|By Warren Keelan
As a fishing photojournalist I get to fish quite a bit, I mean hey, it’s my job and someone has to do it! It also means I get to target a lot of different species with an assortment of tackle, including the latest rods and reels. I will fish anywhere, but I generally feel at home within the many estuaries and creeks on the NSW South Coast, chasing everything of big lizards, tailor and jewfish, to bream whiting and bass.
I recently ventured north from my home town in the Illawarra to spend a few days chasing the many inhabitants of the well known Lake Glenbawn, about 4 hours north of Sydney. Brad Sissins from Daiwa sent me one of the TMZ bait-cast Interlines to try out on the bass, and for the four days we fished I could not put it down. I have a couple of Interline spin combo’s which are my favourite sticks for bassing at home, but to finally re-spool my Zillion and spend all day, every day, throwing an assortment of crankbaits and spinnerbaits, I can safely say that this is the most comfortable and accurate bait-cast combos I’ve used.
Without guides, you literally feel everything. Not that it mattered with these fish however, as they were so aggressive it was just a case of cast, retrieve and hang on! Anyone seeing a guideless rod for the first time can be understandably sceptical of its performance, especially when distance casting, but there’s no hindrance with the new water repelling Hyper Dry Technology within the rod itself. The best thing is, there’s no tangles and you can literally drag a fish in from any position boat. With Dawia’s Airfoam grips and reinforced CRT butt they are extremely strong and just a pleasure to use.
The Zillion is just all class. Once you have tuned these reels to the line and lure weight, you can literally cast all day without issues. For their size, the Zillion is all strength and reliability, especially on big Glenbawn bass and presents no problem when fighting larger fish, such as metre barra up north.
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Waz Keelan is a self taught web developer and runs his own business – Shellfish Creations, building many websites in the industry for clients including Boab Boat Hire and Daiwa’s own sponsored angler Alistair McGlashan. It was at this point where he decided to step it up a notch by delving into the world of fishing photography and journalism, and is now a regular contributor to many of this country’s leading fishing magazines including Modern Fishing, Freshwater Fishing, Sportfishing Australia and Fishing Monthly.