Over the past few years the Saltist Demon Blood range has become one of Daiwa’s most famous and popular saltwater offshore rods. In 2013 we have updated this awesome series with all new cosmetics, components, new blank designs and even better carbon. You can check them out here>>
The new specialist Presso rods have just arrived. For more information click here.
The new specialist Presso Trout subsection is now online. . For more information click here.
The new specialist Presso rods have just been announced. For more information click here.
The Pro News section has been updated and divided into individual sections for each angler. More updates coming soon from other Pro Staff and new stories/reviews. Click on any of the Pro Staff below to go straight through to their sections.
The new 2011/2012 Daiwa Dealer and tournament catalogues are now available. to recieve your free copies click here.
The Fishing DVD #23 out soon is jam-packed with action, information, tips, destinations and product reviews… and you don’t have to read it! In just over two hours of spectacular, high-definition vision, this broadcast-quality “DVD Magazine” brings it all to your lounge room, den, holiday house, office or laptop computer – whenever and wherever YOU choose to view! Watch it all, from start to finish, or choose the stories and segments you like most, then view them over and over, at your leisure. Re-wind, slow mo’, freeze frame and fast-forward to all the juicy bits..
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The Fishing DVD issue 22 is out now with an awesome array of stories and tips that will keep you entertained for hours.
with Steve Starling & John Haenke
The Fishing DVD visit an extraordinary wilderness retreat located on a tropical island off Gove (Nhulunbuy), on the north east corner of Arnhem Land. The extraordinary fishing action they encounter in these turquoise waters is only exceeded by the hospitality and creature comforts of the camp itself… this one is very special!
AWOONGA BARRA ON FLY
with Peter Morse and Jason Wilhelm
Stocked impoundment barra are perhaps even less predictable than their wild cousins and this makes them a great challenge, especially for fly fishermen. Utilising a range of flies fished at different depths and using a variety of retrieves Peter Morse catches a string of feisty impoundment barra.
with Brad Sissens and friends
Brad Sissens is joined by some of the top fishing reel engineers from Daiwa’s Japanese headquarters for a couple of days of knock-down, drag-out, no-holds-barred tackle testing on the big, green-backed hoodlum kings of Tairua. You have to check this out!
EXPLORING CURTIS ISLAND
with John Haenke & Mark Bargenquast
The crew climb aboard a luxury mothership and head for the waters around Curtis Island, between Gladstone and Rockhampton, to check out some wild and lightly-fished country. Despite wrestling with strong winds, dirty water and unfavourable tides for the first few days, the team hang in there, proving the importance of persistence and ultimately scoring a champagne popper fishing session around the offshore islands, and also includes some great estuary fishing tips as well.
TASSIE TROUT ON PLASTIC
with Steve Starling and Chris Bassano
Starlo joins gun trout guide, Chris Bassano, on a Tasmanian Central Highlands lake in search of wily brown trout using small Squidgy soft plastics and finesse spinning tackle. Their results prove just how incredibly effective this approach can be, even in adverse weather conditions! Great tips on finding fish holding spots and how to overcome weed beds.
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Jarrod Healey, a 30 year old Landscape Gardener from Noble Park has claimed victory in the first qualifying event of the 2011 Daiwa BREAM Series with a substantial 10/10, 10.43kg limit.
The EJ Todd sponsored angler has been spending his Christmas holidays at the iconic Mallacoota township since he was a child and this year was no different. Healey picked up a cool $2400 for the win, $500 for the 1.49kg big bream and an additional $250 for being the highest placed Mercury owner.
His second career victory since his last at Mallacoota back in 2008, Healey claims he struggled on the prefish to find fish or productive areas.
“I used past experience and would sight cast to feeding or cruising fish along snags or sand flats,” he said.
“Working both the top and bottom lake, I would only get 1 fish at a time, not 2 or 3. Infact, I caught 7 legals on day one and only 6 on day two,” he continued.
Targeting these large solitary fish meant that Healey’s bag was going to be healthy as long as he could find enough to fill his limit. Day one’s 5/5, 6.13kg bag set up his victory, putting Jarrod over a kilo in front of his nearest rival. Of course this was cemented with his 1.49kg kicker fish, which ultimately won big bream.
Healey used a G.Loomis SR842 matched to a new Daiwa Certate 2004 and a G.Loomis DSR820 with a new Daiwa Certate 2506 both spooled with 3lb Stren Microfuse and 4lb Sunline FC Rock leader.
His lures of choice for the weekend consisted of a shallow Cranka Shad in toffee apple colour, a deep diving Jackall Chubby in brown suji and a Berkley camo worm rigged on a 1/32 Nitro jighead; the Cranka Shad accounting for the big bream.
“The bigger fish are on the banks, but it is a matter of having the patience to be rewarded,” said Healey.
“Day 2 I didn’t have my first fish till 9.15am, I got my five fish, but you are never sure what limits will come in at Mallacoota,” he continued.
Testament to this theory is Shaun Clancy’s victory from 10th place in the 2010 Daiwa BREAM Grand Final with a 5.58kg limit at this venue.
Taking home $1500 in second place was Warrnambool based angler Mark Gercovich with a 10/10, 9.21kg limit. In his first visit to Mallacoota, Gercovich found some good yellowfin bream on the flats during prefish. Remembering back to the 2007 BREAM Grand Final at Lake Macquarie catching yellowfin, Gercovich used a slow rolling crankbait technique to fill his bag.
Gercovich used a Daiwa Interline TMZ776 matched to a Daiwa Sol 2000 spooled with 3lb Yamatoyo Famell Spinning Fluorocarbon and a Daiwa Saltist Hard Rock Fish with a Daiwa Sol 2000 with 2lb straight through fluorocarbon.
He used a Jackall Chubby in suji shrimp and a Zipbait Rigge 46MDR in colour 809 for cranking the flats. On day 2, when there was no wind and bright sunny conditions, he headed to deeper water looking for bream with an Ecogear VX35 in colour 439.
“Using the Humminbird 898SI sounder, I was able to identify some good schools. Using a simple lift, drop technique I was able to pick up a 36cm and a 37cm on the vibs. When the wind picked up again, I then headed back to the flats,” he explained.
Champion non boater for the Atomic Mallacoota Qualifier was Darryl Hislop, a 41 year old brick layer from Colac in his first ABT event (9/10, 6.31kg). Taking home a swag of Daiwa goodies including two rod and reel outfits his wire to wire victory was set up with a 5/5, 4.05kg day one limit fishing with Tony Pettie and completed with a 4/5, 2.26kg limit with Dave Welfare.
Hislop used a G.Loomis 842 rod and a Shimano Sustain 2500 spooled with 4lb Berkley Crystal Fireline and 5lb FC Rock leader.
Heading upriver on day one, the pair worked in 6ft of water around Gypsy Point, Hislop choosing to throw a mid range Smith Camion in natural colours and a deep Jackall Chubby in suji shrimp, all retro fitted with Owner ST11 ultra light trebles.
“I was trying to work the lures across the bottom structure with the occasional flick,” explained Hislop.
Day 2 saw him venture out to the middle of the bottom lake working Ecogear VX40 blades in colour 439 and a variety of Berkley plastics before working the sand drop offs at Goodwin Sands.
The Atomic sponsored event was once again heavily promoted by Frogley’s Offshore. National Sales Manager Jay Morgan handing out a $100 lure pack to every angler at the briefing as well as a swag of Atomic, Bassday and Samurai Reaction rods to those anglers weighing in the largest Atomic or Bassday caught bream over the weekend. The lure displays on site were impressive to the attending public and the amount of kilo plus bream being weighed in on these lures testament to their popularity.
The top 4 boaters and non boaters have now qualified for the end of year Daiwa BREAM Grand Final at Forster and can relax, save and plan for the main event.
The focus now turns to Tasmania where the much anticipated St Helens and Derwent rounds will be held in early March. Let’s keep a close eye on any record breaking attempts, of course, all the action of the Rapala Derwent Super Series event will be streamed live on www.bream.com.au.
For all competition results click here
Australia’s leading fishing publication is packed full of great information this month and also features Daiwa’s latest Tournamnet Master x-G rods on the inside cover.
Surface fishing for bream
Species guide: Dolphin fish
Top 10 bream lures – Part 1
Practical: DIY reel servicing
Destinations: SA kingfish
Destinations: Cape York, FNQ
Destinations: Gold Coast holiday hotspot
Destinations: Sydney’s Hawkesbury River
A life spent Fly fishing
Plus Australia’s best columnists, loads of news and new products and the bonus Boat Fishing magazine featuring tests on new boats plus practical boating tips.
More than 187,000 trout have been stocked into formerly drought-affected lakes and reservoirs across Victoria, thanks in part to $231,000 from fishing licence revenue. Ballarat’s Lake Wendouree received the majority of 90,000 rainbow trout fry stocked in November while another 75,000 brown trout fry will be released into waterways around the state this month. Peter Walsh, Minister for Agriculture and Food Security, and responsible for fisheries,said a large number of small trout had been sourced at short notice from the Department of Primary Industries’ own hatchery at Snobs Creek and other private trout hatcheries in northeast Victoria. “We have been fortunate to find so many trout available, given few growers had anticipated such a wet season after many years of lower than average rainfall,” Mr Walsh said. “To have so many lakes fill with water in one year, and to stock them so quickly, exceeded most freshwater anglers’ expectations.” Mr Walsh said anglers could look forward to improved fishing over the next few years with an increase in funding under the Coalition Government. “The Baillieu-Ryan Government has committed to returning all the revenue raised from the sale of recreational fishing licences to the industry for infrastructure works, stocking and education programs,” Mr Walsh said. “In addition, we will increase funding to the industry by $4 million over the next four years.” Other stockings into recovering waters include: . 4,000 into Greenhill Lake, near Ararat, and 2,000 into Lake Beaufort . 15,000 into Cairn Curran Reservoir near Maldon . 3,000 into Teddington (Top) Reservoir and 1,500 in Teddington (Bottom) Reservoir . 10,000 into Hepburn Lagoon and 7,000 into Newlyn Reservoir . 2,000 into Deep Lake at Derrinallum . 4,000 into Barkers Creek Reservoir, Harcourt, in addition to 1,000 stocked in June . 10,000 into Rocklands Reservoir, Balmoral, in addition to 5,000 stocked in July . 10,000 into Tullaroop Reservoir, Carisbrook …/2 . 10,000 into Tooliorook Lake, Lismore . 5,000 into Bostock Reservoir at Ballan . 5,000 into Lake Bolac . 4,000 into Batyo Catyo Lake at Rich Avon . 5,000 into Lake Burrumbeet, near Ballarat Fisheries Victoria executive director Anthony Hurst said while the trout stocking season was drawing to a close, preparations were underway for the beginning of native fish stocking season. “Several recovering lakes will receive Murray cod and golden perch this summer, so it’s an exciting time now the rain has finally come,” Mr Hurst said. For more about fish stocking visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing
The new Spellbinder rod series has just landed and will be in stores later this week.
Ultra fast, ultra light, ultra powerful… that’s the easiest way to describe the all new Spellbinder series. Designed on Daiwa’s latest new concept blank designs which introduces a blank that is amazingly light and fast at a price that has never before been seen in Australia.
Built with the finest components like Fuji K guides, Daiwa reel seats and ultra tough EVA grips available the Spellbinder series is the ideal choice for the serious angler.
On this weeks show Dave heads to Victoria to a beautiful location called Sandy point. He catches up with Ryan from anything fishing charters and heads out to chase the famous VIC Whiting. Also on the show Dave shows you how to catch nippers on the sand flats using a yummy pump. It is a fantastic show with lots actions tips and techniques, that’s next time on hooked with Dave Butfield
Hooked with Dave Butfield can be seen on the Aurora TV network. For more information go to www.hookedtv.com.au
If you want ultimate casting distance then go no further than the Tournament Master Surf series, designed to match many of Daiwa’s long distance casting reels like Emblem Pro and Windcast. Developed by Australia and built on a Japanese designed M500 three piece carbon blank, these highly sensitive and powerful blanks are designed to load from the tip to the butt for maximum power and fast cast acceleration. The TMS rods use only the best guides, the latest Fuji Low Rider tournament casting guides for increased speed and accelerated rifling. For maximum distance look no further than the Tournament master Surf rods.
On this weeks show of Hooked, Dave heads to Darwin with his son Lachlan and travel 17 hours out to sea on Arafura Bluewater Charters to chase some monster reef fish. We give the new Daiwa Monster Mesh Max rods a good workout as the action heats up on coral trout, spanish mackeral, dog tooth tuna and much much more.
Hooked with Dave Butfield can be seen on the Aurora TV network. For more information go …to www.hookedtv.com.au
A recent spate of back to back fishing trips in a variety of locations had me looking for a versatile casting rod. One thing lacking in my fishing arsenal was something that could pelt out metals and pencil poppers well past the horizon – a dedicated boat based casting rod. While a number of 7ft snapper and inshore kingfish rods adorn my rod rack, I was specifically looking for something with a little more reach that could cast an ounce or two the necessary distance required to reach schools of flighty tuna along with spinning gars to kingfish in distant washes. I didn’t want the rod to be too long or cumbersome out of a small boat, it had to be below 8ft and light yet powerful. Enter the Saltiga S-Extreme 76 Game.
This is one of those rods that you pick up and play with then feel compelled to buy – it ticked all the boxes for my boat based spin stick being light, slick and at 7ft 6 an ideal length to allow for a decent cast without being too long or unwieldy. This rod presents as lightweight and mild mannered but possesses an incredibly deceptive amount of power in reserve with the specs rating it able to cast 15-90 gram lures and capable of fishing an impressive 14kg of drag. The butt detaches from the blank allowing for easy transportation while the reel seat features a click adjustable locking ring which functionally reduces the likelihood of the reel unknowingly coming loose. The single footed titanium framed silicone carbide guides are well positioned and steer the line perfectly with no unexpected tip wraps or guide tangles experienced to date.
Using this outfit I have caught a number of hefty longtail tuna, school yellowfin, spanish and shark mackerel plus a variety of heavy hitting trevally. The rod is teamed up to a Saltiga S-Extreme 4500H Maverick loaded with PE4 Saltiga Sensor braid while lures have generally been 40 gram metals which the outfit casts a mile. The reel has been a pleasure to use and has performed to the standard you would expect from a product of its calibre with a silky smooth drag that releases line effortlessly under all drag settings.
What really impressed me however was screwing down the drag on a number of fast running tuna and essentially stopping them dead in their tracks. I measured the drag at a hefty 9.5kg after recently catching a couple of longtails that were quickly brute forced back to the boat which reaffirmed the fish stopping power this light weight rod possesses.
This is a fun and comfortable outfit that resides in my repertoire of fishing gear as a capable premium blue water spin rod. It has accompanied me on a number of domestic and overseas trips having caught a variety of hefty fish by casting metals, minnows, poppers and stick baits.
Sami Omari is one of Fishing World magazines most respected journalists.
NOT that long ago, most multi-piece travel rods were, on the whole, cheap junk. However, recent developments in rod blank technology has meant that modern travel rods are now pretty much indistinguishable in performance and functionality from single or two-piece sticks. This, combined with the easy storage and transport offered by the multi-piece format, means that quality travel rods are becoming increasingly popular. Daiwa’s new Wilderness series is a prime example of modern, high-performance multi-piece travel rods. Fishing World has tested one of these cool Aussie-designed sticks over the past six months and found it an outstanding and very handy performer. Anyone who’s done much air travel will know that rod tubes are a pain in the proverbial. Some airlines now refuse to take tubes over 2.1m in length. So a rod like the Wilderness 703MF, which packs down into three pieces and fits into a sturdy custom tube of about a metre long, is a boon for Aussie anglers who like to explore new waters. This particular rod is 7′ long and is rated to lines of between four and eight kilos. We tested it with a Certate 2500-R threadline loaded with 20lb braid and found that an ideal combo. Like most of Daiwa’s rods, the 703 MFS is responsive, light and far more powerful than it looks. The rod was used initially during a snapper session at SA’s Arno bay, where it subdued multiple snapper in excess of 20lbs. It’s an ideal soft plastic rod, being stiff enough to enable solid hook sets but responsive enough to cast light jigheads and feel sometimes delicate bites. It would be an ideal rod for casting softies, jigging vibes and working small to medium stickbaits and divers for various species ranging from snapper to barra, jewies and big flathead. Typical of Daiwa, the 703 MFS features more “bling” that most other travel rods on the market. However, it’s not overdone. The blank itself is an attractive metallic purplish colour with red and black bindings on the single-footed Fuji guides. It features a split butt with black EVA grips and a stylish yet minimalist screwdown reel seat.The rod is nicely balanced and, unless you knew otherwise, would be very hard to pick as a multi-piece rod. There are no obvious “joins” or “stiff spots” in the ferrules when the rod is loaded up – it is completely seamless, in fact. Performance as a casting and fish fighting tool is, as far as I can tell, identical to that of a single or two-piece rod. When you consider that, and also consider the fact that a rod like this can easily be stored in its tube under the bed or in a cupboard, you wonder why all your rods aren’t multi-piece! The Daiwa Wilderness travel rod series are available at all good tackle shops.
Jim Harnwell is the editor and publisher of Fishing World magazine. He has been with the magazine since 1995 and has fished around Australia, the South Pacific, NZ, Asia and Europe. Jim’s favourite fishing spot is Jervis Bay, on the NSW South Coast, where he enjoys everything from gamefishing for marlin to popping for whiting. www.fishingworld.com.au