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September passed in a flash. 4 days fishing in the English Channel, numerous pike fishing trips and getting stuck into a busy month at work has left little time for blogging. Missed me? I doubt it but I am sure you will find my new purchase interesting.

The last trip aboard the Anne Clare could (should) have been sponsored by Daiwa. An arsenal of Saltist reels and Kenzaki rods ripping pouting from the wreck 200ft below. It appeared I had brought a 4.2:1 reel to a 6.1:1 fight. Not wanting to feel left out a Daiwa Saltist 30HA LW magically appeared in my tackle box the next day.

Daiwa saltist 30 HA LW

Daiwa saltist 30 HA LW

Saltist™ Levelwind Reels Features:

  • Rugged, all metal construction with rigid, one-piece aluminum frame
  • Four CRBB shielded, corrosion-resistant ball bearings and a roller bearing
  • Powerful, high-strength alloy gears
  • Up to 30% greater winding power
  • Super Drag with up to 22 pounds of drag max
  • Dual Anti-Reverse systems
  • Dual-position power handle
  • Aluminum rod clamp

The Saltist range of reels is aimed at the ‘higher’ end of the ‘performance scale’. This is reflected in the quality of components, construction and feel. Looking at the features listed above you can see there is no messing around, Saltist – serious business. Loaded up with yellow power pro braid I unleashed the Saltist on the Anne Clare. The high retrieve rate became my wrists new best friend, especially after a day of hauling 3 billion pouting from the depths.

Using the reel for a another 3 days fishing for a variety of species over rough ground, wrecks and sand bars I couldn’t fault it in anyway. Everything you do with the reel is smooth, controlled and so comfortable. I have a freezer full of black bream and pollack, each fish gracefully and effortlessly extracted from the sea with the Saltist.

Modern reel technology, build quality and performance has reached a point where you can pick up a great reel for as little as £50. You can purchase an excellent reel for around £100, or you can buy a phenomenal Daiwa Saltist for £180.

I don’t really know what else to say about the Daiwa Saltist. You need one in your life, I promise you won’t be disappointed. (unless you are being awkward on purpose, or you are a super human fisherman that catches 100lb congers 356 days of the year and never bothers to rinse or maintain their reels).

Once again, if you would like to purchase one of these reels, please please do speak to either Mark or Jim at Exeter Angling (internetsales@exeterangling.co.uk – 01392 436404). Combine it with some nice yellow power pro braid and a Daiwa Kenzaki rod and join the pouting bashing revolution.

Daiwa saltist 30 HA LW

Daiwa saltist 30 HA LW

Daiwa saltist 30 HA LW

Daiwa saltist 30 HA LW

Daiwa saltist 30 HA LW

Daiwa saltist 30 HA LW

Towards the end of September I have two fishing trips booked aboard the Anne Clare of Torquay. As mentioned previously the Anne Clare skippered by Kevin Tate is an affordable way to experience some of the best sea fishing available in the UK today. Even if the conditions prove to be tough, Kevin still manages to find specimen sized fish.

The first trip will involve live baiting and lure fishing for Sea Bass from various wrecks, Black Bream fishing and maybe some other species depending on the conditions. The second trip will be something a little more special, 3 days of fishing for Cod, Pollack, Ling, Conger, Brill, Turbot, Bass and Black Bream. Staying on the Channel Islands for two nights we will be in a great position to maximise the chance of catching a large number of specimen sized species.

Although I have been very happy with the performance and quality of my Shimano Forcemaster Boat pack I wanted something a little heavier. Both trips will require a considerable amount of live bait to be caught so having one rod set up for mackerel and the other rigged for catching the big fish is always an advantage.

Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD Reel
The Shimano Charter Special incorporates the power and feel of a ‘big game’ reel with the convience of a level wind and lever drag. Out of the box the reel looks the part, nothing too flashy, finished in matte black. Some anglers prefer all aluminum body reels but the shimano charter special benefits from re-enforced graphite and feels every bit as solid while being remarkably light. Other anglers who have used the shimano charter special assure me that there is no flex under pressure and if you want that extra security the heavy reel seat can be used with a reel clamp.

Once the drag is set correctly you simply push it to the strike position and not have to worry about adjusting it for the duration of fishing. If you do need to increase or decrease the drag then move the lever past the strike point (up to 200% more drag) or back it off slightly. Line lay is perfect thanks to the smooth level wind, another thing you don’t have to worry about while retriving or playing fish.

The shimano charter special boasts enlarged gearing supplying plenty of cranking power while also reducing the chance of the level wind jamming if you ever placed the reel under huge pressure. The large plastic grip and counter balanced aluminum handle ensure any retrieve is smooth and comfortable.

For me the Shimano Charter special is a true all rounder and suitable for nearly all types of boat fishing that the UK has to offer. Shimano have done a great job of combining power, strength and convenience in an affordable package. An amazing piece of kit for £100-125.

I loaded the reel with 54lb Power Pro braid in yellow. When fishing on a boat with 10 other fishermen tangles are inevitable so having yellow braid helps distinguish your line from the usual green braid.

  • Weight – 500g
  • Gear ratio – 4.2:1
  • Line capacity – 400m/17lb line
  • Ball bearings – 4
  • Lever drag
  • Level wind
  • Aluminium spool
  • XT7 body
  • Single handle
  • Waterproof drag

Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD

Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid 20-30lb class rod
So many people have recommended this rod to me it sounded like a perfect match for the Shimano Charter Special reel. The first thing you notice when holding the rod is how light it is. The action of the rod is incredible, a responsive tip that loads into a smooth and powerful action. The price of the Daiwa Kenzaki Braid is ridiculously cheap at £89, again another one of those products offering quality and power.

  • Premium carbon blanks using MM35M carbon
  • Sensitive tip action for improved bite detection
  • Zirconium ceramic guides throughout for use with braided lines
  • Fuji reel seat with Aluminium hoods
  • Triangular fore grip
  • Matte and gloss black finish with gold decals

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid 20-30lb class rod

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid 20-30lb class rod

If you are interested in purchasing either Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD or the Daiwa Kenzaki Braid please contact Mark Wills or James Moore at Exeter Angling – please make sure you mention this blog.
Tel – 01392 436404
Email – internetsales@exeterangling.co.uk

Shimano Charter Special and Shimano TR200G

Shimano Charter Special and Shimano TR200G

Shimano Charter Special - Lever drag

Shimano Charter Special - Lever drag

54lb Power Pro braid in yellow

54lb Power Pro braid in yellow

Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD

Shimano Charter Special TR2000LD

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid 20-30lb class rod

Daiwa Kenzaki Braid 20-30lb class rod

This weekend I was lucky enough to be invited on board the Anne Clare of Torquay with Mark and James from Exeter Angling. Leaving the harbor at around 7.30 we were on our way to the first of many wrecks. The Anne Clare is capable of a cruising speed in excess of 20knots and being a catamaran it certainly felt stable in the choppy conditions. Skipper Kevin Tate offers the best angling he can possibly provide off the coast of the UK so it is not unusual to find yourself surround by ocean 50 miles from shore.

After 3 hours of sailing we arrived at the first mark, a wreck that had recently been fishing spectacularly producing large numbers of specimen cod and pollack. There was a definite buzz aboard the Anne Clare, anglers keen to be given the nod from the skipper releasing a spectrum of coloured shads down into the depths.

The rigs could not be simpler, a 14ft 40lb Amnesia mono leader is tied to the braid using an Albright knot (amazing knot). A plastic boom (with snap link) is threaded on followed by a black plastic bead, the leader is then tied to a swivel. Because I was using braid reducing the influence of the tide dragging the line I could get away with using a small 10oz cannon ball lead. To finish the rig I tied around 6ft of 30lb Amnesia mono to the swivel and then attached a weighted white 6inch shad. A top tip to keep the skipper happy is to be extremely careful when you are lowering your rig over the side, you can do some serious damage to the side of the boat with your lead.

Kevin gave us the all clear and we started to send our rigs to the rough ground around the wreck. It is an eerie feeling setting the reel into free spool and watching the line peel off silently for what seemed an age. I was impressed by how much feel braid gives you, the lead touching bottom is so positive, you really can feel every little tap, knock and pull. The boat drifted slowly over the wreck as everyone slowly retrieved their shads between 10-15 turns before sending them back down and repeating the process. The first drift was unproductive apart from a foul hooked pouting and after a few more drifts conditions looked like they were stacked against us.

We moved on to another location and again the conditions were proving to be other than ideal. Wrecks attract and hold huge numbers of fish so you expect an instant reaction when you are dangling a delicious looking luminous orange shad within gulping distance. However when you pass over the wreck and 10 anglers don’t even get a bite you know something isn’t quite right. The skipper was becoming increasingly frustrated for all of us, he could see the fish on the echo sounder but they weren’t playing ball. After some more smallish Pollack someone landed a Ling. With tides turning and the appearance of Ling we moved to an area of rough ground around a wreck.

Ling have an awesome set of teeth inside a particularly enormous head so 100lb mono and size 6/0 or 8/0 hooks are a must. Mackerel were caught for bait using feathers and we baited up using a fillet / head section gettingt ready for the first drift.

I felt my lead touch down and made 3 turns leaving the bait as near to the snags as I dared. Towards the end of the first drift I felt a few plucks before everything went solid, having snagged the wreck previously I started to wind down and got ready to hang on and pull the rig free. The rod tip then started to violently jerk, this wasn’t the wreck, it was a fish. Line started to peel off, I placed my thumb gently onto the spool in an attempt to put the brakes on but whatever was hooked had other ideas.

For every yard I gained the fish took two, it was making every attempt to get back to the wreck. After a couple of minutes I managed to gain line significantly enough so the fish was no longer in reach of the wreck, but I was presented with the new problem of my arms potentially falling off. The skipper gave me some words of encourgement, “You’re making a meal of that”. I laughed nervously, what if this fish was a 3lb pouting? After several shoulder aching minutes something very large emerged from the depths, a 22.5lb Ling.

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare - 22.5lb Ling

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare - 22.5lb Ling

The Shimano forcemaster boat pack I purchased for this trip exceeded my expectations. The 12-20lb Shimano Forcemaster rod and Shimano TR200G reel loaded with Power Pro 44lb braid gave me all the feel and control needed for wreck fishing. As well as the Ling I caught a Conger eel, every little shake of it’s head could be felt and I was extremely comfortable with how the set up was performing.

The trip was excellent regardless of the tough conditions. Kevin Tate is a credit to the fishing charter boat industry, he genuinely wants you to catch fish and will do his best to make your trip a memorable one. I can’t wait for my next trip in September. Click here for more information about the Anne Clare

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare - 14lb Pollack

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare - Two Ling just shy of 22lb

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare - James with a nice Ling

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare

Wreck fishing aboard the Anne Clare