Fishing doesn’t happen as often as I would like these days, So I always like to have different rod and reel combos set up ready for when the time comes I don’t have to waste time setting my gear up.
I have 5 different set ups that I use, some more than others, but they all have their respective uses.
No. 1. An ultra lite setup, a short one piece rod around 4’6 with lite action, spooled with braid on a small spin reel.
I use it for flicking soft plastics or small spinning lures, and it’s size is good for when you need to keep it in the boat to avoid catching it on low branches when traveling to a spot in the river.
No. 2. A medium ugly stik, 6 foot long heavy action rod, an open faced reel spooled with about 65 pound braid, used where there is a lot of structure like sticks, logs and rocks, and good sized fish that are likely to grab the bait and head straight for the structure to cut me off.
Being a heavy action rod with braid that size, allows me to put the hurt on a big fish and drag it out of the structure, before it can cut the line.
No. 3. Is a 7 foot medium/ heavy action Abu Garcia rod that has a fast tip action, this makes it great for jigging, using a live bait, or fishing with lures where more sensitivity is required to feel what is going on at the other end of the line.
It is a well-balanced rod and reel combo, which makes casting distance and with accuracy easy to achieve.
No. 4. Is a 7-foot medium to heavy action rod, with bait-caster reel which is ideal for trolling out on the lake or up the river.
No. 5. This is a heavy duty deep sea fishing combo with a heavy overhead reel, the line guides have rollers and it is spooled with 100 pound line, I use it trolling with big live baits or heavy skirted lures, when I am looking for that big catch of a lifetime.
I would say that for the majority of my river fishing, I use my number 1 rod, the ultra light combo, and my number 2 rod, the 6 foot Ugly Stik.
These 2 rods cover the majority of situations and the other 3 are good for out on the lake or in open water, chasing bigger fish.
With these 5 different fishing rods setup I’m always ready to go as soon as the fish come on!
The boat seems to glide over a silky smooth surface of the water, just as the red glow of the sun begins to light up the sky.
We are heading out to our favourite couple of marks about 6 mile out to sea at a depth of around 36 fathoms, our weapons of choice for today are Daiwa rods, and big fish is what we are hoping to find.
As we head out I decide to hang a couple of X-rap lures out the back to see if we could stir up a few Mackerel or yellow fin tuna as we cross several smaller reef sections on the way to our main mark.
The silver bodied X-rap lure would have to be my favorite of the Rapala lures I use, as I always seem to get plenty of attention when I use it, it has a couple of teeth marks down the side from some earlier near misses.
The Daiwa Rods I have on board for trolling are the Saltiga G Boat rods, the matchup of quality parts on these rods gives them greater strength and lifting power to be able to control powerful fish. Daiwa rod’s and big fish are a perfect match up!
It’s time to get the gear sorted for when we hit our mark, so I’m ready to drop the bottom bashing gear as soon as we drift on to the fish.
The deck hand calls out to the skipper that were on, and he slows the boat top allow us to start winding in the catch, it feels relatively tiny and there is no definite head shakes, like you get from a good sized Mackerel or Wahoo, as I wind to the leader I catch a flash of silvery blue which is a sure sign it’s only a Mac Tuna from a small school we probably drove past as they fed on the smaller bait fish on the surface.
Not a very good eating fish but works well as strip bait for snapper and kingfish, nothing better than bait this fresh so we’ll put them in the ice for later.
Skipper sets us back on course and we let our lures out the back for another try for some better eating fish this time.
You can start to see a light ruffle on the surface of the ocean now as a light south easterly wind picks up, the forecast is pretty good for the rest of the week, so I’m sure a little bit of breeze on no more than a meter of swell is going to bother us too much today.
We are nearly on our marks now so we wind in the trolling gear as the skipper starts to have a look around on the sounder for a decent patch of fish, he is pretty sure he has a spot so we get organized for our first drop.
I’m integrating another Daiwa Saltiga rod with one of Daiwa’s Saltiga lever drag 2 speed fishing reels .
If you are chasing big fish like we are today you need a reel like this one, that will handle serious strength braided line, as well as mono in certain circumstances.
Skipper positions us and we drop our lines in all set to drift over our first mark.
The reason I use Daiwa gear is I know that when I get hooked up onto some big fish that my equipment is not going to let me down.
You want to have the confidence and power from your gear if you run into a good school of kingfish and you need the capacity to haul it up fast to avoid it dragging your line into the reef and cutting you off. Having poor quality gear is not something I like taking chances with in situations like that.
I’ll fill you in on what happens in the next post but for now if you want more information on the Fishing tackle I use click the link.