Posts Tagged ‘Power Pro braid’

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

Over the next couple of months I have two boat trips booked on the Anne Clare a sea fishing charter of Toquay. The Anne Clare skippered by Kevin Tate is a Blythe 33 catamaran powered by twin 330hp Iveco Nef turbo diesels and capable of carrying 10 passengers plus 2 crew. Offering excellent fishing all year round for cod, ling, pollack, conger, black bream, bass, shark and many other species it is an affordable way to catch some big fish. On my first trip I will hopefully be catching some cod, pollack and ling so needed something suitable in the way of a boat rod and reel.

Although I love to sea fish it is not something I get to do very often, so like many of my other purchases I wanted something that was of excellent quality, finish and performance for a reasonable price. Speaking to Mark at Exeter Angling (familiar with my approach to buying fishing tackle) he recommended the Shimano Forcemaster boat pack.

This so called ‘limited edition’ shimano boat pack comprises of…

1 x 7ft 6″, 3 piece, 12-20lb Shimano Forcemaster boat rod
1 x Shimano TR200G multiplier reel
1 x 300m spool of Shimano Forcemaster 20lb mono line
1 x Limited edition Shimano rod sleeve

12-20lb Shimano Forcemaster boat rod
The 3 piece 12/20lb class 7′6” Forcemaster boat rod is built from a fine carbon crystal blank, making it very light, powerful while still offering excellent bite detection.  The rod grip is ergonimically shaped for comfort and control and also fitted with Shimano hardlite guides. Overall the rod looks / feels great and wouldn’t be out of place next to it’s more expensive counterparts.

12-20lb Shimano Forcemaster Boat rod

12-20lb Shimano Forcemaster Boat rod

10-20lb Shimano Forcemaster boat rod

10-20lb Shimano Forcemaster boat rod

Shimano TR200G multiplier reel
The Shimano TR200G is an ideal light-medium weight boat reel featuring Shimano S.A.L.T technology, level wind and a corrosion-free graphite body. The reel is very smooth with excellent line lay making it ideal for the novice or as a 2nd reel for the more experienced angler. Like the rod the quality and feel is great, something Shimano always manage to get right. It is finished in matte black

Mark recommended that I use braid as a mainline. Using the Shimano Forcemaster mono as backing Mark loaded the reel with 135m of 44lb Power Pro braid. Sorted.

Weight – 374g
Gear ratio – 4.3:1
Line capacity – 365m of 18lb mono

Shimano TR200G Multiplier reel

Shimano TR200G Multiplier reel

Shimano TR200G Multiplier reel

Shimano TR200G Multiplier reel

The overall cost of this quality package is £99. Amazing value for such a high quality piece of kit, if you were to purchase the rod, reel, line and bag separately it would set you back at least £140-150. The only gripe I had with the package is that it appears to come in right hand wind only,  but I don’t think this will prove to be too much of a problem once fishing.

Happy with the rod and reel I now needed to concentrate on my end tackle. We would be using shads to catch cod, pollack and ling on the first of the two boat trips. Sidewinder lures have become incredibly popular amongst Sea Anglers. Combining holographic attractors in a robust plastic lure they are excellent for all types of predatory fishing. I purchased some Sidewinder sandeels, joeys, sprats and super-shads.

Sidewinder Shads - Sandeels, joeys, sprats and super-shads

Sidewinder Shads - Sandeels, joeys, sprats and super-shads

I also purchased some 10oz cannon ball leads, Anti-tangle booms, Genie main line swivels, Sakuma 8mm beads in black and some Sunset Amnesia mono in 40 / 30lb for the leader and hook links. I will show the rig in more detail on my next trip report.

End tackle

Shimano Forcemaster mono, Sunset Amnesia mono, Power Pro Braid

0oz cannon ball leads, Anti-tangle booms, Genie swivels, Sakuma 8mm beads

10oz cannon ball leads, Anti-tangle booms, Genie swivels, Sakuma 8mm beads

I am looking forward to the first trip, as soon as I get a moment I will make a post letting you know how I got on with the Shimano Forcemaster boat pack. First impression are good and hopefully I will be putting it through it’s paces with some decent size cod, pollack and ling!

If you are interested in purchasing any of the above 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 Forcemaster Boat pack - limited edition rod sleave

Shimano Forcemaster Boat pack - limited edition rod sleave

Shimano Forcemaster Boat pack - limited edition rod sleave

Shimano Forcemaster Boat pack - limited edition rod sleave