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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
Fred Goh putting the Slo4 Evolution PE3 to work.
10kg Grouper landed with ease on the Slo4 Evolution PE3
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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!
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!
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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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Ready for the battles ahead
Getting the rhythm going with the Storm Gomoku Adajo slow jigging rod
Not exactly huge but definitely hard fighting and super fun!
Splendid Coral Trout by Thomas
Drop-offs always produced surprises!
A keeper for the table!
Many Yellowfin Grouper were caught on this trip
A new species for Andy!
This GT still has a bit of growing up to do
The team were pampered with excellent food on Mas Hibaru throughout the trip
Does this get your mouth watering?
The team also hit a Coral Trout patch
Solid Coral Trout by Noel
Bananas – instant energy booster!
Although there were lesser numbers of Emperors this year compared to last year, they certainly made up in size.
Fred’s smile is contagious!
One of the bigger Yellowfin Groupers caught by Siang. On Koika Orange Zebra
Another cracker Job by Thomas
Solid GT jigged up by Noel
Fred playing the Pied Piper of Maldives!
Gomoku Koika Green Sardine working very well for Andy
Somehow the Amberjacks had a penchant for the speedier jigs.
Barry’s thumper Amberjack from the deeper parts
Green Jobfish were really aggresive and hard fighting
Storm Koika is a consistent producer in the Maldives
Superb Yellowfin by Thomas
A little Red Bass from the reefs
Rusty Jobfish offered plenty of fun!
Many good-sized Jobfish were landed on this trip
Little rats were still good fun!
The Super Gomoku SGS 100g UVSI wielding it’s charm
“Hip, hip hoooray!!”
This Amberjack gave Daniel Soh a good run for the money!
Tense moments as a biggie takes off!
The deckies patiently waiting as Fred battles an unknown fighter from the deep.
It’s a Dogtooth!
The Super Gomoku (SGS) 100g jig in UVSI never disappoints!
Another Rosy Job fooled by the Super Gomoku jig (SGS)
The deeper waters yielded treasures!
Barry and Thomas having a blast!
How’s that for ‘Double Jigging’?
Speed jigging with the Super Gomoku yields results
Scenes like these were common
Dogfight winner – the Super Gomoku (SGS) jig in UVSI!
The biggest Amberjack from the trip by Andy, caught on Super Gomoku (SGS)!
Congratulations to Adlee Firdaus from Malaysia who has won an all-exclusive fishing trip to Ahvenanmaa, Finland in 2017! Adlee will also get to bring along 2 fishing buddies on this fishing trip which includes paid flights, accommodation and professional guiding service that’s worth more than RM30,000!
Adlee Firdaus, winner of Sufix 832’s “Win A Fishing Trip of a Lifetime” Competition
Adlee had merely entered his personal details and selected Ahvenanmaa, Finland as his preferred fishing destination in Sufix832.com‘s site to participate in the competition without expecting to win. Naturally, he was over the moon when he was notified that he had won.
“I would like to say “Thank you” to Rapala VMC for giving me this opportunity to experience a fishing trip in Finland. Cheers!”
Stay tuned to fishonmag.com to follow Adlee and his 2 friends on their fishing adventure to Ahvenanmaa, Finland in 2017!
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My friends from the Storm Southeast Asia fishing team and I were invited by a friend to fish aboard the ‘Seagull’, a big live-on-board charter boat based out of Pantai Remis, Perak, Malaysia. The captain, known by locals as Ah Soon, is quite a veteran in the fishing trade and is well-known by bottom-fishing anglers for some excellent Golden Snapper and Grouper spots around the northern Straits of Malacca. But our agenda for this trip was to try slow jigging for the Golden Snapper, particularly at night. Photos by Wong Kok Ping and Daniel Wan.
Commercial fishing boats moored at Pantai Remis
A ‘weefie’ before setting off
Ah Soon, the captain of Seagull – a colourful character too!
We had strawberries to sweeten the trip
… and coconuts to quench our thirst
Ready for battle!
The ever faithful Storm Gomoku Koika slow-style jig
The simple cabin inside the Seagull
Flower crabs for our meals! Yummy!
Food! Glorious food!
Big-eye Trevally attack!
Leong’s Golden Snapper, the first for the evening
Ah Soon caught this Golden Snapper by ‘cast-jigging’ a 100g Storm Gomoku Koika
Kok Ping’s Golden Snapper fooled with the Pink Zebra Koika
Fred seals the deal with the UVCGZ-patterned Koika
Huat lands another Golden Snapper
Fred scores again on the Koika UVCGZ!
Got mine in the wee hours of the morning on the Pink Zebra (SPZ)!
Reza locked in a fierce battle as morning dawned. Check out the bend on the Gomoku Erito!
The biggest Golden Snapper of the trip by Reza on Storm Gomoku Koika Green Sardine!
Close up shot of the biggie
We also got a visit from Mr Cobia!
How’s this for a bycatch?
Koika jigs – not only catching fish!
Green Sardine (GS) was still the top producing pattern
The technical locking curve of the VMC 7117 Slow Jigging Assist Hook holding this fish well
Fred Goh with a fine specimen of a Golden Snapper
The new Storm Black Kaiten PE#2.5 handled this beauty very well
Landed with the Gomoku Erito Bespoke Limited Edition
This one was really fat!
Interestingly, many of the Golden Snappers caught at night were taken on jigs without lumo
One for the road – on Gomoku Koika 150g UVSB
For charter enquiries, please contact:
Silibin Tackle No. 32 & 34, Persiaran Silibin Utara,
30010, Ipoh, Perak
Tel: +60 16-222 2865