Prominently fishing Journalist and sponsored daiwa angler Warren Keelan has just launched his own website. Check it out, click here.
After almost a decade writing and touring in the Australian original music scene, I decided to devote more time to my other passion – fishing and photography. In 2007 I designed and built a successful online fishing community website called The Fishin Hub, which has since gone on to host numerous fishing expos and charity events, all in the name of bringing people together, sharing information and enjoying this great Aussie past time.
I’m a self taught web developer and run my own business – Shellfish Creations, building websites for the likes of Al McGlashan, Boab Boat Hire & Hookem Fishing to name a few. After three years I decided to delve into the world of fishing photography and journalism, and I’m now a regular contributor to many of this country’s leading fishing magazines including Modern Fishing, Freshwater Fishing, Sportfishing Australia, Go Fishing, Barra Bass & Bream and Fishing Monthly.
My passion for fishing and the outdoors has taken me on adventures to many of Australia’s best locations, catching native species in the New England River system, bluefin tuna off Bermagui and monster flathead on the NSW South Coast, not to mention chasing barramundi, mudcrabs, golden snapper and GT’s in Australia’s Top End.
In 2010 I released my first fishing adventure DVD titled Blue Yonder Adventures – NT. In this edition, co- Fishin Hub founder, Travis Munro and I travel to the Northern Territory – experiencing some of the best fishing and remote coastline the Top End has to offer. Chasing GT’s, Barramundi and Golden Snapper to tackling mud crabs the traditional way in and around Cape Don and Shady Camp.
I’ve also been busy onscreen featuring in Alistair McGlashan’s highly successful Strikezone TV series, targeting marlin, bluefin, kingfish albacore and a list of bread and butter species along the east coast of NSW.
I am extremely fortunate to be able to do what I love for a living and hope to continue doing so for as long as I possibly can. I’ve seen some amazing things in my life, particularly whilst exploring this great country, and I am proud to be able capture and share these images for others to enjoy.
Morethan Branzino 3000
The last of a legend. The Morethan Branzino set the standard as the most stunning looking reel and now Daiwa Australia has just landed the last of these reels. Only available in limited numbers, so if you want one of the finest looking reels available reserve yours now at your local Daiwa Tournament Dealer.
It all began in 2001, with the introduction of Digigear. Since then Daiwa’s world famous gear system is renowned as the best available. The Digigear drive system set the standard upon all others were to be judged, none have ever met the challenge.
Daiwa introduced the ultimate in reel design by uniting the world’s best spinning reels, Certate, Exist and Saltiga into one, coupled with the latest in gear design “Hyper Digigear” to make the ultimate spinning reel, the Morethan Branzino 3000, as was expected it became the hottest reel on the market.
Customized to be Daiwa’s most stunning threadline, the incredibly stylish Morethan Branzino 3000 is the “coolest” must have collectible fishing reel available today.
Daiwa Australia has just secured and landed the final production of Daiwa’s most prestigious spinning reels , the Exist Hyper Custom. This incredible reel is only available in the 2508 and 3012 models in very limited numbers, so reserve yours now if you want one of the finest reels money can buy.
|Exist Hyper 2508||4.8
|11 + 1||200||7 kg||150m/8lb, PE 1/200m|
|Exist Hyper 3012||4.8 (81cm’s)||11 + 1||245||7 kg||150m/12lb, PE 1.5/200m|
The new 2011 Caldia is announced today, but final specifications and features for this fantastic new reel won’t appear till August 12.
For more information click here.
Daiwa has always had a long history of innovation, Real Four introduced ground breaking technology like Airbail, ABS, Twistbuster, Magseal, Air Rotor, Magforce 3D, TWS and Digigear to the world, an award winning combination that the new set the future standard for all Daiwa reels. Its unparalleled engineering produced the worlds most technically advanced reels and on July 25th Daiwa will further reinforce themselves as the worlds Number 1 fishing tackle manufacturer.
See more here on July 25.
The new Saltiga 6500 sizes have just been announced. For more information click here.
The 2001 Saltiga introduced unrivalled ground breaking technology…. until now with the introduction of the new Saltiga.
The Saltiga heralds a giant leap forward in design, revolving around magnetic fluid. Developed by NASA to magnetically deliver fuel to space ships, this revolutionary innovation has now been developed for Saltiga.
Mixing a liquid with iron isn’t easy, but Daiwa has mastered it in the Saltiga range. When dispersed evenly through liquid, the iron oxide (magnetite) has a diameter of 1/100,000mm, so small that the surface area of the ferromagnetic particle is around 1/10th of a single influenza virus.
This new metallic grease/oil takes on a new effect, placed by itself it forms a typical liquid helical shape with the introduction of a magnetic force it changes shape similar to the android in Terminator II, attaching itself to any other metal to form a seal. So strong is this magnetic liquid that if placed in a container with a magnetic surface it would retain its shape even if the bottom was removed. Being magnetized this lubrication system avoids any friction and prevents dust intrusion, eliminating oil spray and significantly improving reel life expectancy. The challenge for Daiwa was to utilise the inherent benefits of magnetic liquid in reel design. Instead of it being used to dustproof, we needed something that was waterproof. Innovative design combined new CRBB bearings with a magnetic oil membrane and making it possible. Water intrusion is now a thing of the past.
Not content just with Magseal, Saltiga also introduces Zaion Air Rotor. Zaion material was first seen in the Luvias series, this super strong light material is like no other – a new revolution in strength and sensitivity. This design disperses pressure to the entire lower section of the rotor, dramatically decreasing stress and flexing. Working in conjunction with the Mag Seal the Air Rotor has been hollowed out to create airflow through the whole rotor system. This prevents foreign material such as water, salt, sand and dust collecting inside the reel, the added air flow eliminates moist build up in the reel preventing corrosion issues.
With other designs innovations like Real Four, Hyper Digigear, UTD, Airbail etc as standard the Saltiga sets the standard as the best heavy duty reel available.
Watch this space for more details soon.
|DRAG PRESSURE||WEIGHT||SPOOL CAPACITY|
|SALTIGA 4000||4.9 (87 cm)||14 + 1 RB||10 kg||440 g||PE 2/450m, 3/300m, 4/220m|
|SALTIGA 4000H||5.7 (102 cm)||14 + 1 RB||10 kg||440 g||PE 2/450m, 3/300m, 4/220m|
|SALTIGA 4500||4.9 (94 cm)||14 + 1 RB||15 kg||585 g||PE 3/400m, 4/300m, 5/240m|
|SALTIGA 4500H||5.7 (110 cm)||14 + 1 RB||15 kg||585 g||PE 3/400m, 4/300m, 5/240m|
|SALTIGA 5000||4.4 : 1 (95 cm)||14 + 1 RB||15 kg||600 g||PE 4/400m, 5/300m, 6/250m|
|SALTIGA 5000H||5.7 : 1 (121 cm)||14 + 1 RB||15 kg||600 g||PE 4/400m, 5/300m, 6/250m|
|SALTIGA 6500||4.3 : 1 (100 cm)||14 + 1 RB||30 kg||820 g||PE 5/500m, 6/400m, 8/300m|
|SALTIGA 6500H||5.7 : 1 (131 cm)||14 + 1 RB||30 kg||820 g||PE 5/500m, 6/400m, 8/300m|
The 2010 Daiwa introduced Magforce 3D with the Z2020 reel. This all new approach to spool control set the bench mark for cast-ability. Now in 2011 we introduce the Z200H, by combining the best attributes of the Z2020 like Magforce 3D, Real Four, UTD etc we have created one of the most feature packed baitcasters available.
The new Z200H will introduce a new generation of anglers to pure casting pleasure.
More information is coming soon.
The finesse anglers dream reel, the new Pixy PX6 Type R is Daiwa’s ultimate lightweight baitcaster. Developed specifically for Japans high pressure, high intensity bass fisheries, where anglers are required to use ultra light lines and lures to tempt fish into striking. The new shallow Super duraluminium “air” spool will spin with the lightest of weights, right down to small bream and trout sized lures, casting effortlessly and accurately. While the finesse Magforce Z system will apply breaking when necessary to prevent over-run. The Pixy is ideal for ultra light bass and native fishing with ultra light lines and lures.
Watch this space for more information coming soon.
Daiwa is proud to annonce the upcoming release of the new Ballistic spinning reel range. watch this space for more information coming soon.
Following in the footsteps of the new T3 Daiwa is proud to announce the new T3 Ballistic baitcaster. Watch the website for more details coming soon.
The Department of Primary Industries recently stocked more than 16,000 Atlantic salmon into
two South West Victorian lakes to boost recreational fishing opportunities.
Fisheries Victoria Executive Director Anthony Hurst said 8,160 Atlantic salmon were released
into Lake Bullen Merri and 8,500 into Lake Purrumbete, both near Camperdown.
“The crater lakes of Purrumbete and Bullen Merri are popular freshwater fisheries with well
deserved reputations for producing quality trout and salmon,” Mr Hurst said.
“Each lake received a mix of yearling 30-60 gram salmon and two-year-old fish averaging
more than 200 grams.”
Mr Hurst said the two lakes were stocked annually with brown trout and rainbow trout, and
also received Chinook salmon when available.
“We have stocked Atlantic salmon this year to maintain a salmon interest in these crater lakes
and as an interim arrangement until Chinook salmon become available again.”
Atlantic salmon were stocked into Lake Bullen Merri and Lake Purrumbete between 2002 and
Mr Hurst said the most recent salmon stockings would provide anglers with some great new
Last year, Fisheries Victoria stocked more than 700,000 trout into waterways throughout the
For more about fish stocking visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing
Recreational anglers are enjoying terrific trout fishing in many lakes and reservoirs thanks to
fish stockings undertaken late last year after heavy rains.
Agriculture and Food Security Minister Peter Walsh said the Department of Primary Industries
(DPI) had moved swiftly in order to take advantage of the end of the drought.
“In order to capitalise on good rainfall last year, 187,500 trout were sourced at short notice
from DPI’s Snobs Creek hatchery and private hatcheries last spring,” Mr Walsh said.
“This was a quick response to kick-start these fisheries after years of prolonged drought.
“Many of these fish were rainbow trout released as fingerlings, while others were much larger
yearling trout of around 50 grams each.”
Mr Walsh said in 2010 Fisheries Victoria stocked nearly 2.4 million fish including more than
“Anglers will continue to benefit from restocking programs funded through both recreational
fishing licence fees and the $16.2 million the Victorian Coalition Government has set aside to
improve opportunities for Victoria’s recreational fishers,” Mr Walsh said.
VRFish chairman Geoff Cramer said last year’s rapid stocking response had delivered the
goods for freshwater anglers already with the yearling stockings paying off most of all.
“Anderson’s Lagoon, near Ballarat, was the standout performer. Big numbers of rainbow trout
between 800 grams and 1kg have been caught from Anderson’s (otherwise known as
Hepburn’s Lagoon), just five months after release,” Mr Cramer said.
“Newlyn Reservoir was another big improver with rainbow trout between 500 and 700 grams
being landed, while Bostock Reservoir, near Ballan, yielded rainbows up to 500 grams.
“Greenhill Lake, near Ararat, was producing some rainbow trout up to 1 kg while anglers have
also enjoyed success at Tullaroop Reservoir, Lake Elingamite and Deep Lake further south.”
Mr Cramer said anglers were very happy to see more than $181,000 of recreational fishing
licence revenue funding the drought recovery stockings.
The Black Label “Skippin”.”Shootin”.”Shaky” series were designed for aggressive fishing techniques like the “skipping” method used to throw a lure to overhangs or under boat docks/ piers and “shooting” method to directly throw a lure to fish located on a fish finder or structure. Also due to the ultra fast and sensitive action they are able to dance a soft plastic lure to attract fish – “shaking style”.
When Daiwa designs and tries to reduce cost of a rod, normally we simply reduce a similar ratio form each cost categories like blanks, guides, handles etc. But, in this instance we concentrated on blank design to gain the highest performance. Black Label is similar to our flagship rod range – Steez. While Steez concentrates on being light weight, Black Label concentrates on high performance, it has similar cosmetic styling but the blanks design emphasis combines lifting power with superior hook setting power. As a result we have designed a rod series that produces superior performance far beyond our competitors, yet still featuring quality componentry like Fuji SIC guides, Daiwa surround hold reel seats and triple A grade cork handles, all this at a fraction of our competitor’s price.
For more inforamtion click here.
The Black Label “Versatile” series of rods is designed as the all-rounder style series. These rods can be used for the majority of fishing methods in particular with hard body lures like crankbaits, vibrations, topwaters etc
The design of the Black Label Versatile series is the same as the Technical series, concentrating on high performance. They have similar cosmetic styling, but the Versatile series combines a soft tip action and lifting power with superior hook setting power to produce a rod that is perfectly suited for all hard body and soft plastic fishing techniques… As a result we have designed a “versatile “rod series that produces superior performance far beyond our competitors, yet still featuring quality componentry like Fuji SIC guides, Daiwa surround hold reel seats and ultra tough and light EVA grips, all this at a fraction of our competitor’s price.
For more information click here.
The new Tanacom Bull 500 is now available.
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Ultimate casting innovation…..the easiest way to describe Daiwa’s latest shore lure casting rods, Lateo Pirates. Designed for rocky shore and beach based lure fishing, Lateo’s unique design provides unparalleled casting performance.
Lateo employs Daiwa’s unique Japanese designed HVF (high volume fibre) carbon blank, these rods are designed to load from the tip to the butt for maximum power and fast casting acceleration. A minimalist approach in design was used deliberately to eliminate any extra weight, grips and blank cosmetics are almost nonexistent.
But the blank isn’t everything that improves casting performance. Lateo uses Fuji’s epoch making guide system, alconite “K” guides, these guides dramatically reduce line wrap and improve line speed for faster more accurate casting. Added to this these rods feature customized Fuji graphite reel seats, custom alloy componentry and minimalist ultra tough EVA grips to reduce weight for high speed casting acceleration.
For ultimate casting performance and innovation look no further than Lateo Pirates.
For more information click here.
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