April 29, 2013

Shimano Coltsniper BB S900M. More photos and rod curve

I got an email from a friend asking to see more photos of my new rod. I have also added a photo of the rod curve under 500gr of traction. 

Rod Curve under 500gr of traction.

April 25, 2013

New Rod: Shimano Coltsniper BB 900M

Here I am. Happy like a kid. Just got my new rod in the mail. I was looking for something to use in shore jigging this summer. My objective was to find something in the medium-heavy range that would handle some 50-60gr. jigs and big lures for some action in the Mediterrean Sea.
My previous rod was a St.Croix 8.6 14-56gr. salmon rod. It is still a decent rod but not enough suited for shore jigging. The short handle section was a pain to use for long time jerkings.
Anyway, after trying a Shimano Coltsniper BB rod in a store in Tokyo I fell in love with it. A very smooth and surprisingly flexible rod but a shore jigging application. It weights 209 gr. which means long fishing sessions without getting too much tired.
I choose the 9 feet model as I am not keen with the longer 9.6 or 10ft models. It is very light for a 60 gr. class rod. Now I need some time to test it and write about it in more details.
I still have two more rods to try. The custom LRF rod I built last month and the Yamaga Blank Early seabass rod.
For now just take a look at the photos and wait for more.

Nice logo. The BB is a lower grade  version of the Coltsniper


Split EVA handle. The length is good enough for shore jigging.

PE 1-2 Class

Fuji K guides 

April 21, 2013

Spanish Mackerel Action

Some Sunday morning video.

April 12, 2013

Some Random Thoughts and Photos

I haven't been very active with my blog lately. I keep myself very busy at work and don't have much spare time to update it.
I didn't have much time to fish either and right now I am waiting the first week of May to wet some lines. Usually May is a good month here as the water warms up and the first predator fishes start getting closer to shore. Besides the seabass I also wait for the arrival of the garfish. The garfish might not be a great fish to target but I still have fun to catch them with some ultra light gear.
Last year I enjoyed catching them with some small spoons skipped fast and small minnows like the DUO Toto42 and the Storm Flutter Stick 4cm. I also had some good results using small 3-5grams mini jigs with fast retrieves. The garfish is a curious fish that likes to follow small shiny lures. Sometimes they just chase and don't bite but I realized that the faster you reel in and better it gets.
The last time I fished them my setup up was pretty simple. 0.4 braid with 6lb fluoro leader and small 00 size snap. I consider it a good introduction for the fishing season and a great way to kill some time.

Duo Toto 48. I have used the 42 and now is time to try the
bigger brother.

Another lure that I want to try is the "cousin" of the TOTO. It is the Spearhead Ryuki made again by DUO. It is a lure specifically designed for trout fishing and I heard that it is  one of the best seller in Japan. What strikes me is the very slim and flat profile and the high weight to size ratio.
I am a firm believer that if a lure is so good with trout it must be good for small sea predators too. I still have to try and see the difference with the TOTO that comes with a fatter profile.

Looks almost like the Toto but the profile is much thinner and flatter.

Below is my garfish tacklebox. Well I also get some aji (horse mackerel) from time to time.

A typical box for garfish. Small jig (IMA gun), DUO toto 42,
Maria Pockets minnow and pencil, storm flutterstick.

More photos

I mounted some Decoy Trebles on the Toto48

Some spoons for fast retrieving action. These are trout spoons.

April 4, 2013

DUO Youtube

Photos of lures and fishes are cool but videos are much better. Lucky DUO has a nice Youtube page where you can see some great lures and fishing footage. Additionally the marketing department is so kind to offer you the chance to win some cool DUO lures. 
The rules are very simple – all one needs to do is subscribe to the Youtube page and send an e-mail at duocontest@gmail.com.

Good luck! 

April 1, 2013

Shimano TV: Casting for Dorado

It is almost midnight and I am tired. Very busy at work and the only way to charge myself up is to watch some fishing videos online. This one comes straight from Shimano's TV website.  It is fun, ıt is topwater and is about dorados.  It has a nice summer feel in it. Enjoy it here