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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Can’t get the Rapala Trail Blazer at your local retailer? Get yours today from Eastackle.
No compromises when you’re the angler on the go. Mobility is key, but so is casting and fish-fighting performance. The Trail Blazer 4-piece travel rod is built on a high-modulus, Japan-made prepreg graphite blank. Precision manufacturing with quality materials minimizes flat spots commonly found in multi-piece travel rod joints, resulting in a smooth rod curvature when loaded. The Trail Blazer features Fuji VSS / ECS reel seats and Fuji Alconite K-guides with a travel rod case as standard issue.
RAPALA TRAIL BLAZER SPECIFICATIONS
1/16 – 1/4oz
1/16 – 1/4oz
1/4 – 3/4oz
1/4 – 3/4oz
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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!
There are times when fish are so fixed on a specific baitfish profile or shape that they simply won’t take anything else thrown at them. That’s why it’s important to have an assortment of lure types on any fishing trip in addition to traditionally ‘proven’ lures. On a recent trip to Cheow Lan Lake (Thailand), Daniel Wan and friends were fortunate enough to have brought some small, compact, sinking lures such as the 5cm Rapala CountDown Abachi as probably 70% of the fish on this trip were caught on this lure alone!
Photos by Fred Goh, KD and Daniel Wan.
It’s been 5 years since our last visit to Cheow Lan Lake. Back then in 2011, we experienced one of our best fishing trips for Jungle Perch (Sebarau / Hampala / also known to the Thai people as “Pla Krasoob”). Thinking that the fishing style would be more or less the same this time, we packed along our proven Sebarau lures of Rapala Risto Raps (RR08), Deep Tail Dancers (TDD07), Skitter Pops (SP09), Flat Raps (FLR08) and an assortment of other freshwater lures. We were to find out later during our trip that these ‘staples’ were not the top producers for the Krasoob as we expected. It turned out that the humble, little 5cm Rapala CountDown Abachi, the more dense and faster-sinking version of the traditional Rapala Countdown, was the top scorer!
Here’s a photo catch report of the trip…
The raggedy bunch from Rapala on this trip.
The view from Ratchaprapha Dam jetty
The beautiful views that met the eye en route to the upper reaches of Cheow Lan Lake.
KD’s super excited! Who wouldn’t be on their maiden trip to Cheow Lan?
Marco and Fred are all fired up too!
We had the opportunity to visit a small litle cove to admire ‘Little Guilin’
Magnificent limestone formations at Cheow Lan.
You don’t have to be in China to see the ‘Guilin’ limestone mountains.
We finally arrive after a wet and uneventful 2 hour boat journey!
A familiar sight on this return trip to Cheow Lan.
The comfortable dining area
We love Thailand!
There were hundreds of big, hungry Lampam milling around the dining area.
Breakfast before hitting the water.
Thai porridge: The best breakfast ever (for me)!
Here’s a happy snap before we dig in!
KD doing the honours of the first few casts. Check out the colour of the water after the rain!
KD lands his first Thai Mahseer, on a spinnerbait!
A closer look at the Thai Mahseer before release.
Not too long after, the lucky KD lands another rare species… an Emperor Snakehead! (Pla Chon Ka Luang)
A sinking Rapala X-Rap CountDown in ALB colour fooled another Thai Mahseer from a deep pool.
Later that morning KD and I checked out a tributary that held heaps of small Jungle Perch (Krasoob). KD got this one on a Storm Gomoku Bottom on a slow, straight retrieve.
The Rapala Flat Rap in the South East Asia special Seluang/Pla Sew pattern resembling the local baitfish was deadly!
The Krasoob loved the natural-looking pattern of this Flat Rap!
Another Krasoob on the Gomoku Bottom. Notice the translucent pattern?
KD and I went further upstream. Among some submerged weed, KD pulls up another surprise…
… a very nice sized Bujuk!
The Rapala Flat Rap 08 worked its charm in skinny water.
Check out the beautiful patterns on this Snakehead!
Over at the other boat, Fred was fishing the Rapala RFS Micrology, a 2-5lb ultralight baitcast rod with 6lb Sufix Super 21 FC castable fluorocarbon, which gave him plenty of fun.
Meanwhile, Huat was happily pulling in Krasoob after Krasoob on the CountDown Abachi.
After catching Krasoob became too easy with the CountDown Abachi, Huat swapped to the Storm Gomoku Dense and got rewarded with a Catfish.
Like the CDA05, the Storm Gomoku Dense 48mm could also sink very quickly to variable depths.
The Flat Rap showed its proficiency in searching out Krasoob hunting the edges of submerged weeds.
Huat adds a big one to the Krasoob count with the CountDown Abachi CDA05.
This one shot out from a piece of submerged timber in deep water.
Fred’s favourite colour for the CDA05 was the HWSRD (Hologram White Sardine).
The persistent rain clouds often cleared by dusk.
Marco didn’t put any fancy twitching to the Flat Rap. Just a straight retrieve was all that’s needed to fool the fish!
Marco also caught his first Toman on this trip.
Rain, rain go away!!
The rain’s finally stopped! It’s time to go fishing!
We were very fortunate to see wild buffalo (Seladang) on several occasions on this trip.
Shallow streams – time for a little wading!
When most bibbed lures struggled in running-water, the dense CountDown Abachi CDA05 did the job and more.
Some Thai Mahseer were landed in between the plentiful Krasoob from the streams.
The rain was relentless, but that didn’t stop us from having a good time casting for Krasoob!
It was challenging to find the Krasoob but once we found them, it was happy days!
The CountDown Abachi scores again!
Most of our catches on this trip we caught on the Rapala CountDown Abachi 5cm (CDA05). We believe the fish were feeding on very small baitfish in various depths, and the long-casting, fast sinking, little CDA05 could seek them out at those depths.
The rain washed out many insects into rivers, triggering a massive food chain where small fish gulped down the bugs, and in turn, got eaten by the Krasoob.
KD and Fred then found this little running stream which held many good sized Krasoob.
Most of them were good-sized too!
The Krasoob in the rivers were mostly spawning specimens.
Amidst the spawning frenzy, some took the opportunity to feed on the little fish which the CDA05 resembled.
Another good fish by KD on the CountDown Abachi.
The Krasoob were healthy and in tip top condition.
There’s no doubt Fred and KD were having a blast!
Easy does it!
Just when Fred was retrieving the X-Rap CountDown after letting it sink deep into some timber, this Krasoob came out of nowhere and slammed the lure!
Fred’s smile tells it all…
KD never stopped smiling throughout the trip. It wasn’t hard to see why!
Taking a break from catching all the fish with CDA05, KD pulled out an old North Craft Caddis lure to catch some Krasoob. Easy peasy!
Evenings were lovely when the rain stopped and clouds cleared.
Early to bed, early to rise! Because the early bird gets the worm, or so they say…
This kind of morning view revives the spirit. The body is immediately invigorated!
Bee managed to tempt a Toman up for some happy snaps.
We seeked out for bigger sized Thai Mahseer in the running rivers.
But we could only find the small ones.
X-Rap CountDown was the candidate for the job.
“Where’s your Daddy?”
Certain parts of the rivers were known to hold Catfish in the deep. Allowing the CDA05 to sink to the bottom before retrieving steadily produced some pleasant surprises.
This fellow came out of nowhere and ambushed the little pink-headed CountDown Abachi as it throbbed its way right up boatside.
Huat was extremely happy to catch this Emperor Snakehead (Toman Bunga) hiding in the shallows under a overhanging bamboo tree.
The 5cm Rapala CountDown Abachi did it again!
We encountered some wild deer while travelling between spots.
But they were shy and quickly moved away when we came close.
The CountDown Abachi comes standard fitted with VMC 7554 trebles. This Pinky one here survived some brutal fish with only some slight scratches. Others were not so lucky.
KD mighty pleased with another catch on spinnerbait.
If you love the ultra-light game and don’t mind getting bullied every now and then, it’s worth trying out fishing with straight fluorocarbon line. Fred probably had the most fish among all of us on this trip and he attributed it to the use of FC mainline which is less visible in water.
The 5cm Rapala CountDown Abachi caused the downfall of many Krasoob for Fred.
Bee says its because of his ‘lucky’ VMC jersey. We think its the CDA05 lure. ;)
She’s coming in…
A smaller specimen by Bee.
Check out the vibrant colour on the cheek and fins!
Plenty of fun especially on light 4-10lb tackle!
Black/gold was a deadly colour too…
Bee putting the new Rapala Vaaksy rod into action.
… and taming fish one after another in quick succession.
Fish of this size are super fun on 4lb tackle. I had a blast on this trip with the Rapala 80th Anniversary Vaaksy 4-10lb rod so much so it became my ‘primary’ outfit with the CDA05 towards the end of the trip.
I was hoping for a Mahseer to pounce on the Risto Rap, but I guess a Sebarau will have to make do.
Papparazzi shot from our boat.
KD was casting into a bunch of floatsam when this Toman whacked the topwater lure right before our eyes.
MYSTERY SOLVED: A feisty Krasoob regurgitated this little bait as it thrashed about in our boat. We figured the 5cm Rapala CountDown Abachi (bottom two) was so effective because it probably matched the size and profile of the baitfish the Krasoob were feeding on during the time of our trip.
Interested to catch some of the Krasoob action at Cheow Lan Lake? Contact guide Darren Shan via his Facebook page.
The new Sufix Super 21® FC castable fluorocarbon line is nearly invisible in the water, making it ideal for stealthy presentations. The fluorocarbon line is extremely abrasion resistant and durable for fishing rough structure and tough-mouthed fish and still supple enough for excellent casting performance. Fluorocarbon sinks four times faster than nylon monofilament line, allowing the presentation to sink quickly into the strike zone. This fluorocarbon handles exceptionally well for spinning and casting reels. Spooled with Sufix’s exclusive G2 Precision Winding, there’s virtually no line memory out from the spool. Available in 150m spools of 6lb, 8lb and 10lb.
You only turn 80 once. And what better way to celebrate it with a big bang! In conjunction with the worldwide Rapala80 campaign, the Rapala South East Asia team developed a lure fishing rod specially to commemorate Rapala’s 80th Anniversary.
The Rapala Vääksy rod is dedicated to the birthplace of legendary Rapala lures. As we all know, the Rapala story began in 1936 in Vääksy, Finland, when Lauri Rapala carved his first lure that perfectly mimicked the movements of a wounded minnow. Lauri’s very first lure became the forefather to many other Rapala lures that have helped more anglers experience the thrill of catching big fish over the years. Today, Rapala continues to produce legendary lures that catch more IGFA world-record fish than any other lure brand in history.
Inspired by the Lauri Rapala story, the Rapala Vääksy rod was developed with passion and dedication to bring the joy of catching fish with lures to anglers all over the world. When the development team first brainstormed the idea of an 80th anniversary commemorative rod, several key requirements were drafted. The rod had to be made from quality materials, light and comfortable to fish all day with, look good and yet affordable. That’s why the Rapala Vääksy rod features a lightweight, hi-modulus graphite blank and comes equipped with Fuji® Aluminium Oxide guides and Fuji® ECS and VSS reel seats. Eye-catching red cosmetics are bound to turn heads on the water. An all-round performer that packs some decent fish-stopping power, the Rapala Vääksy is a truly remarkable lure-casting rod that’s worthy of a commemorative rod bearing its namesake.
The Rapala Vääksy is available in 1 and 2-piece spinning and casting models in line ratings of 4-10lb, 6-12lb, 8-17lb and 10-20lb.
The new Rapala Urban Classic Sling Bag has arrived! A revolutionary bag for the mobile angler, the Rapala Urban Classic Sling Bag is comfortable to carry out of the way on the back and allows freedom of movement, yet easy enough to swing to the front when needed. Both main compartments hold 3600-sized tackle boxes and open to form a work tray when changing lures. Sporting Rapala’s iconic digital fish camo pattern found on the Rapala Urban series of bags and packs, the new Urban Classic Sling Bag also has some minor improvements to the previous generation sling bag such as an improved easy access pocket on the chest.
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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