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
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
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
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