SV features Air Metal frame and Zaion sideplate and ultra duralumin SV spool to bring its total weight down to 150 grams. With a MSRP of ¥‎38,900 (approx. S$483), the SS SV is now within closer reach of anglers longing for a Steez without all its souped-up bells and whistles.

Steez SS SV

No surprises on the Steez platform’s ergonomics.

Steez SS SV_price

No fuss, no muss – Daiwa SS SV 103SH (7.1:1 gear ratio)

Tatula Japan hero

Imagine our surprise and excitement when we discovered on the Daiwa Japan website that a JDM version of the well-acclaimed Daiwa Tatula was coming in 2014. Today, we had our first glimpse of the JDM Tatula.

Tatula Japan

Tatula (JDM) line up!

Tatula Japan

The JDM version of the Daiwa Tatula mirrors its US counterpart except for a lightweight, 103-sized ultra-duralumin spool, 80mm skeletal swept handle and standard Daiwa I shape knobs.

Tatula Japan_side

Daiwa Tatula side profile

Tatula Japan Knob

The standard Daiwa I shape knob

magsealed ballbearing

For 2014, Daiwa introduces another evolution of Mag Seal – Mag Sealed Ball Bearings.

magsealed ballbearing schema

Ball bearings are perhaps one of the first few components to succumb to dirt particles or corrosion in a fishing reel after prolonged use in saltwater. Using the same ferrofluid technology (Mag Seal) for creating a waterproof seal with magnetized oil in place of conventional O rings, Daiwa seals its ball bearings with Mag Seal, making them dustproof and waterproof, thus prolonging the lifespan (and smoothness) of the bearings.

magsealed ballbearing open

A Mag Sealed bearing with magnets removed, showing the ball bearings inside in excellent condition despite the outer part of the bearing showing signs of corrosion after prolonged exposure to saltwater.

magsealed ballbearing daiwa

Daiwa’s latest Mag Sealed Ball Bearings are slightly larger than conventional bearings.

Saltiga Expedition 5500 8000 magsealed ball bearing

Daiwa’s latest Mag Sealed Ball Bearings are found on the new 2014 reels such as the Saltiga Expedition 5500H / 8000H, Ryoga Bay Jigging 1012PE-H / C2025PE-SH, Morethan 2510PE-H (SH LBD) / 2510R-PE / 3012H and Seaborg 300J.

Saltiga Expedition 5500

The new Daiwa Saltiga Expedition 5500H

Saltiga Expedition 8000

Daiwa Saltiga Expedition 8000H

Ryoga 1016 PE Bay Jigging

Daiwa Ryoga Bay Jigging C1012PE-H

Ryoga 1016 PE Bay Jigging side

Daiwa Ryoga Bay Jigging C1012PE-H alternate view

ryoga C2025 PE

Daiwa Ryoga Bay Jigging C2025PE-SHL

Morethan Branzino 2510R PE

Daiwa Morethan 2510PE-H

Morethan Branzino 3012H

Daiwa Morethan 3012-H

caldia 3520PE-H

The Daiwa Caldia also gets a facelift for 2014. Like its predecessor, it is also Mag-sealed. Shown here is the Caldia 3520PE-H with a standard round EVA L power knob.

caldia 2508H

The Daiwa Caldia 2508H

caldia 4000

Daiwa Caldia 4000 with T knob.

KOHGA spinning

Daiwa also introduces KOHGA range of reels for 2014, designed specifically for slow jigging Red Snapper or Bream. Shown here is KOHGA 2508PE-H (Mag-sealed).

KOHGA baitcast hero

KOHGA 100 low-profile baitcast reel.

KOHGA baitcast

Side view of KOHGA 100

KOHGA mag

No magnetic or centrifugal braking to allow more free rotation of the spool

KOHGA ICS 103

KOHGA

And of course, KOHGA series would not be complete if not complemented with KOHGA MX rods

Catalina 4000H side

The Daiwa Catalina also gets a new model added to its existing line up – the 4000H

Catalina 4000H

Daiwa Catalina 4000H

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It’s that time of the year again when some of the biggest names in the Japanese fishing tackle industry come together under one roof to showcase their latest products. Here are some highlights from the 2014 Osaka Fishing Show (8th-9th February 2014). Enjoy!

APIA – Anglers Utopia

Angler’s Utopia booth

Daiwa’s latest Mag Sealed Ball Bearings

Daiwa Saltiga Expedition and Ryoga Bay Jigging fitted with Mag Sealed Ball Bearings

Mag-sealed Technology showcase

Toshinari Namiki Bass Talk

DUO

Evergreen

Gamakatsu

Models presenting at the Gamakatsu booth

Gancraft

Golden Mean

Booth staff of Golden Mean

Graphite Leader / Olympic

Jackall booth

Probably one of the best designed concept catalogs – Jackall

Kid’s lure painting corner at Jackall booth

Stage presentation by Jackall Pro Staff

Jackall saltwater

Jackson booth

Pretty Jackson models

Get your Jackson catalogs here!

Luxxe with their range of impressive rods

Megabass booth – unfortunately, photography is not allowed

Megabass’ Seyna autograph session

Nature Boys (Papa Otsuru autograph session)

Rapala booth

Storm’s GOMOKU

Gifts from Ripple Fisher and Yamaga Blanks

Slow pitch jigging experts – SeaFloor Control

Shimano

Shout!

Rods from SLASH

SLP Works booth

SLP Works creations

SLP Works fashion knobs

Check out the dressed up Steez!

Tenryu

Toray

Vagabond

ValleyHill

Varivas

Xesta

Xesta Pro Staff talk

YGK booth

Slow jigging – BEAT

Meanwhile… over at the other exhibition hall…

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Ever since its introduction in 1981, Fuji’s SiC (Silicon Carbide) ring has become the de facto standard for quality fishing rod guide rings in terms of strength, smoothness and heat dissipation. 32 years on, Fuji once again brings us another ground-breaking product – the TORZITE. Fishonmag.com speaks with Hiroyuki Kuribayashi of Kowa Company Ltd, export agent of Fuji, to learn more about the TORZITE.

Fuji’s latest ceramic ring is made from a high-strength, low-density material that has been rigorously polished to create a slim, lightweight and low-friction ring. TORZITE is the result of much research and development by Fuji engineers with the aim to maximize rod blank and fishing line performance.

TORZITE_COMPARISON

TORZITE_COMPARISON

According to Fuji, the name “TORZITE” is derived from the geometric term “torus”, describing the unique shape of the toric ring. Mr Hiroyuki explains that with this new material and shape, the TORZITE ring is much thinner and lighter than a SiC ring of the same size, effectively reducing the overall weight of a guide by about 10%. A cross-sectional view of the TORZITE ring shows a greater surface area that allows for a greater dispersion of force under line load as compared to conventional ring designs.

TORZITE_COMPARISON

Thanks to its slimmer shape, the TORZITE ring’s inner diameter is approximately 15% larger than a SiC ring of the same size. This means we can downsize guides by one size, translating to significant weight savings of about 20-30% in total guide weight. Downsizing to lighter guides also makes the tip lighter, hence achieving more rod blank sensitivity. To illustrate the differences in diameter between TORZITE and SiC rings, Mr Hiroyuki displays a chart showing the different ring sizes for both materials.

TORZITE_SIZE

TORZITE’s high-strength ceramic material offers the same level of abrasion resistance and impact strength as SiC. This is despite the fact that a TORZITE ring is much thinner than an equivalently sized SiC ring. Therefore the chances of rings fracturing upon inadvertent impact are lower compared to other lower grade ring materials.

TORZITE SMOOTHNESS

TORZITE rings are also highly polished to a very smooth finish to maximize fishing line performance and prolong line life. In conjunction with the toric ring design, line flow is smoother and heat build up is dramatically reduced while fighting fish. A smoother ring surface reduces contact pressure and friction, allowing for smoother casts and retrieves. Fuji’s lab tests have also found that monofilament lines have 4 times longer line life or endurance when used on TORZITE rings compared to SiC rings.

TORZITEtorzite_tag

As a premium product, Fuji TORZITE rings are only available in Titanium frames for now. To mark its premium status, all Fuji TORZITE insert guides have laser-etched markings on their frames. Do look out for the exclusive TORZITE hang tags on rods equipped with TORZITE insert guides come 2014.

For more detailed information about TORZITE, visit FUJI KOWA CO LTD.

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